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Robert Willoughby papers

 Collection
Identifier: PIMS-0137

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Scope and Contents

The Robert Willoughby papers, 1938-2018, contain materials from Willoughby's career as a flute player and professor. Photographs include professional publicity images and informal personal prints. The subject files include folders related to Willoughby's education, his teaching at various conservatories, his performance activities, and the awards he received. Three photo albums from 1987 to 2011 also contain letters and greetings from colleagues and former students. The collection also contains programs of Willoughby's performances and master classes, clippings from newspapers and magazines, and other promotional documents.

Dates

  • Creation: 1938 - 2018

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for use at the Arthur Friedheim Library Archives of the Peabody Institute. Contact peabodyarchives@lists.jhu.edu for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Willoughby (1921-2018) was an American flautist and professor. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in 1942 and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory in 1949. From 1946 to 1955 he was the assistant first flute for the Cleveland Orchestra. In 1949 Willoughby began teaching flute at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he would remain on the faculty until 1986. During this time he maintained an active performing career as a soloist and as a member of ensembles such as the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Oberlin Woodwind Quintet, and the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble. Willoughby commissioned and premiered works by composers such as Thea Musgrave and Easley Blackwood.

From 1987 to 1996 Willoughby taught flute at the Peabody Conservatory. In 1996 he joined the faculty of the Longy School of Music, where he would continue to teach part time until his death in 2018. Willoughby received numerous career honors, including a lifetime achievement award from the National Flute Association in 1996.

Extent

2.60 Cubic Feet (7 boxes and one map case folder)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Robert Willoughby papers, 1938-2018, contain materials from Willoughby's career as a flute player and professor at Oberlin Conservatory, the Peabody Conservatory, and the Longy School of Music. Subject files include folders related to Willoughby's education, his teaching, his performance activities, and the awards he received. Three photo albums from 1987 to 2011 also contain letters and greetings from colleagues and former students. The collection also contains programs of Willoughby's performances and master classes, clippings from newspapers and magazines, and other promotional documents.

Arrangement

Subject files are mostly in the original order prepared by the donor, John Willoughby.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of John Willoughby in 2021 and 2024. Accessions 2021-22.PIMS.07 and 2024-2025.PIMS.01.

Related Materials

The Arthur Friedheim Library has several of Willoughby's recordings available through the library catalog.

Processing Information

Series 1 minimally processed by Matt Testa in 2023-2024. Series 2 is in process.

Title
Guide to the Robert Willoughby papers
Author
Matt Testa
Date
2023
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

Contact:
Peabody Institute
1 E. Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore MD 21202 USA