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James Sample papers

Identifier: PA090

Scope and Content

The collection contains a large notebook of James Sample's achievements, history and repertoire; the original score of "Chacony" by Henry Purcell and translated by Sample in 1986, including copies of indivudal instrumetn scores; some academic papers, and the James Sample Music Archive project, which contains 4 boxes of CDs of Sample conducting with numerous orchestras over his career.


  • Creation: circa 1940s-2009


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Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available for use by researchers in the Andersen Library Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright is retained by the copyright holders.

Biographical Note

James Sample was born in 1910 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At an age of 10 he began studying the violin and piano, and by age 20 he conducted his first symphony in Minneapolis, beginning a lifelong career in conducting. He received his Bachelor's of Music at MacPhail School of Music in 1930, and a 4 year diploma at Mozarteum Salzburg in 1934. He received his doctorate from New York College of Music in 1942, and a Doctor of Law degree from Gannon College in 1963.


4 Cubic Feet (6 boxes)


Includes recordings (bulk), writing, scores, and a scrapbook.


The collection is organized in the following series:

  1. Recordings
  2. Scrapbook
  3. Scores for "Chacony"
  4. Writing

Physical Location



The collection was donated to the Performing Arts Archives by the Sample family in 2009.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and finding aid written by Joanne Gordon, 2017.

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