Walter F. Starbuck

Photograph of a manuscript by Walter Starbuck

Walter F. Starbuck was a noted historian, author, and amateur musician from Waltham, Mass. Starbuck attended at New England Conservatory for 15 semesters from 1897-1902. While at NEC, Starbuck studied primarily with NEC director, George W. Chadwick, taking courses in counterpoint, harmony, instrumentation, and orchestration.

Physical description

The Starbuck Papers are stored in one small document case containing four folders (approximately 60 items). The contents of this collection were originally in scrapbook format.


This collection was a gift of Mrs. Annabelle Harris, July 23, 1973.


Access to the Starbuck Papers can be arranged by making an appointment with the NEC Archivist. There are no restrictions pertaining to this collection. The Papers have also been microfilmed (Microfilm #294). A detailed inventory of the contents can be found in our institutional repository.


All copyrights to this collection belong to the New England Conservatory.  Permission to publish materials from this collection is granted by the Archivist. This collection should be cited as: NECA 18.29. Walter F. Starbuck Collection, New England Conservatory Archives, Boston, MA.

Scope & Content

The Walter F. Starbuck Papers consist of letters to Starbuck, including some written by notable New England Conservatory figures such as George W. Chadwick, Carl Faelten, Arthur Foote, and Helen Hopekirk. Additional noteworthy correspondents are Edward Burlingame Hill, Edward MacDowell, Marian MacDowell, Arthur Nikisch, and Emil Paur. Also contained in this collection are several autographs and autographed programs collected by Starbuck.The collection was originally in scrapbook format. A detailed contents listing can be found in the NEC library's institutional repository.

Container list

Folder 1 – pp. 1-16
Folder 2 – pp. 17-34
Folder 3 – pp. 35-50
Folder 4 – pp. 51-58