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Robert Helps collection

Identifier: MS-2002-03
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Scope and Contents

This collection primarily consists of sketches, manuscripts, and printed scores composed by Robert Helps. Scores published by other composers (predominantly piano) also make up a significant portion of the collection. The Helps music scores span from the early 1950s to 2001, and include sketches, manuscript scores, proof copies, corrections, published scores, and additional corrections on Helps' own performance copies. There are unpublished works in the collection, in addition to numerous performance programs, newspaper articles, and performance reviews. The performances included were recorded on reel to reel tapes, cassette tapes, LPs, and digital audio tapes as well as VHS and Beta video tapes. Professional and personal correspondence, the bulk of which dates from the 1930s to 2000, is also present, in addition to professional and personal photographs.


  • Created: 1928-2001
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1938-2001
  • Other: Date acquired: 10/07/2002


Conditions Governing Access

The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright. Visit the United States Copyright Office's Website at more information. There is one box containing restricted documents (Series 1: Biographical Materials; Sub-series 5: Restricted documents).

Conditions Governing Use

Restrictions on reproduction of published scores and audio recordings due to copyright.

Biographical or Historical Information

Robert Helps (1928-2001) was an American pianist and composer. He studied under Abby Whiteside, piano, and Roger Sessions, composition. Helps served as Professor of Piano at the New England Conservatory, the San Francisco Conservatory, Princeton University, Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Manhattan School of Music. He was Professor of Music at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida from 1980 until his death at 72 in 2001. He performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. He composed piano, chamber, and symphonic works. Most of them were published by C. F. Peters, Associated Music Publishers, E. B. Marks, and the American Composers Edition. His music was recorded and released by CRI, Decca, Gramaphone, etc. In 1996, Robert Helps received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Note written by Mahn-Hee Kang


84.74 Linear Feet

96 boxes

Language of Materials



This collection consists of the papers of compose Robert Helps.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by type of material within the following series: biographical materials, concert programs, publicity materials, correspondence, teaching materials and notes, sketches, manuscript scores, published scores, scores for performance and study, and audio and video recordings.

Technical Access Requirements

Special arrangements can be made to access reel to reel tapes, LP's, digital audio tapes, cassette tapes, VHS and Beta tapes due to the need of special playback equipments.

Source of Acquisition

Robert Helps Music Trust

Method of Acquisition


Related Publications

Flemm, Eugene W. The Solo Piano Music of Robert Helps. , 1990. Print. Gillen, Tracie W. Motivic Development: A Cohesive Process As It Appears in Selected Compositions by Robert Helps. , 1992. Print.

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Robert Helps collection
Mahn-Hee Kang
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Repository Details

Part of the USF Libraries - Special Collections Repository

4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa FL 33620-5400 US