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JOSHUA PHIPPEN (1857-1955) PAPERS, 1867-1955

Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Phippen, Joshua, 1857-1955
Title:Joshua Phippen (1857-1955) Papers
Quantity:3 linear feet (7 boxes)
Abstract:The Joshua Phippen paper document his career as a composer, pianist, and organist in Winchester, Massachusetts.
Collection Number:MSS 242

Series List

SERIES I. Personal and Biographical Papers
SERIES II. Joshua Phippen Compositions
SERIES III. Joshua Phippen Arrangements
SERIES IV. Other Composers
A. Published Music – Piano and Instrumental
B. Published Music – Vocal

Scope and Content Note

The Joshua Phippen paper document his career as a composer, pianist, and organist in Winchester, Massachusetts. The collection is divided into four series.

Series I. Personal and Biographical Papers includes programs and newspaper clippings, lists of compositions, publicity on some of his artist friends, and a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings (1879-1903 and 1930).

Series II. Joshua Phippen Compositions includes published music (1894-1901), manuscript music (1873-1937), some undated music, and manuscripts of his Piano Concerto in C minor, which was awarded first prize in a New York competition. For a complete list of the published works of Joshua Phippen's manuscript music (arranged chronologically), see Appendix I.

Series III. Joshua Phippen Arrangements includes arrangements and transcriptions of music by other composers for various combinations of instruments. These are all in manuscript form. Music of several composers appears on one sheet of music and is listed by the name of the first composer on the sheet. The Lalo Intermezzo from the Cello Concerto, Rubenstein's Four Songs arranged for string trio, Wagner's Siegfried Idyll, lyrics for an anthem by Joshua Phippen, "Bow Down Thine Ear," and various arrangements for clarinet in B flat were received in individual envelopes and have been retained in this same arrangement for this collection. See Appendix I for a complete list of Phippen's arrangements and transcriptions, which have been arranged alphabetically by the original composer's name.

Series IV. Other Composers consists of published piano, instrumental and vocal music. A complete list of these works will be found in Appendix II, also arranged alphabetically by the original composer's name. This series is divided into two subseries: Piano and Instrumental and Vocal.

Biographical Sketch

Joshua Phippen, the son of Joshua and Eunice (Daniels) Phippen was born on October 22, 1857 in Salem, Massachusetts, where he received his education.

Upon his marriage to Addie Greely of Winchester, Massachusetts, in 1891, he moved to that town and resided there for the rest of his life. Phippen studied piano with B[enjamin] J[ohnson] Lang, and for many years played both the piano and organ professionally, being a church organist who played at several churches in Winchester.

Phippen composed as well as played, having many compositions to his credit. A piano concerto he composed in the 1890s was awarded first prize in a New York competition as the best in the country. From 1879 to 1939 he served as curator of music at the Essex Institute, and at the time of his death was honorary curator. Joshua Phippen died at the age of 98 in Arlington, Massachusetts, on August 3, 1955.

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

World's Peace Jubilee and International Musical Festival (1872 : Boston, Mass.)
Essex Institute--Concerts
Salem (Mass.)
Winchester (Mass.)


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Administrative Information


Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Joshua Phippen (1857-1955) Papers, MSS 242, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.


The bulk of this collection was donated in 1992 by William G. Phippen. Four envelopes of music manuscripts, recital announcements, and newspaper clippings were donated by Thomas B. Wheeler in 1984; those items have been marked in pencil with the date. Other items were removed from the print collection and have been marked in pencil as well. Copies of four photographs and a negative were donated by William G. Phippen in 1995 (acc #1995.038).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Marion Clark, September 1993. Updated by Tamara Gaydos, October 2015.

Related Material

Greeley, George Hiram. Genealogy of the Greely-Greeley Family. Boston, MA: F. Wood, Printer, 1905.

"Joshua Phippen." The Winchester Star 5 Aug. 1955: n. pag.

Joshua Phippen Minor Piano Concerto (CD of minor piano concerto plus transcript), undated, Acc 2012.044

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