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Dorothy K. Payne Collection

Identifier: SCU-MUS-0009
Music manuscripts, a dissertation, photographs, received materials, and ephemera document portions of the life of Dr. Dorothy K. Payne. The collection divides into four series: I: Works, 1974, n.d.; II: Photographs, 1999, n.d.; III: Received Materials, 1994-2001; and IV: Ephemera, ca. 1930s. Most of the material is undated. Of particular interest is a photograph of Payne’s friend and former teacher Percy Grainger at Interlochen. Two autographed published works for piano by former student Larry Shackley comprise the Received Materials. Additionally, a 1999 photograph scrapbook documents the Dorothy K. Payne Music Library Endowment event.


  • ca. 1930s - 2001


Administrative Information

Provenance This collection was donated after Dr. Payne's passing by her family.

Access Materials in the Dr. Payne Collection are available for use Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. by appointment only. Please telephone 803-777-5139 or email the Music Library for further assistance.

Publication Rights All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Music Library.


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Biographical Sketch

A native of Cincinnati, Dorothy received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she later taught theory and ear training. She also taught at Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Texas, and chaired the music departments at the University of Connecticut and the University of Arizona. She was a regular consultant for the Educational Testing Service and served on the Executive Board and Accreditation Board for the National Association of Schools of Music. She was co-author of Tonal Harmony, a best-selling college theory text, and she received Teaching Excellence awards from both Eastman and the University of Texas. She also served for several years as organist at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia, and performed regularly with her siblings in their biennial family piano recitals. Dr. Payne was Distinguished Professor Emerita of Music Theory and former Dean of the School of Music at the University of South Carolina. She was known for her generosity, her quick wit both in and out of the classroom, and her passion for teaching. She passed away on March 11, 2010, in Cincinnati.

From The State, 14 March 2010

Series Description

I: Works, 1974, n.d.; II: Photographs, 1999, n.d.; III: Received Materials, 1994-2001; IV: Ephemera, ca. 1930s

Physical Location

This collection is housed in the Music Library, which is located in the School of Music at 813 Assembly Street in Room 208 (on the 2nd floor).

Processed By:

Ashlie Keylon, July 2010

Repository Details

Part of the Music Library Repository

813 Assembly Street, Room 208
School of Music, University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208 USA
803-777-1426 (Fax)

Dr. Dorothy K. Payne Collection
Ashlie Keylon
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Revision Statements

  • 2011: Updated by Nick Homenda