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William D. Hay Collection

Identifier: SCU-MUS-0021
The William D. Hay Collection is comprised of many books and compact discs, audio recording and playback equipment, and framed photographs and ink sketches. Among these are autographed items by Marian McPartland, Marni Nixon, Alec Wilder, and David Dubal.


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Biographical / Historical

William D. Hay, a native of Florence, South Carolina, received an Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award in 1985-86 for his outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina. Mr. Hay was a Vice President of the SC ETV Commission where he guided the growth of the eight stations of the SC ETV Radio Network bringing a new voice to the musical dialog of South Carolina. Mr. Hay produced numerous programs in the Columbia community and for National Public Radio bringing accolades and national recognition to his home state. Backstage with Richard Mohr aired during the Saturday Metropolitan Opera Series radio broadcasts. American Popular Song with Alec Wilder and Friends won South Carolina ETV Commission’s first Peabody Award in 1976. This was followed by Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, also winning the coveted Peabody in 1983.

The Alec Wilder Series was recorded using Mr. Hay’s own Steinway grand piano at the Lake Murray home of Director Dick Phipps bringing a personal touch to the programs and developing long term friendships with Alec Wilder and many of the artists who participated. Marian McPartland still continues working with ETV Radio after 30 years.

A life long admiration for the conductor Arturo Toscanini promoted extensive study and a large collection of his recordings. A love of choral church music led to many choral productions often featuring the Columbia Choral Society and participation in Robert Shaw workshops. Mr. Hay was also responsible for developing the broadcast channel for the SC Commission for the Blind and served on numerous funding panels for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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).


Donated by Alix D. Hay.

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)

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