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Walter Yeh Collection

Identifier: SCU-MUS-0029
The collection covers both original compositions and arrangements by Walter Yeh along with sheet music and manuscripts from the 18th and 19th centuries.


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Biographical / Historical

Huai-deh Yeh, known to many as Walter Yeh, was a music educator and composer who made his home for the last two decades of his life in Columbia, S.C. Born in 1911 in China, Walter immigrated to the United States as a young man and went on to a career in music education at colleges and universities in locales from Sitka, Alaska to Cambridge, Mass., eventually settling at Benedict College in Columbia. During his career, he amassed an extremely large collection of printed music and books about music ranging in date from the mid-1750s to the late-1970s, much of which was donated to the University of South Carolina Music Library by his widow, Moong Yeh. The printed music collection is strongest in music for cello, but also contains chamber music for flute and for violin. Among the books are biographies of many of the 19th century’s greatest composers as well as treatises on composition and theory. There are also numerous hymnals and songbooks from different religious denominations. One of Walter’s interests while at Benedict College was the composition of sacred choral music, and the collection includes many of these works in published form.

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).


Walter Yeh's widow has graciously donated materials to USC's Music Library for over a decade.

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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