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Edwin E. Gordon Archive

Identifier: SCU-MUS-028

Approximately 196 linear feet of materials that including books and articles authored by Edwin E. Gordon, books comprising his research library, testing kits, tests, correspondence, dissertations, video cassettes, audio cassettes, and reels.

Series 8 consists of 4 linear feet of correspondence, programs, articles, and other materials relating to Edwin Gordon's professional and personal papers. The series is split into several subseries including Awards; Catalogs; Clippings and Articles; Conferences, Seminars, and Workshops; and Correspondence and Social Media. The most extensive of these is the "Conferences, Seminars, and Workshops" subseries which includes programs, registration forms, announcements, and other materials relating to conferences, seminars, and workshops Edwin Gordon either taught at or attended. The series at large also includes some familial and personal history for Edwin and Carol Goodridge Gordon including copies of old passports and genealogical records.


  • Majority of material found within circa 1960-2016


Language of Materials

The vast majority of the contents of this collection are in English, however a significant number of monographs and some other material types are non-English language editions.

Series 8 includes materials in Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.


This collection is open for research. Processing for some series is ongoing. Large portions of this collection are housed off-site. Please contact the Music Archivist at least 24 hours in advance to view materials.

Copyright and Use

Content may be protected by copyright.


approx. 196 Linear Feet

Biographical Note

Dr. Edwin E. Gordon (1927-2015) was a researcher, teacher, author, editor, and lecturer in the field music education. He is most well-known for his work in music aptitude testing, the creation of music learning theory, and the concept of audiation. He earned his bachelor’s degree in string bass performance (1952) and master’s degree in string bass performance and music literature (1953) from the Eastman School of Music; his master’s in education from Ohio University (1955); and his PhD from the University of Iowa (1958). A prolific public speaker, he delivered over 600 lectures on topics pertaining to music education between the years 1962 and 2013.

Upon completing his education, Gordon taught as Professor of Music and Education at the University of Iowa (1958-1972), Professor of Music and Director of Music Education at State University of New York at Buffalo (1972-1979), Professor of Music and Carl E. Seashore Professor of Research in Music Education at Temple University (1979-1994), Distinguished Professor in Residence at the University of South Carolina (1995-2000), Professor of Music at Michigan State University (2001-2003), and Research Professor at the University of South Carolina (2004-2014).

He has been recognized in his field with numerous awards, including the University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award (1992), The Temple University Great Teacher Award (1989), the Ohio University Distinguished Alumni Award (2004), the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Music Educators Hall of Fame (1996), and the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association Hall of Honor (2012).

Physical Location

Music Library. 813 Assembly St #208, Columbia, SC 29208.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the University Libraries by Edwin E. Gordon.

Related Materials

Carol Gordon Collection of Lucas Foss Materials.

Digital Collection


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)

In Progress
Jen Wochner. Original organization implemented by Edwin E. Gordon with the assistance of Maggie Wirth. Assisted by Laura Kotti in 2016. Ann Abney processed series 8 (Professional and Personal Papers) in 2022.
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