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Jon Appleton papers May Be Restricted

Identifier: MS-727

  • Staff Only


The papers of Jon Appleton contain correspondence and other material including brochures, flyers, programs, clippings, manuals and notes related to the Electronic Music Department at Dartmouth College, the Dartmouth International Electronic Music Competition, the Dartmouth Foreign Study Program in Tonga, the 1992 Vermont Senate race, the development and use of the Synclavier, the New England Digital Corporation and the Bregman Electronic Music Studio, as well as newspaper and magazine articles and clippings, typescripts, including an early draft of his autobiography "The Syntonic Menagerie - A Life in Many Parts," publicity materials, music reviews, programs, photographs and scrapbooks of Appleton's adolescent political interests. The collection also includes 5 and 12 inch reel-to reel audio recordings, compact discs of lectures and interviews, a VHS taped lecture and computer floppy disks with programs for the Synclavier. Sheet music of musical scores composed by Appleton are also included. Much of the material documents Appleton’s time as a professor of music at Dartmouth, and his involvement and work in the field of electronic music. A small collection of personal papers is also included.


  • 1886 - 2017


Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Access

Journal in Box 42, Folder 18 is restricted due to highly personal material related to Appleton's third wife Esme Thompson.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by Jon Appleton.


61.5 linear ft. (44 boxes)

Language of Materials


Additional Description


Jon Howard Appleton (1939- ). Professor of music at Dartmouth from 1978-2006. Composer, and co-developer of the Synclavier. The collection contains correspondence, publicity materials, newspaper and magazine articles, brochures, flyers, typescripts, photographs, floppy discs, musical programs, music reviews, reel-to-reel audio recordings, compact discs with interviews and lectures, a VHS tape of a lecture, scrapbooks and musical scores. The papers document Appleton’s career as a composer, primarily in the field of electronic music, and his time as a professor at Dartmouth.

Part of the Rauner Library Archives and Manuscripts Repository

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Hanover NH 03755 USA

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