Special Collections

Walter Yeh Collection

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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.






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