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Merrell Sherburn papers

Identifier: UA-17.386

Scope and Content

This collection consists of ear training and sight training manuals. Some are materials for specific classes.


  • Creation: circa 1940-circa 1970, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.


Born in Lancaster, Ohio in 1914, Merrell Sherburn graduated from Ohio State University with his B.S. (1937) in piano and music education. He earned his M.A. (1942) and Ph.D. (1960) in music from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y. Sherburn joined the faculty at Michigan State University in 1955. He taught trombone and music theory at MSU and retired with the rank of professor emeritus in 1982. Merrell Sherburn was one of the first to investigate aural harmony and to write about the ear/brain connection. He was a member of the Lansing Symphony. Sherburn passed away in 1992.


1.5 Cubic Feet

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Custodial History

Donated by Sherburn's family to the MSU Fine Arts Library. Transferred to the MSU Archives.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Merrell Sherburn Papers
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US