Ezra William Doty Collection
Ezra William Doty was born on April 29, 1907 in Grand Ledge, Michigan. Doty received both a MA degree (1929) and PhD degree (1936) from the University of Michigan, and undertook private organ study in Paris, France, studies in music and philosophy in Leipzig, Germany, and conducting in Salzburg, Austria. He became the founding Dean of The University of Texas College of Fine Arts in the spring of 1938. Dean Doty was active throughout his career as an educator and performing artist, lecturing and giving organ recitals at many American universities. While serving for nearly three decades as the first chair of the Department of Music, he helped shape music education in Texas through his work with the Texas Music Educators Association which he served as President 1747-49. Between 1949 and 1955 he also served two terms as President of the Texas Association of Schools of Music. In 1965, Dr. Doty retired as Chairman of the Music Department, but continued as Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Professor of Music. He retired from teaching in 1974. Declining health forced him to withdraw from active musical life in Austin during his last years. He died at the age of 87 on June 16, 1994. The Fine Arts Library and Administration Building on the University of Texas at Austin campus was named for him in 1998 and a Presidential Scholarship in music carries his name.
The Doty collection contains files kept in the original order of the owner, including reports, projects, correspondence, clippings, and notes related to Doty’s life as an organist, faculty member, as well as personal materials. The collection also contains other correspondence, newspaper clippings, projects and books completed by Doty, collected recital programs, newsletters, awards and recognitions, photographs, remembrance and condolence materials, and sheet music. The collection spans 1933 to 2006, with the bulk in the early 1970s and mid 1980s.
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These materials are accessible by appointment only. Contact Music Librarian David Hunter (512) 495-4475.