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Willis, R. (Richard), -1830


Biographical note

In 1817, Richard Willis became the first Teacher of Music for the United States Military Academy at West Point. Willis helped introduce the Kent bugle to the United States when he immigrated from Ireland (in 1815), where it was first developed. This keyed instrument allowed for 12 notes to be played per octave, which was previously impossible on brass instruments. Willis died on February 1, 1830.

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George E. Ryan papers


Contains typescripts, correspondence, research files, publications, and ephemera related to Boston writer George E. Ryan's historical research and writing, especially about St. Botolph and Ellen Sewall Osgood.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1930-2000