Digital Commonwealth

Lowell Mason House Collection

Lowell Mason Foundation

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Lowell Mason (1792-1872) is best known as the founder of American school music education. Although he also composed and arranged hymn tunes and published many influential tune books that had a national audience, his greatest historical legacy is his work as a pioneer music educator--first at the Boston Academy of Music, which he co-founded in 1833 with George James Webb, and soon after in the Boston public schools, after he had convinced Boston to become the first city to include music as part of its core curriculum. In this collection are such items as prints, drawings, photographs, and correspondence that represent Lowell Mason, his family, and his legacy.

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