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A Guide to the Roderic C. Knight Musical Instrument Collection

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Many thanks to Alan Boyd, associate director of libraries at the time the catalog was being prepared, and to others on the library staff, especially Cecilia Robinson, who continues to maintain the online presence of the collection.  The photographs were taken by Prof. Knight, and the students who measured, described, and classified the instruments were (in Fall 2007) Tom Arsenault, Gabrielle Athayde, Rachel Colwell, Sam Harmet, David Hong, Christopher Riggs, Klaus Sternhagen, and Andrew Yoon.  In Spring 2008, Gabrielle Athayde and Andrew Yoon continued, joined by Niels Bantilan, David Felicio, Abbie Foster, David Greenberg, Sungwon Jung, Clayton Kennedy, Kirsten Lamb, Jing Qiao, Maggie Rosenberg, Phillip Smith, Jeremy Ward, and Mark Wessels.  A heartfelt thanks to all.


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