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Edward Hodges Collection

Identifier: MS 3


The collection consists of correspondence, diaries, memorial booklets, music, photographs, and memoirs of Edward Hodges, Faustina Hasse Hodges, Asaph Hodges, John Sebastian Hodges, and George Frederick Hodges.


  • 1812-1941

Biographical / Historical

Edward Hodges was born on July 20, 1796, in Bristol, England. After the death of his father in 1811, he assumed responsibility for the family’s stationary business, but found himself increasingly drawn towards music. In May 1825, he entered Sydney Sussex College of Cambridge University, and on July 3, 1825, he was awarded the Mus. Doc. degree. For ten years, he attempted to secure an organist position at an English cathedral. In 1838, he left England for a position at St. James’ Cathedral in Toronto. In January 1839, he moved to New York, and became the organist and choirmaster of Trinity Church, a position he held until 1858. Hodges was the first American church musician to establish an English cathedral music program in the United States. Afterwards, he returned to Bristol, where he died on September 1, 1867.


6 Linear Feet


The collection is arranged into the following series. Series 1: Music by Edward Hodges. Series 2: Music by Faustina Hasse Hodges. Series 3: Music by John Sebastian Hodges. Series 4: Music by others. Series 5: Legal documents. Series 6: Photographs. Series 7: Memoirs. Series 8: Diaries. Series 9: Correspondence. Series 10: Miscellaneous Edward Hodges documents. Series 11: Engravings. Series 12: Family histories. Series 13: Obituaries. Series 14: Biographies. Series 15: Episcopal Church publications. Series 16: Miscellaneous publications and manuscripts.

Custodial History

The collection was gathered by Faustina Hasse Hodges, daughter of Edward. Upon her death in 1895, the collection became the property of Asaph, Edward’s youngest son. Eventually the collection was given to Asaph’s granddaughter, Prindle Wissler-Mullin of Middlebury, Vermont.
Edward Hodges Collection
Bynum Petty
October 12, 2016

Repository Details

Part of the Organ Historical Society Library and Archives Repository