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Organization and Arrangement
Title: Dorrance Stalvey papers
Date (inclusive): 1944-2005
Collection number: 1896
12 document boxes (12 linear ft.)
6 record cartons
8 flat boxes
Abstract: Dorrance Stalvey was a composer, educator, and director of the Monday Evening Concerts series in Los Angeles from 1971 until
his death in 2005. The collection includes extensive correspondence between Stalvey and other composers/presenters, musical
materials including scores, audio recordings and electronic media, and Monday Evening Concerts programs, promotional materials
and reviews. Stalvey's work as an educator is documented in syllabi and lecture notes. There are also personal documents of
Stalvey's, including diplomas, passport, and letters to his parents.
Language: Finding aid is written in
Language of the Material:
Materials are in English.
University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections
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Restrictions on Access
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Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
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creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright
owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Provenance/Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated by Valerie Bernstein in 2011.
Processed by Andrea Moore in 2012 in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Jillian Cuellar.
The processing of this collection was generously supported by
[Identification of item], Dorrance Stalvey papers (Collection Number 1896). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young
Research Library, UCLA.
Dorrance Stalvey was a composer, educator, and director of the Monday Evening Concerts series in Los Angeles from 1971 until
his death in 2005.
He was a professor at Immaculate Heart College from 1968 to 1980 and had faculty positions at Pomona College (1968-1969) and
the University of Southern California (1981-1982).
Stalvey was actively involved in the promotion of contemporary music through the many concerts he produced and presented as
the director of Monday Evening Concerts. Stalvey and the series received six ASCAP/CMA Awards for Adventurous Programming,
including one awarded posthumously for the 2004-2005 season. He participated in new music seminars and served on numerous
advisory panels, including 8 years as a panelist and consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts to encourage the propagation
of contemporary music. Among his honors and awards are ASCAP Composer Awards, three NEA Composer Fellowship Grants (two in
the mid-1970s and one in the 1990s), a League-ISCM Commendation (1976), and a Prince Ranier de Monaco Composition Award (1961).
Scope and Content
Collection includes scores, recordings, documentation, and other media related to Stalvey's work as a composer, as well as
an extensive collection of correspondence covering 1944-2005. It also includes press and programs relating to the Monday Evening
Concerts (MEC) series and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) music programs that occurred during the years of Stalvey's
directorship. In addition, the collection includes programs and correspondence relating to Stalvey's career as a composer,
such as letters of inquiry, grant applications, and programs of performances of his work. Biographical and personal materials
include Stalvey's writings on music (others' and his own), appointment books, diplomas, and master's thesis. Stalvey's career
as an educator is documented in syllabi, lecture notes, lectures and score samples used in classes.
The controversy over LACMA's decision to eliminate its music programming (circa 2004) is documented in printed emails and
news articles. Other items of interest include a laudatory letter from composer and pedagogue Nadia Boulanger, and correspondence
between Stalvey and composers Conlon Nancarrow and Ernst Krenek.
Organization and Arrangement
>Collection is arranged in five series:
- Chronological, 1944-2005
- Biographical, 1944-2005
- Pedagogy, 1966-1984
- Composition, 1953-2005
- Media, 1960-2004
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Stalvey, Dorrance -- Archives
Stalvey, Dorrance -- Correspondence
Composers--United States--Archival resources.
Monday Evening Concerts of Los Angeles
Duplicate copies of bound scores of many of Stalvey's compositions were transferred to the UCLA Music Library.
Related materials providing additional information on Monday Evening Concerts can be found in the following collections:
The first offers the complete programs of Stalvey's time as director of Monday Evening Concerts. The second includes concert
programs and correspondence of Stalvey's predecessor at Monday Evening Concerts.