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Betty Freeman Papers MSS 227
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Description
Papers of Betty Freeman, photographer, philanthropist, and patron of New Music and contemporary composers. The collection dates between 1965 and 2008 and contains photographs both of and by Freeman; correspondence with numerous artists and composers; and original artworks by Robert Wilson, John Cage, Steve Reich, and Merce Cunningham. The collection also includes clippings and ephemera related to music and the arts, musical scores dedicated to Freeman, and drafts of unpublished manuscripts written by Freeman.
Background
Betty Freeman was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1921 and was raised in Brooklyn, New York. She was graduated from Wellesley in 1942, where she had studied music. She later took classes at the Juilliard Institute.
Extent
33.4 Linear feet 59 archives boxes, 2 records cartons, 1 cardfile box, 21 art bin items and 97 oversize folders
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Availability
The recordings in the collection are restricted. Researchers must request user copies be produced.