Scope and Content
Title: Charles Cook Cushing Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1914-1982
Collection number: ARCHIVES CUSHING 1
Cushing, Charles, 1905-
Extent: Number of containers: 9 cartons, 1 oversize document
Linear feet: 11
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Shelf location: For current information on the location of
these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
The Charles Cook Cushing Papers were given to the Music Library by Charlotte Cushing, his
widow, in 1988 and 1992. A few music manuscripts (mostly arrangements) were given to the
Music Library by other individuals: the arranged Chausson songs were given by James
Schwabacher, Jr. (for whom the arrangements were made); and the arrangement of
All Hail! Blue and Gold was donated by Jerome Rosen. Some of the
newspaper clippings in the biographical materials file were collected by the reference
librarians at UCB.
Collection is open for research.
Copyright has been assigned to the Music Library. All requests for permission to publish
or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Music Library.
[Identification of item], Charles Cook Cushing Papers, ARCHIVES CUSHING 1, The Music
Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Charles C. Cushing (b. Oakland, Calif., Dec. 8, 1905; d. Berkeley, Calif., April 14,
1982) professor and composer. He studied at the University of California, Berkeley (BA,
MA) and won the Paris Prize Fellowship (1929), which took him to the Ecole Normale de
Musique for composition lessons with Nadia Boulanger; he also studied violin, viola,
clarinet, and piano. He taught at Berkeley (1931-68, professor 1948), where he conducted
the University of California Concert Band (1934-52). His music is lyrical and makes use
of impressionist harmonies; notable among his works is
Carmen Saeculare,which was performed under his direction at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. He
translated the texts of Milhaud's
Les Malheurs d'Orphée and Satie's
Socrate, and he contributed articles to
Modern Music. In
1952 he was admitted to the Légion d'honneur.
Biographical sketch taken from
The New Grove Dictionary of American
Scope and Content
The Charles Cook Cushing papers consist of Cushing's personal, research, and working
Papers, spanning his youth (ca. 1914) to his death in 1982, with the bulk of the
materials from his career at U.C. Berkeley (1931-68). There are also obituaries and some
posthumous articles gathered by his wife, Charlotte.
The bulk of the archive is a collection of concert programs for concerts he attended both
in this country as well as in Europe. The collection also includes a number of journal
articles he collected relating to his fields of research, or off-prints of articles given
to him by the authors.
There is also a substantial collection of correspondence, some from famous composers;
among them are Ernest Bloch, Nadia Boulanger, Ingolf Dahl, Darius Milhaud, Igor and
Soulima Stravinsky, Randall Thompson, and Virgil Thomson. Other materials include
newspaper clippings of reviews, departmental files (includes recommendation letters,
internal faculty correspondence, departmental meeting minutes, scholarships, and
paperwork on his sabbatical leave), and teaching materials from courses he taught here at
U.C. Berkeley. Most of the manuscripts of his original compositions are not present in
this collection, only microfilm copies of the manuscripts were included. However, the
original manuscripts of most of his music arrangements are included here.