Papers of a music critic, author, teacher, and poet, who championed modern avant-garde music, presented a series of chamber
concerts in Los Angeles called "Evenings on the Roof," and headed the music department at Buffalo State University. The materials
consist largely of correspondence and drafts of original writings. Also included in the collection are copies of scores by
composers Charles Ives, Lou Harrison, Ingolf Dahl, and typescripts of poems by Peyton Houston.
Peter B. Yates, music critic, author, teacher, and poet, was born in Toronto on November 30, 1909. His parents were U.S. citizens,
and he attended Ridley and Union colleges in New York State. He received his B.A. from Princeton University in 1931. In 1933
Yates married the pianist Frances Mullen. After migrating to the West Coast, Yates went to work for the California Department
of Employment in Los Angeles in 1937. He stayed with the agency as an employment counselor until 1962.
22.1 Linear feet
(48 archives boxes and 33 oversize folders)
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.