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Finding Aid for the Dorrance Stalvey papers, 1944-2005
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Indexing Terms
  • Separated Material
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Dorrance Stalvey papers
    Date (inclusive): 1944-2005
    Collection number: 1896
    Creator: Stalvey, Dorrance
    Extent: 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 English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
    Repository: 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 for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the 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.

    Processing Note

    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 Arcadia  funds.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Dorrance Stalvey papers (Collection 1896). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7023408 


    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:
    1. Chronological, 1944-2005
    2. Biographical, 1944-2005
    3. Pedagogy, 1966-1984
    4. Composition, 1953-2005
    5. Media, 1960-2004

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    COLLECTION CONTAINS DIGITAL MATERIALS: Special equipment or further processing may be required for viewing. To access digital materials you must notify the reference desk in advance of your visit.

    Indexing Terms

    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

    Separated Material

    Duplicate copies of bound scores of many of Stalvey's compositions were transferred to the UCLA Music Library.

    Related Material

    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.