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Robert N. Freeman Papers
UArch FacP 38  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material
  • Separated Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Robert N. Freeman Papers
    Dates: ca. 1978-2000
    Collection number: UArch FacP 38
    Creator: Freeman, Robert N.
    Collection Size: 17.8 linear feet (15 cartons, 5 document boxes, 2 flat oversize boxes, 1 card file box and 1 map cabinet folder).
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: The collection contains research files on music in Austrian abbeys (primarily Melk), drafts and research for publications, and conference and teaching files for UCSB musicology professor Robert Freeman.
    Physical location: Annex 2 (Boxes 1-23); Del Sur, Map Cabinet 19:16.
    Languages: English, German

    Access Restrictions

    Collection is stored off-site and requires advance notice for retrieval.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item, folder title, box number]. Robert N. Freeman Papers. UArch FacP 38. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information



    Robert N. Freeman was born August 29, 1939 in Vancouver, Canada. He earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles between 1959 and 1971, during which he traveled to Austria on a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the University of Vienna. His interest in Austria's musical history led to extensive research on the Benedictine abbey at Melk, which houses many Classical music manuscripts.
    Freeman began his teaching career at the College of the Canyons in Valencia, California in 1970. From 1971 to 1972, he lectured at CSU Los Angeles, while continuing to teach at the College of the Canyons. In 1974, Freeman was offered an assistant professor position by Karl Geiringer at UC Santa Barbara. He played an important role in the Jazz Ensemble and created a new interdisciplinary course with Wolf Kittler, a professor from the Germanic, Slavic and Semitic Studies Department. Freeman specialized in eighteenth century music, teaching individual courses on such composers as Haydn, Beethoven and Bach. His notable publications include monographs on the Austrian composer Schneider and music at Melk Abbey, as well as articles on Beethoven and Albrechtsberger. His final project was to edit a collection of essays by Karl Geiringer. Robert Freeman died after a long illness on June 18, 2002.
    For more information, see Curriculum Vitae in Research files.

    Scope and Content of Collection


    Series I, Research, contains primarily files relating to music in Austrian abbeys, particularly the Benedictine abbey of Melk. Also contains files on a commemorative collection of essays by Karl Geiringer, conference files, and files on Freeman's interdisciplinary project with Germanic Studies professor Wolf Kittler, including grant applications and correspondence with potential publishers for their book. See also Subseries A, Teaching files for the related course Freeman and Kittler taught together, Music 188A/288A. Conference files may overlap with research material on Austrian music and abbeys. Includes some slides and negatives. (Boxes 1-12, 21-23).
    Series II, UCSB, contains teaching files arranged by course number, as well as music department and general UCSB correspondence, UCSB libraries materials, and reference files from Freeman's predecessor, Michael Roeder. (Boxes 13-20).
    Series III, Personal/Miscellaneous, contains materials that do not fit into the above subjects.
    Series IV, Audio, contains cds and audio cassettes for his courses' listening assignments, and examples of music from his research areas.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Freeman, Robert N.
    Albrechtsberger, Johann Georg, 1736-1809
    Geiringer, Karl, 1899-1989
    Haydn, Joseph, 1732-1809.
    Schneider, Franz, 1737-1812
    University of California, Santa Barbara. Dept. of Music.
    Stift Melk.
    Church music--Austria.

    Related Material

    Books by Robert Freeman:
    • The practice of music at Melk Abbey based upon the documents, 1681-1826. Arts Library, Music ML3022.8.M45 F7 1989.
    • Franz Schneider (1737-1812): a thematic catalogue of his works. Arts Library, Music ML134.S28 A16.
    Edited by Freeman:
    • Joseph Haydn and the eighteenth century : collected essays of Karl Geiringer. Arts Library, Music ML410.H3 G44 2002.
    • Austrian cloister symphonists, with Michael Meckna. Arts Library, Music M1001 .A87.
    • Melker Kadenz zum 3. Klavierkonzert, op. 37. Arts Library, Music M1010.5.B4 A6 1997.
    See also Pegasus and Melvyl catalogs for more materials relating to Melk Abbey and online article databases for additional works by Freeman.

    Separated Material

    Books in collection cataloged separately:
    • Friedrich Blume, Renaissance and baroque music: a comprehensive survey, trans. M.D. Herter Norton, W.W. Norton & Company Inc.: New York, 1967.
    • Piero Weiss and Richard Taruskin, sel. and annot., Music in the western world: a history in documents, Schirmer Books: New York, 1984.
    • Claude V. Palisca, Baroque Music, 3rd ed., Prentice Hall: New Jersey, 1991.
    • Lester G. Crocker, ed., The confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau, Pocket Books, Inc.: New York, 1956.
    • Philip G. Downs, ed., Anthology of Classical Music, W.W. Norton and Company, Inc.: New York, 1992.
    • Joseph Kerman, Contemplating music: challenges to musicology, Harvard University Press: Massachussetts, 1985.
    • D. Kern Holoman and Claude V. Palisca, eds., Musicology in the 1980s: methods, goals, opportunities, Da Capo Press: New York, 1982.