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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Music Department
    Dates: 1923-2013 (bulk 1950-1987)
    Collection Number: UA0075
    Creator/Collector: Thomas Davies Harold P. Davidson William V. Johnson PolyPhonics
    Extent: 7 LF, 9 boxed and 4 flat files
    Online items available
    Repository: California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. University Archives
    San Luis Obispo, California 93407
    Abstract: Records related to the Cal Poly Music Department activities, events, and students including choirs, PolyPhonics, University Singers, Symphony, Glee Club, band and Student Opera Theater circa 1950s through early 2000s.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection is open to researchers by appointment. For more information on visiting, access policies, and reproduction requests, please visit our Reference Services page online at http://lib.calpoly.edu/search-and-find/collections-and-archives/reference-services/.

    Publication Rights

    Digital copies are provided to researchers for the purpose of study, research, and personal use only, unless otherwise specified in writing. Materials that are the property of Cal Poly Special Collections and Archives require written permission prior to publication. No complete collection may be reproduced. For print and online publication, please visit our Reproduction Services page online at http://lib.calpoly.edu/support/sca-policies/reproduction/. Special Collections and Archives reserves the right to review all reproduction requests and to withhold permission if scanning would endanger the material, would violate copyright law, or would violate institutional restrictions.

    Preferred Citation

    Music Department. California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. University Archives

    Acquisition Information


    Biography/Administrative History

    The Music Department introduces a student to the role of music in today’s world develops musical skills, encourages creativity, and cultivates vision for the future. The University’s polytechnic emphasis also provides an excellent opportunity to explore music in conjunction with a wide range of other fields. Graduates are prepared to begin specialized study at the graduate level and to enter a wide variety of professional careers. The department offers a wide range of elective courses which allow the student to specialize to some extent within a liberal arts degree. There is a rich tradition of music at Cal Poly dating back to the earliest years of the university which was established in 1901. As part of the College of Liberal Arts, the Music Department continues the tradition of excellence with an excellent program and uniquely qualified faculty. It serves as a cultural center for both the university and the community through a program of public performances by student and faculty groups and through clinics, workshops, concerts, and lectures by individuals from outside the university. The Bachelor of Arts in Music was established in 1991.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains candid and professional photographs of Music Department activities, events, faculty and students including choirs, PolyPhonics, University Singers, Symphony, Glee Club, band, and Student Opera Theatre circa 1950s through the early 2000s. The collection also includes photograph collages on poster board created by participating students for various events of the Music Department.

    Indexing Terms

    Student Opera Theater
    Wind Orchestra
    Wind Ensemble
    Glee Club
    National Association of Schools of Music
    San Luis Obispo
    Vinyl record album
    Recorded sound

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