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The University of Southern California's music school was officially established in 1884, and conferred its first degrees in 1885. The records document many of the activities of the School from the late 19th to the early 21st centuries. Included are the papers (generally incomplete) of some of the School's notable personnel, including Max Swarthout, Raymond Kendall, Ellis Kohs, Pauline Alderman, and Walter F. Skeele; records of academic activities; records of student and alumni organizations, including Phi Phi and the Friends of Music; and scrapbooks of press clippings and press releases.The collection also includes 106 gigabytes of concert audio recordings as well as PDF files and still images of concert programs ranging from 1949 until 2017.
Music has had a strong presence at USC since the opening of the University in 1880, with music courses included in the first curriculum of the College of Liberal Arts. The USC Thornton School of Music was founded as the Conservatory of Music in 1884, at which students could only study either voice or piano, and a year later in 1885 it became the College of Music.
96.05 Linear Feet 103 boxes
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