Lou Harrison Manuscripts

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Northeastern University (Oakland)
Special Collections, F. W. Olin Library
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, California 94613

Descriptive Summary

Title: Lou Harrison Manuscripts
Dates: 1931–2003
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Creator/Collector: Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003
Extent: Consult repository.
Repository: Northeastern University (Oakland)
Oakland, California 94613
Abstract: For Lou Harrison’s life, see Leta E. Miller and Fredric Lieberman: Lou Harrison. Composing a World. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998   See also Mills College, Special Collections, Faculty Publications: Harrison, Lou Mills College, Special Collections, Bender Collection: Harrison, Lou Mills College, Special Collections, Marian van Tuyl Archive: Scores and Videos Charles Amirkhanian’s website: https://www.otherminds.org/featured-artists/ The manuscript scores in the Lou Harrison Archive at Mills College are being arranged in accordance with the “Catalog of Works of Lou Harrison” by Leta E. Miller and Charles Hanson that appears in that volume. Works without such a number have been assigned a number in a supplementary system by Charles Hanson. The bulk of Lou Harrison material is at the University of California at Santa Cruz, organized by Charles Hanson.
Language of Material: English


Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Lou Harrison Manuscripts. Collection Number: Consult repository.. Northeastern University (Oakland)

Scope and Content of Collection

The Lou Harrison Archive in Special Collections at Mills College consists of five record groups. Record Group Descriptions Record Group I: Artwork This record group consists of a signed cartoon of Lou by Antonio Sotomayor. Record Group II: Notebooks This record group consists of five substantial workbooks exuberantly crammed with notes, aphorisms, poems, calligraphy, sketches, notation, gamelan tuning ratios, ideas, quotidian memoranda, guest lists, addresses, and student examination questions. (four notebooks) Record Group III: Ephemera This record group consists of programs for concerts at Mills and elsewhere, some correspondence, a few periodical articles, the prospectus for a book, obituaries and memorials. Record Group IV: Music Manuscripts This record group consists of approximately 200 music manuscripts, some of them calligraphic. Series I: Small format (8 ½ x 11”) with Miller catalogue numbers or Charles Hanson numbers; Series II: Large format (11 x 17”); Box 1. With Miller numbers; Box 2. With Charles Hanson numbers; Series III: Incomplete musical studies and unidentified sketches, none performed (small format); Series IV: Early (undated) music mss (small format). Record Group V: Miscellaneous Printed Matter This record group consists of published writings of Lou Harrison and others in monographs and journals.

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