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Finding Aid for the John Vincent Collection , 1940-1976
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John Vincent Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1940-1976
    Collection number: 31
    Creator: Vincent, John
    Extent: 122 boxes (61 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: This collection consists of sketches, holographs and transparencies of musical works
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Performing Arts Special Collections for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

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

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John Vincent Collection, 31, Performing Arts Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Vincent was born on May 17, 1902 in Birmingham, AL; diploma from New England Conservatory of Music; BS and MA from George Peabody College; studied with Walter Piston at Harvard Univ., 1933-35, where he received the John Knowles Paine Travelling Fellowship for two years' study with Nadia Boulanger; Ph.D, Cornell Univ., 1942; head of music dept. at Western Kentucky State Univ., 1937-45, then succeeded Arnold Schoenberg as professor of composition at UCLA, 1946-69; conducted orchestras throughout the US and South America; director, Huntington Hartford Foundation, 1952-65; wrote The diatonic modes in modern music (1951); composed many works, including: Three jacks ballet (1941), Primeval void (opera buffa, 1969-71), Symphony in D (1954), Stabat mater (1970), Three Grecian songs, and two string quartets; he died on Jan. 21, 1977 in Santa Monica, CA.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of sketches, holographs and transparencies of musical works by John Nathaniel Vincent. Also includes correspondence, class lecture notes, research materials and notes, programs, UCLA Music Dept. documents, financial and personal records, photographs, commercial and non-commercial disc recordings of music by Vincent, and miscellaneous memorabilia.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Biographical materials (boxes 1-3)
    2. Documents relating to musical works (boxes 4,8-10)
    3. Programs, reviews, notes (boxes 5-7)
    4. Articles, speeches, papers (boxes 11-13)
    5. International travels (boxes 14-16)
    6. Correspondence (boxes 17-31,44-47)
    7. Music festivals and performing organizations (boxes 32-43)
    8. UCLA and other academic institutions (boxes 48-56)
    9. Radio broadcast records (boxes 57-59)
    10. Libretti and musical notes (boxes 60-61)
    11. Musical sketches and holographs (boxes 62-72)
    12. Transparent masters of musical works (boxes 73-77)
    13. Notes for the counterpoint and harmony books (boxes 78-80)
    14. The diatonic modes (boxes 81-86)
    15. Financial and personal records (boxes 90-92)
    16. Program books, scrapbooks (boxes 93-95)
    17. Tape recordings of Vincent's music performances, interviews (boxes 96-97)
    18. Memorabilia (boxes 98,101,105)
    19. Miscellaneous (boxes 99-100)
    20. Disc recordings of Vincent's works (boxes 102,104)
    21. Vincent's lectures (box 103)
    22. Music manuscripts (boxes 106-122)
    23. Posters (packages 1-5)

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Vincent, John Nathaniel, 1902- --Archives.
    University of California, Los Angeles--Dept. of Music--Faculty--Archival resources.
    Composers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.

    Related Material

    Flautist, composer, teacher [oral history transcript] / John Vincent, interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, c1985. Available at Dept. of Special Collections, UCLA.