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Elaine Barkin musical compositions and papers, 1955-2010
PASC-M 59  
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
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  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Related Material
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  • Title: Elaine Barkin musical compositions and papers
    Collection number: PASC-M 59
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 15.2 linear ft. (31 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1955-2010
    Abstract: This collection primarily contains musical compositions and professional writings by composer Elaine Barkin.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Barkin, Elaine, 1932-

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Elaine Barkin Musical Compositions and Papers (Collection PASC-M 59). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Elaine Barkin, 1987-2010.


    Composer, writer, and performer Elaine Barkin was born December 15, 1932 in New York City. She graduated from Queens College, CUNY and Brandeis University (MFA, 1954 and Ph.D, 1971) and studied composition at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik in the 1950s. Barkin taught at Queens College (1964-1970), the University of Michigan (1970-1974), and Princeton (1974), before joining the faculty at UCLA in 1974, teaching music composition and theory; she retired from UCLA in 1997. Barkin also served as an editor for the journal Perspectives of New Music from the mid-1960s to 1980s, and wrote numerous essays for the publication and other music journals, including Open Space Magazine, which she co-founded. In the 1980s, Barkin undertook several excursions to Bali to study gamelan music and interview Indonesian musicians.
    Elaine Barkin has composed numerous musical works, including those for strings, piano, percussion, harp, woodwind, horns, gamelan, and voice.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of draft and reproduction scores, sketches, and some completed versions of Elaine Barkin’s musical compositions; writings and material relating to editorial work for the journal Perspectives of New Music; and writings for other publications. Also present is a small amount of material concerning Barkin’s other professional endeavors, including her involvement with the Society for Music Theory and her interest in Balinese music; personal correspondence; ephemera; and audio recordings of some of her works.

    Organization and Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into the following series:
    • Series 1. Musical compositions
    • Series 2. Perspectives of New Music
    • Series 3. Other writings and professional endeavors
    • Series 4. Personal correspondence and files
    • Series 5. Audio recordings
    • Series 6. Film: Lapis

    Related Material

    UCLA Music Library  has individual scores and recordings of Barkin's work. Please search the UCLA Library Catalog. 

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4230355 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Barkin, Elaine, 1932- --Archives.
    Universities and colleges--California--Los Angeles--Faculty--Archives.
    Women composers--United States--Archives.