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Guide to the Maurice Faulkner Papers
UArch FacP 35  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Maurice Faulkner Papers
    Dates: 1959-1990
    Collection number: UArch FacP 35
    Creator: Faulkner, Maurice
    Collection Size: 9 linear feet (19 boxes).
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: Papers of musicologist, critic, and teacher Maurice Faulkner. The collection includes general biographical materials, photographs, article and review typescripts, extensive research notes, professional and personal correspondence, materials related to the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, and UCSB faculty records.
    Physical location: SRLF.
    Languages: English

    Access Restrictions

    None. This collection is stored off-site. Advance notice is required for retrieval.

    Publication Rights

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

    Preferred Citation

    Maurice Faulkner Papers. UArch FacP 35. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated in 2003, 2011 by Suzanne Somerville Faulkner.


    Born on 2 February 1912 in Fort Scott, Kansas, Maurice Faulkner was awarded a B.S. from Fort Hayes State College in 1932. While teaching music in the public school system, he earned a M.A. from the Teacher's College at Columbia University. Faulkner was appointed to the faculty of San Jose State College in 1937, and received a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1956. In 1940, he joined the faculty at Santa Barbara State College, where he was instrumental in the College's inclusion in the University of California system. His early days at Santa Barbara were interrupted by military service in World War II. In addition to his teaching duties, Faulkner served as chairman of the music department in the early 1950s. He retired from UCSB in 1979.
    Faulkner's research was driven by his primary instrument, the trumpet. He published on performance stress, lung capacity of brass players, and other brass-related topics, as well as serving as an editor for The Instrumentalist. He also did extensive research on early brass instruments. Faulkner was a prominent guest conductor, directing ensembles from the Seoul Symphony Orchestra to high school bands. In addition, he conducted the Santa Barbara Orchestra, the University Orchestra (UCSB), and the UCSB Brass Choir, and served as musical director of the Santa Barbara Fiesta Bowl Program. Deeply committed to music education, Faulkner founded the All-California High School Symphony Orchestra, which he directed from 1941-1973. He was a founder of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation and also served on the board of directors of the Music Academy of the West.
    Maurice Faulkner was also widely known as a music critic and journalist. He spent summers at the Salzburg Festival and other European musical events, reporting back for publications like the Santa Barbara News-Press, the Saturday Review, and the International Herald-Tribune.
    Maurice Faulkner passed away on 7 August 1994.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Maurice Faulkner Papers is divided into 6 series: Series I, Biographical Information; Series II, Correspondence; Series III, Professional Papers; Series IV, Photographs; Series V, Lotte Lehmann Foundation, Series VI, Research Notes. The bulk of material in the collection consists of manuscript research notes, primarily on the topic of historical brass and percussion instruments.


    Series I, Biographical Information in Faulkner's papers is limited to two folders on a relative's estate and biographical information.
    Series II, Correspondence consists of personal letters and professional correspondence. The personal letters include correspondence with Faulkner's family, holiday cards, and other similar items. Professional correspondence is centered on his position at the University of California, Santa Barbara, his research, and his work as a critic and journalist.
    Series III, Professional Papers includes typescripts of articles and reviews, faculty biographies, UCSB faculty documents, and materials from Faulkner's work in Europe as a critic.
    Series IV, Photographs are almost exclusively professional. Faulkner's work as a critic provided him with photos of the Salzburg Festival, musicians, and other related subjects. In addition, his association with the Lotte Lehmann Foundation is responsible for several headshots of singers who applied for scholarships. Finally, there are photographs and slides related to Faulkner's research in early brass instruments and world musics.
    Series V, Lotte Lehmann Foundation contains the operating and financial documents of the now-dissolved Lotte Lehmann Foundation, which existed to fund young opera singers in the early stages of their careers. The series includes the articles of incorporation, operating documents, bank statements, a ledger, and tax returns, as well as correspondence related to the foundation.
    Series VI, Research Notes is comprised of the handwritten notes from Faulkner's research. Most are arranged in chronological order, with minor adjustments for arrangement in boxes and with the exception of undated bundles of notes, which are arranged by subject.
    Series VII, Accession PA-2011-012 consists of items from the library of Maurice and Suzanne Faulkner donated in 2011. These include scrapbooks, clippings and letters related to Lotte Lehmann, as well as notes, original research materials and writings of Maurice Faulkner.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Faulkner, Maurice
    University of California, Santa Barbara. Dept. of Music
    Lotte Lehmann Foundation
    Brass instruments.
    World music.