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Guide to the James Adair papers, 1936-1973
MSS 2002/20  
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  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Custodial History note
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Processing Information note
  • Accruals note
  • Scope and Contents note

  • Title: James Adair papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 2002/20
    Contributing Institution: California State University, Sacramento Special Collections & University Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 30.0 Linear feet (58 flat boxes & 7 oversize boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1936-1973
    Abstract: Contains correspondence, programs, and musical scores pertaining to James Adair, a faculty member at Sacramento State who worked in the Department of Music.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    Copyright is protected by the copyright law, Chapter 17 of the U.S. Code. Requests for permission to publish, quote, or reproduce from collections must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Permission for publication is given on the behalf of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, The Library, California State University, Sacramento as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection is open for research. Some restrictions may apply.

    Biographical/Historical note

    James Adair (1909-1999), Professor of Music, Emeritus, came to California State University, Sacramento in September 1949 as Assistant Professor of Music. The University (then known as Sacramento State College) was new, with a faculty of 49 and a student enrollment of 830. Adair, with Frederick Westphal and Elizabeth May as the other members of the music faculty, started classes in Counterpoint and Composition, organized the chorus, Orchestra, Opera Workshop, and classes in Music Listening. Subsequently, for many years, he conducted the orchestra, Little Symphony, chamber music program, and in the last ten years, to 1975, devoted his time primarily to Counterpoint, Composition, and Orchestration.
    Starting his career as a violinist, he played in the Denver Symphony (1924-27), St. Louis Symphony (1929-31), Chicago Little Symphony (1937-33), and the Rochester Philharmonic (1947-49). He taught at Stephens College from 1933-47 with time out to serve in World War II (1942-46).
    Degrees include the BM degree, violin major, from the American Conservatory of Music, Chicago, MM from the Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and two years study on the doctor degree at Eastman School of Music, Composition major, 1947-49.

    Preferred Citation note

    [Identification of item including date], [Folder Title], MSS 2002/20, James Adair papers, Department of Special Collections and University Archives, The Library, California State University, Sacramento.

    Custodial History note

    Documentation was accumulated by James Adair and subsequently donated to the University Library in 2002.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Dontated to the CSUS University Library in 2002 by James Adair.

    Processing Information note

    Arrangement scheme by Heather McCummins.

    Accruals note

    No additions are expected.

    Scope and Contents note

    Collection is arranged in 12 series: Collection Information, Personal Papers, Orchestral Music, Vocal Music, Chamber Music, Solos, Band Music, Ballet/Dance Music, Holiday Music, Miscellaneous Music, Other Composers/Writers, and Photographs.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Adair, James
    Grainger, Percy, 1882-1961
    Composition (Music)
    Sheet music.