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Inventory of the Jack Goodwin Papers, 1940-1991
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jack Goodwin Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1940-1991
    Collection number: ARCHIVES GOODWIN 1
    Creator: Goodwin, Jack, 1920-1991
    Extent: Number of containers: 3 cartons, 6 document boxes, and 1 flat storage box

    Linear feet: 6
    Repository: The Music Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Music Library.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jack Goodwin Papers, ARCHIVES GOODWIN 1, The Music Library, University of California, Berkeley.


    John (Jack) Francis Goodwin (1920-1991), composer, was born in San Francisco and lived there most of his life. He studied with Darius Milhaud and Roger Sessions. He was a graduate of San Francisco State College (now University), and studied music at Mills College, Columbia University, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
    In 1955, Jack Goodwin received the James D. Phelan Award for his three-act opera The Pizza Pusher, a satire on the repression of pizza (read Marijuana). He was also the recipient of the Alice Ditson Fellowship at Columbia University for his oratorio based on Walt Whitman's poem, Leaves of Grass.
    Although Goodwin wrote mostly vocal music, he did leave a substantial body of instrumental music, including two symphonies. His interest in drama went beyond the music medium; he wrote many plays and had a volume of his poems published.
    Goodwin supported himself as an interviewer with California's Employment Development Department. He worked there for many years until his retirement in 1982. He died on April 16, 1991, after a long bout with cancer.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains music manuscripts, music sketchbooks, miscellaneous music sketches, correspondence, and tapes. The collection was donated by Diana Guglielmi, niece and sole heir of Jack Goodwin. The original collection contains numerous photocopies of his music. Only the original manuscripts and photocopies with markings or are unique have been retained in the collection.