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Finding Aid for the John Biggs papers, 1967-2012 PASC-M.0194
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

  • Title: John Biggs papers
    Identifier/Call Number: PASC-M.0194
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 4.4 linear feet (7 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1967-2012
    Abstract: Compositions by John Biggs, including printed and manuscript scores and commercial recordings.
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
    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: Biggs, John, 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], John Biggs papers (PASC-M 194). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4432664 

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    John Biggs; gift; 2001.


    John Biggs was born in Los Angeles on October 18, 1932. He received his master's degree in composition from the University of California, Los Angeles, and also studied at the University of Southern California and the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp, Belgium. His teachers included Roy Harris, Lukas Foss, Ingolf Dahl, Flor Peeters, Halsey Stevens, and Leonard Stein. Biggs taught at Los Angeles City College, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and served as composer-in-residence to six colleges in Kansas. He founded the John Biggs Consort, which toured internationally under Columbia Artists Management, specializing in medieval, renaissance, and 20th century music. Awards for his compositions include a Rockefeller Grant, Fulbright Grant, Atwater-Kent Award, ASCAP Serious Music Awards, and Meet the Composer grants. Biggs' works have been performed by the Ventura County Master Chorale, the Ventura County Symphony, and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, among other groups.

    Scope and Content

    Musical compositions by John Biggs, including orchestral music, chamber music, choral music, and the operas Hobson's Choice and Ernest Worthing. Primarily full printed scores, many with parts, as well as several manuscript scores. Also included are seven CDs of Biggs' music.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Compositions
    • Series 2. Commercial Recordings

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    COLLECTION CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audiovisual materials in this collection will require assessment and possible digitization for safe access. To review these audiovisual materials, you must notify the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk in advance of your visit.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Biggs, John, 1932- --Archives.