Inventory of the Non-administrative files, Music Dept., 1909-ongoing (bulk 1940-1960)

Processed by Matthew Weber ; machine-readable finding aid created by Xiuzhi Zhou
Music Library
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University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Inventory of the Non-administrative Files, Music Dept., 1909-ongoing (bulk 1940-1960)

Collection number: ARCHIVES MUSIC DEPT 3

The Music Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information

  • Music Library
  • 240 Morrison Hall
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
  • Phone: (510) 642-2623
  • Fax: (510) 642-8237
  • Email:
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Processed by:
Matthew Weber
Date Completed:
September 1999
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 2000 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Non-administrative Files, Music Dept.,
Date (inclusive): 1909-ongoing (bulk 1940-1960)
Collection number: ARCHIVES MUSIC DEPT 3
Creator: University of California (1868-1952). Dept. of Music.
Extent: Number of containers: 1 carton

Linear feet: 1.25
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


The Music Department Non-Administrative Files were given to the Music Library by the UC Berkeley Music Department on [date].


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], Non-administrative files, Music Dept., ARCHIVES MUSIC DEPT 3, The Music Library, University of California, Berkeley.


The University of California, Berkeley Music Department was founded in 1895, and first came to be recognized as a first-class music department under the chairmanship of Albert Elkus in the 1930's. During Elkus' tenure, the department attracted major gifts for scholarships, buildings, and fellowships, and appointed well-known scholars and composers to professorships, most notably Roger Sessions and Manfred Bukofzer. Following the Second World War, the department continued to build its reputation. Berkeley's graduate programs in musicology, ethnomusicology, and musical composition continue to be ranked highly among similar programs across the United States.
--adapted from program notes, Music at Berkeley: The University of California 125th Anniversary

Scope and Content

The collection includes non-administrative materials from the UC Berkeley Music Department's files from 1909 to the present day. Any material having to do with budgetary or financial matters, or with personnel issues, can be found in the Music Department Administrative Files (Archives Music Dept. 1). The department's filing system has remained intact through the processing of this archive, with the following exception: like materials have been grouped together; individual file folders have, when unlabelled, been labeled as to their general contents; and folders have been arranged chronologically within their series for ease in access. All materials received from the Music Department are otherwise intact.

List of Series

  • I. Special Events
  • II. Performance Groups on Campus
  • III. Festivals and Concerts
  • IV. Instruments

Container List


Series I: Special events.

item 1.

November 4, 1936 to October 21, 1947, guest lecturers in music at the University of California. A correspondence file.

item 2.

1958-1959, Music Conference lectures.

item 3.

October 27, 1959, Soviet composers visit Berkeley.

item 4.

1940-1948, Friends of Music. Correspondence file.

item 5.

1945, Modern Music Magazine, correspondence.

item 6.

1946-1947, National Association of Music Executives of Universities. Correspondence file. Pablo Casals master class 25 16mm films at Pacific Archive (642-1437).

item 7.

7-11 November, 1990, American Musicological Society 56th annual meeting. Copy of AMS abstracts for this meeting (hosted by UC Berkeley Music Department).

item 8.

25-26 March, 1994. Projecting Musicology in the Curriculum of the Future. Includes program for a series of symposia in response to Joseph Kerman's paper "Morphing musicology: The curricular component," a photocopy of Kerman's paper, and a copy of a round by Igor Stravinsky (text taken from Stravinsky's review of Kerman's Retrospectives and conclusions in the 26 September 1968 issue of the New York review of books).

item 9.

6 November 1996, Sala, sallone: an evening of music and music history from UC Berkeley. Program and brochure.

item 10.

8 March 1997, Mozart in the afternoon. Program, flyer, briefing memo, and guest list for a salon designed to introduce the Music Department to alumni and major gift prospects.

item 11.

25-26 April 1998, The creation. Program, flyer, and documents relating to planning of the symposium and concert.

item 12.

23 May 1998, Musicale and presentation to Jean Gray Hargrove. Invitation and program.


Series II: Performance Organizations on Campus.

item 13.

1909-1934, Berkeley Musical Association. Correspondence file.

item 14.

1940-1941, Composer's Forum. Programs and correspondence.

item 15.

1948-1955, Griller Quartet. Correspondence file and biography of the Griller Quartet.

item 16.

1958, Northern California High Schools Honor Orchestra. Master list, brochures, correspondence.

item 17.

1941-1942, International Society for Contemporary Music Festival at Berkeley. Correspondence file, newspaper clippings, program.

item 18.

1938-1942, League of Composers. Correspondence file including a substantial number of letters to and from Mrs. Claire R. Reis, the national chairman.

item 19.

1959-1961, Opera Workshop. Correspondence file, with special reference to the performances of Benjamin Britten's Turn of the Screw (Devember 10-12, 1959: and Ernest Bloch's Macbeth (March 31, 1960). This file also contains a list of past opera productions at Berkeley:


March, 1942, Gay-Pepusch, The Beggar's Opera, 4 performances


February, 1946, Purcell, Dido and Aeneas, 6 perf.


April, 1947, Stravinsky, Story of a Soldier, 6 perf.


April, 1947, Sessions, Trial of Lucullus, 6 perf.


May, 1953, Schenk, The Village Barber, 6 perf.


May, 1957, Monteverdi, Orfeo, Act II, 3 perf.


May, 1957, Elston, Sweeney Agonistes, 3 perf.


May, 1958, Elston, Love of Don Perlimplin, 2 perf.


May, 1959, Milhaud, Sorrows of Orpheus, 3 perf.

item 20.

1945-1948, Pro Arte Quartet, correspondence file with brochures.

item 21.

1950-1951, ASUC Band. Correspondence file, newspaper clippings, etc.

item 22.

1935-1945, UC Symphony orchestra. Correspondence file.

item 23.

1948-1954, UC Symphony orchestra. Correspondence file.

item 24.

1958-1960, UC Symphony orchestra. Correspondence file.

item 25.

1941-1942, UC Quartet Club. Membership lists, programs, some correspondence.

item 26.

1939-1940, University of California String Quartet. Correspondence, programs.


Series III: Festivals and Concerts.

item 27.

1940-1948, concerts sponsored by the Coolidge Foundation. Correspondence file.

item 28.

1941, Berkeley Festival in the Greek Theatre. Correspondence file.

item 29.

1942, short wave programs saluting the University of Chile, 100th anniversary. Correspondence file.

item 30.

1945-1946, performance of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Correspondence file.

item 31.

1947, performance Sessions' Trial of Lucullus. Correspondence file.

item 32.

1947, performance of Stravinsky's Histoire du Soldat. Correspondence file.

item 33.

1951-1954, performance of Schenk's The Village Barber. Correspondence file.

item 34.

1955-1956, Festival commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Mozart. Some programs and lists.

item 35.

Carillon festivals. Programs from the second, third, and fourth carillon festivals (1983, 1988, and 1993).

item 36.

Music at Berkeley: University of California 125th Anniversary. Program and photocopied review from San Francisco Chronicle (3/8/1993).

item 37.

23 April 1994, Concert celebrating the distinguished careers of Richard Crocker, Alan Curtis, Richard Felciano, Daniel Heartz, and Joseph Kerman. Program.

item 38.

9 March 1997, The heritage of Henry Cowell. Program.


Series IV: Instruments.

item 39.

1951-1953, The John Challis harpsichord (correspondence file, budget, newspaper clippings).

item 40.

1961-1963, The Eric Herz harpsichord, on loan to the Department of Music. Correspondence file.

item 41.

1961-1962, The Hubbard and Dowd harpsichord and the sale of the John Challis harpsichord. Correspondence file.

item 42.

1953-1970, The Walter Holtkamp Organ. Correspondence files, memos, blueprints, photographs, specifications, etc.

item 43.

19 November 1995, Harpsichord inaugural. Postcard and brochure.

item 44.

[no date] The Edmond O'Neill Memorial Organs. List of specifications for the 12 Edmond O'Neill Memorial Organs.