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Department of Music Records, 1918-[ongoing]
10 boxes (14 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 52

Abstract:
Records contain information regarding the history of the program, booklets, course information, department minutes, office files, faculty files, Smith College concerts and recitals and the New Valley Music Press, the only university press in the country devoted to the publication of modern American music.

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Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

Music Department at Smith College:

When Smith College opened in 1875 the study of music was conducted in a conservatory located in Pierce Hall, adjacent to College Hall. There, professors George W. Steele and J. Wells Champney instructed the students three times per week. From 1877 to 1879 a school of music was organized due to high demand from students wishing to study. The demand was so high that the conservatory soon became too small and inadequate for the number of students, and in 1880 the bowling alley in the gymnasium was converted into music rooms and the first story of the building was given up entirely to the music program. With demand for music instruction ever-increasing, the Executive Committee secured plans for a new building which was opened during the 1882-1883 college year. At that time, Smith College was believed by many to be the finest music school in the country. In 1903, Music became a department of the college, while the study of performance for credit continued to be offered within a liberal arts program, which was unusual for colleges at that time. In 1924 the Music Department moved to the newly constructed Sage Hall, and in 1968 the neighboring Werner Josten Library of the Performing Arts was built to house one of the finest undergraduate music libraries in the country. Extensive renovations to Sage Hall in 1989-90 resulted in the construction of Earle Recital Hall and the reconfiguration of the main auditorium, re-christened Sweeney Concert Hall, into an acoustically ideal hall for performances ranging from solo recitals to small orchestral concerts. Sweeney Concert Hall is the venue for the department's acclaimed concert series. The department's facilities include numerous practice rooms with grand pianos, an electro-acoustic music studio, and a digital classroom equipped with state-of-the-art computer workstations. Student participation outside of the classroom was equally important. Department clubs were formed as early as 1880, when the first Glee Club was formed and disbanded the same year and later re-formed in 1888. Since 1880 musical clubs have had a presence in the Smith community: the Noteables, Chamber Singers, the All-Smith Choir, Class Choirs, the Smith College Oratorio Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra Symphony Orchestra, the Smith-Amherst Orchestra, the training Orchestra and the Smiffenpoofs. Concerts and recitals have been held from 1876 to the present.

The Valley Music Press:

The Valley Music Press was established in 1942 by Ross Lee Finney, then a faculty member at Smith College, and John Verral. For a number of years Verral was based at Mount Holyoke College as part of the music departments of Smith College and Mt. Holyoke College and was supported by these two institutions. The Valley Music Press was unique because it was the only university press in the country devoted to the publication of modern American music. It was a non-profit organization for the distribution at moderate price of music by contemporary composers. Works were chosen as being practical for performance, rewarding for study, and varied both in medium and in place in the contemporary scene. As of 1962, the press had 55 publications on hand. Needless to say, the business details were many and varied. Meetings of the Executive Committee were held during the year to discuss new music to be published. It was felt that the time had come for the Press to become a member of the Smith College publications, and that it would be necessary to sever its connection with Mount Holyoke College. President Mendenhall gave his support to this goal, and also arranged for the sum of $400.00 annually to be provided by Smith College towards operating expenses of the Press. (Formerly, $200.00 came from the Music Department at Smith College and $200.00 from Mount Holyoke College.) It was also agreed that the name would be changed to signify the end of the original partnership. Hence, the Press was renamed the New Valley Music Press (NVMP) of Smith College. The NVMP ceased publication in December of 1996.

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

Access is open, without restriction.

Restrictions on use:

The Archives has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright. Permission to publish material from the papers must be requested from the College Archives.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Smith College Dept. of Music Records, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

These records were transferred to the College Archives in the Summer of 2002.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to the collection are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Gayla Spaulding.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
DEPARTMENT MINUTES



Minutes
1918-1987

Box 1: folder 1-66
OFFICE FILES



Operating budget
1997-98

Box 1: folder 67
Sabbatical procedures
1997-98

Box 1: folder 68
Presidential Fellowships, released time and replacement staffing
1997-99

Box 1: folder 69
Deans suggestions for chairs
1997-98

Box 1: folder 70
Information regarding faculty offices and computers
n.d.

Box 1: folder 71
Appointments to the faculty:



Tenure-track positions
n.d.

Box 1: folder 72
Part-time, not on tenure-track
n.d.

Box 1: folder 73
Proposal for new academic offerings
n.d.

Box 1: folder 74
General guidelines
n.d.

Box 1: folder 75
Leaflets
1957-1973

Box 1: folder 76
Inventory: Archives Bound Volumes
1956-1966

Box 1: folder 77
Music book associates
1967-1969

Box 1: folder 78
Mailing list archives
1959

Box 1: folder 79
Exchanges and gifts: special correspondence
1956-1970

Box 1: folder 80
Copyrights
1964-1969

Box 1: folder 81
Standing order file
1960-1977

Box 1: folder 82
Sage Hall rededication ceremony
1991

Box 1: folder 83
8 books of Selected List of Choruses for Women's Voices (2 copies)
1927, 1946

Box 2
Naegele, Phillipp Otto - lecture (2 copies)
1983

Box 2
FACULTY FILES (alphabetical)



Accompanists


Box 2: folder 1
Accompanists (LaSalle)


Box 2: folder 2
Allison, Lucille Aubade


Box 2: folder 3
Ankudowich - Werner Josten Music Library


Box 2: folder 4
Ard, Jamee


Box 2: folder 5
Auerswald, Adrienne


Box 2: folder 6
Bezanson, Philip


Box 2: folder 7
Boatwright, Howard


Box 2: folder 8
Boykan, Martin


Box 2: folder 9
Brunswick, Mark


Box 2: folder 10
Brunswick, Mark: Viola Solo


Box 2: folder 11
Burt, George


Box 2: folder 12
Callaway, Ann


Box 2: folder 13
Carter, Elliot: Song, Voyage


Box 2: folder 14
Chernin, Mallorie


Box 2: folder 15
DeFelice, Elizabeth


Box 2: folder 16
Degenring, Eloise: Finardi


Box 2: folder 17
Donovan, Richard


Box 2: folder 18
Douma, Jeffrey: letter of appointment


Box 2: folder 19
Duke, John: Two Songs


Box 2: folder 20-21
Dushkin, Dorothy


Box 2: folder 22
Elwell, Herbert


Box 2: folder 23
Etler Alvin: Quartet and Sonata


Box 2: folder 24-26
Evans, Paul


Box 2: folder 27-28
Fankhauser, James


Box 2: folder 29
Fennelly, Brian


Box 2: folder 30
Finney, Ross Lee


Box 2: folder 31
Flight, Paul M.


Box 2: folder 32
Flutists Pro Rata: Four Songs


Box 2: folder 33
Goldman, Lisa


Box 2: folder 34
Gotwals, Vernon


Box 2: folder 35
Graduate Students: Teaching Fellows


Box 2: folder 36
Greenbaum, Adrianne


Box 2: folder 37-38
Harsh, Tamara


Box 2: folder 39
Hayes, Gregory


Box 2: folder 40
Hoag, Charles


Box 2: folder 41
Holden, David


Box 2: folder 42
Hunter, Ann


Box 2: folder 43
Imbrie, Andrew: Piano Sonata


Box 2: folder 44-45
Jacobi, Frederick


Box 2: folder 46
Hunter, Johnson: Serenade


Box 2: folder 47-48
Josten, Werner


Box 2: folder 49
Kadlubkiewicz, Veronica


Box 2: folder 50
Kanitz, Dr. Ernest


Box 2: folder 51
Kanitz, Ernest: Notturno


Box 2: folder 52
Kelly, Thomas


Box 2: folder 53
Kennedy Professor: Howard Brown


Box 2: folder 54
Koch, John


Box 2: folder 55
Kolb, G. Robert


Box 2: folder 56-57
Sue, Kurian


Box 3: folder 1
Lamb, Hubert: Publication Project


Box 3: folder 2-3
Laufer, Edward: Variations for seven instruments


Box 3: folder 4
London, Edwin


Box 3: folder 5
Malek, Eugene


Box 3: folder 6-7
McAllister, Suzanne


Box 3: folder 8
McIntyre, Ken


Box 3: folder 9-10
Miller, Robert


Box 3: folder 11
Montgomery, Anna


Box 3: folder 12
Morrison, Theodore: Application for the position of Director of Choral Activities


Box 3: folder 13-14
Murray, Jessel


Box 3: folder 15
Naegele, Philip


Box 3: folder 16
Noble, Clifton


Box 3: folder 17
Ramos-Santana, Jose


Box 3: folder 18
Rosenberg, Joel


Box 3: folder 19
Shansky, Marjorie


Box 3: folder 20
Skarimbas, Carol Bergey (voice)


Box 3: folder 21
Solomon, Magen


Box 3: folder 22
Stafford, Elaine


Box 3: folder 23
Stahl, Dorothy


Box 3: folder 24
Sussman, Lynn and Michael


Box 3: folder 25
Tarlow, Karen


Box 3: folder 26
Thayer, Lucinda


Box 3: folder 27
Theorist X


Box 3: folder 28
Usher, Leslie


Box 3: folder 29
van der Loo, Marion


Box 3: folder 30
VanBuskirk, John


Box 3: folder 31
Vitali, G. B.: Volume XIV


Box 3: folder 32
Voice search: Voice appointment


Box 3: folder 33-34
Waites, Althea:


Box 3: folder 35-37
Note:

RESTRICTED until 2049, located on Level B

Wallfisch, Lory


Box 3: folder 38
Wells, Kathryn


Box 3: folder 39
Wheelock, Gretchen


Box 3: folder 40
Wilsen, Carlotta


Box 3: folder 41
Ziarko, John


Box 3: folder 42
FACULTY FILES (course materials)



Caccini, La Liberazione di Ruggiero d'all' Isola d' Alcina - Volume 7


Box 4: folder 1
Smith College Music Archives - Tartini Concerti Volume 9


Box 4: folder 2
Archives - Volume 10


Box 4: folder 3
Volume XI - Steffani


Box 4: folder 4
Music Archives, Volume XII, Vitali, Concerto di Sonate Opus 4, edited by Doris Silbert, Gertrude Parker Smith and Louise Rood


Box 4: folder 5
Volume XII - Errata


Box 4: folder 6
Volume XIII


Box 4: folder 7
Volume XV - Brahms Folk Songs


Box 4: folder 8
Publicity cards - Choruses for Women's Voices


Box 4: folder 9
Three Compositions for Piano, Copyright notice


Box 4: folder 10
Original MSS - Music Department Archives


Box 4: folder 11
Archives - Early history - original letters
1934-38

Box 4: folder 12
Agents


Box 4: folder 13
Archives I, II and III, requests for copies


Box 4: folder 14
Twelve Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Geminiani Volume I


Box 4: folder 15
J.J. Fux - Costanza E Fortezza - Volume II


Box 4: folder 16
Boccherini - Volume III


Box 4: folder 17
Boccherini - second printing


Box 4: folder 18
Canzoni, Sonetti e Frottole, edited by Dr. Einstein Volume IV


Box 4: folder 19
Complimentary copies


Box 4: folder 20
Advertising


Box 4: folder 21
Financial arrangements - budget


Box 4: folder 22
General correspondence


Box 4: folder 23
Boonin


Box 4: folder 24
de Rore, Cypriano


Box 4: folder 25
Locke, Arthur


Box 4: folder 26
Nowack, Lionel


Box 4: folder 27
Palmer, Robert


Box 4: folder 28
Panetti


Box 4: folder 29
Porter, Quincy


Box 4: folder 30
Riley


Box 4: folder 31
Savioni


Box 4: folder 32
Schickele, Peter


Box 4: folder 33
Shepherd


Box 4: folder 34
Stewart, David


Box 4: folder 35
Tarlow, Karen


Box 4: folder 36-37
Verall, John


Box 4: folder 38
Walker, George


Box 4: folder 39
Weigel, Eugene


Box 4: folder 41
Wheelock


Box 4: folder 42
FACULTY FILES (departmental materials)



Reviews


Box 4: folder 43
Evaluation procedures


Box 4: folder 44
Electronic Music Studio


Box 4: folder 45
Senior evaluations
1977

Box 4: folder 46
Clara Schumann Collection


Box 4: folder 47
1963 Board of Counselors
1963

Box 4: folder 48
Choral Direstor search
1980-81

Box 4: folder 49
Choral position
83/86/87-88

Box 4: folder 50
Catalogue copy


Box 4: folder 51
Master calendar
1981-82

Box 4: folder 52
Catalogue
1984-85

Box 4: folder 53
Copier


Box 4: folder 54
Commencement Concert
1981-82

Box 4: folder 55
Black Musicians
1979

Box 4: folder 56
Boston Pops


Box 4: folder 57
Chair
1984

Box 4: folder 58
Ada Comstock Scholars
1988

Box 5: folder 1
Agenda
1979-1983

Box 5: folder 2
Advisory committee
1977

Box 5: folder 3
Arcadelt - Volume 2 - Everett Helm


Box 5: folder 4
Caccini


Box 5: folder 5
Statistics, financial statement, yearly sales card file


Box 5: folder 6
Catalogues


Box 5: folder 7
Unpaid orders


Box 5: folder 8
Standing orders
1955

Box 5: folder 9
Selected list
1986-1990

Box 5: folder 10
Advertising list


Box 5: folder 11
Requisition for selected list
1964-67

Box 5: folder 12
Practical Music fees


Box 5: folder 13
Vespers - Christmas Vespers tickets


Box 5: folder 14
Theory


Box 5: folder 15
Teaching Fellow


Box 5: folder 16
Smith-Amherst Orchestra - Up to 1975


Box 5: folder 17
Security for Sage Hall


Box 5: folder 18
Presser Foundation


Box 5: folder 19
Philosophical discussions


Box 5: folder 20
Odds and ends


Box 5: folder 21
Lecture Committee


Box 5: folder 22
Josten Library Issue


Box 5: folder 23
Governance Committee


Box 5: folder 24
Five Colleges



Orchestra


Box 5: folder 25
Music Planning Committee


Box 5: folder 26
Chairs


Box 5: folder 27-29
Early Music Committee: Evaluation report


Box 5: folder 30-31
SMITH COLLEGE CONCERTS AND RECITALS



Bound Programs
1937-1957

Box 6
Bound Programs
1957-1971

Box 7
Bound Programs
1971-77

Box 8
Programs (loose)



1995-96

Box 8: folder 1
1997-98

Box 8: folder 2-7
1999-2001

Box 8: folder 8-16
NEW VALLEY MUSIC PRESS



History
1962

Box 9: folder 1
Constitution
1962

Box 9: folder 2
Purchase orders
1986-87

Box 9: folder 3
Meetings
1952-54

Box 9: folder 4
United States Information Service
1961-62

Box 9: folder 5
Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation
1962-64

Box 9: folder 6
Advertising rates
1986

Box 9: folder 7
Requisitions
1973-1985

Box 9: folder 8
Announcements, notices and reviews
1951-1974

Box 9: folder 9
News releases
1963

Box 9: folder 10
Article: Louise Rood
1956

Box 9: folder 11
New Fund
1977

Box 9: folder 12
Composer royalty sheets
n.d.

Box 9: folder 13
New set-up
1966

Box 9: folder 14
Financial reports
1946-1984

Box 9: folder 15
Alvin Etler Memorial Competition
1973-77

Box 9: folder 16
Accounts to be posted
1988

Box 9: folder 17
Alphacomp
1988-89

Box 9: folder 18
Check receipts
1985-88

Box 9: folder 19
Copyright forms
n.d.

Box 9: folder 20
Copyright
1988

Box 9: folder 21
Catalogue
1992

Box 9: folder 22
Correspondence
1991-96

Box 9: folder 23
Complete
1993-2000

Box 9: folder 24
Copyright and fair use: Compositions for Piano
1992

Box 9: folder 25
Teal binder: Office ledgers
1949-1991

Box 9: folder 26
Press correspondence
1970-1991

Box 9: folder 27
Composer's refunds
1953, 1991

Box 9: folder 28
Price listing
n.d.

Box 9: folder 29
Bezanson, Philip - Diversion for Brass Trio


Box 9: folder 26
Baotwright, Howard - Trio


Box 9: folder 25
Boykan, Martin - String Quartet


Box 9: folder 24
Brunswick, Mark - Viola Solo


Box 9: folder 25
Burt, George


Box 9: folder 26
Ann Callaway - Four Elements for Horn and Piano


Box 9: folder 27
Donovan, Richard



Four Songs


Box 9: folder 28-34
Terzetto


Box 9
Quartet for Woodwinds


Box 9
and Clarinet in B flat


Box 9
and Bassoon


Box 9
and Oboe


Box 9
and Flute


Box 9
Duke, John



My Soul


Box 9: folder 35-38
End of World


Box 9
Viola Alone


Box 9
Three Poems by Mark Van Doren


Box 9
Dushkin, Dorothy - Quintet


Box 9: folder 39
Elliott, Carter - Voyage


Box 9: folder 40
Elwell, Herbert



Agamede's Song


Box 9: folder 41-42
Suffolk Owl


Box 9
Etler, Alvin



Morning Glory


Box 9: folder 43-45
Duo


Box 9
Quartet for Oboe, Clarinet, Viola and Bassoon


Box 9
Finney, Ross Lee



Vi and Piano Third Sonata


Box 9: folder 46-52
Piano Sonata


Box 9
Slow Piece


Box 9
Three Love Songs


Box 9
Three 17th Century Lyrics


Box 9
7th and 8th String Quartets


Box 9
2nd Sonata in C - Cello


Box 9
Galieli, Vincenzo - Volume VIII


Box 9: folder 53
Gogarty - To a Trout


Box 9: folder 54
Golden Stockings


Box 9: folder 55
Hamm, Charles


Box 9: folder 56
Hoag, Charles


Box 9: folder 57
Holden, David


Box 9: folder 58
Hunter, Johnson - Serenade


Box 9: folder 59
Imbrie, Andrew - Sonata for Piano


Box 9: folder 60
Jacobi, Frederick



Odyssey


Box 9: folder 61-62
Three Songs


Box 9
Josten, Werner


Box 9: folder 63
Kanitz, Ernest - Notturno for Flute, Violin and Viola


Box 9: folder 64
Koch, John - Elegy


Box 9: folder 65
Lamb, Hubert - Toccata


Box 9: folder 66
Laufer, Edward - Variations for Seven Instruments


Box 9
London, Edwin



Soantina for Viola and Piano


Box 9: folder 67-68
Third Day


Box 9
Luening



Three Duets for Two Flutes


Box 9: folder 69-74
Third Short Sonata


Box 9
Second Short Sonata


Box 9
Sonatina


Box 9
Sonata composed in two dayturnes


Box 9
Andante and variations


Box 9
Nobel, Clifton Jr. - Songs of Innocence and Experience


Box 10: folder 1
Nowak, Lionel - Diptych


Box 10: folder 2
Panetti


Box 10: folder 3
Porter, Quincy



Divertimento


Box 10: folder 4-11
Duo


Box 10
Little Trio


Box 10
Poem


Box 10
String Quartet Number 5


Box 10
String Quartet Number 7


Box 10
String Quartet Number 8


Box 10
Speed Etude


Box 10
Reverie


Box 10: folder 12
Riley, John - String Quartet Number 2


Box 10: folder 13
Schickele, Peter - After Spring Sunset


Box 10: folder 14
Serenade


Box 10: folder 15
Shepherd, Arthur



Seven Songs


Box 10: folder 16-18
Star Lake


Box 10
Fiddlers


Box 10
Smith, Melville


Box 10: folder 19
Spinning Song


Box 10: folder 20
Spratlan, Lewis



Images


Box 10: folder 21-22
Images for Soprano and Piano


Box 10
Stern, Robert - A Little Bit of Music


Box 10: folder 23
Steuermann



Background pieces


Box 10: folder 24-26
Improvisation and Allegro


Box 10
Three Songs


Box 10
Stewart - Spectral Dance


Box 10: folder 27
Tarlow



Seven Sabbath Songs


Box 10: folder 28-29
Renascence


Box 10
Verrall, John



String Trio


Box 10: folder 30-32
Autumn Sketches


Box 10
String Quartet


Box 10
Virgil


Box 10: folder 33
Vitali - Volume XIV


Box 10: folder 34
Walker, George


Box 10: folder 35
Weigel, Eugene - Four Songs


Box 10: folder 36
Weigel, John - Sonata for Strings


Box 10: folder 37
Wheelock - Sonata for Solo Flute


Box 10: folder 38
Correspondence


Box 10: folder 39
Notebook: Items of interest


Box 10

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  • Music--Instruction and study--Massachusetts--Northampton.
  • New Valley Music Press--History--Sources.
  • Smith College--History--Sources.
  • Smith College. Dept. of Music.

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  • New Valley Music Press.


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