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Brown University Department of Music records

Brown University Library

Box A
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Telephone: Manuscripts: 401-863-3723; University Archives: 401-863-2148
Email: Manuscripts: hay@brown.edu; University Archives: archives@brown.edu

Scope & content

The Brown University Department of Music records contain materials related to the Department dated from circa 1898 to 2009, with most of the materials dated from 1919 to 1962. The materials include concert programs, correspondence, office files, programs, publications, recordings and surveys. The records have been orgainzed into the following series:

Series I. Department of Music files has been divided into subseries according to topics such as the history of the music department at Brown, music department staff, and the Rosenberger Prize. The Susan Colver Rosenbergr Medal is awarded by designation of the faculty and is regarded as the highest honor Brown University can confer. This series is dated from 1941 to 1954.

Series II. Correspondence is arranged into subseries by date and then alphabetically within each subseries, with the exception of two folders labeled Coolidge (Arlan Coolidge) and Greene (Edward B. Greene). The correspondence is dated from 1930 to 1943.

Series III. Classes contains materials regarding the various classes taught in the Department. It is arranged into subseries by the name of the class and then chronologically within each subseries. These materials are dated from 1930 to 1956.

Series IV. Brown musical organizations contains materials chiefly regarding the Brown Glee Club. The materials are dated from 1930 to 1962.

Series V. Musical organizations, etc. contains materials regarding organizations such as the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, the Providence Chamber Music Society and the Music Teachers Association. The materials are dated from 1939 to 1952.

Series VI. Concerts is arranged into three subseries: Brown Musical Club concerts, Brown Concert Series and Miscellaneous concerts. With each subseries the materials are arranged, for the most part, chronologically. These materials are dated from 1919 to 1952.

Series VII. Concert programs is arranged into two subseries: Programs: 1858-2009 and Departmental concert programs. The Departmental programs are arranged chronologically. This series is dated from 1858 to 2009.

Series VIII. Publications and recordings contains materials related to publication contracts for Brown's Choral Series and sound recordings from Pembroke and Brown. The materials are dated from 1947 to 1948. Some undated materials are also included in this series.

Series IX. Surveys contains two surveys from the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), a survey of music classes at Brown, and an educational survey of the University of Pennsylvania. The surveys range in date from 1942 to 1956. Not all are dated.

Series X. Arlan R. Coolidge Music Department records contains materials regarding the Central Congregational Church (Providence, R.I.), an entry in a musical encyclopedia, speeches, a radio talk, Senate hearings on the arts and humanities, and administrative files. The administrative files contain records related to the Brown University curriculum as well as the music department curriculum, enrollment, concerts, and lectures. Correspondence, reports, and printed ephemera are also included. These materials are dated from circa 1930 to 1955.