Bruno Nettl Papers

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Administrative Files

Correspondence

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Collection Overview

Title: Bruno Nettl Papers, 1949-2010Add to your cart.

ID: 12/5/39

Primary Creator: Nettl, Bruno (1930)

Extent: 11.75 cubic feet

Arrangement:

The Bruno Nettl Papers were initially arranged into two distinct Series: Series 1) Correspondence and Series 2) Sound Recordings in 2006. After restrictions on the collection were lifted in 2009 and additional materials were acquired from Bruno Nettl in 2013, the papers were re-arranged keeping the original order of the 2006 arrangement in tact. All materials recevied after 2013 were arranged either chronologically or alphabetically. The 2019 arrangement partitioned the papers into four distinct series: Series 1: Administrative Records, Series 2: Correspondence, Series 3: Research, and Series 4: Sound Recordings.

Series 1: Administrative Records is arranged into two sub-series: 1) University of Illinois Musicology Department Files and 2) Course Files for Musicology Courses, Anthropology Courses, and Other University Residencies. Starting with the 2019 acquisition, Subseries 1 and 2 are arranged chronologically when possible and alphabetically by subject when not.

Series 2: Correspondence is arranged into three sub-series: 1) Administrative Correspondence, 2) Professional Organization and Committee Correspondence, and 3) Personal and Research Correspondence. Subseries 1) Administrative Correspondence was arranged alphabetically in 2013. Subseries 3) Personal and Research Correspondence was arranged chronologically.

Series 3: Research is arranged into three sub-series: 1) Writings, Lectures, and Grant Applications, 2) Field Notes, Transcriptions, and Primary Research Materials, and 3) Secondary Sources and Annotations. Starting with the 2019 arrangment, Subseries 1 and 2 were arranged chronologically and Subseries 3 was arranged alphabetically by author's last name and chronologically by publication date when necessary.

Series 4: Sound Recordings is arranged chronologically and by collection and tape number therein. All undated tapes have been arranged alphabetically by subject.

Date Acquired: 01/13/2006. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Champaign, Illinois, Ethnography, Ethnomusicology, Folklore, Folk music, Folk music - Instruction and study, Folk music - Music teachers, Indian Dance, Indians of North America -- Music, Music, Music, School of, Music -- India, Music - Instruction and study, Music -- Iran, Music -- Montana, Music -- Native American, Tehran, Iran, World Music

Formats/Genres: Papers

Languages: English, Persian, Persian, Spanish;Castilian, German, Czech

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of administrative records, correspondence, published and unpublished research, and field recordings of Bruno Nettl while a professor of Musicology for the University of Illinois School of Music. The papers document Nettl's career as a teacher, administrator and internationally recognized researcher. Of particular interest is correspondence between Dr. Nettl and other renowned musicologists including Gerard Behauge, Stephen Blum, Philip Bohlman, Charles Hamm, Daniel Neuman, Stephen Slawek, Theodore Solis, Christopher Waterman, and Robert Witmer. In addition, these papers contain his field notes, field recordings, and melodic transcriptions from his three main research inquiries: the Blackfoot Native Americans, Persian Classical Music, and Indian Music.

Biographical Note

Bruno Nettl was born in 1930 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is the son of the late musicologist Paul Nettl, who taught at Indiana University from 1946-1964. After emigrating to the United States at the age of nine, he began studying music. In 1950, he graduated from Indiana University with a bachelors degree in music. In 1951, he wrote his master's thesis entitled, "The Musical Culture of the Arapaho." Nettl completed his doctoral studies with the eminent musicologist, George Herzog, and graduated with a PhD in musicology from Indiana University just two years later. His dissertation, "American Indian Music North of Mexico: It's Styles and Areas," would later be expanded in several articles and books on Native American musics. After receiving his first faculty position as a musicologist at Wayne State University in 1953, Dr. Nettl received a Fulbright Lectureship at the University of Kiel in Germany in 1956. Four years later, Dr. Nettl received a master's degree in library and information science at the University of Michigan.

In 1964, Dr. Nettl was hired as an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Illinois. After being promoted to Professor of Musicology and Anthropology in 1967, he served as the head of the musicology department at Illinois from 1966-1968, 1969-1972, 1975-1977, 1982-1985, and 1987-1989. Dr. Nettl was instrumental in establishing a curriculum for the discipline of Ethnomusicology and his early courses at the University of Illinois show the interdisciplinary nature of his design. He offered a year-long survey in world musics as well as specific area studies geared toward graduate and undergraduate students. During his time at the University of Illinois, he served as the dissertation advisor to several important musicologists including: Stephen Blum, Philip Bohlman, Doris Dyen, Martha Ellen Davis, Marcello Sorce Keller, Daniel Neuman, Ronald Riddle, Ali Jihad Racy, Stephen Slawek, Theodore Solis, Christopher Waterman, and Robert Witmer. In 1992, he became Professor Emeritus and began teaching part-time. In 2000, Dr. Nettl and his wife, Wanda, endowed an annual lecture series featuring the work of eminent musicologists at the University of Illinois. Some of the participants of this lecture series include: Philip Bohlman, Pamela Potter, Thomas Turino, Martin Stokes, Jeff Todd Titon, Portia Maultsby, Alejando Madrid, and Kay Kauffman Shelemay.

Dr. Nettl's research includes three principal areas: Blackfoot Native American Music, Persian Classical Music (Radifs), and South Indian Music (Carnatic Music). Principally, his field research took place in Montana, Tehran, Jerusalem, and Madras between 1965 and 1982. In 1965 he began conducting research on various Blackfoot reservations in Montana. His research on the Blackfoot People would also bring him the Museum of the Southwest in 1984, where he consulted hundreds of early audio recordings of Blackfoot music. In 1966, he received a Fulbright Research Fellowship to conduct research in Iran. While in Tehran, he studied with the eminent Iranian pedagog Nur Ali Borumand. In the early 1970s, Nettl continued his research on Persian Radifs in Jerusalem, examining audio recordings at the Lachman Collection. His research on Blackfoot and Iranian music resulted in two of his most famous ethnographies: The Radif of Persian Music: Studies of Structure and Cultural Context (1987) and Blackfoot Musical Thought: Comparitive Perspectives (1989). In addition to these two primary research interests, he has written extensively about the history of the discipline of Ethnomusicology. His work on this subject includes the following books: Theory and Method in Ethnomusicology (1964), The Study of Ethnomusicology: 29 Issues and Concepts (1983), Encounters in Ethnomusicology, a Memoir (2002), The Study of Ethnomusicology: 31 Issues and Concepts (2005), and Nettl's Elephant: On the History of Ethnomusicology (2010). Dr. Nettl has also written and edited several editions of the popular world music survey Excursions in World Music (1992-2012) and has written several definitions related to his world music research for Oxford New Grove Dictionary of Music as well as The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music.

Dr. Nettl has served on numerous national and international councils related to ethnomusicology and folk music. In 1961, he became the editor of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) Journal, Ethnomusicology. The Society for Ethnomusicology had been founded only six years prior to his engagement as editor. He would later serve as the society's president from 1969-1971 and as editor of the journal once more from 1985-1989 and from 1998-2002. In 1983, he was awarded the Charles Seeger Lecturer Prize and in 2005 the Society awarded him a lifetime service award as well as the title of "Board Member Emeritus." Since 2012, the Society for Ethnomusicology has offered the Bruno Nettl Prize for historical studies on the field of Ethnomusicology. Beginning in 1972, he served as the general editor for the Detroit Studies in Music Bibliography (DSMB). Between 1974-1977, he served as the editor to the Journal Yearbook of the International Folk Music Council. He has also served on the editorial boards for the Harvard Dictionary of Music, The Garland Encylcopedia of World Music, and Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology. He became a member of the Executive Board of the College Music Society in 1977 and served until 1981. In 1985, he acted as the Spivacke Consultant to the Music Division of the Library of Congress. He also served on the Board of the International Society for Music Educators (ISME) In the early 1990s.

Dr. Nettl has also won several major awards for his research and his contributions to the field of Ethnomusicology. In 1981 he was named a fellow of the American Insititute for Indian Studies and a Senior Fellow for Independent Study and Research. Most recently in 2009, he received a Mellon Distinguished Emeritus Fellowship.

Subject/Index Terms

Champaign, Illinois
Ethnography
Ethnomusicology
Folklore
Folk music
Folk music - Instruction and study
Folk music - Music teachers
Indian Dance
Indians of North America -- Music
Music
Music, School of
Music -- India
Music - Instruction and study
Music -- Iran
Music -- Montana
Music -- Native American
Tehran, Iran
World Music

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals: Papers were initially acquired on January 13, 2006 and were restricted until 2009. An additional two boxes of sound recordings and one box of correspondence was added on May 4, 2013. Four additional boxes of files were added on May 2, 2019.

Access Restrictions: Collection restricted until January 13, 2009, opened January 14, 2009.

Acquisition Source: Bruno Nettl

Acquisition Method: Gift

Other Note: Pages


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 2: Correspondence, 1958-2010],
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Series 3: Research, 1951-2002Add to your cart.
This series contains several of Dr. Nettl's original research publications, project proposals, original field notebooks, original map designs, transcriptions of melodies and folk songs, and materials consulted while he conducted his research including newsclippings, maps, and secondary source articles. Of particular note are his field notebooks from his research trips to Montana Blackfoot Reservations (1966, 1967, 1984, 1986), Iran (1966, 1968, 1969, 1971), and India (1981). In addition, this series contains early writings by Dr. Nettl including research completed and published as a masters and doctoral student.
Sub-Series 1: Writings, Lectures, and Grant Applications, 1951-2000Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "The Conservatory of Europe: Vignettes on Ethnicity and Musical Identity in Czech Lands," by Bruno Nettl, 1998Add to your cart.
Chapter in Music and German National Identity, edited by Pamela Potter and Celia Applegate. Also includes introductory chapter by Applegate and Potter.
Folder 2: "Teaching World Music in the USA: 50 Years of Trial and Error," by Bruno Nettl, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "New Years Eve: Addler's Successors," by Bruno Nettl, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Music" New Grove Definition, by Bruno Nettl, 1996-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "The Seminal 1880s: The Beginnings of Musicology and Ethnomusicology," Lecture by Bruno Nettl, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "Ethnomusicological Views of History: Questions of Emphasis," Lecture given in Mainz, by Bruno Nettl, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "Blackfoot Musical Thought," Lecture by Bruno Nettl, ca. 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Western Influence Lecture, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: NEH Seminar - 1979 Application, 1978-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Tehran Research Unit Proposal, ca. 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Research Applications, 1978-1982Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Article Reviews and Annotations, ca. 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 2: The Study of Ethnomusicology, Book Outline and Notes, ca. 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Ethno Book Anotations, ca. 1974Add to your cart.
Most likely chapter outlines for The Study of Ethnomusicology.
Folder 4: Book Illustrations, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Most likely examples used in The Study of Ethnomusicology
Folder 5: Book Illustrations, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Most likely examples used in The Study of Ethnomusicology.
Folder 8: National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Institute of Indian Studies Grant Applications, 1980-82Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Current Problems in American Ethnomusicology," lecture given in the USSR, 1987-88Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Bar Ilan University International Council on Traditional Music Conference and "George Herzog as a Scholar and Teacher" Paper Given by Bruno Nettl, 1986-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 19: "The Seminal 1880's" Lecture Notes by Bruno Nettl, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 21: "The Institutionalization of Musicology: Perspectives of a North American Ethnomusicologist," by Bruno Nettl and Correspondence with Nicholas Cook, 1993-1996Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Towards the Comparitive Study of the Structure of Traditional Repertoiries," by Bruno Nettl and Stephen Blum, ca. 1968Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 60: "The Phonemes of the Ibo" by Bruno Nettl, ca. 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Peyote Project, Manuscript Partials, ca. 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Manuscript Materials for Klamath Indians Research, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 63: "Relations Between Language and Music in Folklore," by Bruno Nettl, 1956Add to your cart.
In Spanish.
Folder 64: "Musical Style of Klamath Songs," by Bruno Nettl, 1956-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 65: "Classification of Folk Melodies and Related Subjects," by Stephen Blum and Bruno Nettl, ca. 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 66: "Aspects of Folk Music in American Cities," by Bruno Nettl, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 67: "Line Families in a Sample of Czech Folk Music," by Bruno Nettl, ca. 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 68: Outline for Blackfoot Musical Ethnography, ca. 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 69: Blackfoot Project Notes and Citations, ca. 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 70: Persian Diaspora in the Midwest Project Proposal, by Craig Macrae and Bruno Nettl, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 71: Blackfoot Chapter on History, Manuscript partials, undatedAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Field Notes, Transcriptions, and Primary Research Materials, 1966-2002Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 5: The Polka News, Newspaper, April 1987Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 72: Blackfoot Fieldnotes and Department of the Interior Correspondence, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 73: Iran Fieldnotes, ca. 1966Add to your cart.
In English and Farsi.
Folder 74: Summer Fieldnotes Blackfoot Indians and Proposal, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 75: Recording Collection 65 - Iran Field Recording Catalog and Notes, 1968-1969Add to your cart.
In English and Farsi.
Folder 76: Chaharcah - Interview Transcriptions and Tuning Charts from Iran Trip, 1969Add to your cart.
In English and Farsi.
Folder 77: Collection 92 - Racy Tape Catalog Notes, 1971-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 78: India Field Notes, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 79: Southwest Museum Blackfoot Audio Recording Collection Research, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 80: Blackfoot Song Type Chart, ca. 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 81: Blackfeet Community College, Browning Montana, 1985-86 Course Catalog, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 82: Arapaho Songs, Transcriptions and Notes, ca. 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 83: Blackfoot Field Notes, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 84: Blackfoot Tables and Research Notes, ca. 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 85: Persian Music Concert Programs, 1987-1992Add to your cart.
In English and Farsi.
Folder 86: The Music of Viguen and Ravinbakhsh, Published Sheet Music, 1992Add to your cart.
In Farsi.
Folder 87: Arapaho Soldiers Song Transcriptions and Statistics, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 88: Arapaho Songs Collected by Zdenek Salzmann, Notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 89: Borumand Transcriptions of Gushehs, Notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 90: Collection 220 - Borumand Radif Catalog, undatedAdd to your cart.
In Farsi.
Folder 91: Iranian Popular Music, Notes and Catalog, undatedAdd to your cart.
In Farsi.
Folder 92: Kiowa Peyote Song Transcriptions, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 93: Music Notebook with Transcriptions, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 94: Transcriptions of Hand Game Songs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Transcriptions of North American Indian Songs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Transcriptions of Shawnee Songs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Native American Cultures, Languages, and Musical Styles, Maps, 1968-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 3: The Glacier Reporter Newspaper, Clippings, 1977-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 4: The Hindu Newspaper, Clippings, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Blackfeet Tribal News, Clippings, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Newsclippings Regarding Persian Music and Music in Iran, 1992-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Persian Music Recording Transcriptions and Texts, undatedAdd to your cart.
In Farsi.
Sub-Series 3: Secondary Sources and Annotations, 1910-2001Add to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Beckerman, Michael, "In Search of Czechness in Music", 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Beckerman, Michael, "Hiawatha and the Largo" in New World's of Dvorak, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Blackfoot Miscellaneous Ethnographies, 1912-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Blackfoot State of Research, Bibliography of Ethnographies, ca. 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Blackfoot Annotated Notes from Ethnographies, ca. 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Clark, Ella, "Indian Legends from the Northern Rockies", ca. 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Dempsey, Hugh, "The Blackfoot Ghost Dance", 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Grinell, George, "The Butterfly and the Spider Among Blackfeet", 1899Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Hanks, Lucien M., Jr. and Jane Richardson Hanks, "Tribe Under Trust: A Study of the Blackfoot Reserve of Alberta", 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Hatton, Orin Thomas, "Performance Practices of Northern Plains Pow-wow Singing Groups", 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Hatton, Orin Thomas, "War Expedition Songs in the John M. Cooper Collection of Gros Ventre Indian Music", 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Macrae, Craig, "Music in the Life of Iranian Emigres in the Midwest: The Bloomington, IN Community", 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Mcfee, Malcolm, "The 150% Man: A Product of Blackfeet Acculturation", 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Nattiez, Jean-Jacques, "Linguistic Models and the Analysis of Musical Structures", 2001Add to your cart.
Signed copy with note to Bruno Nettl on the cover.
Folder 17: Schultz, James Willard and the Piegan Story Teller, "The Peace Trail", 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Schultz, James Willard, Why Gone Those Times? Blackfoot Tales, Excerpts, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Wissler, Clark, "Material Culture of the Blackfoot Indians", 1910Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Wissler, Clark, Ceremonial Bundles of the Blackfoot Indians, 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Wissler, Clark, "Societies and Dance Associations of the Blackfoot Indians", 1913Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Witmer, Robert, Melodic Interrelationships in a Group of Songs of the Xhosa Tribe of South Africa, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Witmer, Robert, "Indians of North America," in Blackfoot/Blood, 1986Add to your cart.

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