Music and Performing Arts Library Harry Partch Collection

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) Collection

Jean Cutler Collection

Oliver Daniel Collection

Betty Freeman Collection

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Collection

Barnard Hewitt Collection

Robert Kostka Collection

Lynn Ludlow Collection

Lauriston C. Marshall Collection

Danlee Mitchell Harry Partch Collection

Stephen Pouliot Harry Partch Collection

Peter Yates Harry Partch Collection

Subject Files

Musical Scores

Photographs

Bibliography Project files

Oral History Tapes

Performance Tapes

Microfilms, slide strips, video tapes and films

Philip Blackburn Harry Partch Collection

Kenneth Gaburo Harry Partch Collection

Oversize Material

Madeline Tourtelot Harry Partch Collection

Duplicate Tapes



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Finding Aid for Music and Performing Arts Library Harry Partch Collection, 1914-2007 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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Collection Overview

Title: Music and Performing Arts Library Harry Partch Collection, 1914-2007Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 35/3/82

Primary Creator: Partch, Harry (1901-1974)

Other Creators: Cutler, Jean (1927-2010), Johnston, Ben

Extent: 23.1 cubic feet

Arrangement:

Series 1: BMI Collection consists of the complete contents of their publicity file about Partch; given in December 1987.

Series 2: Jean Cutler Collection consists of a group of materials documenting Jean Cutler's association with Partch from 1962 to 1970; collection purchased from Jean Cutler in June 1996.

Series 3: Oliver Daniel Collection consists of photocopies (and some originals) of correspondence and articles between and about Partch and Daniel; obtained ca. 1988.

Series 4: Betty Freeman Collection consists of recordings of rehearsals, performances, and interviews, correspondence, transcripts, and publications; the bulk of the collection was donated in January 1979, with supplements in later years, especially 1999.

Series 5: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Collection consists of photocopies of materials in the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation files.

Series 6: Barnard Hewitt Collection consists of original materials from Barnard Hewitt ; given in 1978.

Series 7: Robert Kostak Collection consists of original materials; purchased from Kostka in November 1987.

Series 8: Lynn Ludlow Collection consists of original and photocopies of brochures, programs, announcements, newspaper and magazine clippings; given in April 1989.

Series 9: Lauriston C. Marshall Collection consists of materials relating to Harry Partch; given to the University of Illinois Music Library by Larry and Lucie Marshall between 1976 and 1980.

Series 10: Danlee Mitchell Harry Partch Collection consists of personal materials relating to Partch; Donated in 1991 on the occasion of a commemorative concert to honor the retirement of Jack McKenzie as Dean of Fine and Applied Arts at UIUC.

Series 11: Stephen Pouliot Harry Partch Collection consists of materials given to the Archive by Stephen Pouliot, in 1990 and 1998.

Series 12: Peter Yates Harry Partch Collection consists of photocopies of materials available in the University of California, San Diego's Mandeville Special Collections Library's Peter Yates Collection.

Series 13: Subject Files consists of original materials collected or created for the Archive, not part of individual collections above.

Series 14: Musical Scores consists of blue-line original or photocopies of Partch autograph scores; assembled from various sources.

Series 15: Photographs consists of photographic material (slides, prints, and negatives transferred from various collections and/or folders.

Series 16: Bibliography Project files consists of originals or photocopies of articles (or sections in books) published about Partch.

Series 17: Oral History Tapes consists of recordings of interviews with or about Partch.

Series 18: Performance Tapes consists of recordings of performances and lectures.

Series 19: Microfilms, slide strips, video tapes and films consists of items in the titular formats.

Series 20: Philip Blackburn Harry Partch Collection consists of materials collected and created by Philip Blackburn in relation to his INNOVA and Enclosures products devoted to publishing materials about Partch under the auspices of the American Composers Forum, Minneapolis.

Series 21: Kenneth Gaburo Papers consist of materials related to The Bewitched and had been in the possession of Philip Blackburn, as part of his INNOVA and Enclosures publication project; transferred to the archive in April 2008.

Series 22: Oversize Materials consists of photograph and posters of Harry Partch and his instruments.

Series 23: Madeline Tourtelot Harry Partch Collection consists of Madeline Tourtelot's own cassettes, tapes, and a book that had been given to Philip Blackburn in relation to his Enclosures publishing project; transferred to the Partch Archive in April 2008 as part of Blackburn's donation of his Enclosures material.

Series 24: Duplicate Tapes consists of 15 1/4" audio tapes made as listening copies by the Music and Performing Arts Library's Special Collections department. These tapes were transferred from MPAL Special Collections in April, 2015, and correspond to the tapes listed on pages 87 to 93 of the 2005 Harry Partch Guide to the Collection linked in Administrative Information.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1975. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Compositions-Music, Instrumental music, Photographs

Formats/Genres: Financial Records, Motion Pictures/Videotapes, Newspaper Clippings, Sound Recordings

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of books, music, films, personal papers, artifacts and sound recordings collected by the staff of the Music and Performing Arts Library and the University of Illinois School of Music documenting the life and career of Harry Partch, and those associated with him, throughout his career as a composer and writer.

See also record series number 35/3/68.

Biographical Note

Born in Oakland, CA in 1901, Harry Partch was an American composer, theorist, instrument designer and performer. He is best known for the work he did with just temperment: developing a 43 tone octave scale, writing pieces to showcase it, and building instruments upon which it could be played. His musical knowledge was largely self-taught and his interest in intonation emerged out of microtonal experimentation conducted on string instruments. Many of his thoughts on the matter are outlined in his 1947 treatise, Genesis of a Music.

By the early 1950s, he had established the Gate 5 Ensemble and record label and begun a musical partnership with fellow composer Ben Johnston that would take him to the University of Illinois in 1956, where Johnston was then teaching. While at Illinois, Partch premiered his large stage work, The Bewitched, as part of the Festival of Contemporary Arts and also composed and had performed the stage works Revelation in the Courthouse Park and Water! Water! He returned to California in 1962 where he completed his last project, the text and music for a film, The Dreamer that Remains before his death in 1974.

Subject/Index Terms

Compositions-Music
Instrumental music
Photographs

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals: Many accruals between 1975 and 2015, both in the form of individual collections and individual items.

Acquisition Source: Donation and acquisition

Acquisition Method: In 1975 the Music and Performing Arts Library acquired a set of scores reproduced from Partch's vellum masters through Irv Wilson. The Music and Performing Arts Library Harry Partch Collection was created in 1978 by Professor Ben Johnston and Thomas McGeary for the purpose of collecting relevant material documenting the life and musical work of Harry Partch. The impetus for the Collection was a donation by Lauriston C. Marshall of a group of tapes, recordings, documents, and letters. Over the following decade, many more accretions were added to the archive. Much of the work of collecting, organizing, and cataloging the material has been make possible through a generous grant to the Archive made by Betty Freeman in 1986.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) Collection],
[Series 2: Jean Cutler Collection],
[Series 3: Oliver Daniel Collection],
[Series 4: Betty Freeman Collection],
[Series 5: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Collection],
[Series 6: Barnard Hewitt Collection],
[Series 7: Robert Kostka Collection],
[Series 8: Lynn Ludlow Collection],
[Series 9: Lauriston C. Marshall Collection],
[Series 10: Danlee Mitchell Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 11: Stephen Pouliot Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 12: Peter Yates Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 13: Subject Files],
[Series 14: Musical Scores],
[Series 15: Photographs],
[Series 16: Bibliography Project files],
[Series 17: Oral History Tapes],
[Series 18: Performance Tapes],
[Series 19: Microfilms, slide strips, video tapes and films],
[Series 20: Philip Blackburn Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 21: Kenneth Gaburo Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 22: Oversize Material],
[Series 23: Madeline Tourtelot Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 24: Duplicate Tapes],
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Series 10: Danlee Mitchell Harry Partch CollectionAdd to your cart.
Collection of Danlee Mitchell's personal materials relating to Partch. Donated in 1991 on the occasion of a commemorative concert to honor the retirement of Jack McKenzie as Dean of Fine and Applied Arts at UIUC. The title (label) of each folder is followed by a brief description of its contents.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Articles and Reviews, 1960sAdd to your cart.
Clippings of articles and reviews regarding Partch; grouped by decade only
Folder 2: Articles and Reviews, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Clippings of articles and reviews regarding Partch; grouped by decade only
Folder 3: Articles and Reviews, 1980sAdd to your cart.
Clippings of articles and reviews regarding Partch; grouped by decade only
Folder 4: Articles and Reviews, 1957Add to your cart.
Clippings of articles and reviews regarding Partch
Folder 5: Articles and reviews, 1959Add to your cart.
Clippings of articles and reviews regarding Partch
Folder 6: Articles and reviews, 1960Add to your cart.
Clippings of articles and reviews regarding Partch
Folder 7: Articles and reviews, 1961Add to your cart.
Clippings of articles and reviews regarding Partch
Folder 8: Articles and reviews, 1962Add to your cart.
Clippings of articles and reviews regarding Partch
Folder 9: Articles and reviews, 1963Add to your cart.
Clippings of articles and reviews regarding Partch
Folder 10: Articles and reviews, 1964Add to your cart.
Clippings of articles and reviews regarding Partch
Folder 11: Articles and reviews, 1966Add to your cart.
Clippings of articles and reviews regarding Partch
Folder 12: Articles and reviews, 1967Add to your cart.
Clippings of articles and reviews regarding Partch
Folder 13: Articles and reviews, 1968Add to your cart.
Clippings of articles and reviews regarding Partch
Folder 14: Articles and reviews, 1969Add to your cart.
Clippings of articles and reviews regarding Partch
Folder 15: Articles and reviews, 1970Add to your cart.
Clippings of articles and reviews regarding Partch
Folder 16: Articles and reviews, 1971Add to your cart.
Clippings of articles and reviews regarding Partch
Folder 17: Articles and reviews, 1972Add to your cart.
Clippings of articles and reviews regarding Partch
Folder 18: Articles and reviews, 1973Add to your cart.
Clippings of articles and reviews regarding Partch
Folder 19: Articles and reviews, 1974Add to your cart.
Clippings of articles and reviews regarding Partch
Folder 20: Articles and reviews, 1975Add to your cart.
Clippings of articles and reviews regarding Partch
Folder 21: Arts in Society, 1962-63Add to your cart.
Two issues, one with Partch essay: vol. 1 no. 2; vol. 2 no.3
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 1: BMI, ca. 1970sAdd to your cart.
Booklets, brochures regarding Partch
Folder 2: "The Bewitched", 1975Add to your cart.
Publicity, programs, for performances at UCSD and UCLA
Folder 3: CRI, 1974Add to your cart.
Copies of promotional material
Folder 4: Capab Ballet Co., 1970-1971Add to your cart.
Letters requesting permission to use music
Folder 5: Chazen, Judith K., and Cathy McIntyre, 1972Add to your cart.
Class paper on Partch (SDSU)
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1958-1973Add to your cart.
Letters to and from Mitchell, Emil Richards, Linda Schell, Alan Pluth, Oliver Evans, Partch, and Stephen Pouliot
Folder 7: D'Amico, Margarita, 1973Add to your cart.
Letter and copy of article she wrote about Partch
Folder 8: "Delusion of the Fury", 1969Add to your cart.
Reviews of production at UCLA
Folder 9: "Delusion of the Fury", 1966Add to your cart.
Title page for score on vellum master; typescript and Partch's hand lettering
Folder 10: "Delusion of the Fury", 1968-1969Add to your cart.
Program, publicity, correspondence regarding 1969 production at UCLA
Folder 11: "The Dreamer That Remains", 1972-75Add to your cart.
Booklet, program, announcements, etc., for film screening
Folder 12: Film Catalogues, 1962-74Add to your cart.
Catalogue listings for rental of Partch films
Folder 13: Film Screenings, 1964-74Add to your cart.
Brochures for various screenings/presentations of Partch films
Folder 14: Genesis of a Music, 1971Add to your cart.
Correspondence with various firms regarding new edition or reprint
Folder 15: Harry Partch Foundation, 1974-75Add to your cart.
Correspondence between foundation and fundraising firm Moore, Walter, Trenbeth Assoc.
Folder 16: International Music Congress, 1968Add to your cart.
Program for meeting, which included performance at Whitney Museum
Folder 17: Isabelle, Eugene, 1963Add to your cart.
Paper or lecture text regarding Partch
Folder 18: Japanese magazine, ca. 1966Add to your cart.
Unidentified Japanese magazine with Partch annotation "April '66? Tokyo"
Folder 19: McCormick, Robert, 1971-1972Add to your cart.
Text of lecture on Partch
Folder 20: Unidentified correspondence, ca. 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Mitchell, Danlee, 1962-1965Add to your cart.
Letters from Danlee Mitchell to Partch (about half in photocopy, half originals)
Folder 22: Music Equipment Catalogue, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Nealie Sullivan Award, 1966Add to your cart.
Brochure for film, slide, lecture, and instrument exhibition at San Francisco Art Institute
Folder 24: New World Records, 1978Add to your cart.
Rejected contract
Folder 25: Nin, Anais, undatedAdd to your cart.
Program note for film "Anais Nin Observed: A Film Portrait of a Woman as an Artist" containing mention of Partch
Folder 26: Obituaries, 1974Add to your cart.
Copies of Partch obituaries from magazines and newspapers
Folder 27: Partch, Harry, 1958-1971Add to your cart.
Letters from Partch to Danlee Mitchell (original letters and postcards; 70 items)
Folder 28: "Revelation in the Courthouse Park", 1961Add to your cart.
Program, announcement, newspaper clippings regarding production at Illinois
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Reviews, 1968-72Add to your cart.
Reviews of various performances or recordings
Folder 2: Smithsonian Institution, undatedAdd to your cart.
Flyer for Touring Performance Service (that was to have contained Partch program)
Folder 3: UCLA - Lecture-Concert, 1966Add to your cart.
Announcement, programs, for lecture concert
Folder 4: UCSD Concert, 1968Add to your cart.
Poster and program of concert at UCSD May 11 and 12, 1968
Folder 5: "U.S. Highball", 1976Add to your cart.
Program for l976 performance at Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Folder 6: Ulysses, 1970Add to your cart.
Programs of performances at UCSD
Folder 7: United States Information Agency, 1973Add to your cart.
Letter regarding photographs
Folder 8: University of Hawaii, 1971Add to your cart.
Program for Festival of the Arts of this Century
Folder 9: University of Oaklahoma, 1956Add to your cart.
Poster announcing Partch lecture, April 30, 1956
Folder 10: "Water! Water!", 1962Add to your cart.
Newspaper clippings regarding University of Illinois production
Folder 11: Whitney Museum, 1968Add to your cart.
Programs and publicity material for performances at Whitney Museum
Box 38Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Tuning System of Harry Partch, 2007Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) Collection],
[Series 2: Jean Cutler Collection],
[Series 3: Oliver Daniel Collection],
[Series 4: Betty Freeman Collection],
[Series 5: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Collection],
[Series 6: Barnard Hewitt Collection],
[Series 7: Robert Kostka Collection],
[Series 8: Lynn Ludlow Collection],
[Series 9: Lauriston C. Marshall Collection],
[Series 10: Danlee Mitchell Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 11: Stephen Pouliot Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 12: Peter Yates Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 13: Subject Files],
[Series 14: Musical Scores],
[Series 15: Photographs],
[Series 16: Bibliography Project files],
[Series 17: Oral History Tapes],
[Series 18: Performance Tapes],
[Series 19: Microfilms, slide strips, video tapes and films],
[Series 20: Philip Blackburn Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 21: Kenneth Gaburo Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 22: Oversize Material],
[Series 23: Madeline Tourtelot Harry Partch Collection],
[Series 24: Duplicate Tapes],
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