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 11: Stephen Pouliot Harry Partch CollectionAdd to your cart.
Materials given to the Archive by Stephen Pouliot, Venice, CA, in 1990 and 1998. Stephen Pouliot was the director of the film "The Dreamer That Remains."
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "The Dreamer That Remains", 1972Add to your cart.
Outside cover page labeled "For Stephen" with special dedication to Pouliot in india ink on verso of outside cover page. Includes one page of timings, manuscript score paginated 1-46, plus four-leaf bifolium of additional material (12-1/2" x 9-1/2")
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Inventory, ca. 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "The Dreamer That Remains", 1968-72Add to your cart.
Editing outlines and editing notes; manuscripts, typescripts, and photocopies. Includes Pouliot research notes and memos, diary memo written on a day with Partch, partial transcript of Pouliot interview with Partch about film
Folder 14: "The Dreamer That Remains", ca. 1972Add to your cart.
Drafts and typescript transcriptions of dialogue, a journal about a trip with Partch, and biographical information about Partch
Folder 15: "The Dreamer That Remains", ca. 1972Add to your cart.
Photocopies of handwritten version of typed transcripts in folder 14.
Folder 16: Writings about Partch by Pouliot and others, 1972Add to your cart.
Includes: (1) Typescript of article by Pouliot, "Filming the Work of Harry Partch: Or, Get to Know Your Genius" that appeared in The American Cinematographer; cover (photocopy) + 6 pages in original typescript. Felt-pen annotations (by ?Pouliot) on cover. (2) As above, all pages photocopy. (3) Typescript of article by John Monsour, "Filming Harry Partch" that appeared in The American Cinematographer; 5 pages + chart. (4) Undated and untitled typescript memoir of Partch by Pouliot; 6 pages + bio. statement (5) Remembrance of Partch by Lou Harrison (1963), handwritten by Pouliot; 3 pages.
Folder 17: Correspondence among Betty Freeman, Stephen Pouliot, Danlee Mitchell, Partch, and othersAdd to your cart.
Regarding Dreamer film; photocopies, carbons, and original typescripts. Also later exchange of letters between Pouliot and Bob Gilmore about draft of chapter of Gilmore's book-in-progress (photocopy included).
Folder 18: "The Letter", 1949-50Add to your cart.
Two 2-page photocopies of transcript of "The Letter" both with pencil annotations and corrections; second copy with Partch's annotations and notes by ?Pouliot of meeting with Partch on verso of p. 2. (2) 3-page photocopy of transcript of "The Letter"
Folder 19: "The Dreamer That Remains", 1972Add to your cart.
Partch's initial, "very tentative verbal outline", 6-page typescript (carbon copy)
Folder 20: "The Dreamer That Remains", 1972Add to your cart.
Material relating to production and shooting. (1) Pouliot's color illustration for neon bubble prop used in The Dreamer. (2) Pouliot's shooting script for The Dreamer, Part III, dated November 10, 1972. Title page + 4 pages, typescript with MS additions. Includes tentative rehearsal schedule. With contemporary photocopy. (3) Sets of story boards (1): 14-page story board illustrating how The Dreamer will be shot; with photocopy; felt-tipped pen on lined paper (4) Set of story boards (2): 9-page story board, pencil on Graphic Film Corp. pre-printed worksheet; with photocopy. (5) Typed bar-by-bar breakdown of musical composition for camera; undated; 7 pages plus cover sheet (titled "DREAMER"). (6) Manuscript bar-by-bar breakdown of musical composition; ballpoint pen on lined notebook paper; n.d., n.p.; title page + 8 pages. (7) Pouliot's camera-shot breakdown; ?grease pencil on 6 pages. (8) Recording notes for The Dreamer; 8 pages in pencil on yellow grid paper. (9) Editing outline for Part III; red ball-point pen on gridded yellow paper; 8 pages. (legal size) (10) "Shooting Plan for The Dreamer That Remains, Parts I & II", dated Nov. 16-72; title paged + six pages (numbered 1-5 with insert): Original (felt-tipped pen), plus two photocopies
Folder 21: "The Dreamer That Remains", undatedAdd to your cart.
Eight sets of camera/editing logs of scenes. Typescript
Folder 22: "The Dreamer That Remains", undatedAdd to your cart.
Outlines, lists, timetables, schedules for shooting. Photocopies and typescripts
Folder 23: "Harry Partch: The Dreamer That Remains", 1972Add to your cart.
Treatments/outlines of film portrait. (1) Typescript "Harry Partch: The Man and his Music" dated March 8, 1972; cover + 6 pages (2) Photocopy "Harry Partch: The Man and his Music" dated April 2, 1972; typescript, cover + 7 pages. (3) Photocopy "Harry Partch: The Man and his Music" dated April 25, 1972; cover + 7 pages; typescript, pencil annotations by Partch. (4) Photocopy "Harry Partch: The Man and his Music" dated April 25, 1972; cover (marked "Partch copy") + 12 pages; typescript, with pencil annotations (some by Partch). (5) Photocopy "Harry Partch: A Study in Loving" dated June 5, 1972; typescript, cover + 10 pages (6) Photocopy of Film Thesis Proposal, "Harry Partch: A Study in Loving" dated July 23, 1972; typescript, cover + 10 pages (7) Photocopy of "Story Outline"; 19-page typescript (8) Photocopy "Film Script/Story Outline"; typescript, 22 pages. (9) Photocopy of "Structure of the Film"; typescript, paginated 6- 12 (10) Photocopy of script, "Harry Partch: A Study in Loving/ First Draft: 10-27-72"; typescript, cover page + 29 pages. (11) Photocopy, as above; without title page, but with ink and pencil annotations (12) Photocopy of script, "Harry Partch/ Second Draft: 12-20-72"; typescript, cover + 38 pages. (13) Photocopy of working script; no title or date; typescript, 22 pages. (14) Two loose typescript sheets of scenario; undated
Folder 24: "The Dreamer That Remains", 1973Add to your cart.
Editing notes for film; typescripts, carbons, manuscript.
Folder 25: Copies of: 1/1, The Reader, and American Cinematographer., 1974, 1980, 1994Add to your cart.
Box 38Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Enclosure 3: Harry Partch, 1997Add to your cart.
Prepublication copy. Later published by Minnesota Composers Alliance
Oversize Textile Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 4: Guayabera shirt, ca. 1970sAdd to your cart.
Recognizable as worn by Partch in photographs and in The Dreamer That Remains. Purple with blue trim. 2011.350382.001
Item 5: Guayabera shirt, ca. 1970sAdd to your cart.
Recognizable as worn by Partch in photographs and in The Dreamer That Remains. Denim with embroidery. 2011.350982.002

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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