William Brooks Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Biographical Materials and Calendars

Correspondence

Course Papers and Instructional Resources

School of Music

Writings, Presentations and Research

Music Composition and Performance Programs

Audio-Visual Recordings



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Finding Aid for William Brooks Papers, 1936-2013 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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Collection Overview

Title: William Brooks Papers, 1936-2013Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/5/31

Primary Creator: Brooks, William (1943-)

Extent: 24.05 cubic feet

Arrangement: Organized in seven series: Series 1: Biographical Materials and Calendars, 1943-2003; Series 2: Correspondence, 1964-2011; Series 3: Course Papers and Instructional Resources, 1970-2002; Series 4: School of Music; Series 5: Writings, Presentations and Research, 1936-2000; Series 6: Music Composition and Performance Programs, 1961-2012; Series 7: Audio-Visual Recordings, 1964-1992.

Date Acquired: 03/30/2001. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Cage, John, Faculty Papers, Music, Music, School of, Music - United States, Musical Repertoires, Music Composition, New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Teaching, Vocal music

Formats/Genres: Papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of correspondence; teaching materials including lectures notes, student records and evaluations, and student dissertations; audio-visual recordings; research notes; and original compositions documenting Brooks' career as a student, composer, performer, musicologist, and educator at the University of Illinois [UIUC] (1969-1973 and 1987-2000), University of California at Santa Cruz [UCSC] (1973-1975); University of California at San Diego [UCSD] (1975-1977); University of Keele (1977-1978), Middlebury College (1982), the Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College (1983), Goldsmiths College, London (1995-1996), and University of York (2006). Organized in seven series: Series 1: Biographical Materials and Calendars, 1943-2003; Series 2: Correspondence, 1964-2011; Series 3: Course Papers and Instructional Resources, 1970-2002; Series 4: School of Music; Series 5: Writings, Presentations and Research, 1936-2000; Series 6: Music Compositions and Performance Programs, 1961-2012; Series 7: Audio-Visual Recordings, 1964-1992. Of particular interest are Brooks's research and publications on John Cage and his research collaborations with the editors of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and Gilbert Chase.

Biographical Note

William Brooks (1943-) is an American composer, performer, conductor, musicologist, and educator. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in music and mathematics from Wesleyan University (1965), and his Master of Music in musicology (1971) and Doctorate of Musical Arts in composition-theory (1976) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Brooks served on the music faculty at the University of Illinois between 1969-1973 and 1987-2000 as Professor of Composition, Director of the Contemporary Chamber Singers, and Chair of the Composition-Theory Division for many years. His other faculty positions included appointments at the University of California, Santa Cruz (1973-1975) and University of California, San Diego (1975-1977). Between 1977 and 1987 he worked as a freelance composer, scholar and performer. Brooks has also held visiting appointments at the University of Keele (1977-1978), Middlebury College (1982), the Institute for Studies in American Music, Brooklyn College (1983), and Goldsmiths College, London (1995-1996). He was also a Senior Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent, Belgium (2009-2010). Brooks also served as Associate Professor Emeritus of Composition and Theory at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1987-2000), and beginning in 2000 became Reader in Music at the University of York.  He became full Professor in 2006.

Brooks is closely associated with John Cage as both a performer and scholar.  He played in the world premiere of Cage's HPSCHD and directed several productions of Cage's Song Books. Brooks has published extensively on 20th-century American music, especially on John Cage and Charles Ives, vocal music, popular music, and musical instruments. He served as the adviser for the article, "19th-century Music," for The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. He is composer of American experimental music whose work focuses on mappings between music and other fine arts. He has received commissions from the British Arts Council (1978), the Gulbenkian Foundation (1981) and the Kronos Quartet (1986). In addition his research and compositions have been sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Gulbenkian Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Fulbright Scholar program.

Subject/Index Terms

Cage, John
Faculty Papers
Music
Music, School of
Music - United States
Musical Repertoires
Music Composition
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Teaching
Vocal music

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals: Additions acquired 12/20/2002, 5/23/2012, 8/6/2013, 12/2/2013 (items from Northwestern University acquired on this date), March 27, 2017, and July 2, 2021 (transfer from the Music and Performing Arts Library).

Acquisition Source: William Brooks

Acquisition Method: Gift

Processing Information: The Brooks Papers were re-processed in June 2012 by the LIS590AA class to accomodate the significant addition of materials that were donated to the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music in May 2012. Additions made on 8/6/2013 were processed on 8/7/2013.


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Series 1: Biographical Materials and Calendars, 1943-2003Add to your cart.
Consists of Brooks' school and college papers, curriculum vitae, calendars, day books, ledgers, and awards documenting his day-to-day activities as a student as well as his professional career between 1943 and 2003.  The papers of the first donation are unarranged, and the second donation are arranged chronologically.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: William Brooks (WB) Brief Vita, March, 1997.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Cash books, 1978-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Appointment diaries, 1983-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Ledgers, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Ledgers, 1983-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Ledgers, 1985-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Ledgers, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Week at a Glance, 1977-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Week at a Glance, 1988-1992Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Music Schedules, 1988-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Wall Calendar, 1999Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Birth Announcement, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Art-Music, 1956-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 3: High School Report Card, Programs, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Report Card, Programs, Award, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Report Card, Programs, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Report Card, Programs, Awards, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Report Card, Programs, Awards, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 8: South Pacific, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Academic, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Programs, Schedules, Awards, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Bill - Amity, 1955-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Bill - High School Pictures, 1950s-1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Amity Regional High School Diploma - William Brooks, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: High School Varsity Letters, 1950s-1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: "Amity Embers" Yearbook and Commencement Program, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Physics 5-6, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Physics 11, 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Physics 19, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 19: French 19-20, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Mathematics 11-12, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Mathematics 21-22, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Mathematics 32, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Mathematic 25-26, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Mathematics 231-232, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Mathematics 241, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Psychology 1R, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Wesleyan Academic, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Programs - Personal, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Smith - Wesleyan Concert Choir, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Wesleyan - musical (1962), 1961-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Pinnacle - 1964 season, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Camp Pinnacle for Boys, c. 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Bill - Scores, College Prep., 1959-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Wesleyan, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Bill - College Programs, 1962-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Wesleyan Booklet, c. 1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Bill - College - Scholarships - etc., 1960-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Brooks, W, c. 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Directory - Wesleyan Class, 1965Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Exam Blue Books-College, 1961-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Phi Beta Kappa Certificate, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Millions of Suns, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Bachelor's & Master's Diplomas, 1965, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Personal/Professonal Education - University of Illinois, 1966-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 6: DMA Diploma, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Misc. Lunacy, 1956-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Personal/Professional - Interviews, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Personal Desk Diary, 2002-2003Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Personal Planner, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Personal/Professional - C.V. - Old, 1970-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Personal/Professional - C.V., 1992-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Personal/Professional - C.V., 1993-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Personal/Professional - C.V., 1994-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Personal/Professional - C.V., 1995-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Personal/Professional - C.V., 1995-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 17: C.V., 1998-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Personal/Professional - C.V., 1999-2000Add to your cart.
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Folder 5: Excellence in Teaching award, June 11, 2014Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: Biographical Materials and Calendars, 1943-2003],
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[Series 4: School of Music, 1987-2000],
[Series 5: Writings, Presentations and Research, 1936-2000],
[Series 6: Music Composition and Performance Programs, 1961-2012],
[Series 7: Audio-Visual Recordings, 1964-1992],
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