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American Musicological Society supplementary records


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Musicology was a young and relatively unacknowledged field of scholarship in the United States in the 1920s and the early '30s, on the eve of the founding of the American Musicological Society. Though music was highly valued in this country as both high culture and popular entertainment, the systematic study of music was only beginning to gain recognition as a serious scholarly pursuit. Music programs in American universities offered primarily vocational training for such careers in performance and music instruction. It was not until 1930, with the appointment of Otto Kinkeldey at Cornell, that an American university offered a faculty position for musicology. Cornell also awarded the first American doctoral degree in Musicology in 1932 to J. Murray Barbour, later a President of the AMS. Over the next sixty years the field of musicological research burgeoned in American university programs, as music scholars gained influence and professional stature. A small group of American musicologists, passionate about their own research and devoted to the expansion of the field, formed the nexus of the movement which would transform the role of music study in American higher education for later generations of scholars. Among these ground-breaking scholars were the founders of the American Musicological Society: Helen Roberts, George S. Dickinson, Carl Engel, Joseph Schillinger, Charles Seeger, Harold Spivacke, Oliver Strunk, Joseph Yasser, and Gustave Reese.

In the early decades of the twentieth century, American musicologists depended on European resources, both financial and institutional, for the support of their scholarship. The Internationale Musik-Gesellschaft served as the international society of the field and produced its primary scholarly journals. The U.S. branch of the IMG functioned as the center for American scholarly debate on music between 1907 and 1914. When World War One brought the dissolution of the IMG, however, its American offspring could not survive independently, and all formal organization of musicologists temporarily died out. The International Musicology Society, founded in Basel in 1927, filled the gap left by the IMG in Europe, but an attempt to establish an American branch of the IMS in 1928 was largely unsuccessful. Though the Music Teachers' International Association, founded in 1876, served as a forum for the exchange of debate on music, the MTNA increasingly attracted those interested in practical music instruction. The music community felt a growing need for an organization devoted specifically to musicological research. The AMS grew out of a group of men and women calling themselves the "New York Musicological Society." This Society decided to broaden the scope of their musicological interests and expand to a national scale. Otto Kinkeldey was named the first AMS President, and the Society held its first meeting in Philadelphia in 1935.

Growth and Recognition

During the 1940s, the Society grew steadily. During the war years, this growth was in part due to the stream of European musicologists who made the United States their home and established themselves in American universities. This wave of immigrants invigorated the scholarly community in the United States and broadened the scope of American resources and scholarship. Some were among the most prominent members of the AMS, both in their personal scholarship and in the scope of their vision for the future of musicology as a profession. Despite the rapid influx of immigrants, the growth of the Society was limited by the careful restriction of the membership and hence the lack of substantial income from dues. The founders of the AMS had initially imagined themselves as a very select group of scholars who had proven themselves through their publications and their reputation in the field. The rather rigorous membership process require perspective members to be nominated by a current member (whose nomination was then seconded) and then subjected to a vote by the Board. One negative vote was enough to keep a nominee from the membership. By 1944, realizing the limitations this membership policy imposed, the Board established the category of Associate member for those who shared the interests of the society but did not qualify professionally for membership. The distinction between these two categories, though, was abandoned a few years later. By 1997 the membership had reached more than 3,000.

Journal of the American Musicological Society

One of the most decisive steps for the AMS in the effort to gain legitimacy was the founding of a journal in 1948. From the time of the founding of the Society, papers read at annual meetings were published in the Society's Papers. Abstracts of papers read at chapters were published in the Bulletin. Other news and information was published in the Newsletter, begun in 1944. In 1946, George Dickinson proposed that the Society establish a journal to supersede these various publications, and by 1948 the Journal of the American Musicological Society had been founded. Oliver Strunk served as its first editor. The majority of the supplementary records for JAMS are under the editorships of Paula Higgins, Thomas Grey. The job of the editor was both a great honor and an administrative nightmare. Though the Journal brought the Society an influx of institutional memberships and increased its legitimacy as a scholarly organization, the publication was very expensive and continually plagued with deadline problems. In order to finance the publication, the Society was forced to increase membership dues. The Executive Board constantly struggled with editors and the University of Chicago Press, who published the journal, to make sure the Journal came out on time. In fact, the Journal quickly gained a reputation for being late (sometimes up to a year behind schedule) was a source of embarrassment to some officers.

Trends in Higher Education

In the 1960s as government played a more and more substantial role in funding for the arts and humanities, the AMS was concerned with the establishment and management of such organizations as the National Endowment for the Humanities. It fell to scholarly organizations such as the AMS to monitor the methods and means of the NEH for supporting music scholarship, both by advising and protesting the actions of these groups. Beginning in the 1970s and continuing through the records of this collection, the AMS took a serious step for the advancement of research on American composers with the establishment of their Committee on the Publication of American Music, and the resulting monographic series on American studies in music: "MUSA: The Music of the United States of America."

Over the years changes in the climate of American higher education have been reflected in the operations of the AMS. The Society realized its responsibility to set high educational standards for students and to ensure that young graduates found the job opportunities they deserved. Caught between roles as scholars and musicians, musicologists often struggled to find their place in academic communities. The AMS constantly discussed and redefined the parameters of the field and looked towards the future of the profession. In the 1970s the ever-tightening job market for academics forced the AMS to rethink their role in providing guidance for young Ph.D.s, organizing committees and mentoring programs to assist new young professionals. Outside the field of musicology, the AMS played a larger role in monitoring trends in American intellectual life in general and in implementing change in the American University system. These trends led to changing concerns for the AMS as well. Rising awareness of minorities and women's issues, multiculturalism, gay and lesbian issues, and interdisciplinary studies influenced the formation of committees to address the concerns of the membership and sparked ongoing discussion. Throughout its history, the choices the AMS made in focusing their creative energies and their financial resources helped to shape the development of American musicological publication and research through the twentieth century.

The supplementary records of the American Musicological Society were donated to the University of Pennsylvania in 2007, with the understanding that the processing and maintenance of the collection would be the shared responsibility of the Curator of the Music Library and the Curator of Manuscripts. While much of the material has a purely administrative interest, these supplementary records also reflect the recent history of musicology in America, what kinds of scholarly works were being published, and what some primary concerns of musicologists were. By the time the supplementary records of the AMS begin, the Society was well-established and functioning smoothly. Because the officers of the AMS usually only saw one another twice a year, at the spring board meeting and at the annual meeting, the administration of the AMS took place primarily through correspondence. As a result, AMS correspondence records, particularly the Board and Council correspondence, provide a rich and detailed account of the decision-making that went on behind any given course of action in the AMS. On the other hand, because it was left up to the individual officers to send their files to the archives, there are often gaps in the records. Some officers weeded their files significantly before passing them on to a successor. Correspondence between the President's office and board officers or AMS members is in mailed or faxed letter form for the Bent and Gossett Presidency. Beginning with James Webster's term, though, most correspondence is conducted through e-mail. Because of the ease and convenience of e-mail, the amount of correspondence during the '90s and '00s increased greatly. Formal letters were still sent to officially appoint committee members and nominees for offices or special membership, but most correspondence is in electronic format. In addition to printed e-mails, the collection also contains 5" and 3" floppy discs and CDs for various series and sub-series in this collection. In 1987 the Society resolved to move all of the records to a central location. Because the Business Office of the Society had been located at the University of Pennsylvania for many years, Philadelphia seemed a logical site for the archive. The archives were transferred as a gift to the University of Pennsylvania in January of 1989. Since then various officer and committee chairs have added their files to the collection. Presidents Ruth Solie and Jessie Ann Owens, Secretary Jan LaRue, Treasurer Jim Ladewig, and Executive Director Bob Judd kept especially meticulous records. These are filed in Board Correspondence. The bulk of this supplementary material begins in the mid-1980s and ends with the beginning of the Allenbrook Presidency in 2003. The most prominent figures in this collection are Margaret Bent, Philip Gossett, James Webster, Ruth Solie, Jessie Anne Owens, Elizabeth Bartlett, Lois Rosow, Jan La Rue, Robert Judd, James Ladewig, Rebecca Balzer, and Rufus Hallmark. These figures served as various officers on the Board. In addition to officers, several members undertook large projects as committee chairs. Gretchen Wheelock (also a one-time member of the Board) headed the committee to examine the ethics statement, for example. Other especially involved members include David Crawford and Mark Brill (Committee on Technology), Linda Austern and Susan Cook (Committee on the Status of Women), Walter Frisch and Richard Crawford (COPAM), and Rae Linda Brown (Committee on Cultural Diversity).

Board Correspondence

The Board of Directors is the primary decision-making group of the AMS. Each board member serves two years, with staggered terms. This series includes correspondence among the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Council Secretary, either a Past-President or President-Elect, and six Directors-at-Large. When Bob Judd became employed as the Executive Director in 1998, he too was included in board correspondence. The correspondence of the Board generally reflects the debates and discussions of the administration. Often this includes circular letters soliciting the opinions of board members, or ballots requiring a vote. Board authority oversaw most aspects of the AMS, including concerns, complaints, and requests raised by committees or members. If the President received a query from a member or committee, the President would seek the advice of the Board before responding. The Board also determined where annual meetings would take place, how money should be spent, and how to deal with problems in the membership. In addition to these group conversations, the Executive Director and Council Secretary regularly kept the Board abreast of membership and business news of the Society. Names of Board members can be found in Administrative, Lists of Officers.

General Correspondence

The correspondence in this sub-series arrived to the President of the Society from outsiders. Usually these are letters regarding contemporary scholarship, and suggestions for discussions at annual meetings. In 2001, Robert Walser presented a proposal for a "Joseph Kerman Award" for music criticism and interpretation. Suggestions such as these from the mouths of the membership comprise the bulk of this sub-series. Also included are letters to and from members regarding general membership complaints (dues increases, decisions to leave the society, dissatisfaction with candidates, etc.) In addition to these member-based letters, between 1995 and 1996 presidents Philip Gossett and James Webster corresponded with Maryanne Malek from the University of Pennsylvania regarding the employment of Jacqueline Bruzio and with attorney Michael Salmanson seeking legal counsel. Other correspondence in this series includes invitations to inaugural events, to which the AMS was expected to send a representative. Correspondence filed elsewhere in the collection includes: letters from members simply relating to membership (Membership); correspondence among committee members, or between committee chairmen and officers (Committees); correspondence among the publication committee, between the editors and officers, and between the publications committee and authors and publishers (Publications); correspondence among arrangement committees, or between arrangement committees and hotels, insurance brokers, exhibitors, etc. (Meetings); correspondence between chapter officers and the Society (Chapters); correspondence with affiliated organizations and officers of the Society (Affiliations); and correspondence relating directly to the Society's by-laws (Administrative).


The Board is the primary decision-making body of the Society. The Board meets once in the spring, at the site of that year's upcoming annual meeting, and once at the fall annual meeting itself. At the annual meeting, two board sessions are held: one for the outgoing board at the beginning of the meeting weekend, and one for the incoming board at the end of the weekend. In all cases the President collects items for the agenda throughout the year, sometimes at the request of members, and sometimes of his own initiative. This includes periodical reports from chairs of various committees. An agenda for the meetings was filed with the secretary and sent out ahead of time to Board members. The secretary took notes at the meetings and sent drafts to the Board for corrections. A final version of the minutes was supplied to the Board for approval at the beginning of the next meeting. Other regular meetings include Business and Council Meetings. This series includes minutes of the Society from 1980-2002, along with agendas, drafts and notes. Copies of Board meeting minutes from 1980-2000 are also available on CD in the electronic data box at the end of the collection.


AMS-50: In honor of the Society's fiftieth anniversary the AMS resolved to establish a dissertation fellowship for doctoral students in musicology. In 2002, to honor the life of Alvin H. Johnson, a long-time active member and officer of the AMS, the award was renamed ALH-AMS-50 award. Also in 2002, the AMS conducted a demographic survey of AMS-50 award recipients. Correspondence in this sub-series primarily includes correspondence between the committee chair and Society's officers or other committee members. Also included are drafts of the survey, reports of the survey, applications and lists of winners. Information on the applicants for the 2005 AMS-50 award can be found on CD in the electronic data box at the end of the collection. Awards: Over the years several generous gifts and bequests allowed the AMS to establish annual awards. A gift from Howard Mayer Brown began the Brown fellowship, to be awarded to promising students from disadvantaged minority groups for graduate study in musicology. After four years of fund-raising for this fellowship, the first award was granted in 1995. The Einstein Award, established in 1967, was made possible by Eva Einstein in honor of her father Alfred Einstein, to be awarded annually to the best article by a young scholar. The Noah Greenberg Award was established anonymously in 1976 in honor of Noah Greenberg, to be awarded annually to a performance group. The Kinkeldey Award was endowed with a bequest from Otto Kinkeldey to be awarded annually to a book published on a musicological topic. The Paul A. Pisk Prize was first awarded in 1991, for the best scholarly paper by a graduate student. Correspondence is arranged chronologically for each award and includes revising the guidelines for the awards, discussion of the candidates by committee members, updates on committee activity from the committee chair to officers, complaints directed to the committees, and correspondence with recipients and donors. Also included are guidelines, lists of winners, and committee members. Nominating Committees: The general nominating committee was appointed to nominate candidates for officers of the Society and for Council members. The list of nominees was submitted to the Board for approval, and then voted on by the membership as a whole. This committee influenced the direction the society headed from year to year in its choice of candidates. In compiling lists of nominees, the committee hoped to find the most distinguished scholars in their field, while also presenting slates balanced between men and women, with a representation of diverse specializations, institutional affiliations, and regional distribution. The relative success or failure of the committee to achieve this goal was constantly under debate. The nominating committee for honorary and corresponding members proposed individuals to receive honorary membership, and foreign individuals to receive corresponding membership. The list of proposed names was then revised and approved by the Board and voted on by the Council. The candidates must receive 2/3 approval from the Council in order to achieve honorary or corresponding membership status. The records of the nominating committees include discussion of the candidates among AMS members, the AMS President, nominating committee members, and the Council Secretary, as well as sample ballots, candidate biographies, election counts, and miscellaneous election material. Special Committees: In addition to permanent committees with long-standing functions, presidents occasionally appointed ad hoc or supervisory committees. Philip Gossett called for a re-examination of the ethics statement and appointed a committee to oversee this project. James Webster similarly appointed an ad hoc committee to closely examine the function and effectiveness of the annual meeting program committee. While some of these committees served only a brief period, others significantly influenced the policies of the Society. As a scholarly organization the AMS was concerned with the development of the field of musical education, especially to ensure that graduate programs instituted and maintained high standards for their training. In addition to their concern for musicologists in graduate school, members of the AMS recognized a responsibility to guide those young scholars into the professional world. Correspondence of the Committees on Career-Related Issues, on Graduate Education, and on Professional Development and Membership reflect these scholarly concerns. Some committees arose from concern over discrimination on the job market and a heightened sensitivity to under-represented groups. The Committees on Cultural Diversity and on the Status of Women were especially vocal. In general these committees promoted a more balanced representation of interests among officers and awareness. The AMSlist Committee grew out of the Committee on Technology and the Council Committee on Outreach in 1995. Kern Holoman, Tom Mathieson, and Mark Brill headed a committee that would expand the Society's networking capabilities by connecting all members of the Society through a moderated musicological listserv. In addition to correspondence among individual committees and officers are a reference document for the Board on committee responsibility, lists of committee appointments, general membership committee participation, and other miscellaneous material.


The publications projects of the AMS are perhaps the most concrete way the Society exerted its influence in musicological scholarship. The Publications Committee met to formulate and evaluate projects and give editorial input to authors. Committee projects often spanned decades and sometimes outlived individual editors. In 1988 the Committee established a long-term project entitled AMS Studies, a series of scholarly monographs. Other large projects the Society undertook in this collection were the Works of William Billings, compiled in three volumes, a reissuing of the Collected Works of Ockeghem, and The New Josquin Edition. In addition to developing their own publications, the Committee also selected certain projects for AMS financial support. Authors applied for subventions from the committee, the committee evaluated their scholarship, and chose to either grant or deny monetary assistance. The records of the committee include correspondence with officers, reports of the committee, minutes of publication meetings, editorial comments between committee members to authors, drafts, submissions, and contracts. Additional (perhaps duplicate) committee correspondence, under chairman Walter Frisch from 1999-2004, can be found in the electronic data box. More drafts of the Billings work, both music and text, fall at the end of the collection in the Oversize Music box. Billings Vol. 3 drafts and notes can also be found on 5 inch floppy discs in the electronic data box. Two authors who wrote requesting subventions, Leta Miller and Mark Katz, included a CD with their paper documents. These CDs can be found in the electronic data box at the end of the collection. The main project for the Committee on the Publication of American Music was a monograph series called MUSA, Music of the United States, begun in 1981. MUSA developed as a joint project between the Sonneck Society for American Music and the AMS, with a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities. Prominent musicologist Richard Crawford served as its editor in chief. The records of COPAM include committee correspondence, proposals, NEH grant applications, and contracts. Though the Journal of the American Musicological Society often functioned as a separate body, and though its records are contained in a separate collection, the AMS Board did make some decisions: the appointment, evaluations, and dismissal of editors and the editorial board, other personnel changes, the Journal's format, addressing members' complaints, how to increase readership, etc. In 1995, the Society formed an ad hoc committee to examine the publication of the Journal and opted to hire an outside press to publish JAMS. AMS negotiated with five university presses before deciding on the University of Chicago Press. At this time, a liaison for the Press became involved in JAMS/AMS correspondence. This sub-series contains correspondence between the president of the Society (James Webster) and the Journal editor and publisher, correspondence with university presses, contract negotiations with the University of Chicago Press, reports on the Journal, and papers relating to the Journal's Index. Twice a year the Society sent out a newsletter. Unlike the Journal that printed scholarly articles and reviews, the Newsletter printed more general, member-based news. Presidential messages, obituaries, reports of committees, budgets, annual meeting news, and schedules appeared in this publication. This sub-series contains correspondence of between the officers and the editor and complaints from members about certain sections in the newsletter. In 1997, an obituary notice from member Margaret Bent sparked the formation of an ad hoc committee on the newsletter's obituary column. Obituary notices were later circulated on AMSlist. These notices are filed with the correspondence of the Obituary committee. The AMS, along with the International Musicological Society, also sponsored a yearly publication, edited by Cecil Adkins, featuring that year's Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology. As the Society transitioned to a more web-based membership (with the advent of the AMSlist and the use of online journal database J-STOR to promote JAMS), Tom Mathieson took on the project of putting DDM online as well. These papers include correspondence with Adkins and Matheison, as well as copies of the DDM publication. General records for the publications series also contains correspondence and contracts with publication publishers E.C. Shirmer Music Company and A-R Editions, Inc., as well as lists of publications and financial charts.

Annual Meetings

The central event on the AMS calendar was the Annual Meeting, held each year in the fall. Occasionally the AMS met with other like-minded organizations. In 1987 and 1995, the College Music Society and the Center for Black Music Research co-hosted meetings with the AMS. At the 1997 Phoenix meeting, AMS co-hosted its meeting with the Society for Music Theory. In 2002, sixteen societies including the AMS met in Toronto for a mega-meeting titled "Musical Intersections." These annual meetings included presentation of scholarly papers, concerts, banquets, meetings of the board and council, and the presentation of awards. As the size of the membership grew, planning for these meetings became increasingly complex. The President appointed a program committee and a local arrangements committee two or three years in advance of the meeting itself. The Local Arrangements Committee, working with the officers, comprised members of AMS who lived near the meeting site. This committee coordinated hotel accommodations, collected registrations, and took care of practical matters. For the 1996 meeting, scheduled to take place in Cincinnati, the committee was instrumental in keeping the AMS informed on sensitive political matters in the city, prompting the AMS to move that year's meeting to Baltimore. Program Committee members had a broader regional representation. These members read and selected abstracts of the papers to be presented at the meeting. The 1998 meeting in Boston offered a particularly ambitious and controversial program with a focus on Shostakovich as a communist sympathizer. This series contains the papers for meetings held from 1981-2003. Material available for a given meeting varies in quantity from one program and an accompanying letter to two boxes of papers regarding every stage of planning. This material includes correspondence between officers and committee members, arrangements with hotels and exhibitors, and programs. In 1998, President Ruth Solie suggested a Presidential Forum be held at the annual meeting, in lieu of a Presidential Address. The series also includes materials pertaining to this forum.


As the Society grew from a relatively local organization to a body of more than 3,000 individuals across the U.S. and Canada, it formed smaller regional organizations of chapters. These individual chapters held events and conferences of their own on a more frequent basis, perhaps once or twice a month. Chapters were better equipped to recruit members locally and to address the concerns of individual members. While members continued to pay dues directly to the AMS, some chapters collected supplementary dues. Additionally, the AMS paid chapters a per capita allotment to finance events and administration. To monitor the size and activity of chapters, the secretary collected reports from each chapter once a year, detailing financial records, membership, officers, and organized events. For additional monetary support, chapters might apply to the Chapter Fund Committee, whose job it was to evaluate proposals and award money. Chapters elected a regular Council member every three years and appointed a student representative who served a one-year term. Many of these chapters grew up spontaneously around a city or university, as a result of an individual member's initiative. In consequence, the system of regional division lacked order; the Midwest Chapter spanned a thousand miles and drew hundreds of members, while other chapters had difficulty gathering any members at all. The materials for most of these chapters take up no more than a few folders. Much of the correspondence is between the Council or Board Secretary and the Chapter President, with a few letters to the AMS President addressing the concerns of individual chapters. However, the complete records of the Midwest Chapter dating from 1972 are found in this series. In addition to correspondence between the Chapter President and the officers of the AMS, these chapter records include a great deal more internal chapter correspondence as well as a historical review of the chapter compiled by Herbert S. Livingston. Material in this series includes correspondence between chapter members and AMS officers, chapter reports, programs of chapter events, and lists of chapter officers. The records of the Chapter Fund Committee include correspondence between committee and chapter officers, as well as between the committee chair and the AMS treasurer.


AMS maintained close relationships with other organizations involved in the study of musicology, as well as other scholarly organizations. In 1951, the American Council of Learned Societies admitted the AMS as a constituent member, giving them their final validation as a scholarly organization. It is through the ACLS that the AMS expressed its views on arts and education in America. The ACLS and the National Endowment for the Humanities assisted the AMS with travel or research grants for musicologists. Some affiliations corresponded with the Society about a more collaborative relationship. The Royal Music Association, for example, wrote in 1997-1999 regarding reciprocal advertising links between RMA and AMS in their respective journals. The College Music Society, National Recording Preservation Board, and the International Musicological Society invited the AMS to send a representative to their meetings, and the Kurt Weill Foundation administered the annual Weill Prize and announced the recipient at the AMS annual business meeting. The Society also occasionally co-sponsored its annual meeting with one of its affiliates. AMS Presidents took special care to establish working relationships with like-minded national organizations such as the Mexican Musicological Society and the Italian Musicological Society. This series consists of correspondence with and about these affiliations, correspondence regarding collaborative projects or meetings, and general information and pamphlets about the affiliated organizations themselves.


The Society depended on member dues for its basic operating expenses. Additional sources of income include gifts and bequests by members, some of which funded particular projects; others supported annual gifts. Additionally the Society received grant support from the ACLS and the NEH. The financial aspects, after the death of Alvin Johnson, were managed by the Treasurer and the Executive Director. Rebecca Balzer and James Ladewig functioned as the Treasurer for the majority of this collection; Bob Judd acted as the primary Executive Director. This series includes the financial reports presented at the annual meetings. These reports include budgets, reconciliation reports, mutual fund reports, statements of current operations, fund activity yearly comparisons, publication reserve incomes and receipts, and reserve fund incomes reports. In addition to these financial reports, this series includes audits and proposals from accounting firms.


This series includes the by-laws of the Society, along with the correspondence of the emending process in 1997. Historical lists of Board, Council, and general members are also included, as well as descriptions of the duties of various officers. The position of Executive Director became available in 1997; resumes of persons applying for position are also included. The archive was established around 1970, when Clayton Henderson was appointed Archivist. This sub-series contains correspondence about the papers held at the University of Pennsylvania, managed by Marjorie Hassen. In addition to this correspondence are various papers regarding the history of the Society, including a manuscript written by Richard Crawford about the first fifty years of the AMS.

Special Topics

This series includes the records relating to the Gay and Lesbian Study Group, the Copyright Bill, and the tribute to Alvin H. Johnson upon his death. The GLSG proposed an endowment fund/award, named for Philip Brett, founder of the group and a member of the AMS. The yearly recipient, selected by the Brett Award committee, is awarded for his/her exceptional musicological work in the field of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender/transexual studies. Most of the correspondence in this sub-series regards the proposal and follow-up for this award, as well as newsletters of the Group. Alvin H. Johnson, the first AMS Executive Director, lifelong musician, and music historian, died in 2000. The Society celebrated his life and mourned his death in 2001 with a tribute in Philadelphia. A year later, the AMS-50 award was renamed for Alvin Johnson, to further commemorate his dedication to the Society. Correspondence regarding the planning of this tribute, as well as an invitation and the speeches for the tribute comprise this sub-series. The copyright bill correspondence regards the AMS reaction to the US copyright extension. The American Council of Learned Societies and the American Research Council urge its members to keep informed on issues of copyright and fair use. The Educational Multimedia Fair Use Guidelines Development Committee met beginning in 1994 with the expressed purpose of drafting fair use guidelines for students and educators.

Gift of the American Musicological Society, 1997-2009.

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Finding Aid Author
Leah Germer and Mary Margaret Romero; Sam Sfirri (digital content)
Finding Aid Date
2009; 2023
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To consult this collection, readers must obtain written permission of either the current President or Executive Director of the American Musicological Society. The minutes are restricted for fifty years from the date of their creation.

Additionally, the digital files containing correspondence and related materials in Series IV. Publications/A. Publications Committee/1. Correspondence (pusp-0645-006) and in Series IV. Publications/C. Journal of the American Musicological Society (pusp-0645-009) are restricted because they contain personally identifiable information.

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Description & Arrangement

Letters among members of the Executive Board, including officers of the Society, Board Members (also called Members-at-Large), the Executive Director, and the Council Secretary. Arranged chronologically.

Box 1 Folder 1-35
1997-1998 March.
Box 2 Folder 36-76
1998 April-1999.
Box 3 Folder 77-114
Box 4 Folder 115-167
Box 5 Folder 168-191
Description & Arrangement

Correspondence between representatives of the Society and outside individuals or organizations. Arranged chronologically.

Box 5 Folder 192-215
Box 6 Folder 1997-2003

Series Description

Minutes of meetings, including Board Meetings, Business Meetings, and Council Meetings. Final versions of minutes are filed chronologically, together with agendas, meeting notes, and drafts of minutes. When attachments were included, they are filed with the agenda.

Box 6 Folder 237-257
Digital Content (Reading Room Access Only) pusp-0645-001
Box 7 Folder 258-290
Box 8 Folder 291-319
Box 9 Folder 320-358

Description & Arrangement

Correspondence of the Campaign Committee, arranged chronologically. Correspondence of the Fellowship Committee, arranged chronologically. Following the correspondence is the demographic survey, lists of applicants and winners arranged chronologically and individual applications arranged chronologically by year, then alphabetically. Undated miscellaneous material completes the sub-series.

Box 10 Folder 359
Correspondence, 1984-1997.
Box 10 Folder 360-404
Correspondence, 1998-2004.
Box 11 Folder 405-454
Email correspondence, 2000-2002.
Digital Content (Reading Room Access Only) pusp-0645-002
Box 12 Folder 455
Committee members lists.
Box 12 Folder 456
Award survey and reports.
Box 12 Folder 457-462
Applications and related documents, 2004-2005.
Digital Content (Reading Room Access Only) pusp-0645-003
List of applicants, 1985-2004.
Box 12 Folder 463-480
List of winners.
Box 12 Folder 481
Lists (also includes lists regarding other awards and board members).
Digital Content (Reading Room Access Only) pusp-0645-004
Box 12 Folder 482
Description & Arrangement

Awards committees arranged alphabetically by award title, and then chronologically. Correspondence is followed by miscellaneous material, such as lists of recipients, guidelines, committee members, and undated notes.

Committee Correspondence, 1991-2002.
Box 12 Folder 483-497
Box 12 Folder 498
List of winners.
Box 12 Folder 499
Committee Correspondence, 1986-2002.
Box 13 Folder 500-511
Box 13 Folder 512
Committee members list.
Box 13 Folder 513
List of winners.
Box 13 Folder 514
Committee Correspondence, 1994-2002.
Box 13 Folder 515-520
Box 13 Folder 521
Box 13 Folder 522
List of winners.
Box 13 Folder 523
Committee Correspondence, 1991-2002.
Box 13 Folder 524-536
Box 13 Folder 537
List of winners.
Box 13 Folder 538
Box 13 Folder 539
Committee Correspondence, 1991-2002.
Box 13 Folder 524-536
Box 13 Folder 549-550
Box 13 Folder 551
Description & Arrangement

Correspondence of each committee arranged chronologically by the year in which the election was held, along with election ballots and other election material.

Correspondence, 1985-2004.
Box 14 Folder 552-588
Correspondence and other chapter records, 1991-1995.
Digital Content (Reading Room Access Only) pusp-0645-005
Box 14 Folder 589-591
Historical lists of candidates.
Box 14 Folder 592
Correspondence, 1983-1996.
Box 14 Folder 593-595
Correspondence, 1997-2003.
Box 15 Folder 596-610
Box 15 Folder 611
Description & Arrangement

Correspondence, reports, meeting agendas, and projects of committees, arranged alphabetically by committee title, then chronologically. Special documents, undated papers, and affiliated or miscellaneous materials appear after the correspondence.

AMSlist: Committee Correspondence, 1995-1998 May.
Box 15 Folder 612-641
AMSlist: Committee Correspondence, 1998 June-1999 May.
Box 16 Folder 642-687
AMSlist: Committee Correspondence, 1999 June-2002.
Box 17 Folder 688-698
AMSlist: General Membership introductions on AMSlist.
Box 17 Folder 699-706
AMSlist: Miscellaneous.
Box 17 Folder 707
Career-Related Issues, 1994-2002.
Box 17 Folder 708-733
Cultural Diversity: Committee Correspondence, 1992-2003.
Box 18 Folder 734-768
Cultural Diversity: Miscellaneous.
Box 18 Folder 769-771
Ethics Statement Revision: Committee Correspondence, 1994-1999.
Box 18 Folder 772-781
Ethics Statement Revision: Drafts of Revised Ethics Statement.
Box 19 Folder 782-786
Ethics Statement Revision: Ethics Statement.
Box 19 Folder 787
Ethics Statement Revision: Miscellaneous.
Box 19 Folder 788
Graduate Education: Committee Correspondence.
Box 19 Folder 789-793
Graduate Education: "Critics urge overhaul of Ph.D. training, but disagree sharply on how to do so", 2000 April 28.
Box 19 Folder 794
History of the Society, 1994-2002.
Box 19 Folder 795-814
Outreach, 1993-2002.
Box 19 Folder 815-822
Professional Development and Membership, 1998-2002.
Box 19 Folder 823-831
Program (ad hoc), 1986-2002.
Box 20 Folder 832-845
RISM (Joint Committee with MLA): Committe Correspondence.
Box 20 Folder 846-858
RISM (Joint Committee with MLA): Reports.
Box 20 Folder 859-862
RISM (Joint Committee with MLA): Miscellaneous.
Box 20 Folder 863
Status of Women: Committee Correspondence and Reports, 1978-1990.
Box 20 Folder 864-876
Status of Women: Committee Correspondence and Reports, 1991-2002.
Box 21 Folder 877-913
Status of Women: Directories.
Box 21 Folder 914-916
Status of Women: Resumes.
Box 21 Folder 917-919
Status of Women: National Council for Research on Women member centers.
Box 22 Folder 920
Status of Women: On Campus with Women newsletters from Association of American Colleges.
Box 22 Folder 921-922
Status of Women: Women's Research and Education Institute materials.
Box 22 Folder 923
Status of Women: Academe bulletins.
Box 22 Folder 924-925
Status of Women: Articles and miscellaneous materials.
Box 22 Folder 926-929
Technology: Committee Correspondence.
Box 22 Folder 930-942
Technology: "Digitized Music Course Reserves: Issues and Technology in 2000" report by Frederick J. Bashour.
Box 22 Folder 943

AMS Committees reference document, Members' Committee Service lists, Committees and their Members lists, Yearly Committee lists, and resumes from members volunteering for committee participation.

"AMS Committees, a reference document for the Board of Directors" Correspondence.
Box 22 Folder 944
"AMS Committees, a reference document for the Board of Directors" Drafts.
Box 22 Folder 945-952
Members Committee Service lists.
Box 22 Folder 953-958
Committees and their Members lists.
Box 23 Folder 959-965
Yearly Committee lists.
Box 23 Folder 966-974
Members' resumes for committee participation.
Box 23 Folder 975-981
Box 23 Folder 982

Description & Arrangement

Letters between officers and publications committee chairman and letters among committee members arranged chronologically, undated and miscellaneous materials appear at the end of this sub-series.

Box 23 Folder 983-1001
Box 24 Folder 1002-1049
[RESTRICTED], 1998-2004.
Digital Content (Reading Room Access Only) pusp-0645-006
Box 25 Folder 1050-1065
Box 25 Folder 1066
Description & Arrangement

Correspondence, drafts, and contracts relating to specific works filed alphabetically by the heading of the publication or series, and then chronologically. For the AMS Studies project, individual monograph submissions are filed behind general publication correspondence alphabetically by author's last name

AMS Studies: Correspondence.
Box 25 Folder 1067-1091
AMS Studies: Correspondence, 1999-2002.
Box 26 Folder 1092-1115
AMS Studies: Atkinson, Charles, Tone System, Mode, and Notation in Early Medieval Music.
Box 26 Folder 1116
AMS Studies: Boone, Graeme M., Text-Setting Procedures in the Early Chansons of Guillaume Dufay.
Box 26 Folder 1117-1120
AMS Studies: Carter, Chandler, The Rake's Progress.
Box 26 Folder 1121
AMS Studies: Glixon, Beth and John, Marco Faustini and Opera Production in mid-17th century France.
Box 26 Folder 1122-1124
AMS Studies: Simpson, Anne, The Life and Music of Arthur George Farwell, American Composer and Educator.
Box 26 Folder 1125
AMS Studies: Slim, Colin, On Parnassus with Marten van Heemskerck.
Box 26 Folder 1126-1128
AMS Studies: Slovik, Morten, Schubert's Kosegarten Cycle: A Liederspeil from 1815.
Box 26 Folder 1129-1130
AMS Studies: Zbikowski, Lawrence M., Conceptualizing Music: Cognitive Structure, Theory and Analysis.
Box 26 Folder 1131
AMS Studies: Zychowicz, James L., Lost in the Stars.
Box 26 Folder 1132
AMS Studies: Contracts.
Box 26 Folder 1133-1134
Billings, William, Works: Correspondence, 1975-1990.
Box 27 Folder 1135-1162
Billings, William, Works: Proposals.
Box 27 Folder 1163
Billings, William, Works: Muscis draft, Vol. 1 New England Psalm-Singer.
Box 27 Folder 1164-1172
Billings, William, Works: Music draft, Vol. 1 New England Psalm-Singer.
Box 28 Folder 1173-1182
Billings, William, Works: Music draft, Vol. 2 Song Master's Assistant and Music in Miniature.
Box 28 Folder 1183-1189
Billings, William, Works: Music draft, Vol. 3 Psalm-Singer's Amusement.
Box 28 Folder 1190-1195
Billings, William, Works: Music draft, Vol. 3 Suffolk Harmony.
Box 29 Folder 1196-1200
Billings, William, Works: Music draft, Vol. 3 Independent Publications.
Box 29 Folder 1201-1202
Billings, William, Works: Music draft, Appendices.
Box 29 Folder 1203-1207
Billings, William, Works: Music draft, Unidentified.
Box 29 Folder 1208
Billings, William, Works: Text Draft Vol. 1.
Box 29 Folder 1209-1215
Billings, William, Works: Text Draft Vol. 3.
Box 30 Folder 1216-1225
Billings, William, Works: Unidentified text drafts.
Box 30 Folder 1226-1241
Josquin des Prez, The Collected Works of Josquin des Prez.
Box 30 Folder 1242-1243
Ockeghem, Collected Works, ed. Dragan Plamenac.
Box 30 Folder 1244-1256

Filed alphabetically by author's or editor's last name, and then chronologically.

Bent, Margaret and Andrew Wathey, ed., Fauvel Studies.
Box 31 Folder 1257-1260
Berger, Anna Maria Busse, Mensuration and Proportion Signs, Origins, and Evolution.
Box 31 Folder 1261-1263
Bowers, Jane and Judith Tick, ed., Women Making Music: The Western Art Tradition, 1150-1950.
Box 31 Folder 1264-1265
Brooks, Jeanice, Courtly Song in Late 16th Century France.
Box 31 Folder 1266-1267
Connolly, Thomas, Mourning into Joy: Music, Raphael, and St. Cecilia.
Box 31 Folder 1268-1271
Feldman, Martha, City Culture and the Madrigal at Venice.
Box 31 Folder 1272-1273
Frigyesi, Judit, Bela Bartok and Turn-of-the-Century Budapest.
Box 31 Folder 1274-1275
Gilmore, Bob, Harry Partch: A Biography.
Box 31 Folder 1276-1277
Higgins, Paula, ed., Antoine Busnoys Method, Meaning, and Context in Late Medieval Music.
Box 31 Folder 1278-1280
Hill, John, Roman Monody, Cantata, and Opera from the Circles around Cardinal Montalto.
Box 31 Folder 1281-1282
Kendrick, Robert L., Nuns and their Music in Early Modern Milan.
Box 31 Folder 1283
Kramer, Richard, Distant Cycles; Schubert and the Conceiving of Song.
Box 31 Folder 1284-1285
Leppert, Richard, The Sight of Sound: Music, Representation, and the History of the Body.
Box 31 Folder 1286-1287
Locke, Ralph P., Music and the Saint-Simonians: Th Involvement of Felician David and Other Musicians in a Utopian Socialist Movement.
Box 31 Folder 1288-1290
Locke, Ralph P. and Cyrilla Barr, ed., Cultivating Music in America: Women Patrons and Activists Since 1860.
Box 31 Folder 1291-1293
Macey, Patrick, Savonarolan Music in Early Modern Europe.
Box 31 Folder 1294-1295
Owens, Jessie Ann, Composers at Work: The Craft of Musical Composition 1450-1600.
Box 31 Folder 1296-1298
Rice, John A., Antonio Salieri and Viennese Opera.
Box 31 Folder 1299-1300
Saunders, Steven, Cross, Sword, and Lyre: Sacred Music at the Imperial Court of Ferdinand II of Habsburg.
Box 31 Folder 1301-1302
Schenker, Heinrich, Beethoven's neunte Sinfonie.
Box 31 Folder 1303-1305
Shelemey, Kay and Peter Jeffrey, ed., Ethiopian Christian Liturgical Chant.
Box 31 Folder 1306-1309
Somfai, Laszlo, Bela Bartok: Composition, Concepts, and Autograph Sources.
Box 32 Folder 1310-1312
Stein, Louise, Songs of Mortals, Dialogues of the Gods: Music and Theatre in 17th century Spain.
Box 32 Folder 1313-1314
Taruskin, Richard, Stravinsky and the Russian Traditions: A Biography of the Works through "Mavra".
Box 32 Folder 1315-1317
Van Orden, Kate, Music, Discipline, and Arms in Early Modern France.
Box 32 Folder 1318-1320
Webster, James, Haydn's Farewell Symphony and the Idea of Classical Style.
Box 32 Folder 1321

Filed alphabetically by author's or editor's last name, and then chronologically.

Abbate, Carolyn and Roger Parker, Analzing Opera: Verdi and Wagner.
Box 32 Folder 1322
Baker, James M., David W. Beach, Jonathan W. Bernard, ed., Music Theory in Concept and Practice.
Box 32 Folder 1323-1325
Beck, Nora M., Singing in the Garden: Music and Culture in the Tuscan Trecento.
Box 32 Folder 1326
Bergquist, Peter, Motets of Orlando de Casso.
Box 32 Folder 1327
Block, Adrienne Fried, Amy Beach, Passionate Victorian: The Life and Work of an American Composer, 1987-1944.
Box 32 Folder 1328
Block, Geoffrey and Peter Burkholder, A Continuing Spirit: Charles Ives and the Classical Tradition.
Box 32 Folder 1329
Boorman, Stanley, Ottavio Petrucci: Catalogue Raisonne.
Box 32 Folder 1330-1333
Bozarth, George S., ed., Brahms Studies: Analytical and Historical Perspectives.
Box 32 Folder 1334
Britton, Allen Perdue, Irving Lowens, and Richard Crawford, American Sacred Music Imprints, 1698-1810: A Bibliography.
Box 32 Folder 1335
Chafe, Eric, Tonal Allegroy in the Vocal Music of J. S. Bach.
Box 32 Folder 1336
Catefois, Theo, Performing the Avant-Garde Groove: Devo and the Whiteness of the New Wave.
Box 32 Folder 1337
Cook, Susan and Judy Tsou, Cecilia: Exploration of Gender and Music.
Box 32 Folder 1338-1339
Crawford, John C. And Dorothy L. Crawford, Expressionism in 20th century Music.
Box 32 Folder 1340-1341
Cummings, Anthony, The Politicized Muse: Medici Festivals, 1512-1537.
Box 32 Folder 1342-1343
Curtis, Alan, Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria.
Box 32 Folder 1344
Daitz, Mimi, Ancient Song Recovered: The Music of Veljo Tormis.
Box 32 Folder 1345
Darcy, Warren, Das Rheingold Genesis and Structure.
Box 32 Folder 1346
Epstein, David, The Sounding Stream: Studies of Time in Music.
Box 32 Folder 1347-1348
Gordon, Bonnie, Monteverdi's Unruly Women: The Convergence of Sensuality and Song.
Box 32 Folder 1349-1350
Grier, James, The Critical Editing of Music: Theory, Method, and Practice.
Box 32 Folder 1351-1352
Hall, Patricia, A View of Berg's "Lulu" through the Autograph Sources.
Box 33 Folder 1353-1356
Hanning, Barbara and Nancy K. Baker, Musical Humanism and Its Legacy: Studies in the History of Music Theory.
Box 33 Folder 1357
Hatch, Christopher and David Bernstein, Music Theory and the Exploration of the Past.
Box 33 Folder 1361-1362
Hennemann, Monika and Kenneth Hamilton, The Piano in Prose: Annotated Source Readings and Music from 1700-1870.
Box 33 Folder 1361-1362
Heyman, Barbara, Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music.
Box 33 Folder 1363-1366
Holsinger, Bruce, Music, Body, and Desire in Medieval Culture, 1150-1400.
Box 33 Folder 1367
Hudson, Richard, Stolen Time.
Box 33 Folder 1368-1369
Johnson, Douglas, Alan Tyson, and Robert Winter, The Beethoven Sketches: History, Reconstruction, Inventory.
Box 33 Folder 1370
Katz, Mark, The Phonograph Effect.
Box 33 Folder 1371
Katz, Mark, The Phonograph Effect, audio recordings from the accompanying CD, undated.
Digital Content (Reading Room Access Only) pusp-0645-007
Kirkendale, Warren, The Court Musicians in Florence during the Principate of the Medici.
Box 33 Folder 1372-1373
Knapp, Raymond, The American Musical and the Formation of National Identity.
Box 33 Folder 1374
Kowalke, Kim and Lys Symonette, Speak Low (When You Speak of Love): The Letters of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya.
Box 33 Folder 1375
Kreutzer, Natalie, Zimbabwe Children's Singing Chants.
Box 33 Folder 1376
Levy, Kenneth, Charlemagne's Archetype of Gregorian Chant.
Box 33 Folder 1377
Lewis, Mary, Antonio Gardano, Venetian Music Printer, 1538-69.
Box 33 Folder 1378-1379
Lingas, Alexnader, Sunday Matins in the Byzantine Cathedral Rite: Music and Liturgy.
Box 33 Folder 1380-1382
Lochhead, Judy and Joseph Auner, ed., Postmodern Music/Postmodern Thought.
Box 33 Folder 1383
London, Justin, Hearing in Time.
Box 33 Folder 1384
Macdonald, Hugh, Berlioz's Orchestration Treatise.
Box 33 Folder 1385
Magaldi, Cristina, Music in Imperial Rio De Janeiro.
Box 33 Folder 1386-1388
McGee, Jeff, The Uncrowned King of Swing: Fletcher Henderson and Big Band Jazz.
Box 34 Folder 1389-1391
McGee, Timothy, ed., Swinging Early Music.
Box 34 Folder 1392
Miller, Leta and Frederic Lieberman, Lou Harrison.
Box 34 Folder 1393
Miller, Leta, Lou Harrison, audio recordings from the accompanying CD, undated.
Digital Content (Reading Room Access Only) pusp-0645-008
Myers, Gregory, Larvsy Troitsky Kondakar.
Box 34 Folder 1394
Oettinger, Rebecca, Music as Propaganda in the German Reformation.
Box 34 Folder 1395-1396
Oja, Carol, Making Music Modern.
Box 34 Folder 1397
Ong, Seow-Chin, Beethoven's Landsberg 11 Sketchbook: Facsimile, Transcription, Commentary.
Box 34 Folder 1398
Palisca, Claude, Studies on the History of Italian Music and Music Theory.
Box 34 Folder 1399
Pasler, Jann, Confronting Stravinksy.
Box 34 Folder 1400
Pecknold, Diane and Kristine M., McCusker, ed., A Boyd Named Sue: Gender and Genre in Country Music.
Box 34 Folder 1401-1404
Platinga, Leon, Beethoven's Concertos.
Box 34 Folder 1405
Powell, John S., Music and Theatre in France 1600-1680.
Box 34 Folder 1406
Reiman, Erika, Schumann's Piano Cycles and the Novels of John Paul.
Box 34 Folder 1407-1409
Reynolds, Christopher, Papal Patronage and the Music of St. Peter's 1380-1513.
Box 34 Folder 1410-1411
Robinson, Paisiello Thematic Catalogue.
Box 34 Folder 1412
Scherr, Suzanne, Tosca.
Box 34 Folder 1413
Smith, Kathleen, God Bless America: Tin Pan Alley Goes to War.
Box 34 Folder 1414
Smith, Catherine Parsons and Cynthia Richardson, Mary Carr Moore: The Acculturation of an American Composer.
Box 34 Folder 1415
Spitzer, Michael, Metaphor and Musical Thought.
Box 34 Folder 1416
Stock, Jonathan, Musical Creativity in 20th century China.
Box 34 Folder 1417-1418
Swann, Brian, Song of the Sky.
Box 34 Folder 1419
Ward, John M., Music for Elizabethan Lutes.
Box 34 Folder 1420
Weaver, Robert, Musica Estrusa.
Box 34 Folder 1421
Whitesell, Lloyd and Sophie Fuller, Queer Episodes in Music and Modern Identity.
Box 34 Folder 1422
Wolf, Eugene, Quellen und Studien zur Geschichte.
Box 34 Folder 1423-1425
Youmans, Charles, Richard Strauss's Orchestral Music and the German Intellectual Tradition.
Box 34 Folder 1426-1427
Yung, Bell, Celestial Airs of Antiquity.
Box 34 Folder 1428-1430
Yung, Bell and Helen Rees, ed., Foundations of Modern Musicology: Understanding Charles Seeger.
Box 34 Folder 1431-1432
Description & Arrangement

Correspondence filed chronologically. Contracts and grant applications with the National Endowment of the Humanities follows the correspondence. Miscellaneous materials include MUSA newsletters called "Musings."

Correspondence, 1981-2002.
Box 35 Folder 1433-1484
NEH Grant Applications.
Box 36 Folder 1485-1491
Box 36 Folder 1492-1497
Box 36 Folder 1498-1508
Box 36 Folder 1509-1510
Description & Arrangement

Correspondence among the AMS executive officers, the Journal editor, and the publishing house. Correspondence between university presses and AMS President, followed by contracts with the Chicago Press. Marketing and circulation reports; corresponding relating to the publication of the Index. Miscellaneous materials include documents relating to online journal databases, as well as undated and handwritten notes.

Correspondence, 1977-1997.
Box 37 Folder 1511-1558
Correspondence, 1998-2002.
Box 38 Folder 1559-1595
Correspondence [RESTRICTED], 1999-2004.
Digital Content (Reading Room Access Only) pusp-0645-009
Press correspondence, 1994-1996.
Box 39 Folder 1596-1652
University of Chicago contracts.
Box 40 Folder 1653-1659
Box 40 Folder 1660-1666
Box 40 Folder 1667-1673
Box 40 Folder 1674-1680
Description & Arrangement

Correspondence with the Newsletter editor arranged chronologically. Correspondence of the ad hoc committee on the Obituary Column in the newsletter, also arranged chronologically. Rough drafts with submissions and clean copies follow, each arranged chronologically.

Correspondence with the editor, 1983-1999.
Box 40 Folder 1681-1703
Correspondence with the editor, 2000-2002.
Box 41 Folder 1704-1717
Correspondence of Obituary Committee, 1997-2002.
Box 41 Folder 1718-1733
Box 41 Folder 1734-1741
Clean copies.
Box 41 Folder 1742-1744
Box 41 Folder 1745
Description & Arrangement

Correspondence with the editor, followed by drafts and clean copies, all arranged chronologically.

Box 42 Folder 1746-1773
Box 42 Folder 1774-1780
Description & Arrangement

Lists of publications, publication budgets from the 1970s, and correspondence with publications publishers A and R editing and EBS publishing house, arranged chronologically.

Pulbications lists.
Box 42 Folder 1781
Publications budgets.
Box 42 Folder 1782
Box 42 Folder 1783-1784

Series Description

Papers arranged chronologically by the year in which the meeting was held. Correspondence filed chronologically, followed by undated materials, programs, drafts, notes, and miscellaneous material. The exception is the 1987 New Orleans meeting, when documents were arranged thematically by John Baron, chairman of the local arrangements committee.

Boston, 1981.
Box 42 Folder 1785
Ann Arbor, 1982.
Box 42 Folder 1786
Louisville, 1983.
Box 42 Folder 1787
Philadelphia, 1984.
Box 42 Folder 1788
Vancouver, 1985.
Box 42 Folder 1789-1790
Cleveland, 1986.
Box 42 Folder 1791
New Orleans, 1987.
Box 43 Folder 1792-1830
New Orleans, 1987.
Box 44 Folder 1831-1861
New Orleans, 1987.
Box 45 Folder 1862-1895
Baltimore, 1988.
Box 45 Folder 1896
Pittsburgh, 1992.
Box 45 Folder 1897
Montreal, 1993.
Box 45 Folder 1898
Minneapolis, 1994.
Box 45 Folder 1899-1900
New York, 1995.
Box 46 Folder 1901-1913
Baltimore, 1996.
Box 46 Folder 1914-1936
Phoenix, 1997.
Box 47 Folder 1937-1954
Boston, 1998.
Box 47 Folder 1955-1978
Kansas City, MO, 1999.
Box 48 Folder 1979-1989
Toronto, 2000.
Box 48 Folder 1990-2010
Atlanta, 2001.
Box 48 Folder 2011-2019
Columbus, 2002.
Box 49 Folder 2020-2039
Houston, 2003.
Box 49 Folder 2033-2039
Seattle, 2004.
Box 49 Folder 2040-2045
Los Angeles, 2006.
Box 49 Folder 2046
Quebec City, 2007.
Box 49 Folder 2047
Un-hosted meetings.
Box 49 Folder 1048-2049
General meetings.
Box 49 Folder 2050-2063
Presidential address.
Box 50 Folder 2064-2068

Description & Arrangement

Correspondence with chapter officers, chapter reports, programs of chapter meetings, and miscellaneous material relating to chapters. Papers relating to chapters arranged alphabetically by chapter name, then chronologically. Correspondence with chapter officers is followed by miscellaneous chapter infromation, including a map of the chapter, chapter officers, financial reports, meeting announcements, and the by-laws. Form letters to chapter officers and general chapter correspondence, also arranged chronologically, lists of chapter officers, overviews of chapter activities, and miscellaneous records fall at the end of this sub-series.

Allegheny Chapter.
Box 50 Folder 2069-2071
Capitol Chapter.
Box 50 Folder 2072-2078
Greater New York Chapter.
Box 50 Folder 2079-2083
Mid-Atlantic Chapter.
Box 50 Folder 2084-2085
Midwest Chapter, 1974-1976.
Box 50 Folder 2086-2103
Midwest Chapter, 1976-1986.
Box 51 Folder 2104-2151
Midwest Chapter, 1986-1996.
Box 52 Folder 2152-2190
Midwest Chapter, 1996-2000.
Box 53 Folder 2191-2208
Midwest Chapter By-laws.
Box 53 Folder 2209
Midwest Chapter Minutes, 1972-1997.
Box 53 Folder 2210-2215
Midwest Chapter: "Documents and Recollections for the Archives of the Midwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society, remembered, assembled, and edited by Herbert S. Livingston".
Box 53 Folder 2216-2222
Midwest Chapter: Miscellaneous.
Box 53 Folder 2223-2224
New England Chapter.
Box 53 Folder 2225-2226
New York State – St. Lawrence Chapter.
Box 53 Folder 2227-2229
Northern California Chapter.
Box 53 Folder 2230-2232
Pacific Northwest Chapter.
Box 54 Folder 2233-2234
Pacific Southwest Chapter.
Box 54 Folder 2235-2239
Rocky Mountain Chapter.
Box 54 Folder 2240-2242
South Central Chapter.
Box 54 Folder 2243-2246
Southeast Chapter.
Box 54 Folder 2247-2248
Southern Chapter.
Box 54 Folder 2249-2250
Southwest Chapter.
Box 54 Folder 2251-2254
General chapter correspondence, 1985-1998.
Box 54 Folder 2255-2260
Lists of chapter officers.
Box 54 Folder 2261
Overviews of chapter activities.
Box 54 Folder 2262
Chapter territories lists.
Box 54 Folder 2263
Box 54 Folder 2264
Description & Arrangement

Correspondence with and between members of the committee, filed chronologically. Guidelines for committee members follows the correspondence.

Correspondence, 1985-2002.
Box 54 Folder 2265-2277
Box 54 Folder 2278
Guidelines for committee.
Box 54 Folder 2279

Series Description

Correspondence with affiliated organizations, and with AMS delegates to those organizations, arranged alphabetically by organization title, then chronologically. Undated and miscellaneous material appears after the correspondence.

American Council for Learned Societies Correspondence, 1985-2002.
Box 55 Folder 2280-2285
American Council for Learned Societies Travel Grant Program.
Box 55 Folder 2286-2289
American Council for Learned Societies Handbook.
Box 55 Folder 2290
American Council for Learned Societes 2014 Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture (Bruno Nettl), 2014.
Box 55 Folder 2290a
College Music Society.
Box 55 Folder 2291-2295
Historic Brass Society.
Box 55 Folder 2296
International Musicology Society.
Box 55 Folder 2297-2304
Kurt Weill Foundation.
Box 55 Folder 2305-2307
Library of Congress Scholars' Council.
Box 55 Folder 2308
Mexican Musicological Society.
Box 55 Folder 2309
Music Library Association.
Box 55 Folder 2310-2319
National Endowment for the Humanities Correspondence.
Box 55 Folder 2317-2319
National Endowment for the Humanities Grant programs, 2000-2001.
Box 55 Folder 2320
National Humanities Alliance.
Box 56 Folder 2321-2325
National Recording Preservation Board.
Box 56 Folder 2326-2332
National Research Council.
Box 56 Folder 2333-2341
RILM (International Repertory of Music Literature).
Box 56 Folder 2335-2341
Royal Music Association.
Box 56 Folder 2342
Schoenberg Institute.
Box 56 Folder 2343
SIdM (Italian Musicological Society).
Box 56 Folder 2344
Society of American Music.
Box 56 Folder 2345-2346
Society for Ethnomusicology.
Box 56 Folder 2347
Society for Music Theory.
Box 56 Folder 2348-2349
Great affiliations.
Box 56 Folder 2350

Series Description

Financial reports - annual reports, budgets, receipts, monthly summaries, endowment accounts - arranged chronologically by fiscal year. Also included is a 2001 report prepared by Treasurer James Ladewig titled "Analysis of the Spending and Investment Policies of the American Musicological Society's Fellowship Endowments," an independent audit proposal, tax return forms, and a strategic allocation account prepared for the AMS by Chase Bank.

Financial reports, FYE 1976-1996.
Box 56 Folder 2351-2366
Financial reports, FYE 1997-2004.
Box 57 Folder 2367-2390
Reconciliation reports, 1994-1996.
Box 57 Folder 2391-2394
Tax returns.
Box 57 Folder 2395
Independent Auditor's Reports.
Box 57 Folder 2376-2397
Chase Strategic Allocation Account for the AMS, 1998 January.
Box 57 Folder 2398
"Analysis of the Spending and Investment Policies of the American Musicological Society's Fellowship Endowments", 2001 March 3.
Box 57 Folder 2399

Description & Arrangement

Correspondence relating to the by-laws of the society, arranged chronologically, followed by drafts of the by-laws.

Box 58 Folder 2400
By-laws Correspondence.
Box 58 Folder 2401-2407
By-laws Drafts.
Box 58 Folder 2408-2421
Description & Arrangement

Explanation of officers' duties, filed alphabetically by job title; lists of officers and Board members, filed chronologically; lists of Council members, filed chronologically; lists of general membership, as well as member forms. Resumes for the persons interested in the executive director position follow, arranged alphabetically.

Officers' duties.
Box 58 Folder 2422-2430
Lists of Officers and Board members, 1935-2000.
Box 58 Folder 2431-2432
Lists of Council members, 1981-2000.
Box 58 Folder 2433-2442
Lists of general membership.
Box 58 Folder 2443
Membership surveys and forms.
Box 58 Folder 2444
Executive Director resumes.
Box 59 Folder 2445-2452
Series Description

Correspondence with the archivist and about the archives, arranged chronologically, followed by articles relating to the history AMS and articles of general interest to the Society.

Box 59 Folder 2453
"The American Musicological Society, 1934-1966: A Brief Historical Survey," Clayton W. Henderson, 1970 October.
Box 59 Folder 2454
"American Musicology Comes of Age: The Founding of the AMS," Richard Crawford, 1984 September.
Box 59 Folder 2455-2460
Articles and clippings.
Box 59 Folder 2461-2463

Series Description

Miscellaneous papers arranged alphabetically by subject of project title, and then chronologically.

Alvin H. Johnson Tribute.
Box 59 Folder 2464-2466
Copyright Law.
Box 59 Folder 2467-2474
Gay and Lesbian Study Group.
Box 59 Folder 2475-2481
Fund-raising ideas.
Box 59 Folder 2482-2483

Series Description

Billings text and music drafts. 1987 meeting registration book.

Billings drafts.
Box 60 Folder 2484-2500
New Orleans 1987 meeting registration book.
Box 61 Folder unknown container

Series Description

Five- and three-inch floppy discs, zip disc, and data CDs. The three-inch discs are not formatted to run in PCs.

CDs, floppy discs, zip discCDs, floppy discs, zip disc.
Box 62 Folder unknown container

Board and Committee Correspondence.
Box 63 Folder 2501-2509
Board Meetings, 2002-2003.
Box 64 Folder 2510-2538
Board Meetings 2004-2005, Presidential Forum.
Box 65 Folder 2539-2571
Presidential Forum, Awards, Archives.
Box 66 Folder 2572-2575

Print, Suggest