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Lee Eliot Berk papers

Identifier: BCA-014

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of artifacts presented to Lee Eliot Berk (1942 - ) in recognition of his service and accomplishments as the second president of Berklee College of Music (1979-2004). Items include numerous award plaques, honorary degrees, a guitar signed by alumni in Nashville, TN, and the academic robe accompanying the honorary doctorate bestowed upon him by Berklee College of Music on the occasion of his retirement.


  • 1989-2004


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research by appointment. Advance notice is required for access because materials are stored offsite. Use of audiovisual materials may require production of listening or viewing copies.

Biographical Note

Lee Eliot Berk (1942 - ) served as Berklee College of Music’s second president from 1979 - 2004, taking over from his father, Lawrence Berk, who founded the institution as the Schillinger House in 1945. Berk holds degrees from Brown University (1964) and Boston University (1967) and began working at Berklee in 1966 as bursar and supervisor of the Private Study Division, later serving as a vice president from 1971 - 1979. In addition to overseeing a significant expansion of the college’s curriculum during his tenure as college president, Berk taught and wrote on issues of music and copyright, earning the 1971 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for his monograph Legal Protection for the Creative Musician.


33 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



This collection has been minimally processed. Materials are currently housed in the original order they were received. A more detailed internal inventory is available upon request.

Lee Eliot Berk papers, 1940s-2010s
Under Revision
Sofía Becerra-Licha (2014); Ashley Gray (2022)
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The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid were completed with support from a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Revision Statements

  • 2022: This collection was originally titled the Lee Eliot Berk papers and was reprocessed by Ashley Gray (Processing Archivist) as the Berk Family Papers, incoporating several additional donations by the Berk family.

Repository Details

Part of the Berklee Archives Repository

Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston St
Boston MA 02215 USA