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Berklee College of Music Video Services event recordings on tape, 1979-2005

 Collection
Identifier: BCA-018

Scope and Contents

Approximately 3,900 video recordings of clinics, concerts, and other special events on campus spanning 1979-2005 (with most recordings taking place 1985-2004). These recordings are primarily housed on VHS tapes; other formats include Beta and Umatic tapes. Samples and highlights include: Singer Showcase concerts, commencement concerts, workshops, clinics, student recitals, commencement ceremonies, entering student convocations, and the dedication and grand opening of the Genko Uchida Building (921 Boylston St).

Dates

  • 1979-2005
  • Majority of material found within 1985 - 2004

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research by appointment. Advance notice is required for access because materials are stored offsite.

The majority of recordings have not been transferred. Patrons may request viewing appointments; Berklee community members may request streaming access to digitized copies. Contact Archives staff for further information.

Berklee Event Recordings Access Policy

Berklee Archives can only grant personal copies of event recordings to event participants. Remote streaming access is restricted to the Berklee community with a Berklee OnePass login; requests from patrons outside the Berklee community will require an on-campus appointment to view.

Biographical / Historical

Berklee College of Music’s Video Services department records concert and other event performances throughout the college campus. Reggie Lofton, director of video services, oversaw the production of the videos in this collection.

Extent

115 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Approximately 3,900 video recordings of clinics, concerts, and other special events on campus spanning 1979-2005 (with most recordings taking place 1985-2004). These recordings are primarily housed on VHS tapes; other formats include Beta and Umatic tapes. Sample event types include: Singer Showcase concerts, commencement concerts, and the dedication and grand opening of the Genko Uchida Building. Berklee College of Music’s Video Services department records concert and other event performances throughout the college campus. Reggie Lofton, director of video services, oversaw the production of the videos in this collection.

Arrangement

Series 1: Visiting Artist Series, 1984-2004: contains concerts and clinics that were labeled as such by the Video Services department. Arranged chronologically.

Series 2: Faculty Artist Series, 1988-2004: contains concerts and clinics that were labeled as such by the Video Services department. Arranged chronologically.

Series 3: Major Residency Series, 1986-2002: contains concerts and clinics that were labeled as such by the Video Services department. Arranged chronologically.

Series 4: Commencement Ceremonies, 1986-2001: contains recordings of Berklee College of Music baccalaureate ceremonies, including speeches by Berklee faculty and honorary degree recipients. Arranged chronologically.

Series 5: Commencement Concerts, 1986-2003: contains recordings of the annual commencement concert, which feature original arrangements honoring the musical achievements of that year's honorary degree recipients. Arranged chronologically.

Series 6: Entering Student Convocation, 1987-2002: contains recordings of the welcoming presentation and concert given for new students. Arranged chronologically.

Series 7: Performances, Clinics, and Concerts, 1983-2004: contains recordings that do not fall within any of the previous series. Recordings include annual and biannual department concerts, student recitals, and faculty performances. The recordings were broken down into as many groups as possible, such as Fall Together and Songwriter's Night. Within these groups, recordings are arranged chronologically.

Series 8: Miscellaneous, 1979-2005: contains recordings that do not fit into any other series. Recordings include interviews, the 50th anniversary gala, and the dedication of David Friend Recital Hall. Arranged chronologically.

Digitized Materials

In 2017, the Berklee Archives received an eighteen month $13,000 grant from the GRAMMY Museum® to digitize a curated selection of video recordings from this collection (BCA-018). The 136 tapes selected feature Berklee commencement speeches, commencement concerts, as well as clinics by illustrious honorary degree recipients. All 136 digitized items may be viewed on-site and by appointment at the Berklee Archives, while the 33 commencement and convocation speeches have been excerpted and may be streamed online at https://archives.berklee.edu/bca-018-vs-vhs-grammy-grant-digital-exhibit.

Title
Berklee College of Music Video Services Event Recordings, 1979-2005
Status
Completed
Author
Amanda Axel; with Sofía Becerra-Licha
Date
2018/11/30
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
The preliminary processing of this collection and the creation of the original finding aid were completed with support from a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
Edition statement
Third edition

Repository Details

Part of the Berklee Archives Repository

Contact:
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston St
Boston MA 02215 USA
617-747-8001