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Wayne Wadhams papers

Identifier: BCA-019

Scope and Contents

This collection includes both teaching materials as well as records from Wadhams’ Boston Skyline label. Formats include paper files, floppy discs, compact discs, LPs, 45s, VHS tapes, Beta tapes, and Digital Audio Tapes. Departmental materials include a copy of the 1983 department proposal for music production & engineering and a 1997 award plaque from the college to Wadhams his contributions to the music technology division.


  • 1970s - 1990s


Conditions Governing Access

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

Recordings have not been transferred. Patrons may view an item’s original container and/or carrier, but the materials themselves are not available for playback due to preservation concerns. Patrons may request access via listening appointments, however due to format obsolescence and condition, recordings many not be available for digitization. Contact Archives staff for further information.

Biographical Note

Wayne Wadhams (1946-2008) was a founding member of the Music Production & Engineering Department at Berklee College of Music, where he taught from 1982-2007. Among his many musical accomplishments, Wadhams was a founding member of the band The Fifth Estate, wrote jingles and TV music, co-founded the Orson Welles Film School (the largest independent college-accredited film school in the U.S.), and produced numerous musical recordings. Wadhams also authored the book Inside the Hits: the Seduction of a Rock and Roll Generation (2001).


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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.

Wayne Wadhams papers
Sofía Becerra-Licha
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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).

Repository Details

Part of the Berklee Archives Repository

Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston St
Boston MA 02215 USA