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Collection of Berklee College of Music academic publications

 Collection
Identifier: BCA-043

Scope and Contents

The Collection of Berklee College of Music academic publications has been collated from a number of different sources, primarily the Berklee Office of Public Information records by Alma Berk (BCA-013) and a donation from Berklee's Vice President for Academic Affairs/Vice Provost, S. Jay Kennedy. Though the bulk of the collection are course catalogs for student registration (known throughout the years as catalogs, registration manuals, career grids, and bulletins), the collection also contains other publications put out by Berklee College of Music, such as newsletters, convocation reports, and prospectuses. The course catalogs cover 42 of Berklee's first 59 years of operation, and these catalogs provide great insight into both the roots and growth of Berklee's curriculum.

Dates

  • 1949-2017

Conditions Governing Access

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

Selected materials have been digitized and are available online here

Biographical / Historical

Berklee College of Music was founded by Lawrence Berk in 1945, under the name Schillinger House. Though Berk's initial intention was to train musicians in the Schillinger System of Musical Composition (SSOMC), Schillinger House soon outgrew its name and was renamed Berklee School of Music in 1954; subsequently, the school was again renamed Berklee College of Music in 1970. An ever-expanding community, Berklee opened its first international campus in Valencia, Spain, in 2012 and underwent a historic merger with The Boston Conservatory in 2016. The core curriculum of arranging, composition, and ear training still exists today, and can be seen in course catalogs from the 1940s through the present day.

Extent

10 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

This collection is organized by publication type, and chronologically within those publication types.

Digitized Materials

Selected materials have been digitized and are available online here

Related Materials

In addition to the physical copies of course catalogs in this collection, a number of catalogs have been digitized and are available for viewing online: https://archives.berklee.edu/berklee-college-music-course-catalogs-highlights/16962

For other Berklee publications, please see the Berklee Office of Public Information collection by Alma Berk, BCA-013: https://archives.berklee.edu/_archives/archives_content/FindingAids/BCA-013_OPI.html

Title
Collection of Berklee College of Music academic publications, 1949-2017
Status
In Process
Author
Amanda Axel
Date
2018/12/10
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Berklee Archives Repository

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