University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Contact: John Bewley

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1. Does your instution maintain holdings of concert programs? Yes.
2. Apart from concert programs, does your institution have significant holdings of other types of documents that can be useful for performance research such as libretti, playbills, historical journals with concert reviews, etc.? Libretti.
3. Please list major concert venues, ensembles or performing organizations, and artists that are represented in your holdings. If possible, indicate a general timeframe for each (e.g. New York Philharmonic: 1920-1950). If your holdings are so extensive it is impractical to submit a list in a timely fashion, please provide a general overview (e.g. Programs of various musical events in Stockholm: 19th and 20th centuries).

Contemporary music in Buffalo, ca. 1960-present, representing major composers and performers.
A partial list of other holdings is available online at:
Many of the holdings are very small. Among those with longer runs, or of historical interest are:
Aldeburgh. Festival of Music and the Arts (53), 1949-94
Buxton. Festival (15), 1980-95
Glasgow. Classical Concerts (10), 1895
Leeds. Subscription Concerts (6+), 1887-1892
BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts (15 v.), 1938-1977
BBC Symphony (46), 1930-75 (with handbills & leaflets)
Concerts of Ancient Music (48), 1800-47
Covent Garden, Promenade Concerts (18), 1873-90
The Musical Union (10), 1845-54
The "Proms" at Queen's Hall (69), 1898-1966
Royal Albert Hall (94 in 3 v.), 1873-1959
St. James's Hall Extra Popular Concerts (16), 1887-1902
St. James's Hall, London Ballad Concerts (14), 1869-1905
St. James's Hall, Monday Popular Concerts, 1859-1863, with Index of Works performed (14), 1859-92
St. James's Hall, Popular Concerts (Monday and Saturday mixed) (19+), 1876-1904
St. James's Hall, Richter Concerts (2), 1901-02
Bremen. Pro Musica Nova (11), 1966-92, 1996-98
Darmstadt. Ferienkurse für neue Musik (23), 1951-1996
Lisbon. Encontros Gulbenkian de Música Contemporánea (18+,) l977-95

We also hold programs associated with archival collections of composers and performers, such as Morton Feldman, Yvar Mikhashoff, and Jan Williams.

4. Do you have collection level or title/series level descriptions of your holdings? If yes, are these descriptions available online or in print?

Only for archival collections; not yet for program collections themselves, though that is planned. In Feldman Papers: For the North American New Music Festival: Programs for Evenings for New Music, 1964-1980:

5. Have you undertaken or are you planning any item level indexing or cataloging of individual programs? If yes, please list the categories of information that are indexed for each program (e.g. date, venue, artists, works, etc.). If the details of your plan are not yet specified, please made a simple explanation of what you hope to accomplish. If your index is available online please provide the URL. If it exists in some other electronic format such as an Excel or FileMaker file please try to send it as an attachment. We are planning to capture this information in database form.
6. Please briefly describe the clientele or research use of your holdings. Are the programs accessible to the public? Are they used for historical research or more for practical in-house institutional functions? Programs (especially contemporary music programs) have received a fair amount of use from researchers (a thesis about the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts), exhibit uses, and in-house documentation. The broader range of programs is not as accessible and does not receive much use at this time.
7. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a broader census of program holdings within your national branch? Yes.
8. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a template or questionnaire for submitting collection level descriptions? Yes.
9. Are you able and willing to participate in preparing the draft thesauri for genre and instrumentation? Yes.
10. Can you refer other potential participants for the IAML project? Please provide names and email addresses if possible. Local Buffalo contacts: Edward Yadzinski is working on Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra archival materials: Raya Then is the Music Librarian at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. I believe the library has strong local holdings and may have been involved in indexing the Buffalo Philharmonic Programs.

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