Michigan State University

Contact: Mary Black Junttonen


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1. Does your instution maintain holdings of concert programs? Yes, although not all are in the library. Michigan State University has a separate archives unit where many music department/School of Music programs and also those of visiting artists/ensembles are held. The Library is developing a collection of paper programs and recordings for recent School of Music material, and we have some holdings in our Music Manuscript Collection and in Special Collections.
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.? Mainly in connection with our Music Manuscript Collection, there are programs, advertising, etc., related to those individuals whose manuscripts and papers we hold. We have general collections of journals and libretti. Our Special Collections unit has, in addition to the Music Manuscript Collection, an assortment of vaudeville, circus and such traveling entertainment memorabilia. The MSU Museum also has such holdings.
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). Most are local performances and/or performers. To find out more, you should contact the University Archives and Historical Collections, as they house most of this material. Their website is: http://www.msu.edu/unit/msuarhc. Their holdings include MSU School of Music concerts and presentations since the 1930s and many visiting artists since the 1930s. A smaller quantity of popular entertainment would be covered in the University Archives as well.
4. Do you have collection level or title/series level descriptions of your holdings? If yes, are these descriptions available online or in print? The University Archives has a number of indexes at varying levels in their ongoing task of sorting the University's papers. Currently they have the majority of material. See above website. The Libraries' Music Manuscript Collections will have at least collection level descriptions as we continue to develop the indexing. Each collection is pertinent to one composer, as a rule, or to one performing organization, such as Teatro Internacional; all have ties to the MSU community.
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 expect to list Music Manuscript Collection contents by item level for the scores, recordings and books, but may not do an item level entry for each program, poster, photograph, etc. It's probable we will group them, however, when there is substantial material. For example, we may list "Posters, photographs and programs for H. O. Reed's 'Michigan Dream'" for material relating to that opera and "Posters and programs for various H.O. Reed chamber music performances" if there is a less well-defined collection. This is in the planning stages, and a preliminary list may certainly be made more detailed in the future. We expect to have a paper and an on-line index.
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? All University materials are available for public use, although each of the collections mentioned here are for in-house use only. Typical clientele would be researchers into a genre, an individual, or into some aspect of regional history.
7. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a broader census of program holdings within your national branch? Yes. There is also a local orchestra of some excellence, as well as many regional orchestras, semi-professional bands, opera companies, choral groups, etc., in the mid-Michigan area.
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. [none]

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