Collection Guides

Collection Guides BCA-013 s11 b99 f2 film scoring 198902
Found in Berklee Office of Public Information collection by Alma Berk (BCA-013)
Film scoring instructor and student, 1989

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Records related to the governance and operations of the Boston Conservatory. Materials primarily include documents pertaining to the early history of the Conservatory and Board of Trustees minutes from the 1970s through the 2010s, as well as files pertaining to select Conservatory presidents.

Records related to the academic administrative operations of the Boston Conservatory from the 1970s through the 2000s, including institutional self-studies, annual reports, accreditation documents, and faculty resources such as handbooks and bulletins.

Financial records and materials pertaining to property owned and maintained by the Conservatory, such as tax forms, by-laws for degree conferral, and property records such as deeds, contracts, photographs, and design files.

Records from the Offices of Admissions and the Registrar. Admissions materials include admissions catalogs and program circulars, posters and other promotional materials, and sample applications. Registrar records comprise student handbooks, registration materials, course schedules, and selected class rosters.

Collection documenting the Albert Alphin Library and Conservatory Archives operations. Library records include operational and business documents, statistics, policies, collection descriptions, and photographs, as well as research materials relating to the Boston Composers Project. Archives records include planning and administrative documents, and research inquiries.

Collection documenting the operations of the Offices of Development and Alumni Affairs, including grant applications, event records, photographs, fundraising mailings, alumni material, and newsletters.

Records produced and compiled by the Office of Marketing and Communications, including box office reports, catalogs, programs, scrapbooks, promotional materials, photographs, and audiovisual materials.

Materials related to the activities of the music department, including clippings, photographs, promotional materials, as well as faculty papers comprising publications, photographs, musical scores, and audiovisual recordings.

Collection of materials created by or related to the Dance Department, including administrative records, personnel records, event files and ephemera, photographs, circulars, correspondence, clippings, audiovisual recordings, and stage artifacts.

Materials created by or related to the Theater Department and its faculty, including administrative files, programs, photographs, audiovisual materials, and ephemera.

Collection of material created by or related to the Office of Student Affairs or Conservatory alumni, including administrative records, student publications, clippings, photographs, audiovisual materials, and student theses.

Papers of Boston Conservatory founder Julius Eichberg, president of the institution from 1867 until his death in 1893. Materials include published scores and method books, clippings and biographical materials, and images.

Papers of Agide Jacchia, president of the Conservatory from 1920-1932. Materials include compositions and arrangements, correspondence, photographs, and personal study scores.

Papers of Albert Alphin, president of the Conservatory from 1932-1967. Materials primairly include correspondence, speeches and remarks, photographs, clippings, and memorial documents.

Papers of Richard Ortner, Conservatory President from 1998-2017. Materials predominantly comprise speeches and interviews, marketing materials, and records documenting ther merger between the Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.

Personal and professional papers of Jan Veen, founder of Boston Conservatory Dance Division in 1943, and chair of that department until his death in 1967. Materials include correspondence, photographs, writings, clippings, and books relating to or belonging to Jan Veen.

The personal papers of Boston Conservatory Dance Department faculty member Kathrine Amory Hooper, including photo albums, instructional materials, and clippings.

The personal and professional papers of Ruth Ambrose, Boston Conservatory alumni and Chair of the Dance Division from 1967-1989. The collection include materials related to her book, "Jan Veen Remembered"; department records such as clippings, photos, programs, and curricular materials; and a of collection scores, books, and assorted sheet music.

The personal and professional papers of Yasuko "Yasi" Tokunaga, Director fo the Boston Conservatory Dance Division from 1989-2011. Materials include performance programs, clippings, photographs, correspondence, curricular research, and appointment books.

Collection of material pertaining to Boston Conservatory Dance Department Faculty member Julie Ince Thompson, including a posthumously published book of poetry and performance recordings.

The personal papers of Boston Conservatory Dance Department faculty member Faith Clark, including writings, correspondence, books, and performance ephemera.