Digital Collections

BCA-004: Franklin McGinley collection on Duke Ellington
BCA-004: Franklin McGinley collection on Duke Ellington
Memorabilia created by Franklin McGinley for and by Duke Ellington, including a scrapbook, additional clippings, and various commemorative materials. The scrapbook, presumably put together by McGinley, documents the rise of swing music and Duke Ellington and includes autographs by Ellington and other musicians of the period. The remaining loose materials document Ellington's posthumous legacy, with the majority of the clippings consisting of obituaries or coverage of Duke Ellington’s passing in 1974.
BCA-006: Jerome Gross and Bert Henry papers on the Schillinger System
BCA-006: Jerome Gross and Bert Henry papers on the Schillinger System
This collection is comprised of materials documenting correspondence, coursework, and memorabilia produced and collected by Bert Henry and Dr. Jerome Gross, as students and proponents of the Schillinger System of Musical Composition (SSOMC). The Schillinger System of Musical Composition was invented by Russian composer and theorist Joseph Schillinger. The system is modeled on mathematical processes and includes theories of rhythm, harmony, melody, counterpoint, form, and semantics. Additional archival materials on the Schillinger System may also be found in the Lawrence Berk papers on the Schillinger System (BCA-007).
BCA-007: Lawrence Berk papers on the Schillinger System
BCA-007: Lawrence Berk papers on the Schillinger System
This collection consists of 11 binders comprised of notes, formulas and other figures compiled and created by Lawrence Berk, founder of Berklee College of Music. Although materials are undated, it is assumed that these materials were produced in the 1930s as a result of Berk’s private study with Joseph Schillinger, creator of the Schillinger System of Musical Composition (SSOMC). Therefore, these papers presumably contain the foundation of Berklee’s early curriculum. Additional archival materials on the Schillinger System may also be found in the Jerome Gross and Bert Henry papers on the Schillinger System (BCA-006).
BCA-009: Berklee College of Music Event Programs
BCA-009: Berklee College of Music Event Programs
This collection consists of concert programs generated by Berklee College of Music’s Concert Operations department, known colloquially as the Concert Office. Events include student, faculty, visiting artist, and professional performances in the following five campus venues: Lawrence and Alma Berk Hall, Oliver Colvin Hall, David Friend Hall, The Red Room @ Café 939, and the Berklee Performance Center.
BCA-010: Dean Earl papers
BCA-010: Dean Earl papers
Pedagogical arrangements created and/or compiled by distinguished pianist, faculty member, and alumnus Dean Earl as teaching aids for Berklee Piano Department courses in harmony and piano performance. The arrangements themselves consist mainly of popular music and jazz standards, as well as musical exercises.
BCA-011: Berklee Oral History Project interview collection
BCA-011: Berklee Oral History Project interview collection
Established in 1998, the Berklee Oral History Project (BOHP) seeks to chronicle Berklee’s rich history from those who have lived, shaped, and defined it. In capturing the diverse experiences and perceptions of Berklee faculty, staff, and alumni, Berklee Archives seeks to document Berklee’s pedagogical contributions to music education, as well as the events and issues that have impacted the direction and identity of the institution. This collection comprises video interviews from over 100 individuals closely associated with Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory, including faculty, staff, presidents, and alumni. Some early interviews also feature individuals unaffiliated with Berklee who were active in the Boston jazz community. Early interviews frequently focus more heavily on topics of jazz history, the Boston jazz community, and interviewees’ musical education and performance experiences; later interviews feature more significant discussion of the development of both institutions and their evolving cultural contexts. Between 1998 and 2017, the majority of interviews were conducted by journalist and Berklee College of Music faculty member Fred Bouchard (Associate Professor, Liberal Arts), with additional interviews conducted by the following staff and faculty members: George S. Clinton, Marci Cohen, Mike Keefe-Feldman, Ron Reid, Ralph Rosen, and Richard Vacca. Since 2017, interviews have been conducted by editor, radio producer, and Berklee faculty member Rob Hochschild (Associate Professor, Liberal Arts).
BCA-043: Berklee College of Music course catalogs
BCA-043: Berklee College of Music course catalogs
This collection 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. The bulk of the collection are course catalogs for student registration but 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.
BCA-053: Jazz in the Classroom recordings and scores
BCA-053: Jazz in the Classroom recordings and scores
From 1958 to 1976, the fifteen-volumes series Jazz in the Classroom was produced as an innovative educational method that combined scores and recordings to demonstrate jazz writing and performance techniques and showcase the talents of outstanding students of the day. The volumes featured faculty and student composers, arrangers, and performers such as Toshiko Akiyoshi ‘59, Arif Mardin ‘61, Mike Gibbs ‘63, Gábor Szabó ’59, Gary Burton ‘62, Sadao Watanabe ‘65, Alf Clausen ‘66, John Abercrombie ‘67, Alan Broadbent ‘69, Hal Crook ‘71, Abraham Laboriel, Sr., ‘72, Tiger Okoshi ‘75, and many more. View the full collection guide for BCA-053 Jazz in the Classroom recordings and scores at https://berkleearchives.libraryhost.com/repositories/2/resources/75.
Berklee College of Music commencement highlights (1970s & 1980s)
Berklee College of Music commencement highlights (1970s & 1980s)
A sampling of digitized commencement ceremony recordings, featuring speeches by: Stan Kenton, Arif Mardin, Duke Ellington, Harry Ellis Dickson, Franklin Patterson, John Williams, Gary Burton, and Bruce Lundvall. Additional commencement recordings (including commencement concerts) may be found in the following physical collections: BCA-018 (Berklee College of Music event recordings by Video Services, 1985-2004), BCA-017 (Berklee College of Music collection of campus event recordings, 1995 - present), and BCA-016 (Berklee College of Music Music Production & Engineering departmental recording collection). Finding aids for these collections are available online: https://archives.berklee.edu/research/finding-aids.
Berklee College of Music commencement recordings
Berklee College of Music commencement recordings
A sampling of digitized commencement ceremony and concert recordings, featuring speeches by: Stan Kenton, Arif Mardin, Duke Ellington, Harry Ellis Dickson, Franklin Patterson, John Williams, Gary Burton, and Bruce Lundvall. Sources include the following physical collections: BCA-018 (Berklee College of Music event recordings by Video Services, 1985-2004), BCA-017 (Berklee College of Music collection of campus event recordings, 1995 - present), and BCA-016 (Berklee College of Music Music Production & Engineering departmental recording collection). Finding aids for these collections are available online: https://archives.berklee.edu/research/finding-aids.
Inspiring the next generation: music and speeches from legendary musicians
Inspiring the next generation: music and speeches from legendary musicians
These video highlights present Berklee honorary degree recipients: influential musicians and music industry icons imparting their wisdom in memorable commencement and convocation speeches, unique performances, and master classes. Honorees featured in this special collection include: Al Jarreau, Alf Clausen, B. B. King, Billy Joel, Billy Taylor, Bob Moog, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, Chick Corea, David Bowie, Dizzy Gillespie, Gary Burton, George Martin, Henry Mancini, Herb Alpert, Herb Pomeroy, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, James Taylor, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, Paquito D'Rivera, Pat Metheny, Patty Austin, Paul Simon, Phil Collins, Phil Ramone, Sting, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Wayne Shorter.