Digital Collections

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
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
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
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
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
The Berklee Oral History Project (BOHP) began as a Stan Getz Library initiative in August 1998, relaunching in 2005 after a brief hiatus. The BOHP is devoted to documenting the lives of musicians who have made significant contributions to the music world as well as the Berklee College of Music community. In short, the BOHP aims to chronicle the rich and diverse history of Berklee and Boston music from those who have lived, shaped and defined it. Interviewees discuss their time spent at Berklee College of Music; their performances in and around Boston; and their experiences learning and playing music. Topics include jazz history, the Boston Jazz community, musical education, the early development of the Berklee College of Music. With the exception of the first three interviews (conducted by Library staff members) and the occasional panel, the vast majority of interviews have been carried out by journalist and retired Berklee College of Music faculty member Fred Bouchard. Bouchard holds a B.A. from Boston College and was an associate professor in Berklee's department of liberal arts. He has written for publications such as Down Beat, Jazz Times, All About Jazz, the Boston Herald, the Boston Phoenix, the Boston Globe, the Patriot Ledger, and Jazz Journal International.
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:
Berklee College of Music course catalogs (highlights)
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.
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.
Jazz In The Classroom
From 1957 to 1980 Jazz in the Classroom was produced as an innovative educational method that combined scores and recordings that demonstrated jazz writing and performance techniques. Additionally, these albums often featured the finest student composers and performers from each of the thirteen school years represented, such as: Toshiko Akiyoshi, Gary Burton, Sadao Watanabe, Kenny Werner, Abe Laboriel, Joe Zawinul, John Scofield, Henry Mancini, Alf Clausen, and many others.