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MUS. Music and the Arts

 Collecting Area
Identifier:  MUS
Queens College alumni and faculty have strong records of achievement in the creative fields. After Queens College’s founding in 1937 the music program (now the Aaron Copland School of Music) quickly became one of the most prestigious in the country, while the Kupferberg Center for the Arts and Godwin-Ternbach Museum provide world-class arts opportunities to the residents of Queens. Special Collections and Archives holds manuscripts of several musicians, composers, cultural critics, and literary figures, and looks to expand holdings in this area. SCA is also interested in documenting the role of music and the arts in the Queens community.

Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:

Aaron Copland School of Music Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SCA-0005

The Aaron Copland School of Music Collection (formerly the Department of Music) consists of materials about the administrative, faculty and student activities of the Aaron Copland School of Music. The collection contains a wide-range of materials including correspondence, brochures, photographs, audio tapes, press clippings, and department course and event schedules. The bulk of the collection consists of personnel files of prominent department faculty.

Dates: 1942 - 2014; Majority of material found within 1970 - 2008

Alexander Kouguell Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SCA-0097

The Alexander Kouguell Papers chronicle Alexander Kouguell's (1920-2022) personal life, career, and 68-year tenure at Queens College. The collection contains personal, performance, and academic records as well as photographic, audio, and music manuscripts. A noted cellist, Kouguell's papers detail his career as a performer, an educator, and provide researchers cultural snapshots of the greater New York area's orchestral scene throughout the 20th century.

Dates: circa 1930s to 2010s

Alfred Heinemann Papers

Identifier: SCA-0020-001

Alfred Heinemann (1908-1995) was a German composer, concert pianist, and lecturer. The collection is comprised of Heinemann’s compositions from 1920 to 1964 and is in various stages of completion. The collection also includes notes on the compositions, lecture notes, programs from performances, correspondence, an audio recording of a performance of Heinemann’s String Quartet, and personal papers.

Dates: 1920-2010

Ann Birstein Papers

Identifier: SCA-0024
Abstract The papers of Ann Birstein consist chiefly of manuscripts of published fiction and nonfiction works. The collection also includes correspondence, printed matter, photographs, and personal miscellany. The bulk of the correspondence consists of letters and postcards from Birstein’s husband, literary critic Alfred Kazin. Additional correspondence includes letters sent to Birstein from many notable writers, poets, editors, publishers, academics, and critics. Correspondents include Hannah Arendt,...
Dates: 1942-2007

Artists' Books Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SCA-0069
Scope and Contents

Artists’ books are works of art in the form of a book. This collection consists of 67 artists’ books created between 1976 and 2012. It includes works by famous artists like Chuck Close and Ed Ruscha as well as young emerging artists during the period.

Dates: 1976 - 2014

Chapbooks Collection

Identifier: SCA-0079

Chapbooks are small books of poems, essays, or fiction. This chapbook collection consists of over 200 volumes published from 2000 to 2019, and includes works by Queens College faculty member Kimiko Hahn and other writers and poets like Sandra Cisneros, Stephen Dunn, and Louise Glück.

Dates: Publication: 2000 - 2019

Hugo Weisgall Oral History

Identifier: SCA-0074
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of four interviews with Hugo Weisgall between 1980-1981. These phone conversations were carried out by Laura Leon as part of her research for her dissertation at the Teacher's College, Columbia University. The dissertation was titled "A Study, Analysis, and Performance of the Songs and Song Cycles for Voice and Piano by Hugo Weisgall".

Dates: 1981-07-07 - 1982-01-10

Joel Mandelbaum Manuscripts and Printed Music

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SCA-0099

The Joel Mandelbaum Manuscripts and Printed Music collection contains numerous printed and handwritten scores and manuscripts created by Joel Mandelbaum. Dr. Mandelbaum joined the Queens College faculty in 1961, serving as a professor of music for the Queens College Department of Music (later renamed the Aaron Copland School of Music in 1980) and retiring in 1999 after 37 years of service to the university.

Dates: 1960 - 2011

K. Robert Schwarz Papers

Identifier: SCA-0080
Abstract K. Robert Schwarz was a classical music critic and scholar who graduated from Queens College in 1979. He wrote for the New York Times, Out, Pulse!, and Stereo Review Magazine. His papers contain academic research files, music criticism research, subject files on various artists, printed materials, program notes, and publications written by Schwarz. Also included is in-depth research on Steve Reich and Paul Bowles, the subjects of...
Dates: 1984-1999

Karol Rathaus Papers

Identifier: SCA-0044
Abstract Karol Rathaus established himself as an exceptional compositional talent in European musical circles before immigrating to the United States in 1938. In 1940, he became the first composition professor in the music department of Queens College, a position he held until his untimely death in 1954. His papers include correspondence, manuscripts, sketches, printed materials, performance programs, press clippings, publications, and audio recordings. Also included are papers related to Rathaus'...
Dates: 1929-1984; Majority of material found in 1940s-1960s