This colloquium is the twenty-seventh in a continuing series of lectures, to take place on the last Friday of the month. Each features a presentation by a faculty member, student, or guest in the areas of Composition, Musicology, or Music Theory (CMT), followed by a time for questions, comments, and general discussion. It is hoped that these monthly sessions will be an opportunity to communicate current ideas and research in these areas within the Fred Fox School of Music.
Amy Roberts: “Documenting Music: UA Jazz and Popular Music Archive”
The University of Arizona Jazz and Popular Music Archive holds a number of prominent collections of twentieth-century composers and performers of American music. Some of these composers and performers include Nelson Riddle, Artie Shaw, Paul Weston and Jo Stafford, Les Baxter, and Ralph Carmichael. These historical collections consist of printed and manuscript music materials, sound recordings, awards, musical instruments, film reels, concert programs, correspondence, photographs, business records, sketches, autobiographies, and other ephemera which documents and creates historical context for these creators’ activities. In addition to describing these collections, the principles, methodology, and current theoretical trends in archival practice will be discussed by the curator.
About the presenter:
Amy Roberts is the curator and archivist for the University of Arizona Jazz and Popular Music Archive, housed at the Fred Fox School of Music. he received her master’s degree in library science with an archives certificate from Queens College of the City University of New York. Prior to the University of Arizona, she was a music librarian at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. She has collaborated with community organizations, social movements, and artists documenting their history as an archivist for the Interference Archive collective and Brooklyn College (CUNY).