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Charles Seeger papers, 1914-1963
PASC-M 96  
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  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
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  • Title: Charles Seeger papers
    Collection number: PASC-M 96
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.5 linear ft. (3 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1914-1963
    Abstract: The Charles Seeger papers consist primarily of publications about music theory, history, and research (not by Seeger); programs for various concerts and performances; and some correspondence and manuscripts sent to Seeger.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Seeger, Charles

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Charles Seeger Papers (Collection PASC-M 96). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography

    Composer, musicologist and critic Charles Seeger was born December 14, 1886, in Mexico City. He graduated from Harvard University in 1908 and taught at University of California, Berkeley from 1912 to 1919. Seeger then moved to New York, teaching at the Institute of Musical Arts (now Julliard) and the New School for Social Research in the 1920s and 1930s. While in New York, he developed an interest in American folk music and was a member of the Composers’ Collective, which published The New Workers’ Song Book in 1934. Seeger held a series of government jobs during the Depression, including work collecting folk music for the Federal Music Project of the WPA. Seeger was a founder and president of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Ethnomusicology. He was a professor, researcher, and musicologist at University of California, Los Angeles from 1958 to 1971. In addition, Seeger wrote numerous articles, papers, and books, and also developed the melograph, an electronic device for transcribing music. He died February 7, 1979 in Bridgewater, Connecticut.

    Scope and Content

    The Charles Seeger papers consist primarily of publications about music theory, history, and research (not by Seeger); programs for various concerts and performances; some correspondence and manuscripts sent to Seeger; ephemera; and clippings.

    Organization and Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into the following series:
    • Series 1. Programs
    • Series 2. Publications
    • Series 3. Correspondence, manuscripts, and ephemera.

    Related Material

    UCLA's Center for Oral History Research has several interviews conducted with Charles Seeger from 1966 to 1971. Transcripts and recordings are available online  or at UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Seeger, Charles, 1886-1979--Archives.
    Composers--United States.
    Music teachers--United States.
    Musicologists--United States--Archives.