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National Association of Composers, U.S.A. records, 1933-1988
PASC-M 80  
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Description
This collection contains the records of the National Association of Composers, USA (NACUSA) and those of its preceding body, the National Association of American Composers and Conductors (NAACC). Records include minutes, correspondence, treasurer's reports, chapter information, concert programs and announcements, clippings, and other material; and cover the transition from the NAACC to NACUSA. Also included are musical scores contributed by approximately 110 of its member composers.
Background
The National Association of American Composers and Conductors (NAACC) was a non-profit and volunteer- run organization founded in 1933, in New York, by Henry K. Hadley. The NAACC was one of the longest standing organizations in the United States devoted to the promotion and performance of American concert hall music. The organization maintained chapters in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Colorado, Indiana, and the District of Columbia, and included its members in annual concerts, given to the public free of charge. The NAACC was led by Henry Hadley until his death in 1937, after which his wife, Inez Barbour Hadley, took over and ran the association until her death in 1971. After a period of inactivity, UCLA professor and conductor John Vincent took on the leadership of the NAACC in 1975 and changed the association’s name to National Association of Composers, USA (NACUSA) and moved the headquarters from New York City to Los Angeles. By 2015, NACUSA was presenting several chamber concerts each year featuring music by its members, publishing a newsletter, and holding a national contest for young composers aged 18-30. Over the course of its existence, the organization has included many well-known American composers as members.
Extent
9.0 linear ft. (6 document boxes, 14 flat boxes, and 1 oversize flat box)
Restrictions
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.
Availability
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.