Scope and Content
Title: Jack Goodwin Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1940-1991
Collection number: ARCHIVES GOODWIN 1
Creator: Goodwin, Jack, 1920-1991
Extent: Number of containers: 3 cartons, 6 document boxes,
and 1 flat storage box
Linear feet: 6
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Shelf location: For current information on the location of
these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Collection is open for research.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in
writing to the Head of the Music Library.
[Identification of item], Jack Goodwin Papers, ARCHIVES GOODWIN 1, The Music Library,
University of California, Berkeley.
John (Jack) Francis Goodwin (1920-1991), composer, was born in San Francisco and lived
there most of his life. He studied with Darius Milhaud and Roger Sessions. He was a
graduate of San Francisco State College (now University), and studied music at Mills
College, Columbia University, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
In 1955, Jack Goodwin received the James D. Phelan Award for his three-act opera
The Pizza Pusher, a satire on the repression of pizza (read Marijuana). He
was also the recipient of the Alice Ditson Fellowship at Columbia University for his
oratorio based on Walt Whitman's poem,
Leaves of Grass.
Although Goodwin wrote mostly vocal music, he did leave a substantial body of
instrumental music, including two symphonies. His interest in drama went beyond the music
medium; he wrote many plays and had a volume of his poems published.
Goodwin supported himself as an interviewer with California's Employment Development
Department. He worked there for many years until his retirement in 1982. He died on April
16, 1991, after a long bout with cancer.
Scope and Content
This collection contains music manuscripts, music sketchbooks, miscellaneous music
sketches, correspondence, and tapes. The collection was donated by Diana Guglielmi, niece
and sole heir of Jack Goodwin. The original collection contains numerous photocopies of
his music. Only the original manuscripts and photocopies with markings or are unique have
been retained in the collection.