Things continue to move right along here at Berklee. The Archives project was featured in the alumni publication Berklee Today (“Grant Aids Creation of Berklee Archive,” on p.11), and I’ve continued chipping away at the grant workplan while remaining flexible and open to the inevitable detours and opportunities that continue to come up, particularly with regard to outreach.
The records management survey has formally launched, which means that my supervisor and I will start visiting faculty meetings soon. We’re starting off at the divisional level, with the eventual goal of meeting with departments individually to assess their records and needs before formalizing the records management program.
I also have hired and begun training an undergraduate processing assistant. With my guidance, he has begun inventorying and rehousing materials. He joins a graduate student intern processing a photographic collection and encoding a couple of finding aids, and having them both constantly plugging away at the backlog is a huge relief.
In addition to these administrative details, I recently collaborated with our outreach librarian on a small exhibit entitled “From Schillinger House to Berklee School: One College’s Journey…”
Located at the entrance to the Stan Getz Library and Media Center, the display (pictured above) features a sampling of archival materials, including:
- The formal announcement of Berklee’s renaming in 1970, when it became the Berklee College of Music, as it is now known. Previously, it had been the Berklee School of Music (1954), and prior to that it was the Schillinger School (1945).
- Early student records, such as a registration form dating from the College’s initial days as the Schillinger House, Arif Mardin’s (‘61, H ‘85) certificate of acceptance, and student rosters.
- A program and photograph from the 1971 commencement ceremonies, which featured commencement speaker Arif Mardin (‘61, H ‘85) and Berklee’s first honorary degree recipient, Duke Ellington (H ‘71).
- Three works by former Berklee faculty member (1959-1985), saxophonist, and clarinetist John D. LaPorta (1920-2004). LaPorta was a prolific composer for professional and collegiate ensembles, as well as a dedicated educator who authored a number of instructional workbooks and other teaching material.
In short, it’s been a productive, if at times chaotic, month. The policy documents (mission statement, collection development, access) have undergone another round of reviews, so looking ahead that’s one item I hope to be able to report some progress on next time I check in. That being said, however, I look forward to whatever challenges and archival adventures lie in store for the coming month. Until next time!