Pauline Oliveros Papers, 1946-1981 (MSS 0102)

Restrictions: Film located in Box 1, Folder 21 is restricted. Researchers must request a user copy to be produced.

Extent: 20.4 Linear feet (31 archives boxes, 7 flat boxes, 2 map case folders, and 2 card file boxes)

Papers of Pauline Oliveros, American experimental musician, composer and key figure in the development of contemporary electronic music. The collection contains Oliveros' original writings, compositions, correspondence and sketches. Also included are interviews, programs and reviews, teaching materials and writings about and relating to Oliveros' work.

Pauline Oliveros was born in Houston, Texas in 1932. An accomplished accordianist, composer and teacher, she is an instrumental figure in the world of electronic music. Oliveros was a founding member of the San Francisco Tape Music Center, a resource for electronic music in the 1960s. Later, the Center moved to Mills College and became the Center for Contemporary Music where Oliveros was the Center's first director.

Oliveros' teaching career spans several decades. She left Mills College in 1967 when she accepted a faculty position at the University of California, San Diego. From 1976-1979 Oliveros served as the director of the Center for Music Experiment (CME), later renamed The Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) at UCSD.

In 1981 she moved to upstate New York to work as an independent composer and performer. She then became the Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, New York and the Darius Milhaud Artist-in-Residence at Mills College.

Oliveros is the founder of The Deep Listening Institute, formerly the Pauline Oliveros Foundation. In 1991 she coined the term "Deep Listening". The Institute explains Deep Listening philosophy , stating that it "distinguishes the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary selective nature of listening. The result of the practice cultivates appreciation of sounds on a heightened level, expanding the potential for connection and interaction with one's environment, technology and performance with others in music and related arts." Out of this philosophy, Oliveros formed the Deep Listening Band with fellow musicians David Gamper and Stuart Dempster.

Oliveros has been a great influence on American electronic and experimental music. In 2009, she won the William Schuman Award for lifetime achievement from Columbia University and in 2010, a retrospective of her work from 1960 to 2010 was performed in honor of the award.

On March 19th, 2012, Oliveros became the recipient of the John Cage Award from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts. Also in 2012, Pauline Oliveros celebrated her 80th birthday with year long celebration performances, Deep Listening activities and residencies.

Some of her notable works include Sonic Meditations, Sound Patterns, and Theater of Substitution series. She has also written several books on music theory and electronic music including Sounds the Margins: Collected Writings 1992-2009, Deep Listening: A Composer's Sound Practice, Roots of the Moment, Software for People: Collected Writings 1963-80.

Papers of Pauline Oliveros, composer, accordionist and former music professor at UCSD. Materials include correspondence, works and writings by Pauline Oliveros and others, manuscripts of Oliveros' compositions, subject files, reel-to-reel audio tapes and ephemera. These materials were originally located at UCSD's Music Library.



The WORKS BY PAULINE OLIVEROS series includes two subseries: A) Compositions and B) Sketches.

A) The Compositions subseries consists of Oliveros' catalog of musical compositions from 1951-1980, manuscript scores, drafts, sketches and related programs, correspondence and photographs. Notable works include Sonic Meditations, Sound Patterns, and Theater of Substitution series.

B) The Sketches subseries includes primarily interpretive artwork and composition notes from 1957-1960. Some unidentified and oversized sketches are also included.


The WRITINGS series is arranged alphabetically and includes manuscript drafts, typescripts and some supporting correspondence and notes. Included is material for Oliveros' book, Software for People: Collected Writings 1963-80, published in 1984.


The PROJECTS series includes various documents on some of the early projects Pauline Oliveros was involved with. This series includes three subseries: A) San Francisco Tape Music Center at Mills College, B) Meditation Projects, and C) The Woman's Ensemble.

A) The San Francisco Tape Music Center, of which Oliveros was one of the original members, was an important resource for electronic music during the 1960's. The Center later moved to Mills College. This subseries includes typescript articles and miscellaneous materials relating to the Center's proposal for an environmental exhibit, Summer Tour 1964 information, concert reviews, publicity information and other documents.

B) The Meditation Projects subseries includes outlines and reports, journals, questionaires and meditation materials relating to Oliveros' work exploring mental and physical exercises in concentration and how that affects techniques for rehearsal and performance of music. Materials include Oliveros' notes, reports on the Meditation Project, and other materials on awareness and meditation. Materials date from 1972-1975.

C) The Women's Ensemble was a group formed by Oliveros to explore sonic meditations. The materials in this subseries include texts and brochures of the ensemble, group meeting notes, Oliveros' diary, photographs, reviews and some related correspondence.


INTERVIEWS AND CRITICISMS includes three subseries: A) Interviews with Pauline Oliveros, B) Interviews by Pauline Oliveros, and C) Writings about Pauline Oliveros. The date range for these materials is 1963-1981.

A) Interviews with Pauline Oliveros subseries is arranged in alphbetical order by author and includes published interviews with Oliveros relating to her career and electronic music. The date range for these materials is 1976-1981.

B) Interviews by Pauline Oliveros subseries are interview typescripts arranged in alphabetical order by interviewee and include interviews of colleagues and musicians involved in electronic and experimental music such as fellow Deep Listening Band member Stuart Dempster. These interviews are from 1978-1979.

C) Writings about Pauline Oliveros subseries are published articles and criticisms about Oliveros and her work and are arranged alphabetically by author. These materials date from 1963-1980.


PROGRAMS AND REVIEWS are divided into two subseries: A) Programs and B) Reviews. Each subseries is arranged chronologically.

A) The Programs subseries ranges from 1949-1982 and includes programs of Oliveros' concerts, performances, recitals and workshops.

B) Reviews include primarily newspaper clippings of reviews of Oliveros' musical performances. Materials are arranged chronologically and range in date from 1945-1981.


UNIVERSITY MATERIALS illustrate part of Oliveros' teaching career. The bulk of the materials are from Oliveros' tenure as a faculty member at UCSD and include course materials, reports, and grants/teaching proposals which range from 1964-1981. This series is broken down into five subseries which include: A) Teaching Materials, B) Teaching by Others, C) Administrative Materials, D) Center for Music Experiment (CME), E) Committees and F) Other.

A) Teaching Materials include class materials, course plans and exercises primarily from Oliveros' classes at UCSD and are arranged chronologically from 1964-1981.

B) Teachings by Others includes bibliographies, course materials and some teaching exercises from Oliveros' colleagues.

C) Administrative Materials include proposals, resoures for research and development, guidelines and questions for the Graduate Entrance Exam.

D) Center for Music Experiment (CME) materials span from 1975-1979 and include Advisory Committee notes, CME proposals, reports and other administrative documents relating to the establishment of the Center.

E) The Committees subseries includes Electronics Committee materials, of which Oliveros was a member, and document her involvement from 1968-1979; material relating to the Committee on Space from 1976-1977; and materials relating to Electronics Environment research project, 1969-1971.

F) Other Materials include other Oliveros' teaching projects and workshop materials, as well as conference and festival materials, miscellaneous student projects, leave forms and other UCSD related correspondence.


The WORKS BY OTHERS series is arranged alphbetically and includes works by fellow composers and musicians involved in experimental electronic music. Some notable works by Robert Erickson and Jackson Mac Low are included. A good portion of this series are oversize holograph scores. This series ranges from 1966-1981 and also includes some unidentified scores.


The WRITINGS BY OTHERS series is arranged in alphabetical order and includes articles, essays and interviews relating to electronic and experiemental music by Oliveros' colleagues, fellow composers and musicians from 1961-1981.


The CORRESPONDENCE series is arranged in alphbetical order by correspondent and includes letters to Oliveros and also some correspondence between Oliveros and fellow musicians, university departments and colleagues, and other entities such as Bell Telephone Laboratories, Electronic Music Review, and League of Women Composers. This series includes materials from 1968-1979.


The BIOGRAPHICAL series is divided into two subseries: A) General and B) Grants and Awards.

A) The General subseries includes Oliveros' early childhood scrapbook from 1946, high school and college memorabilia, her career narrative and curriculum vitae from 1957-1980, as well as miscellaneous drawings, oversize artwork, and Oliveros' sketchbook.

B) The Grants and Awards subseries includes various documents relating to grants, awards and panels which Oliveros participated in, including the National Endowment for the Arts - Composers, Librettists and Translators Panel and Music Advisory Panel. These materials date from 1961-1981.


This series holds materials on the Buchla Electronic Music System, 1969 and the Ionic Industries, Inc. electronic music synthesis system, 1972. Files include users manuals, correspondence and other information annotated by Oliveros on these electronic systems.

Container List



Box: 1 Folder: 1-3
Complete catalog of the compositions. A - L. Includes details of instrumentation, first and subsequent performances, commissions and etc. , 1951 - 1980
Box: 1 Folder: 4
Aok. Includes manuscript score, draft, sketches, and correspondence, 1969
Box: 1 Folder: 5
Accordion. Includes diagram and tentative program , 1966
Box: 1 Folder: 6 Oversize: FB-402-01
Adagio for woodwinds. For flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and basson. Includes holograph score in multiple drafts, 1957
Aeolian Partitions
Box: 1 Folder: 7
For flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. Published score (1970), 1969
Box: 1 Folder: 8
Includes manuscript score, draft and publication materials, slide, programs, and correspondence , 1969
Box: 1 Folder: 9
Anarchy Waltz. Includes manuscript score, annotated photocopy, programs, and review , 1980
Box: 1 Folder: 10
Angels and Demons. Includes manuscript score, mimeograph and programs , 1980
Box: 1 Folder: 11
Apple Box Orchestra. Sketch
Box: 1 Folder: 12
Arrangement. By Douglas Leedy, with further arrangements by Pauline Oliveros and Roger Davis. Includes typescript score and program, 1972
Box: 1 Folder: 13
Art of the Woodcut. Music for the film "The Art of the Woodcut." Includes holograph score, instructions and photograph
Box: 1 Folder: 14
Autobiography of Lady Steinway. Manuscript score, 1978
Box: 1 Folder: 15
Bath. Includes holograph score and sketches, 1966
Box: 1 Folder: 16
Big Mother Meets the Wolfman. Includes a photocopy of letter to Robert Ashley, 1969
Box: 1 Folder: 17
Bio-Theatre. Includes notes for Mandeville Center opening ceremony, festivals and courses. Also includes correspondence and Trainability of Listening Comprehension of Speed Discourse, 1975
Box: 1 Folder: 18
Birthday Tune for Laural. Includes holograph score
Bonn Feier (1977)
Box: 1 Folder: 19
Includes published score, notes, letters, newspaper clipping, slides, color photocopies of photographs, notebook

Original chromes located in ASC2/M102/006-076 (no 028, 044-048) and two unnumbered sleeves.

Box: 1 Folder: 20
Clippings and award
Box: 1 Folder: 21
Super 8 film

Restrictions Apply

Box: 1 Folder: 22
Bye Bye Butterfly. Includes program and recording contract, 1975
C(s) for Once
Box: 1 Folder: 23
Drafts, 1966
Box: 1 Folder: 24
Includes holograph score and published version in Focus on Musicology, with annotations and notes, 1966
Box: 1 Folder: 25
Cat O Nine Tails. Includes instructions, graph and miscellaneous notes, 1965
Box: 2 Folder: 1 Oversize: FB-402-02
Cats. Holograph sketch and text
Box: 2 Folder: 2
Ceremony of Sounds. For Tamar Read. Includes manuscript score, drafts and correspondence, 1974
Box: 2 Folder: 3
Cheap Commissions. Includes requests for commissions, payment and responses. Also includes photographs, 1976 - 1980
Box: 2 Folder: 4
Chronicles of Hell. Music for the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Includes scripts and partial holograph score, 1965
Box: 2 Folder: 5
Circuitry. Includes holograph score and notes, 1967
Box: 2 Folder: 6
Cock-A-Doodle Dandy. Music for the Actor's Workshop Production of Sean O'Casey's "Cock-A-Doodle Dandy," directed by Herbert Blau. Includes holograph score, drafts and program, 1959
Box: 2 Folder: 7
Concert Piece for Accordion. Holograph score, 1956
Box: 2 Folder: 8
Covenant. Description of preparations for music for The Covenant, a film by Ronald Chase, 1965
Box: 2 Folder: 9
Includes photocopy of score and notes, 1974
Box: 2 Folder: 10
Photographs by Ellen van Fleet. Includes correspondence, 1975
Box: 2 Folder: 11
Reviews. Includes correspondence, 1974 - 1975
Crow Two
Box: 2 Folder: 12
Includes correspondence, draft, manuscript score, and annotated typescripts, 1975
Box: 2 Folder: 13
Includes typescripts and transcription of Oliveros' talk at the Ethnopoetics Symposium. Also includes correspondence, 1975
Box: 2 Folder: 14
Dialogue with Basho. Includes manuscript score, typescript and correspondence, 1972
Double Basses at Twenty Paces (1968)
Box: 2 Folder: 15
Includes multiple drafts of the score
Box: 2 Folder: 16
Includes multiple drafts of revision and miscellaneous correspondence, 1973
Box: 2 Folder: 17
Revised version of the score, 1973
Box: 2 Folder: 18
Double X. Includes manuscript score and notes, 1979
Duo for Accordion and Bandoneon, with possible Mynah Bird Obliggato
Box: 2 Folder: 19
Holograph score
Box: 2 Folder: 20
See Saw Version. Sketches, 1964
Box: 2 Folder: 21 Oversize: FB-402-03
See Saw Version. Holograph score, 1964
Box: 2 Folder: 22
Duo for Pianist and Pedal Pusher. Includes draft of score and sketches, 1964
Box: 2 Folder: 23
Dying Alchemist. Includes correspondence, source material and drafts. Text by N. P. Willis, 1968 - 1974
Box: 3 Folder: 1
Eighteen Accordion Pieces for Children. Holograph score, 1957
El Relicario de los Animales
Box: 3 Folder: 2
Includes drafts of score, program and miscellaneous correspondence, 1979
Box: 3 Folder: 3
Includes manuscript and photocopies of instructions and score, 1979
Box: 3 Folder: 4
Photographs, 1979
Box: 3 Folder: 5
Electronic Mantra - Experiments in Art and Technology (EAT). Includes includes articles published in Techne, 1970
Box: 3 Folder: 6
Electronic Mantra - Notes. Includes diagrams, 1970
Box: 3 Folder: 7 Oversize: FB-402-04
Electronic Mantra - Pavilion, Expo '70. Osaka, Japan. Plans in Japanese, 1970
Box: 3 Folder: 8
Electronic Mantra - Pepsi-Cola Pavilion. Press kit, 1970
Box: 3 Folder: 9
Elephant Call. Ritual for Trumpeter Jack Logan. Includes manuscript score, draft and correspondence, 1975
Box: 3 Folder: 10
Engineer's Delight for Piccolo and Seven Conductors. Includes diagram and tentative program, 1966
Essay for Piano
Box: 3 Folder: 11 Oversize: FB-402-05
Holograph score, 1955
Box: 3 Folder: 12 Oversize: FB-402-06
Ozalid print
Box: 3 Folder: 13
Evidence for Competing Bimolecular and Termolecular Mechanisms in the Hydrochlorination of Cyclohexene. Includes diagram, photocopies and excerpt from article with the same title
Box: 3 Folder: 14
Exception and the Rule. Holograph score
Box: 3 Folder: 15
Festival House. For orchestra, chorus, mimes, and lights. Includes manuscript score and program notes, 1968
Box: 3 Folder: 16 Oversize: FB-402-07
Few Phrases for Accordion, Trumpet and String Bass. Holograph sketch
Box: 3 Folder: 17
Five for Trumpet and Dancer. Includes holograph score and slides, 1964
Box: 3 Folder: 18 Oversize: FB-402-08
For Budding Hall-O Ween Peace. Holograph score included in Harold Budd's portfolio, "California 99"
Box: 3 Folder: 19
Four-H Leader. Includes holographs, source materials, license, and notes, 1958
Box: 3 Folder: 20
French Horn - Minor Scale and Mixed Mode Studies. Includes mimeographs and notes. Also includes Ear-Training In Absolute Intervals for Music A, 1951
Box: 3 Folder: 21 Oversize: FB-402-09
French Horn - Music notebook. Includes holograph scores related to the French Horn Interval Studies
Box: 3 Folder: 22
French Horn Etudes. Includes mimeograph and holograph scores
Box: 3 Folder: 23
French Horn Interval Studies. Includes mimeographs
Box: 3 Folder: 24 Oversize: FB-402-10
Fugue in A Minor. Holograph score, 1951
Box: 3 Folder: 25
Fwyynghn: A Stage Piece with Music and a Ballet Dance. Collaboration with Gordon Mumma, Christian Sinding, Louise Frazer, Beatrice Manley, and others. Includes scripts and drafts, 1979 - 1980
Box: 3 Folder: 26
Fwyynghn: Lament for a Princess Enchanted into Death. Includes holograph sketch and score, 1980
Box: 4 Folder: 1
Genuine Cheap Commission. Includes instructions and note, 1981
Box: 4 Folder: 2
George Washington Slept Here. Includes sketch and correspondence, 1965
Box: 4 Folder: 3
George Washington Slept Here Too. Includes manuscript score and photocopy. Published in Soundings I, 1972, 1965
Box: 4 Folder: 4
Hallo. With Anthony Martin. Includes annotated scores and drafts
Box: 4 Folder: 5
I Heard a Boy Singing Long Long Ago. Includes manuscript, typescript and a photocopy of score. Text by Robert Duncan, 1968
Box: 4 Folder: 6
In Memoriam, Nikola Tesla, Comic Engineer. Music for the dance Canfield by Merce Cunnigham. Includes drafts, typescript of score and miscellaneous correspondence, 1969
Box: 4 Folder: 7
Indefinite Integral of Psi Star Psi D Tau Equals One. Includes manuscript score and drafts, 1969
Box: 4 Folder: 8
I've Got You Under My Skin. For solo percussionist and batman. Collage on strip of paper board
Box: 4 Folder: 9
Light Piece for David Tudor..., 1974
Box: 4 Folder: 10
Link. Includes manuscript score, drafts and source materials. Published in Womens Work, 1971
Box: 4 Folder: 11
Lullaby for Daisy Pauline. Includes manuscript score and correspondence, 1980
Box: 4 Folder: 12
Lulu: A Semi-operetta. Includes annotated typescripts with holograph scores, 1962
Box: 4 Folder: 13
Mandala. Includes score, program, notes, and correspondence, 1978
Meditation on the Points of the Compass
Box: 4 Folder: 14
For David Nott and The Illinois Wesleyan Choir. Includes manuscript score, drafts and correspondence, 1970
Box: 4 Folder: 15 Oversize: FB-402-11
Printed score, 1970
Box: 4 Folder: 16
Music for Mother's Day. Recording agreement, 1981
Box: 4 Folder: 17
Music for Stacked Deck. Scripts by Dick Higgins. Includes manuscript score and notes, 1973 - 1980
Box: 4 Folder: 18
Night Jar. Includes typescript of score, drafts and correspondence
Box: 4 Folder: 19
Oh Ha Ah. For chorus, conductor and two percussions. Includes holograph score
Box: 4 Folder: 20
One of Four. Includes holograph score by Jim Stone
Box: 4 Folder: 21
Outline for Septet. Includes draft of score
Box: 4 Folder: 22
Painting Meditation, 1975
Box: 4 Folder: 23
Phantom Fathom. Includes score, correspondence, invitation, and guest lists for 1973 performance, 1972
Box: 4 Folder: 24 Oversize: FB-402-12
Passages for Harp, Trumpet and Accordian. Includes holograph score and draft
Box: 4 Folder: 25
Patchwork Girl of Oz, 1981
Box: 4 Folder: 26
Pathways of the Grandmothers, 1978
Box: 4 Folder: 27 Oversize: FB-402-13
Piano Piece. Includes holograph score, 1956
Box: 4 Folder: 28 Oversize: FB-402-14
Piano Piece I - III. Three pieces with the same title, plus one additional untitled composition. Includes holograph score, 1951
Box: 4 Folder: 29 Oversize: FB-402-15
Piece for Cello and Piano. Includes holograph score, 1951
Pieces of Eight
Box: 4 Folder: 30
Includes masters and prints, 1964
Box: 4 Folder: 31
Includes drafts, transparencies and annotated prints, 1965
Box: 4 Folder: 32
Includes photocopy of score and draft, 1973
Box: 5 Folder: 1
Revision. Includes manuscript score, 1973
Box: 5 Folder: 2 Oversize: FB-402-16
Graphic for projection, positive and negative image
Box: 5 Folder: 3
Miscellaneous. Includes programs, correspondence and visual materials
Box: 5 Folder: 4
Photographs, 1965 - 1972
Box: 5 Folder: 5
Please Be Silent - The Performance Has Begun. Printed score
Box: 5 Folder: 6
Please Don't Shoot the Piano Player, He is Doing His Best. Includes typed score and annotated drafts
Post Card Theater
Box: 5 Folder: 7
Notebooks and notes, 1972
Box: 32 Folder: 1
Postcards, 1972
Box: 5 Folder: 8 Oversize: FB-402-17
Prelude and Fugue, for Staring Quartet. Includes holograph score and drafts, 1953 - 1954
Box: 5 Folder: 9
Prelude and Schuzo. Includes holograph score
Box: 5 Folder: 10
Program Notes for Tape and Orchestra. Includes manuscript score, 1972
Box: 5 Folder: 11 Oversize: FB-402-18
Quartet for Winds. Includes holograph score and draft, 1951
Box: 5 Folder: 12
Realization of Compose by Keith Humble A. "Are You Really Doing What You Think You Are Doing?" Includes manuscript score
Box: 5 Folder: 13
Rock Piece. Includes photocopy of manuscript score, 1979
Box: 5 Folder: 14
Rock Symphony. Includes outline and sketch, 1965
Rose Moon (1977)
Box: 5 Folder: 15
Correspondence, 1976 - 1978
Box: 5 Folder: 16
Miscellaneous. Includes programs, clippings and biographical information from Sylvia D'Arcangelo and Julia Lebentritt
Box: 5 Folder: 17
Box: 5 Folder: 18
Photographs - Contact prints
Box: 5 Folder: 19
Responses from performances
Box: 5 Folder: 20
Score and sketches
Box: 5 Folder: 21
Sag Piece for Blam
Box: 6 Folder: 1
San Francisco Burning. Includes holograph score and correspondence, 1960
Box: 6 Folder: 2 Oversize: FB-402-19
Serenade for Viola and Bassoon, 1957
Box: 6 Folder: 3
Seven Passages. Includes outlines and notes, 1964
Box: 6 Folder: 4
Single Stroke Roll Meditation. Includes photocopy of manuscript score
Box: 6 Folder: 5
Sonata for Flute and Piano. Includes holograph score
Box: 6 Folder: 6
Song for Horn. Includes holograph score
Box: 6 Folder: 7 Oversize: FB-402-20
Song for Horn and Piano. Includes holograph score
Box: 6 Folder: 8
Sonic Images. Includes manuscript score photocopy, typescript, draft, and responses, 1972
Sonic Meditations
Box: 6 Folder: 9-10
Box: 6 Folder: 11
Biofeedback - Instructions. Written by Bruce Rittenbach
Box: 6 Folder: 12-15
Biofeedback - Printouts
Box: 6 Folder: 16
Photographs, 1978 - 1979
Box: 6 Folder: 17
Sound Patterns
Box: 6 Folder: 18
Correspondence, 1962 - 1981
Box: 6 Folder: 19
Includes draft and published version, 1961
Box: 6 Folder: 20 Oversize: FB-402-21
Ozalid print, 1961
Box: 6 Folder: 21
Unattributed program notes, 1961
Box: 6 Folder: 22 Oversize: FB-402-22
Suite for Piano. Includes holograph score and draft
Box: 6 Folder: 23
Theater of Substitution. Includes photographs, contracts and newspaper clipping, 1976
Box: 6 Folder: 24
Theater Piece, 1966
Box: 6 Folder: 25
Theater Piece for John Baldessari. Includes "15 Musical Projects, an Exchange (for Pauline Oliveros)" , April, 1970
Box: 6 Folder: 26
Theater Piece for Trombone Player. Includes manuscript score, notes, correspondence, and photographs
Box: 7 Folder: 1
Three Part Song. Three Part Period. Includes holograph score and sketch
Box: 7 Folder: 2 Oversize: FB-403-01
Three Songs for Soprano and Horn. Includes "O You Whom I Often and Silently Come," "Noctum" and "That Shadow My Likeness." Texts by Walt Whitman and Carl Sanburg. Includes holograph sketch, transparencies and ozalid print, 1957
Box: 7 Folder: 3 Oversize: FB-403-02
Three Songs for Soprano and Piano. Includes "An Interlude of Rare Beauty," "Spider Song" and "Song No. Six (from Maximus)." Texts by Robert Duncan and Charles Olson. Includes sketch, holograph score and ozalid print, 1957
Box: 7 Folder: 4
Three Songs for Soprano and Piano. Includes manuscript score, published score and program, 1957
Box: 7 Folder: 5
Three Songs for Soprano and Horn. Includes "O You Whom I Often and Silently Come," and "That Shadow My Likeness" , 1957
To Valerie Solanis and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation
Box: 7 Folder: 6
Includes Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians
Box: 7 Folder: 7
Includes various versions in multiple drafts and published score, 1970
Oversize: MC-21-03
The Arch Ensemble for Experimental Music poster, 1980
Box: 7 Folder: 8
Traveling Companions. Includes photocopy of manuscript score, draft, drawings, and correspondence, 1980
Box: 7 Folder: 9 Oversize: FB-403-03
Trio for Accordian, Trumpet and String Bass (1961). Ozalid print, 1961
Box: 7 Folder: 10 Oversize: FB-403-04
Trio for Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon. Includes holograph scores, transparencies and ozalid print, 1955 - 1957
Trio for Flute, Percussion and String Bass
Box: 7 Folder: 11 Oversize: FB-403-05
Includes transparencies, ozalid print and holograph sketch, 1963
Box: 7 Folder: 12 Oversize: FB-403-06
Published score, 1963
Trio for Flute, Piano and Page Turner (1961)
Box: 7 Folder: 13
Includes holograph score, draft and correspondence, 1961
Box: 7 Folder: 14 Oversize: FB-403-07
Ozalid print, 1961
Box: 7 Folder: 15
Turning Meditation. Includes correspondence and notes for performance. Used for Elaine Summers' "Crow's Nest" , 1979-1980

See also: WORKS BY OTHERS, 1979-1980

Box: 7 Folder: 16
Twenty Five for Light and Four Players. Includes manuscript score, 1964
Box: 7 Folder: 17 Oversize: FB-403-08
Two Pieces for Trumpet, Accordion and String Bass, 1959. Includes holograph score and three additional pieces from 1960-1961
Box: 7 Folder: 18
Two Solo Pieces for Flute. Includes holograph score
Box: 7 Folder: 19
Undertone for Violin and Piano. Includes holograph score and fragment, 1951
Box: 7 Folder: 20
Valentine. Includes notes for the piece, a text that describes the piece and correspondence, 1968
Variations for Sextet (1960)
Box: 7 Folder: 21 Oversize: FB-403-09
Includes sketch of "Two Phrases for Trumpet, Accordion and String Bass" , November 17, 1959
Box: 7 Folder: 22 Oversize: FB-403-10
Ozalid print, 1960
Box: 7 Folder: 23 Oversize: FB-403-11
Flute, B-flat Clarinet, Cello, Horn in F, and B-flat Trumpet. Transparencies, 1960
Box: 7 Folder: 24
Variation on a Theme. For University of Illinois - Composer's Forum, 1977
View from the Bridge
Box: 7 Folder: 25
Includes holograph score, copyright registeration and lists of works in progress, 1959
Box: 7 Folder: 26 Oversize: FB-404-01
Overture to View from the Bridge. Manuscript score, 1958
Box: 7 Folder: 27 Oversize: FB-404-02
Overture to View from the Bridge. Ozalid prints with extensive revisions, 1958
Box: 7 Folder: 28 Oversize: FB-404-03
Overture to View from the Bridge. Includes transparencies and unrevised ozalid prints, 1958
Box: 7 Folder: 29
Water Event. Postcard reproduced in Break Glass in Case of Fire: The Anthology from the Center for Contemportary Music, 1976
Box: 7 Folder: 30
What's Cooking? - Photographs, 1977
Box: 7 Folder: 31
What to Do, 1972
Wheel of Fortune
Box: 7 Folder: 32
Includes manuscript score, which incorporates collage and playing cards
Box: 7 Folder: 33
Includes score, drafts and correspondence
Box: 7 Folder: 34
Why Don't You Write a Short Piece? Includes manuscript score and correspondence, 1970
Box: 7 Folder: 35
Willowbrook Generation and Reflections (1976?). Includes published score, manuscript score, drafts, and correspondence, 1976
Box: 8 Folder: 1 Oversize: FB-404-04
Wistaria. Holograph score, 1953
Box: 8 Folder: 2
Witness. Includes manuscript score, draft and correspondence, 1979
Box: 8 Folder: 3
Yellow River Map. Includes manuscripts of score, notes, film editing typescript, and correspondence
Miscellaneous Works
Box: 8 Folder: 4 Oversize: FB-408-02
Music V Program. Printout of program coded in Fortran for musical score, 1972
Box: 8 Folder: 5 Oversize: MC-21-04
Unidentified score, handwritten on graph paper, undated


Box: 8 Folder: 6 Oversize: FB-404-05
Assorted sketches. Includes transparencies and a drawing
Box: 8 Folder: 7
Composition notes. Includes sketches of "Sonata (Unaccompanied Flute)," "Accordian Piece," and "Solo Piece for Flute", 1957-1960
Box: 8 Folder: 8
Graph of numerical values of notes
Box: 8 Folder: 9
Manuscript book - Scales, triads, intervals and exercises
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Untitled sketches for ensemble. For flute, clarinet, double bass, bassoon, bass clarinet, trumpet, horn, trombone, percussion, harp, piano, and strings
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And Don't Call Them 'Lady' Composers. Published in The New York Times, September 13, 1970
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Being Jackson: A Coin Derived Poem of Substitution. Published in Paper Air, vol. 2, no. 3, 1980
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Choreography Through Meditation. Includes manuscript text of lecture and draft, 1981
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Communication Gap
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Contribution of Women as Composers. Includes proposal for Faculty Fellowship Program for research on the role of Women in Society, 1973
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Contribution to Vort - John Case Special Issue
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Every Instant of Life is an Opportunity for Concentration , 1980
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Few Words on the Center for New Music Research and Documentation, 1970
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Five Scenes, 1972
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Initiation Dream, typescript of dream and manuscript commentary, 1978
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Karl Kohn: Concerto Mutabile , 1964
Meditation, Mandala and Music (MMM)
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Manuscript text of lecture, 1980
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Conference packet, 1980
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Many Strands, 1973
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Memory as Dreams. Includes manuscript, typescript, galleys, and printed version in Dreamworks, 1980
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Model (Tool) of Advice to Young Women Artists and Anybody Else Who Wants It
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Modes of Attention and Awareness in the Teaching of Basic Musicianship, 1975
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Music of the Environment and Holistic Analysis, 1978
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Musical Attention Exercises
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Noetics of Music. Includes correspondence, manuscripts and typescripts, 1973
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On Sonic Meditation, 1973
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On the Need for Research Facilities for New Music and Related Arts, 1979
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Outline for Flute, Percussion and String Bass. Index cards
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Pauline's Proverbs, 1976
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Pauline's Proverbs Book Two, 1981
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Poetics of Environmental Sound. Published in Software for People, 1968
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Poetics of Environmental Sound - Student responses of Alvin Lucier and Allan Strange, 1969
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Poetics of Environmental Sound - Student responses of Oliveros, 1968
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Preliminary Proposals for an Inter Arts Program. For Center for Meditation Arts (CCMA) and Meditation Arts Program (MAP), 1980
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Program notes, 1968
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Rags and Patches. Includes manuscripts, typescripts and correspondence, 1974
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Research Center of New Music for Performers and Composers. For Musical America. Includes manuscript of draft and annotated typescript, 1977
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Rose Mountain Slow Runner. Includes manuscript, typescript and correspondence with Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Arts (LAICA), 1978
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Shape of Things to Come in Modern Music, 1980
Software for People: Collected Writings
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Originally presented at the International Studies on Musical Creation and the Future in Mexico City on December 5, 1978
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Preparatory materials, including various table of contents, 1963 - 1980
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Computer printouts, dated August 5, 1980
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Computer printouts, dated August 6, 1980
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Some Sound Observations, 1968
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Tape Delay Techniques for Electronic Music Composition , 1969
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Tarot Reading on the Life and Work of Xenakis, 1979
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Theater Piece Book. Includes manuscripts and typescripts of a long, autobiographed reflection, 1968
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Three Themes, 1972
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To Make a Universe of Sounds: From Visions, 1978
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To NMCE. October 24, 1972
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To the American Society of University Composers, 1981
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Voltage Control, 1970
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Welcoming Address - International Computer Music Conference, 1977
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Untitled essay. Published in Merce Cunningham, 1971
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Miscellaneous writings, undated


San Francisco Tape Music Center at Mills College

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New Audio-Visual Music: A Mixture of Madness, Men and Machines. Article published in The San Francisco Sunday Chronicle, Bonanza, June 6, 1965
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Sender, Ramon - "A Report." Mimeographed typescript, undated
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Proposal for exhibit, reviews, publicity and miscellaneous, 1964 and undated

Meditation Projects

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Outlines and reports on work accomplished
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Introduction and reports
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Cherney, Esther
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Dermond, Chris
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Dow, Georgia
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Evans, Stan
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Mayer, Fred
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Mizelle, Dary
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Van Fleet, Ellen
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Memos, 1973
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Signature meditation and other materials, 1973

The Women's Ensemble

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Acker, Kathy and Bonnie Mara Barnette. Includes texts and brochures of the ensemble, 1972
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California Institution for Women, 1972
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Group meeting notes, 1971 - 1972
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Long Beach Museum of Art, 1972
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Lucier, Mary. Includes Lucier's "Maps of Space #1 and #2" , 1972
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Oliveros, Pauline. Includes Oliveros' diary, photographs and reviews
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Walker Art Center, 1971
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Miscellaneous correspondence


Interviews with Pauline Oliveros

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Anderson, Beth. , 1980
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Cleigh, Zenia - "All Sounds are Music" , 1979
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Colgan, C. - "CME Director Oliveros Says Center's Facilities and Projects are Unique" , 1977
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Everett, Thomas - "Five Questions, Forty Answers" , 1971
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Hays, Doris - "Women and Music Festival Bonn 1980" , 1981
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Roth, Moira, 1977
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Tanner, Marcia - "Pauline Oliveros and the Grand Composition" , 1979
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Timar, Andrew - "Talk with Pauline Oliveros" , 1979
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Zimmermann, Walter - "Pauline Oliveros" , 1977
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Unknown interviewer - "Pauline Oliveros" Published in . UCSD General Catalog, 1979-1980
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Unknown interviewer - "Pauline Oliveros". Includes typescript

Interviews by Pauline Oliveros

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Celli, Joe. February 1, 1979
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Dempster, Stu. November 11, 1978
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Erickson, Bob. May 28, 1979
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Gutierrez, Edith. October 15, 1978
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Ingber, Lester. October 13, 1978
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Johnston, Ben. January 12, 1979
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Matthias, Bernt. April, 1979
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Mumma, Gordon. November 19, 1978
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Nee, Tom. November 2, 1978
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Rands, Bernard. December 27, 1978
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Rosenbloom, David. December 4, 1978
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Rush, Loren. November 17, 1978
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Schwartz, Elliot. January 15, 1979
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Smith, Howie. May 8, 1979
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Zepada, Antonio. May 18, 1979

Writings about Pauline Oliveros

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Ahrens, Peg - "Music with Roots in the Aether." Includes many examples of Oliveros' music and "Sonic Meditations"
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Anderson, Beth - "Pauline Oliveros was Here." Published in The Soho Weekly News, February 20, 1980
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Childs, Barney - "Direction in American Composition Since the Second World War, Part II. Published in Music Educators Journal, March 1975, 1960 - 1975
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Composers of Concert Music Born in the Twentieth Century. A Learning Aids publication, 1978
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Directory of Contemporary Music
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Drummond, Ron - "To Move the Rolling Sky: An Appreciation of Pauline Oliveros." Includes annotated typescript
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Goode, Daniel - "Research and Pauline Oliveros", 1976
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Kefalas, Elinor - "Pauline Oliveros: An Interview." Published in Musical America, June 1975
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Lepagem, Jane Weiner - "Pauline Oliveros: Composer, Professor of Music and Director of the Center for..." Published in Women Composrts, Conductors, and Musicians of the Century: Selected Biographies, 1980
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Mac Low, Jackson - "Being Pauline Narrative of a Substitution." Published in Big Deal 4, 1976
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Palmer, Craig - "The Magic Garden of Pauline Oliveros." Published in Coast FM and Fine Arts, July 1970
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Parks, Gary Lee - "Percussion Music in Contemporary Music", 1968
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Rasky, Deena - "Pauline Oliveros: Two-Legged Composer." Published in Broadside, Vol. 1, no. 3, December 1979
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Reynolds, Roger - "John Cage and Roger Reynolds: A Conversation." Published in The Musical Quarterly, vol. 65, 1979
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Schwartz, Elliot - "Directions in American Composition Since the Second World War, Part I, 1945 - 1960." Published in Music Educators Journal, February, 1975
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Spizizen, Louise - "The Composer of Area Code 714." Published in Applause: San Diego Magazine of the Arts. September - October, 1978
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Springer, P. Gregory - "The Nonpareils of Pauline Oliveros." Published in The Advocate, February 22, 1979
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Subotnick, Morton - "Pauline Oliveros: Trio." Published in Perspectives of New Music, vol. 2, no. 1, 1963



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American Society of University Composers - Concert of Contemporary Music, 1966 - 1979
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American Society of University Composers - Conference, 1981
Center for Creative and Performing Arts, State University of New York at Buffalo
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Annual lists of works performed, 1964 - 1975
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Assorted programs, 1966 - 1975
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Photocopies of programs and reviews, 1966 - 1975
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Compania Musical de Repertorio Nuevo, 1979 - 1980
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Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, 1969 - 1970
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Electronic Music Concerts, University of Illinois, 1970
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Theater programs. Includes programs from The New Theatre Festival, Baltimore, 1976
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Oversize programs
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Miscellaneous programs


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Metamusik Festival, Berlin '74
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Reagan Statesman, 1948 - 1949
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Miscellaneous reviews


Teaching Materials

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Sound for Dancers. Spring. Includes course plans and student writing, 1964
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Seminars in Electronic Music, University of Toronto. Summer, 1966
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Music 202C - Electronics Performance. Spring, 1968
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Unknown course, University of California, San Diego. Winter. Includes Oliveros' "What am I Doing Here?" , 1968
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Class enrollment reports, University of California, San Diego, 1971 - 1981
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Music 1A. Fall, 1969
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Music 105A - Electronics in Music. Winter, 1969
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Music 105B - Electronics in Music. Spring, 1969
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Music 120. Fall, 1970
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Music 105A - Electronics in Music. Winter, 1970
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Music 202B. Winter, 1970
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Music 105B - Electronics in Music. Spring, 1970
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Music 1A. Fall, 1971
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Music 105 and 205 - Course descriptions. Fall, 1971
Music 114B - A Survey of Electronic Music Literature
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Winter, 1971
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Additional materials. Winter, 1971
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Bibliographies and lists of recordings. Winter. Includes bibliographies by Lowell M. Cross and Otto W. Henry and a tape inventory by Jon Phetteplace, 1971
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Winter, 1971
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Winter. , 1971
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Music 105A. Fall, 1972
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Music 105A - Electronic Music. Winter, 1972
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Music 100 - York University, Toronto. Summer, 1973
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Workshop in Sonic Meditation. Fall, 1973
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Modes of Attention and Awareness in the Teaching of Basic Musicianship. February. A proposal for an Innovative Teaching Grant, 1975
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Music 2A - Basic Musicianship. Summer, 1975
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Music 111 - Non Western Music. Summer. Includes Elinor Barron's a course proposal, "The Art of South Indian Drumming." , 1975
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Sonic Meditation (Cancelled). Summer, 1975
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Women's Composer's Workshop. Summer, 1975
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Music 2B - Basic Musicianship. Winter, 1975
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Music 203B - Composition Seminar. Winter, 1975
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Sabbatical leave. Spring. Includes small notebook listing appointments, 1976
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Music 2B - Basic Musicianship. Winter, 1976
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Music 205, Spring, 1978
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Music 202 - Electronic Performance. Readings and student work, Fall, 1978
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Music 111 - World Music, Spring, 1979
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Music 144 - Innovations in Twentieth Century Music, Stanford University. Fall, 1979
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Music 206 - Holistic Analysis, Winter, 1979
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Sabbatical leave, Spring, 1980
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Music 1B - The Nature of Music. Winter, 1980
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Music 206 - Experimental Studies: Theater Pieces and Mixed Media, Winter, 1980
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New Music Workshop, 1980
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Music 111 - World Music - Readings. Winter, 1981
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Course evaluation for Music 1A
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Index to retrieve materials for Music 105A and Music 298. Includes rolodex cards
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Miscellaneous materials related to teaching

Teaching by Others

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Anderson, R. and David Rosenboom - Bibliographies on Biofeedback, 1974 - 1975
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Balzano, J. - Music 106, 1978
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Burt, Warren - Music 1
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Erickson, Robert - Music 102 ABC. Includes syllabus and "How to Make a Tape Composition" , 1974 - 1975
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Erickson, Robert - Timbre Seminar - Reading list
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Gold, Judith - Electronic Music Studio: An Introduction, 1977
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Julian, Joseph - Music 105A - Electronic in Music. Fall. Includes reel-to-reel recording, 1974
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Nee, Tom - Conducting Exercises
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Ogden, Will - Music 100C
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Raskin Jeffrey F. - "Computer Programming for the Arts and the Humanities", 1967
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Rittenbach, Bruce - Music 200 - Music Technology. September, 1978
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Unidentified teaching materials

Administrative Materials

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Burt, Warren - Proposal to fix up studios
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George, Ron and Pauline Oliveros - Resources for Acoustic Instrument Research and Development, 1978
Oliveros, Pauline
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Creative Uses of the Computer and Computer Aided Learning for the Undergraduate Music Curriculum, undated
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Multi-Channel Voltage Controlled Directional Audio Mixer (DAM), 1969 - 1970
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Questions for Graduate Entrance Exam. Includ