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Society for Music Theory Archives

 Collection 0118-SCPA
The Society for Music Theory (SMT) promotes music theory as both a scholarly and a pedagogical discipline. SMT has a membership of over 1200 music theorists worldwide. SMT was founded in 1977 out of the American Musicological Society by Richmond Browne, Allen Forte, and others who believed that Music Theory was not adequately respected as a subject and should be taught by theorists instead of musicologists, performers, or composers. The first SMT meeting was held in Evanston in 1977. The Society has held an Annual Meeting hosted by a different University every year at which members present analytical and pedagogical research. The SMT publishes a twice-annual journal, The Music Theory Spectrum, and a Newsletter. This collection contains personal papers from past Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers, papers from the Executive Board meetings, By-laws and business office papers, membership materials, Newsletters and Music Theory Spectrum along with Editors’ Papers, Committee correspondence and reports, correspondence with other related organizations, and papers and ephemera from Annual Meetings.

Dates

  • 1966-1999
  • Majority of material found within 1978-1995

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Extent

16.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains personal papers from past Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers, papers from the Executive Board meetings, By-laws and business office papers, membership materials, Newsletters and Music Theory Spectrum along with Editors’ Papers, Committee correspondence and reports, correspondence with other related organizations, and papers and ephemera from Annual Meetings.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into eight series.
  1. Series 1: Constitution and Bylaws
  2. Series 2: Constitution and Bylaws
  3. Series 3: Business Office and Executive Director
  4. Series 4: Committees and Awards
  5. Series 5: Annual Meetings
  6. Series 6: Publications
  7. Series 7: Organizations Related to SMT
  8. Series 8: Artifacts, and Ephemera

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The contents of this collection were given to the University of Maryland Special Collection in Performing Arts by Severine Neff and Joseph Strauss in 1998 and 1999.

Related Material

Society for Music Theory Website: http://societymusictheory.org/

Music Theory Spectrum (Journal for SMT)

SMT on the American Council of Learned Societies Website:

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
The Society for Music Theory Archives
Status
edited-full-draft
Author
Processed by Alex Boatright, November 2012
Date
2012-11-01
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2012-12-07: EAD validated using Oxygen software by Amanda May, December 2012.
  • 2015-05-05: EAD markup validated using Oxygen software by John Davis, May 2015.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library Library

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States