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The Papers of the New Haven Chapter, ISCM

Call Number: Misc. Ms. 171

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the history of the New Haven Chapter of the International Society for Contemporary Music. The Chapter was founded in 1961 and presented 17 concerts of new music before disbanding in 1965. While most of the concerts were presented by Yale students and faculty members, the Chapter did bring to New Haven such well-known composers as Edgard Varèse, Milton Babbitt, Aaron Copland, and Roger Sessions.


  • 1961-1965


Language of Materials

Materials chiefly in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Papers are open to researchers by appointment. There are no restricted materials in the collection. Please contact the Special Collections staff to schedule an appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

The Papers are the physical property of the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library of Yale University. Copyrights belong to the composers and authors, or their legal heirs and assigns.


In 8 folders as follows: 1. Correspondence, 1961-1962. 2. Correspondence, 1962-1963. 3. Correspondence, 1963-1965. 4. Programs, press releases, reviews, tickets. 5. Financial statements, 1961-1963. 6. Financial statements, 1963-1964. 7. Financial statements, 1964-1965. 8. Miscellaneous posters and programs.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Correspondence, programs, financial statements, and other documents from the New Haven Chapter of the International Society for Contemporary Music (1961-1965)

Biographical / Historical

The New Haven Chapter of the International Society for Contemporary Music was founded in October 1961. The board of directors included the following faculty members and friends of the Yale School of Music: Mel Powell (President), Richmond Browne (Executive Secretary), Ronald Konetchy (Treasurer), Donald Martino, Lawrence Moss, Gustav Meier, Broadus Earle, Alejandro Planchart, Howard Boatwright, Bülent Arel, and Robert Helps.

Article II of the Chapter's by-laws stated the group's purpose: "The Chapter shall undertake to promote the composing, performance, and appreciation of contemporary music in and around the New Haven area by means of various activities, which may include the giving of concerts and lectures, the sponsoring of contests and workshops, and the dissemination of information about contemporary music, as well as such other activities as shall seem pertinent to the Board of Directors of the Chapter."

In its five years of existence, the Chapter produced seventeen concerts that encompassed a wide range of compositional styles, including 12-tone, aleatoric, and electronic music. Composers of local repute as well as those of international fame were represented, and the performers included both professionals and students.

The Papers of the New Haven Chapter, ISCM
Edited Full Draft
Compiled by Susan Landskröner
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Finding Aid Prepared According To Local Music Library Descriptive Practices
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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