Collection RBSC-ARC-1817 - Canadian Women Composers collection

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Canadian Women Composers collection

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  • 1997 - 2024 (Creation)

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45 cm of textual records and other materials

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Custodial history

The Canadian Women Composers Collection was introduced by UBC Library in 2015 for the purpose of documenting the compositional practices of Canadian women composers active at home or abroad. The collection serves to build and sustain a body of unique materials that will serve future musicologists, music theorists, and performers interested in music analyses, as well as expand participating composers’ audiences. Materials were created and assembled by the respective composers during the course of their activities. Donations were arranged by UBC's Music, Art, and Architecture Librarian, Kevin Madill, and received by the university beginning in 2018.

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Collection consists of primary resources and related materials created and used by Canadian women composers. Each series is dedicated to one of the participating composers, which currently consists of Deborah Carruthers, Dorothy Chang, Zosha Di Castri, Lori Freedman, Barbara Monk Feldman, Ana Sokolović, Chiyoko Szlavnics, and Elizabeth Raum. Materials include a variety of records, such as original scores, manuscripts, working drafts, photographs, prints, published articles, correspondence, and materials used as inspiration in the artists' work. Going forward, the collection is expected to evolve and incorporate additional Canadian women composers.

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Acquisition of materials directly from their creators began in 2018, with support from Anne Kaplan.


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More accruals are expected in the future.

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Includes the following photographs: RBSC-ARC-1817-PH-01 to 05. Includes the following audio CDs: RBSC-ARC-1817-SPCD-01 to 09 located in box 5. Includes the following DVD: RBSC-ARC-1817-SPDVD-01 located in box 5.

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45 cm of textual materials ; 5 prints ; 5 col. photographs ; 1 DVD ; and 9 CDs.

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Finding aid created by Natalie Trapuzzano, January 2020. Series scope and content notes revised by Kevin Madill, August 2020. Additional series accruals (Freedman and Szlavnics) created by Allison Gale, October 2021. Series accrual (Elizabeth Raum) created by Malcolm Fish, March 2024.

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