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Paul Earls archives

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-0552

Scope and Contents

The Paul Earls archives contains a large number of music manuscripts and recordings of his compositions, as well as slides of multi-media laser and sound works he created in venues in the United States and Europe.


  • 1914 - 1998


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Please see the MIT Libraries Permissions Policy for permission information. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection or MIT.

Biographical Note

Adapted from: "What's the Score: Spring 2000," MIT Music Library newsletter

Paul Earls, 1934-1998, was a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) from 1970 to 1998. He was a composer known mostly for theatrical and multi-media works that included his laser art such as The Death of King Phillip, Icarus: a Sky Opera (with Otto Piene, Ian Strasfogel and Guenther Schneider-Siemssen), and Mozart and Cosmology (with Beth Soll). He also wrote symphonic, choral, chamber and electronic music. Examples include Brevis Mass, And On the Seventh Day for full orchestra, Nun Danket Fantasy for organ, and Five Notables for solo violin. Recordings of his music currently available in the MIT Music Library include Electronic Music of Paul Earls, 1968-1993 (call no. PhonCD Ea73 elemu) and Instrumental and Vocal Music (call no. PhonCD Ea73 sel).


16.3 Cubic Feet (16 record cartons, 1 manuscript box)

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Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.

Related Archival Materials note

Additional sound recording materials donated in 2000 are in the MIT Lewis Music Library .

Processing Information note

Some collection descriptions are based on legacy data and may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies. Description may change pending verification. Please contact the MIT Department of Distinctive Collections if you notice any errors or discrepancies.

Preliminary inventory to the Paul Earls Archives
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 November 22: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

Repository Details

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