Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Libraries, Music at MIT Oral History Project records
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries’ Music at MIT Oral History Project records span the years 1999 to 2014. The project was created and managed by the Lewis Music Library. The project interviewed twenty-nine individuals who were MIT faculty, staff or former students with a connection to music at the Institute. Some individuals were interviewed multiple times.
The collection is divided in to two series. The first series, Oral History Project Records, consists of files from the project manager, Forrest Larson, that document the behind the scenes work that contributed to the management and promotion of the project. Between 2010 and 2012 the interviews were video-recorded. Some excerpts from the video interviews were used in presentations and are included in the Project Records series. The series includes high quality WAV audio files for each interview. The series is arranged in alphabetical order.
The second series, Oral History Interviews, includes all fifty of the interview audio, video, and transcript files that were publicly available on the Music at MIT Oral History website. The interviews explore the formal academic music program, ensembles of the MIT Music Section, student-run performing groups, and the history of the Lewis Music Library. The files are organized in folders by interviewee. Within each interivewee folder there may be multiple interview folders. Each interview folder includes the audio file, transcript file, and supplementary materials such as photographs and “chapter” documents that note the time-stamp at which certain subjects were discussed in the interview. The duration of interviews varies and ranges from about forty minutes to two hours. The series is arranged in alphabetical order.
- Larson, Forrest, 1958- (Interviewer, Person)
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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries’ Music at MIT Oral History Project records span the years 1999 to 2014. The project was created and managed by the Lewis Music Library. Forrest Larson, project manager and Libraries' staff member, conducted the interviews and was responsible for production of the audio, video, print transcripts, and metadata. The project interviewed twenty-nine individuals who were MIT faculty, staff or former students with a connection to music at the Institute.
358 Gigabytes (3,462 digital files, including submissionDocumentation files)
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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lewis Music Library's Music at MIT Oral History Project was active from 1999 to 2012. The project captures a slice of the history and culture of music at the MIT through in-depth recorded audio and video interviews with MIT music faculty, staff, and former students. The interviews explore the formal academic music program, ensembles of the MIT Music Section, student-run performing groups, and the history of the Lewis Music Library. In addition, the interviewees discuss their professional lives and activities beyond the Institute. The collection also includes project records from Lewis staff member, Forrest Larson, who conducted the interviews and managed the project.
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