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David Tudor papers, 1800-1998, bulk 1940-1996

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Tudor (David) papers

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David Tudor papers, 1800-1998 (bulk 1940-1996), The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 980039.

Acquisition Information

Acquired 1994 (Accn. no. 940073), 1998 (Accn. no. 980039, 980045), and 2001 (2001.A.132, 2001.A.182, 2001.A.183, 2001.A.184).

Processing History

The David Tudor papers were received in two large separate acquisitions between 1994 and 1998. Additions to the collection were received in 2001 from John Holzaepfel, Joy Nemiroff, Julie Martin and Billy Klüver, and Earle Brown. The first shipment arrived in 1994. It consisted of 9 linear feet of papers, mostly dating from the 1950s and 1960s and related to Tudor's piano performances. Gale Cohen and John Holzaepfel inventoried and organized this group of material prior to its acquisition. Philip Curtis processed and cataloged the collection in 1995.

The second shipment, which arrived in 1998, comprised 180 linear feet, covering nearly all aspects of Tudor's life and work. The supplement required extensive organization. Lynda Bunting began this work in June 1998. Farris Wahbeh organized series into chronological order as Bunting identified them. Kelly Nipper conducted final processing on many of the series. Nancy Perloff processed and cataloged small parts of the collection and wrote the Biographical Note. Joy Refuerzo numbered the folders.

Cataloging and processing of Series I-IX was completed in October 1999. Additions to the collection received in 2001 were processed and integrated in 2001 and 2002 by J. Gibbs: 7 audio tapes of Tudor performing in Darmstadt, donated by John Holzaepfel; personal papers and photographs of Tudor donated by Joy Nemiroff; a drawing for Island Eye Island Ear, donated by Julie Martin and Billy Klüver; and photographs of Tudor donated by Earle Brown.

From the summer of 1999 to early 2002, John D.S. Adams and Tom Erbe reformatted the audio tapes, except for a few that were damaged and a few blank and duplicate tapes. In 2011 Mary K Woods migrated the digital masters of the audio recordings and made them available online. Connect to digitized audio recordings. Access to audio recordings of Tudor composisitions is provided for private study, scholarship, and research purposes only. Access to other audio recordings is available only to on-site readers and Getty staff.

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