The Andrew Falender collection is organized into the following eight series:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Faculty Files
  3. Academic Department Files
  4. Curriculum Records
  5. Administrative Department Files
  6. Subject Files
  7. External Files
  8. Photographs

Andrew Falender’s Correspondence Files are divided into two types: general and board of trustees/overseers correspondence.  There is only a small amount of general correspondence which spans the years 1975-1986.  The board correspondence, also a very small file, contains primarily records pertaining to the Overseers Steering and Visiting Committees.

The Faculty files in the Falender collection consist primarily of correspondence
with or about individual NEC faculty members.  For the most part this series is arranged alphabetically by the faculty member’s last name.  Where there was only one item relating to a particular faculty member, it was filed in the folder labeled ‘Individuals’. This folder itself is organized alphabetically.  Additional faculty files contain memoranda written by Falender to the entire faculty community, as well as records pertaining to faculty governance, evaluations, employment practices, and other policies.

The four folders comprising the Academic Departments series- Chorus, Piano, Theory, and Voice primarily contain records pertaining to departmental budget and faculty contractual issues.

The Curriculum Records document degree programs offered at NEC or academic affiliations with other institutions. The DMA folder outlines the planning for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree program at NEC. Another folder documents efforts to establish a joint program with Harvard University. The other two files contain information regarding the Kodaly course at NEC (partnered with the Kodaly Musical Training Institute) and NEC’s joint opera program with Boston Conservatory.

The Falender collection contains records for several Administrative Departments. The Admissions folder contains records dealing with organizational structure, budgetary matters, and enrollment statistics. The Building Operations folder primarily consists of records concerning the pianos being used at NEC, as well as other equipment.  Much of the Dean’s office file includes information regarding tuition, fees, and refund policies. The largest of the Administrative files deals with the Development office. Included are materials relating to gifts, donor solicitations and profiles, the C. Michael Paul Foundation, the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust, the National Arts Stabilization Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the President’s Discretionary Fund, and the Perkins Fund. The Finance file contains annual financial summaries /statements. The Administrative folder labeled ‘General’ primarily consists of policy related materials which affect the whole NEC community, such as employment policies, sexual harassment policy, travel policies, records management policies etc.  Summer School budget matters for 1976 are discussed in the Preparatory/Extension Division folder. The Residence Life file includes documents relating to the student health plan, resident assistant responsibilities, and the judicial review process.

The Subject Files of Andrew Falender cover a wide variety of topics.  Three files pertain to NEC properties at 241 St Botolph St. and 295 Huntington Ave.  Other subjects that are discussed in Falender’s subject records are the Assorted Music Contract with the Past Pop Orchestra (Community services department), a CBS/E. Power Biggs recording, Copyright law, NEC’s electronic music studio, legal matters, Gunther Schuller recordings, strategic planning, and the Russian exchange program, ‘Making Music Together’. The strategic planning includes an article written by Falender entitled "Providing Focus for Financial Management."

There are only two External Files in the Falender collection. The first, relating to the City of Boston, contains contractual information between the City and NEC concerning funding for the Madison Park Music program, a joint venture of the Boston Public Schools and NEC’s Community Services Department. The Northeastern University file contains information regarding the NU/NEC affiliation with regards to joint student health coverage, curriculum, library privileges, use of performance space etc.

There is one folder containing seventeen small photographs. All of the photos with the exception of two are color photos which were taken at an NEC staff retreat in 1984. The other two are black and white prints of another event in 1985.


MUSIC IS THE SILENCE BETWEEN THE NOTES. CLAUDE DEBUSSY