The James Aliferis collection is organized into four series:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Bequests  
  3. Annual/Departmental Reports
  4. External Files

The Correspondence of President Aliferis has been arranged into five categories: General, Faculty, Trustees, Administrative, Selected. The Trustees’ Correspondence consists of written exchanges between President Aliferis and Sherwin Badger, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, as well as memoranda from Sherwin Badger to others regarding the Aliferis presidency. The General correspondence primarily deals with facility issues, mainly concerning the performance spaces at NEC, specifically the issue of building an orchestra pit in Jordan Hall. The Administrative correspondence primarily consists of inter-office memoranda, correspondence with the Alumni Association, and various informational documents. Highlights of the Aliferis Selected Correspondence include exchanges with renowned composer and conductor Nadia Boulanger, and Leo Tourjee, nephew of Conservatory founder, Eben Tourjée. Leo Tourjee’s letters concern the publication of his book entitled For God and Music – the Life Story of Eben Tourjee, the Father of the American Conservatory. Leo Tourjee’s correspondence also documents his efforts to have his uncle inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The materials relating to Bequests in the Aliferis collection primarily deal with the establishment of the Walter Naumburg Scholarship and the Walter Naumburg Professorship. Included are copies of Executive Committee Minutes of meetings during which these topics were discussed and the Financial Report from FY 1961.

The third series consists of Annual Reports written by Aliferis during the years 1958-1960. Also included are Departmental Reports that were sent to President Aliferis from the Music History/Humanities Department, Preparatory Department, Undergraduate Division, Graduate Division, Special Student Division, Summer School, Placement Office, Dormitory, Library and Development Office, as well as a listing of the activities of major faculty members.

Aliferis’s External files contain correspondence with the Boston Globe, WBZ, and materials relating to NEC’s involvement with the WGBH Educational Foundation. Included with the Boston Globe correspondence is an article Aliferis submitted featuring recollections of his recent trip to Europe. Finally, the External files contain correspondence and minutes from the Dimitri Mitropoulos International Music Competition.


I REMAIN TRUE TO MY STARTING PRINCIPLE. TO WRITE SOLELY AS I MYSELF THINK BEST. FELIX MENDELSSOHN