NEC's Donald Harris collection is organized into nine series:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Faculty Files
  3. Academic Department Files
  4. Preparatory/Extension Division Files
  5. Administrative Department Files
  6. Funding/Scholarship Files
  7. Special Event Files
  8. Subject Files
  9. External Files

The Correspondence files in the Donald Harris collection include several categories: general correspondence, which span the years 1968-1977(the bulk being from the years 1975-1977); correspondence with members of the NEC staff and administration; correspondence with or regarding NEC students; correspondence in French; correspondence with the Alumni Club of Puerto Rico; correspondence with the Boston media; and correspondence with Nadia Boulanger..

Faculty files contain correspondence and/or materials relating to individual faculty members. There is also one folder containing memoranda written to the NEC faculty community.

Series 3 consists of Academic department files, the most substantial of which are those pertaining to the departments of African-American music, Conducting, Humanities, and Theory.

The Preparatory Division/Extension Division series includes materials from the Preparatory School and the Community Services Department. The Preparatory/Extension Division file contains a review/evaluation of the division. The Community Services Department files contains information about various outreach programs including the Harbridge House and the Madison Park program, as well as discussions about how the Community Services department relates to the Preparatory Division as a whole.

There are only two Administrative Department Files containing records from Health Services and the Placement Office.

The Funding/Scholarship files contain materials pertaining to the Jerome Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Payson Rowe gift, the Gladys Miller and Paul Lavalle scholarships, and the Women Artists of the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra (WAMSO) Young Artists Competition (connected with the Jerome Foundation). Also included are files pertaining to teaching assistantships and scholarship ensembles.

The Special Event files contain records pertaining to a 1973 Alumni luncheon, the American Society of University Composers (ASUC) conference in 1976, the
International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) World Music Days, and a
Madeleine Malraux concert. 

The Harris Subject Files cover a wide range of topics including curriculum related records such as those for the Kodaly course and Tufts/NEC degree program, and topics of historical interest such as information on instruments owned by NEC, the Pelleas and Melisande manuscript, and the Voice of Firestone collection. There is also a large file containing biographical information about Harris including resumes, press releases, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings. The file titled 'Awards' contains a very small amount of information regarding the “Ludi” award and the National Federation of Music Clubs award. Also included are files relating to performances of NEC ensembles such as the tours of the NEC Chorus and the Ragtime Ensemble, concerts at the Prudential Center.

The External Files in this collection document NEC’s involvement with local cultural institutions such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Cultural Alliance and its partnership with the International Institute of Boston, as well as outreach programs with the Park School and the Partnership for the Arts. This series also contains records pertaining to accreditation and curriculum related organizations such as the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and Seven Springs. These files also document Harris’s association with the Foundacion de France, the French Consulate, and the MIT Humanities Visiting Committee.


I DON'T CARE MUCH ABOUT MUSIC. WHAT I LIKE IS SOUNDS. DIZZY GILLESPIE