The Robert Freeman collection is organized into the following ten series:

  1. Correspondence/Memoranda
  2. Academic Department Files
  3. Administrative Department Files
  4. Preparatory/Continuing Education Records
  5. Board of Trustees Records
  6. Committee Records -
  7. Event Records
  8. Subject/Project Files
  9. Writings/Biographical Information 
  10. External Files

President Freeman’s Correspondence is organized into three types: General, Memoranda, and Student correspondence. The general correspondence is organized chronologically by year and the alphabetically within each year. The academic department files discuss the operation and curriculum of the various academic departments. There are individual faculty files interspersed throughout this series. One topic of interest in this series is the Thelonious Monk Institute which was in residence during Freeman’s tenure. The administrative department files document interaction between President Freeman and the various administrative departments of the NEC college division. The Preparatory/Continuing Education series contains only two folders concerning the operations of that division during Freeman’s presidency.  The Board of Trustees records contain correspondence with the chairman of the board, other members of the board and the full board of trustees. The committee records document activities of committees active under Freeman. Several of these committees were established by Freeman’s office including the Artist/Teacher/Scholar Committee, the Audience Development Committee, the Repertory and Curriculum committees, etc. The event series is very small containing information on only two events, the primary one being Freeman’s inauguration as president of NEC. Included in the subject/project files are various topics including consultant visits, the Boston Music Education Collaborative, the NEC Five year plan, From the Top, Gunther Schuller recordings, the Huntington Brass Quintet, Walnut Hill and a photo of NEC founder, Eben Tourjee. The Writings/Biographical Information series includes NEC speeches/interviews, other articles, interviews and speeches, letters to the editor, general biographical information, and a few photographs. Freeman’s external files document NEC’s relationship with numerous outside organizations including Boston Conservatory, the Fenway Alliance, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, City on a Hill, National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Project STEP, Seven Springs, and WGBH.


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