Bruno Nettl Papers

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Administrative Files

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Collection Overview

Title: Bruno Nettl Papers, 1949-2010Add to your cart.

ID: 12/5/39

Primary Creator: Nettl, Bruno (1930)

Extent: 11.75 cubic feet

Arrangement:

The Bruno Nettl Papers were initially arranged into two distinct Series: Series 1) Correspondence and Series 2) Sound Recordings in 2006. After restrictions on the collection were lifted in 2009 and additional materials were acquired from Bruno Nettl in 2013, the papers were re-arranged keeping the original order of the 2006 arrangement in tact. All materials recevied after 2013 were arranged either chronologically or alphabetically. The 2019 arrangement partitioned the papers into four distinct series: Series 1: Administrative Records, Series 2: Correspondence, Series 3: Research, and Series 4: Sound Recordings.

Series 1: Administrative Records is arranged into two sub-series: 1) University of Illinois Musicology Department Files and 2) Course Files for Musicology Courses, Anthropology Courses, and Other University Residencies. Starting with the 2019 acquisition, Subseries 1 and 2 are arranged chronologically when possible and alphabetically by subject when not.

Series 2: Correspondence is arranged into three sub-series: 1) Administrative Correspondence, 2) Professional Organization and Committee Correspondence, and 3) Personal and Research Correspondence. Subseries 1) Administrative Correspondence was arranged alphabetically in 2013. Subseries 3) Personal and Research Correspondence was arranged chronologically.

Series 3: Research is arranged into three sub-series: 1) Writings, Lectures, and Grant Applications, 2) Field Notes, Transcriptions, and Primary Research Materials, and 3) Secondary Sources and Annotations. Starting with the 2019 arrangment, Subseries 1 and 2 were arranged chronologically and Subseries 3 was arranged alphabetically by author's last name and chronologically by publication date when necessary.

Series 4: Sound Recordings is arranged chronologically and by collection and tape number therein. All undated tapes have been arranged alphabetically by subject.

Date Acquired: 01/13/2006. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Champaign, Illinois, Ethnography, Ethnomusicology, Folklore, Folk music, Folk music - Instruction and study, Folk music - Music teachers, Indian Dance, Indians of North America -- Music, Music, Music, School of, Music -- India, Music - Instruction and study, Music -- Iran, Music -- Montana, Music -- Native American, Tehran, Iran, World Music

Formats/Genres: Papers

Languages: English, Persian, Persian, Spanish;Castilian, German, Czech

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of administrative records, correspondence, published and unpublished research, and field recordings of Bruno Nettl while a professor of Musicology for the University of Illinois School of Music. The papers document Nettl's career as a teacher, administrator and internationally recognized researcher. Of particular interest is correspondence between Dr. Nettl and other renowned musicologists including Gerard Behauge, Stephen Blum, Philip Bohlman, Charles Hamm, Daniel Neuman, Stephen Slawek, Theodore Solis, Christopher Waterman, and Robert Witmer. In addition, these papers contain his field notes, field recordings, and melodic transcriptions from his three main research inquiries: the Blackfoot Native Americans, Persian Classical Music, and Indian Music.

Biographical Note

Bruno Nettl was born in 1930 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is the son of the late musicologist Paul Nettl, who taught at Indiana University from 1946-1964. After emigrating to the United States at the age of nine, he began studying music. In 1950, he graduated from Indiana University with a bachelors degree in music. In 1951, he wrote his master's thesis entitled, "The Musical Culture of the Arapaho." Nettl completed his doctoral studies with the eminent musicologist, George Herzog, and graduated with a PhD in musicology from Indiana University just two years later. His dissertation, "American Indian Music North of Mexico: It's Styles and Areas," would later be expanded in several articles and books on Native American musics. After receiving his first faculty position as a musicologist at Wayne State University in 1953, Dr. Nettl received a Fulbright Lectureship at the University of Kiel in Germany in 1956. Four years later, Dr. Nettl received a master's degree in library and information science at the University of Michigan.

In 1964, Dr. Nettl was hired as an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Illinois. After being promoted to Professor of Musicology and Anthropology in 1967, he served as the head of the musicology department at Illinois from 1966-1968, 1969-1972, 1975-1977, 1982-1985, and 1987-1989. Dr. Nettl was instrumental in establishing a curriculum for the discipline of Ethnomusicology and his early courses at the University of Illinois show the interdisciplinary nature of his design. He offered a year-long survey in world musics as well as specific area studies geared toward graduate and undergraduate students. During his time at the University of Illinois, he served as the dissertation advisor to several important musicologists including: Stephen Blum, Philip Bohlman, Doris Dyen, Martha Ellen Davis, Marcello Sorce Keller, Daniel Neuman, Ronald Riddle, Ali Jihad Racy, Stephen Slawek, Theodore Solis, Christopher Waterman, and Robert Witmer. In 1992, he became Professor Emeritus and began teaching part-time. In 2000, Dr. Nettl and his wife, Wanda, endowed an annual lecture series featuring the work of eminent musicologists at the University of Illinois. Some of the participants of this lecture series include: Philip Bohlman, Pamela Potter, Thomas Turino, Martin Stokes, Jeff Todd Titon, Portia Maultsby, Alejando Madrid, and Kay Kauffman Shelemay.

Dr. Nettl's research includes three principal areas: Blackfoot Native American Music, Persian Classical Music (Radifs), and South Indian Music (Carnatic Music). Principally, his field research took place in Montana, Tehran, Jerusalem, and Madras between 1965 and 1982. In 1965 he began conducting research on various Blackfoot reservations in Montana. His research on the Blackfoot People would also bring him the Museum of the Southwest in 1984, where he consulted hundreds of early audio recordings of Blackfoot music. In 1966, he received a Fulbright Research Fellowship to conduct research in Iran. While in Tehran, he studied with the eminent Iranian pedagog Nur Ali Borumand. In the early 1970s, Nettl continued his research on Persian Radifs in Jerusalem, examining audio recordings at the Lachman Collection. His research on Blackfoot and Iranian music resulted in two of his most famous ethnographies: The Radif of Persian Music: Studies of Structure and Cultural Context (1987) and Blackfoot Musical Thought: Comparitive Perspectives (1989). In addition to these two primary research interests, he has written extensively about the history of the discipline of Ethnomusicology. His work on this subject includes the following books: Theory and Method in Ethnomusicology (1964), The Study of Ethnomusicology: 29 Issues and Concepts (1983), Encounters in Ethnomusicology, a Memoir (2002), The Study of Ethnomusicology: 31 Issues and Concepts (2005), and Nettl's Elephant: On the History of Ethnomusicology (2010). Dr. Nettl has also written and edited several editions of the popular world music survey Excursions in World Music (1992-2012) and has written several definitions related to his world music research for Oxford New Grove Dictionary of Music as well as The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music.

Dr. Nettl has served on numerous national and international councils related to ethnomusicology and folk music. In 1961, he became the editor of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) Journal, Ethnomusicology. The Society for Ethnomusicology had been founded only six years prior to his engagement as editor. He would later serve as the society's president from 1969-1971 and as editor of the journal once more from 1985-1989 and from 1998-2002. In 1983, he was awarded the Charles Seeger Lecturer Prize and in 2005 the Society awarded him a lifetime service award as well as the title of "Board Member Emeritus." Since 2012, the Society for Ethnomusicology has offered the Bruno Nettl Prize for historical studies on the field of Ethnomusicology. Beginning in 1972, he served as the general editor for the Detroit Studies in Music Bibliography (DSMB). Between 1974-1977, he served as the editor to the Journal Yearbook of the International Folk Music Council. He has also served on the editorial boards for the Harvard Dictionary of Music, The Garland Encylcopedia of World Music, and Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology. He became a member of the Executive Board of the College Music Society in 1977 and served until 1981. In 1985, he acted as the Spivacke Consultant to the Music Division of the Library of Congress. He also served on the Board of the International Society for Music Educators (ISME) In the early 1990s.

Dr. Nettl has also won several major awards for his research and his contributions to the field of Ethnomusicology. In 1981 he was named a fellow of the American Insititute for Indian Studies and a Senior Fellow for Independent Study and Research. Most recently in 2009, he received a Mellon Distinguished Emeritus Fellowship.

Subject/Index Terms

Champaign, Illinois
Ethnography
Ethnomusicology
Folklore
Folk music
Folk music - Instruction and study
Folk music - Music teachers
Indian Dance
Indians of North America -- Music
Music
Music, School of
Music -- India
Music - Instruction and study
Music -- Iran
Music -- Montana
Music -- Native American
Tehran, Iran
World Music

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals: Papers were initially acquired on January 13, 2006 and were restricted until 2009. An additional two boxes of sound recordings and one box of correspondence was added on May 4, 2013. Four additional boxes of files were added on May 2, 2019.

Access Restrictions: Collection restricted until January 13, 2009, opened January 14, 2009.

Acquisition Source: Bruno Nettl

Acquisition Method: Gift

Other Note: Pages


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Series 2: Correspondence, 1958-2010Add to your cart.
This series contains correspondence to and from Dr. Nettl stemming from his administrative work at the University of Illinois, his participation in professional committees and organizations, his research interests, and his discussions with students and other ethnomusicologists in the field. Of particular note are letters to Stephen Blum, Gerard Behauge, Philip Bohlman, Charles Hamm, Daniel Neuman, Stephen Slawek, Theodore Solis, David Stigberg, Christopher Waterman, and Robert Witmer.
Sub-Series 1: Administrative Correspondence, 1958-1997Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Letter from Clark E. Cunningham, 1980Add to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Abramovich-Gormon, Alla, 1991-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Arnold, Dr. Alison, 1992-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Ayyangar, Ranga, 1972-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Babiracki, Dr. Carol, 1984-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Behague, Gerard, 1969-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Belzner, William, 1976-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Blum, Stephen, 1967-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Bohlman, Phil, 1989-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Bumpass, Kathy, 1980-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Byrnside, Ronald, 1969-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Cameron, Cate, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Carter, Marva, 1980-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Danielson, Virginia, 1990-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Davis, Martha, 1971-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Een, Andrea, 1976-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Epstein, Judy, 1971-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Ellison, Judy, 1980-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Ercegovac, Zorana, 1963-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Ferguson, Francesca, 1987-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Goertzen, Christopher and Valerie, 1981-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Haefer, Richard, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Hamm, Charles, 1969-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Harness, Kelly, 1996-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Herzog, Avigdor, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Hinton, Leanne, 1970-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Hock, Henrietta, 1970-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Khoshzamir, Mojtaba, 1972-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Kolstee, Anton, 1982-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Lau, Frederick, 1985-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 30: MacDonald, Royal, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Movahed, Azin, 1990-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Neuman, Daniel, 1975-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Parisi, Susan, 1986-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Plamenac, Dragan, 1973-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Racy, Jihad, 1970-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Rast, Robert, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Robbins, James, 1984-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Santos, Ramon, 1987-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Sarkissian, Margaret, 1984-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Savaglio, Paula, 1993-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Shenassa, Daryoosh, 1972-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Shiloah, Amnon, 1974-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Slawek, Stephen, 1984-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Solis, Theodore, 1971-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Stigberg, David (1 of 2), 1970-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Stigberg, David (2 of 2), 1970-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Thompson, Gordon, 1978-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Waterman, Christopher, 1979-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Wilensky, Shirley, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Witmer, Robert, 1969-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Wolbers, Paul, 1993-1994Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Musicology Division Correspondence (1 of 2), 1958-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Musicology Division Correspondence (2 of 2), 1958-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Musicology Division Correspondence (1 of 2), 1965-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Musicology Division Correspondence (2 of 2), 1965-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Musicology Division Correspondence, 1969-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Faculty and Student Correspondence, 1977-1982Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Professional Organization and Committee Correspondence, 1966-1998Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: American Yugoslav Exchange Correspondence, 1966-1967Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: ISME Addresses, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 2: ISME Current State of Field Working Papers, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 3: ISME Handbook Project, 1994-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 4: ISME Letters to Panel, 1992-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 5: ISME Miscellaneous, 1992-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 6: ISME Official reports for panel, 1992-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 7: ISME Panel - Miscellaneous, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 8: ISME Policy, 1993-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 9: ISME Reports and Correspondence - Aguilar, Maria Del Carmen, 1992-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 10: ISME Reports and Correspondence - Campbell, Pat, 1993-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 11: ISME Reports and Correspondence - Davies, Sandra, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 12: ISME Reports and Correspondence - Etzkorn, Peter, 1991-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 13: ISME Reports and Correspondence - Fleisher, Robert, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 14: ISME Reports and Correspondence - Kemp, Anthony, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 15: ISME Reports and Correspondence - Kidenda, George W., 1992-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 16: ISME Reports and Correspondence - Lee, Sung-Yol, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 17: ISME Reports and Correspondence - Lindquist, Barbara, 1992-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 18: ISME Reports and Correspondence - Mapoma, Mwesa, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 19: ISME Reports and Correspondence - Montgomery, Janet, 1993-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 20: ISME Reports and Correspondence - Ritchie, J. A., 1991-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 21: ISME Reports and Correspondence - Santos, Ramon, 1991-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 22: ISME Reports and Correspondence - Smith, Elizabeth, 1991-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 23: ISME Reports and Correspondence - Solbu, Einar, 1990-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 24: ISME Reports and Correspondence - Takahagi, Yasuharu, 1993-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 25: ISME Reports and Correspondence - Takizawa, Tatsuko, 1992-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 26: ISME Reports and Correspondence - Therens, Joan, 1992-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 27: ISME Reports and Correspondence - Wang, T. E., 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 28: ISME Wingspread Conference, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Racine Note, End of ISME, 1989-1994Add to your cart.
Folder dated 6/28/06.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Council on Program Evaluation (COPE) University Library Report, 1977-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 17: SEM Member Newsletter, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Library of Congress Lectures and Consulting for Report, 1985-1986Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 9: American Institute of Indian Studies Correspondence, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 17: SEM Long Range Planning Committee, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 18: SEM Long Range Planning Committee and Ford Proposal, 1997Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Detroit Studies in Music Bibliography (DSMB) Reports, 1978-1984Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Personal and Research Correspondence, 1968-2010Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence Received in Iran, 1968-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Personal Correspondence, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Personal Correspondence, 1973-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Personal Correspondence, 1975-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Personal Correspondence, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Personal Correspondence, 1977Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Personal Correspondence, 1978-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Personal Correspondence, 1979-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Dartmouth University Correspondence, 1982Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The Field of Ethnomusicology - Book Permissions Correspondence, 1963-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 7: India Field Work Correspondence, 1978-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 10: India Field Work Correspondence, 1980-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Wilfrid Laurier University Lecture Correspondence, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 12: San Diego State University Lecture Correspondence, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Humbold-Universitat Correspondence, 1991-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Atlantic Monthly Magazine Article Correspondence, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Kodaly Conference Correspondence, 1993Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Personal Correspondence, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Personal Correspondence, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Personal Correspondence, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Personal Correspondence (1 of 2), 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Personal Correspondence (2 of 2), 1983Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Personal Correspondence (1 of 2), 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Personal Correspondence (2 of 2), 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Personal Correspondence (1 of 2), 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Personal Correspondence (2 of 2), 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Personal Correspondence (1 of 2), 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Personal Correspondence (2 of 2), 1986Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Personal Correspondence, 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Personal Correspondence, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Personal Correspondence, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Personal Correspondence, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Personal Correspondence, 1987-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Personal Correspondence, 1988Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Personal Correspondence, 1988-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Personal Correspondence, 1989-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Personal Correspondence, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Tokyo [Personal Correspondence], 1987-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Tokyo [Personal Correspondence], 1989Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 21: New Grove Correspondence Regarding Dictionary Entries by Nettl, 1972-1978Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Letter from Robert Witmer to Bruno Nettl, Pepper's Pow-Wow, 1974Add to your cart.
Found in Audio Recording Box of the same name.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Congratulatory art, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 50: North American Indian Archive Correspondence, Letter from Leslie Spier to Bruno Nettl, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Blackfoot Correspondence, 1973-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Record Label Correspondence, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Blackfoot Music Recordings Correspondence, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Blackfoot Correspondence, Jessie Donaldson Recordings, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Personal Correspondence, 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Personal Correspondence, 2005-2010Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Letters of Recommendation, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Sound Recording Permissions Correspondence, 2009Add to your cart.
Folder 59: The Marquis Who's Who Publication Board, 2010Add to your cart.

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