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School of the Arts records, 1895-1997

Series IV: Davidson Taylor, 1952-1972

This series consists of administrative correspondence and work-related journals of Davidson Taylor in his capacity as Director of the Columbia University Arts Center, Chairman of the Committee of the Arts, Director and Dean of the School of the Arts, and Special Assistant to the President for Education in the Arts. Series IV was originally two separate collections that have been integrated into the School of the Arts Records. In light of that, much of the original arrangement has been kept. Therefore, this series is divided into five subseries.

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Subseries IV.1: Alphabetical Correspondence, 1952-1971

Subseries 1 contains alphabetical correspondence files. Some of the outgoing correspondence is duplicated in Subseries 2. Included are the files pertaining to the Student Protests of 1968.



Box 58 Folder 1 A, 1958-1962


Box 58 Folder 2 Barzun-Bennett, 1955-1969


Box 58 Folder 3 Bentley, Eric, 1953-1962


Box 58 Folder 4 Bentley, Eric-Burden, 1958-1969


Box 58 Folder 5 C, 1953-1970


Box 58 Folder 6 D, 1955-1960


Box 58 Folder 7 E, 1959-1969


Box 58 Folder 8 F-G, 1954-1968


Box 58 Folder 9 H, 1953-1966



Box 59 Folder 1 I-K, 1954-1969


Box 59 Folder 2 L, 1955-1970


Box 59 Folder 3 McIntosh-Mangranite, 1954-1966


Box 59 Folder 4 Marceau-Moore, 1952-1965


Box 59 Folder 5 P, 1959-1966


Box 59 Folder 6 R-S, 1955-1971



Box 60 Folder 1 T-W, 1956-1968


Subseries IV.2: Chronological Correspondence, 1960-1971

Subseries 2 holds carbon copies of outgoing correspondence of Taylor's office. Also includes minutes of the Committee on Instruction for the School of the Arts.


Box 60 Folder 2 1960 July-December


Box 60 Folder 3 1961 January-April


Box 60 Folder 4 1961 May-December


Box 60 Folder 5 1962 January-June


Box 60 Folder 6 1962 July-December


Box 60 Folder 7 1963 January-June



Box 61 Folder 1 1963 July-December


Box 61 Folder 2 1964 January-July


Box 61 Folder 3 1964 August-December


Box 61 Folder 4 1965 January-May


Box 61 Folder 5 1965 June-December


Box 61 Folder 6 1965 January-1966 July


Box 61 Folder 7 1966 August-1967 February



Box 62 Folder 1 1967 March-October


Box 62 Folder 2 1967 November-1968 April


Box 62 Folder 3 1968 May-December


Box 62 Folder 4 1969 January-September


Box 62 Folder 5 1970 February-1971 May


Subseries IV.3: Foundations, 1953-1972

This subseries is composed of correspondence with and proposals for funding from various local and national foundations to support the construction of the Art Center as well as fellowships and programming money for the School of the Arts. Files are arranged alphabetically by the name of the foundation.


Box 62 Folder 6 to 7 General, undated, 1954-1972, undated, 1954-1972, (2 Folders)



Box 63 Folder 1 A, 1955-1968


Box 63 Folder 2 B, 1955-1971


Box 63 Folder 3 C, 1954-1972


Box 63 Folder 4 D-E, 1960-1962


Box 63 Folder 5 F, 1954-1971


Box 63 Folder 6 G-K, 1955-1972


Box 63 Folder 7 L-N, 1956-1972


Box 63 Folder 8 O-P, 1959-1971


Box 63 Folder 9 R, 1955-1971



Box 64 Folder 1 S, 1955-1969


Box 64 Folder 2 T-W, 1953-1971


Subseries IV.4: Urban Center, 1958-1972

The Urban Center subseries consists primarily of proposals and related correspondence with the School of the Arts, Urban Center, and outside organizations and individuals regarding funding for Arts-based minority community projects as well as scholarship money for minorities to attend the School of the Arts. The subseries is arranged alphabetically by topic or genre.


Box 64 Folder 3 Correspondence, 1968-1971


Box 64 Folder 4 Film Projects, 1968-1971


Box 64 Folder 5 Harlem Cultural Council, 1968-1972


Box 64 Folder 6 Music and Dance Projects, 1968-1970


Box 64 Folder 7 Painting and Sculpture Projects, 1968-1971


Box 64 Folder 8 Printed Materials, 1958-1971



Box 65 Folder 1 Printed Materials, 1958-1971


Box 65 Folder 2 Progress Reports and Proposals, 1968-1969


Box 65 Folder 3 Theater Arts Projects, 1968-1970


Box 65 Folder 4 Writing Projects, 1968-1970


Subseries IV.5: Journals, 1959-1968

The last subseries holds Taylor's work-related journals. Within each journal is an index of individuals who are present in the journal with their respective pages. Thus, a researcher can look to see if Taylor met with faculty member Jack Beeson and turn to the notes from that meeting. Subjects covered in the journals include soliciting funding from individuals and organizations, faculty-related issues, hiring needs, departmental issues, and building and space concerns. There is one journal dedicated to the Hammerstein Theatre.


Box 65 Folder 5 Volume One, 1959 May 19-August 25, 1959 May


Box 65 Folder 6 Volume Two, 1959 August 27-November 27, 1959 August


Box 65 Folder 7 Volume Three, 1959 December 2-1960 May 13


Box 65 Folder 8 Volume Four, 1960 May 12-November 18, 1960 May



Box 66 Folder 1 Volume Five, 1960 November 18-1961 April 12


Box 66 Folder 2 Volume Six, 1961 April 17-October 10, 1961 April


Box 66 Folder 3 Volume Seven, 1961 October-1962 March 12, 1961 October-1962 March


Box 66 Folder 4 Volume Eight, 1962 March 12-June 15, 1962 March


Box 66 Folder 5 Volume Nine, 1962 June 18-November 20, 1962 June



Box 67 Folder 1 Volume Ten, 1962 November 21-1963 March 6


Box 67 Folder 2 Volume Eleven, 1963 March 6-August 30, 1963 March


Box 67 Folder 3 Volume Twelve, 1963 August 30-1964 June 30


Box 67 Folder 4 Volume Thirteen, 1964 July 13-1965 October 20


Box 67 Folder 5 Volume Fourteen, 1965 November 1-1968 June 24


Box 67 Folder 6 Hammerstein Theatre Journal, 1960 September 12-1963 July 18