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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.

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.

A, 1958-1962

Box 58
Folder 1
Barzun-Bennett, 1955-1969
Box 58
Folder 2
Bentley, Eric, 1953-1962
Box 58
Folder 3
Bentley, Eric-Burden, 1958-1969
Box 58
Folder 4
C, 1953-1970
Box 58
Folder 5
D, 1955-1960
Box 58
Folder 6
E, 1959-1969
Box 58
Folder 7
F-G, 1954-1968
Box 58
Folder 8
H, 1953-1966
Box 58
Folder 9
I-K, 1954-1969

Box 59
Folder 1
L, 1955-1970
Box 59
Folder 2
McIntosh-Mangranite, 1954-1966
Box 59
Folder 3
Marceau-Moore, 1952-1965
Box 59
Folder 4
P, 1959-1966
Box 59
Folder 5
R-S, 1955-1971
Box 59
Folder 6
T-W, 1956-1968

Box 60
Folder 1

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.

1960 July-December
Box 60
Folder 2
1961 January-April
Box 60
Folder 3
1961 May-December
Box 60
Folder 4
1962 January-June
Box 60
Folder 5
1962 July-December
Box 60
Folder 6
1963 January-June
Box 60
Folder 7
1963 July-December

Box 61
Folder 1
1964 January-July
Box 61
Folder 2
1964 August-December
Box 61
Folder 3
1965 January-May
Box 61
Folder 4
1965 June-December
Box 61
Folder 5
1965 January-1966 July
Box 61
Folder 6
1966 August-1967 February
Box 61
Folder 7
1967 March-October

Box 62
Folder 1
1967 November-1968 April
Box 62
Folder 2
1968 May-December
Box 62
Folder 3
1969 January-September
Box 62
Folder 4
1970 February-1971 May
Box 62
Folder 5

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.

General,
undated,
1954-1972
(2 Folders)
Box 62
Folder 6 to 7
A, 1955-1968

Box 63
Folder 1
B, 1955-1971
Box 63
Folder 2
C, 1954-1972
Box 63
Folder 3
D-E, 1960-1962
Box 63
Folder 4
F, 1954-1971
Box 63
Folder 5
G-K, 1955-1972
Box 63
Folder 6
L-N, 1956-1972
Box 63
Folder 7
O-P, 1959-1971
Box 63
Folder 8
R, 1955-1971
Box 63
Folder 9
S, 1955-1969

Box 64
Folder 1
T-W, 1953-1971
Box 64
Folder 2

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.

Correspondence, 1968-1971
Box 64
Folder 3
Film Projects, 1968-1971
Box 64
Folder 4
Harlem Cultural Council, 1968-1972
Box 64
Folder 5
Music and Dance Projects, 1968-1970
Box 64
Folder 6
Painting and Sculpture Projects, 1968-1971
Box 64
Folder 7
Printed Materials, 1958-1971
Box 64
Folder 8
Printed Materials, 1958-1971

Box 65
Folder 1
Progress Reports and Proposals, 1968-1969
Box 65
Folder 2
Theater Arts Projects, 1968-1970
Box 65
Folder 3
Writing Projects, 1968-1970
Box 65
Folder 4

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.

Volume One,
1959 May
19-August 25
Box 65
Folder 5
Volume Two,
1959 August
27-November 27
Box 65
Folder 6
Volume Three, 1959 December 2-1960 May 13
Box 65
Folder 7
Volume Four,
1960 May
12-November 18
Box 65
Folder 8
Volume Five, 1960 November 18-1961 April 12

Box 66
Folder 1
Volume Six,
1961 April
17-October 10
Box 66
Folder 2
Volume Seven, 1961 October-1962 March 12
Box 66
Folder 3
Volume Eight,
1962 March
12-June 15
Box 66
Folder 4
Volume Nine,
1962 June
18-November 20
Box 66
Folder 5
Volume Ten, 1962 November 21-1963 March 6

Box 67
Folder 1
Volume Eleven,
1963 March
6-August 30
Box 67
Folder 2
Volume Twelve, 1963 August 30-1964 June 30
Box 67
Folder 3
Volume Thirteen, 1964 July 13-1965 October 20
Box 67
Folder 4
Volume Fourteen, 1965 November 1-1968 June 24
Box 67
Folder 5
Hammerstein Theatre Journal, 1960 September 12-1963 July 18
Box 67
Folder 6

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