Records of the Office for the Arts at Harvard and Radcliffe, 1956-2000
The Records of the Office for the Arts at Harvard & Radcliffe document the creative and performing arts at Harvard and Radcliffe and document the Office's activities in support of those arts. A small amount of records pre-date the office.
- Office for the Arts at Harvard & Radcliffe (Organization)
Extent is approximate.
Conditions on Use and Access
Access to unpublished archival records is restricted for 50 years from the date of creation of the record(s). Access to student and personnel records is restricted for 80 years. See reference staff for details. No restrictions on access apply to published records.
The Records of the Office for the Arts are stored in an off-site facility. Researchers are advised to contact Reference Staff for more information concerning retrieval of material.
Special Restrictions relating to Recordings
The Harvard University Archives does not make copies of sound and video recordings in this collection for researchers. Requests for copies of sound recordings may come only through the Office for the Arts. Researchers who wish to obtain copies of recordings will need to contact the Office for the Arts and ask the Office to request a copy from the Archives.
Extent51 cubic feet (51 boxes)
Records consist of 41 boxes of archival master and sub-master video and audio tapes and ten boxes of paper administrative records.
History of the Office for the Arts
The Office for the Arts at Harvard and Radcliffe (OFA) was established in 1973 with joint funding to coordinate and support the creative and performing arts at Harvard and Radcliffe. The Office was administered by Radcliffe College until Radcliffe and Harvard University merged in October 1999. At the time of the merger, the name of the office changed to Office for the Arts at Harvard. The Office oversees the Learning from Performers Program, the Jazz Program, the dance program, and painting,printmaking and pottery courses. It gives grants to students for music lessons, funds and coordinates student dramatic productions, and publishes Arts Spectrum, a bi-weekly calendar and Practice and Performance, a guide to the arts for undergraduates.
Series and Subseries in the Collection
- Audio and Video Recordings (in Boxes 1-40 and Box 51)
- Administrative Records (in Boxes 41-50)
- ___Early Records
- ___General Records
- ___Meetings with President Bok
- ___Potential Projects
- ___Monthly and Biannual Reports
- ______Music Lesson Subsidy Program
- _________General Records
- ______Creative Listening
- ______Learning from Performers
- ______Learning from Performers Jazz Program
- ______Artist in Residence Program
- ______Artist in Residence Program Japan Visiting Artist Program
- ___Musical Theatre Lab
- ___Agassiz Theatre
- ______Agassiz Theatre General Records
- ______Agassiz Theatre Productions
- ___Harvard 350th Celebration
- ___OFA Tenth Anniversary
- ______Arts Council Grants
- ______Office for the Arts Grants
- ______Arts First Grants
- Lists of audio and video recordings
Nature of This Inventory
This finding aid contains a detailed inventory of the paper records only. Researchers interested in the audio and video recordings as a collection may wish to consult the OFA's lists of tapes; researchers interested in individual recordings should search in Harvard's on-line library catalog, in which each recording is described individually.
The Records of the Office for the Arts were maintained by the Radcliffe College Archives until the merger of Radcliffe College and Harvard University in October 1999. Shortly after the merger, the records were transferred to the Harvard University Archives.
- Accession number: 14106, Radcliffe College Archives, 2000 February 15
- Accession number: 14293, Radcliffe College Archives, 2001 March 30
This document last updated 2014 February 24.
Processed by Dawn Marsh, July 2001, under the direction of Kate Bowers.
Ms. Marsh arranged the records into series, produced a folder list, relocated at-risk materials to the vault, and placed the records in archival cartons. She removed publications from the archival records and forwarded them to cataloging staff for processing. Harvard University Archives staff determined that prompt processing of a minimal level was appropriate for this record group; therefore, documents were not placed in archival folders nor were staples or paperclips removed. Processing staff discarded duplicate records and records that did not meet the collection policy of the Harvard University Archives as expressed in the Harvard University General Records Schedule.
- Office for the Arts at Harvard & Radcliffe. Records of the Office for the Arts at Harvard and Radcliffe : an inventory
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