Scope and arrangement
Hitchcock's papers are roughly split between his research and writings and the activities of the Institute for Studies in American Music (ISAM). They consist of correspondence, writings, memos, research notes, manuscripts, teaching materials, and sound recordings. His professional files document his research and editorial work in musicology, particularly his work on Charles Ives and Henry Cowell, and in editing The New Grove Dictionary of American Music; they also reveal his work as a lecturer, critic, writer and educator, both within academia and for the general public.
The ISAM files document the history and activities of that organization, particularly its publications, but also its production of concerts, meetings, symposia, and colloquia on behalf of American music and musicians. Many of ISAM's efforts during Hitchcock's tenure as director focused on Charles Ives, for whom the Institute hosted the first Festival and Conference in 1974, and Henry Cowell. Hitchcock was designated by Cowell's widow, Sidney Robertson Cowell, as the arbiter of the Cowell Collection at The New York Public Library, and both his professional and ISAM files contain discussion of that collection.
The H. Wiley Hitchcock papers are arranged in two series:
- 1949-200733 boxes
Hitchcock's professional files consist of correspondence, writing and editing files, research papers, files documenting special projects and activities with organizations, and sound recordings. Correspondence is found throughout the series, but letters found in series I.A tend to be more general or personal than the letters associated with other files. The writing and editing files, consisting of papers related to Hitchock's articles, notes, lectures, criticism and editing work, comprise about half the series, due mostly to the extensive documentation of Hitchcock's editorship of The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. Much of Hitchcock's later career was occupied with Charles Ives and Henry Cowell, and research and editing work on those composers comprise most of the research papers.
- 1960-2002 and undated39 boxes
Hitchcock's ISAM files document the activities of the Institute during his tenure as director. They are in two sub-series, General Administration and Publications.
General Administration files document the regular activities of ISAM as a research facility and as an academic entity within Brooklyn College. Its research work included an oral history project on Henry Cowell and the first conference on Charles Ives in 1974, as well as many other meetings and symposia. Other files document ISAM's recruitment of research fellows and visiting lecturers, its annual reports, and its development and fundraising activities. These papers include correspondence, memos, publicity materials and photographs. The collection also contains sound recordings of events produced by ISAM.
The Publication files document the Institute's publishing ventures. These include the ISAM monograph series, the ISAM Newsletter, and the Recent Researches In American Music series, as well as special publications.