Scope and arrangement
The records of the Index of New Musical Notation contain office files and materials relating to the three main projects of the Index, the original notation indexing project, the International Conference on New Musical Notation in Ghent, and the Questionnaire on New Musical Notation. The collection as a whole demonstrates the development of methods for researching, categorizing, and establishing a more universal lexicon of musical notation.
The office files are arranged in alphabetical order by file title and include the files of both director Kurt Stone and associate director Gerald Warfield. Stone's files primarily contain correspondence, in both English and German, regarding the acquisition of new scores, responses to letters of inquiry, and facilitating arrangements for the conference and the questionnaire. Notable correspondents include Samuel Adler, Earle Brown, Marc-Antonio Consoli, David Cope, Richard Bunger Evans, H. Wiley Hitchcock, Erhard Karkoschka, and Gardner Read. Stone attended the International Symposium on the Problems of New Musical Notation organized by the Istituto Italo-Latino Americano in Rome in 1972 and the file on the symposium holds correspondence and Stone's remarks at the event. Warfield's files contain correspondence with composers and notation specialists and files on various projects. Notable correspondents consist of Barney Childs, David Cope, Ben Johnston, and Roger Reynolds. Both Stone and Warfield's correspondence has letters they forwarded to the other for attention. Writings contain drafts of Stone's paper "Standardization of New Musical Notation," Warfield's paper "The Notation of Harmonics for Bowed String Instruments," as well as clippings of published articles about the Index. Writings by others include annotated typescripts of Erhard Karkoschka's Notation in New Music and typescripts of essays by Trygve Nordwall. The 1974-1975 ledger is interleaved with receipts, bills, and correspondence.
The projects and events files are arranged alphabetically by project. Materials on the International Conference on New Musical Notation consists of files on attendees and ballot sheets used in group sessions to vote on notation standards. Conference literature include handouts, schedules, group session information, and copies of the opening remarks. Notation project files have files on concepts, instrumental techniques, and symbols, index cards for various scores that cross reference types of notation, and worksheets analyzing specific compositions. The types of notation file include 'workings out' of notational problems as Warfield encountered them. The files of the Questionnaire of New Musical Notation contain a general file of grading criteria and correspondence, response cards sent to potential participants requesting their participation, and tabulation sheets. Completed questionnaires are also present. Questionnaires from American participants, in English, are numbered 1-193, and there is a separate run of unnumbered questionnaires completed by foreign participants in English, German, and French.
The records are arranged under two headings: Office Files and Projects and Events.