Scope and arrangement
The Charles Buel papers hold personal files and scores. The personal files, dating from Buel's grade-school days to 2003, contain technical information on Buel's compositional process and his use of four-track tape recorders; composition lists; clippings; concert programs, including one autographed by John Cage; program notes by Buel; school records, including Buel's thesis on his composition Four Theater Pieces for the University of California, San Diego; subject files on Lambda World Music Ensembles, the Independent Composers Association, the Great American Yankee Freedom Band of Los Angeles, and the Society of Gay and Lesbian Composers; a file on Buel's deceased partner, Ken Agnes; a file documenting Buel's memorial and letters of condolence; non-musical art (drawings, computer art, and writings); and general files of notes and correspondence. Papers dating from after Buel's death were assembled by his sister, Paula.
The scores hold Buel's manuscripts dating from the 1950s until his death. They include all his titled and untitled compositions, sketchbooks, loose sketches, and score fragments. Buel's compositions are described in detail at the website of The Estate Project for Artists with AIDS (http://www.artistswithaids.org/artforms/music/catalogue/buel.html). Consult tjat site for composition titles and dates. Researchers should be aware, however, that a few titles in the collection do not appear in the Estate Project's catalog. These are mainly early or unfinished compositions.
The collection contains 251 cassette tapes, four 7-inch and two 5-inch open-reel tapes, and 10 copies of the CD Charlie Buel: Last Works. The cassettes consist of four-track works in progress, mixdowns from four-tracks, live recordings, taped rehearsals, and compilations of finished works. They date from the mid-1980s to 1992. The undated open-reel tapes are likely from the mid-1970s. The CD compilation was produced by Buel's family and friends in 1996.
Inquiries regarding audio materials in the collection may be directed to the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound (firstname.lastname@example.org). Audio materials will be subject to preservation evaluation and migration prior to access.
The collection is in two divisions, personal files and scores. Personal files were not altered from their original order, in which files of the same subject or format were grouped together. Scores are arranged alphabetically by title.