Scope and arrangement
The Miriam Gideon Papers consist of 18.5 linear feet of material dating from 1905 to 1992. The bulk of the Papers date from 1930 to 1990 and consist primarily of published and unpublished scores, parts and sketches documenting Gideons early compositional efforts and her mature work in progress. They also include a detailed collection of concert programs and clippings which document the performances of her work; a set of text and music notebooks used in Gideons school studies, as well as papers she wrote for her degrees; a small amount of correspondence and personal journals; and several of the awards and commendations she received during her life.
The Miriam Gideon papers are arranged in four series:
- 1928 - 1990 and undated15 boxes
This series consists of published and unpublished scores, parts and sketches. Many of the scores and parts were used in performance and bear marks written by the composer, conductors or performers. All phases of Gideons career are represented in this series; many of the early pieces are unpublished.
- 1965 - 1992 and undated2 boxes
The combined elements of this series document the history of the public performances of Gideons work, and the reaction to them, from the middle 1960s to the early 1990s. Many performances are documented in both sub-series.
- 1905 - 1988 and undated4 boxes
Most of this series consists of papers Gideon wrote and notes she took in various classes for her degrees or studies with composition teachers. The rest consists of correspondence, personal journals and poetry.
- 1974 - 19865 folders
Notable awards in this series include Gideons doctoral degree from Jewish Theological Seminary (1981) and her induction certificate into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1975). Some of the folders also include correspondence regarding the award and photos of Gideon receiving them.