Scope and arrangement
The John Watts Papers contain documents from 1947 to 1981 and cover the professional musical career of the composer, John Watts. The correspondence includes letters between Watts and his friends and colleagues, as well as letters between Watts and his first wife, Helen. The grant materials contain applications for various federal and private grant programs, not only for personal work but on behalf of the Composers Theater as well. Watt’s teaching materials include class lists, flyers, grades and other materials pertaining to the Composers Theater, as well as handwritten lecture notes. The writings consist of papers Watts completed for various publications, as well as research for several of his compositions. The collection is primarily scores and includes many of Watts compositions, both published and unpublished, as well as sketches and drafts. Of special note are the “environmental” scores, collages created by Watts and meant to be played intuitively by instrumentalists. With the exception of the correspondence, the collection is lacking in materials of a personal nature.
The John Watts papers are arranged in six series: