Scope and arrangement
The Aston Magna Foundation for Music Records consist of office files and other materials that document the first years of this pioneering American organization for the study and promotion of early music. The bulk of these files were called board meeting files and primarily contain various types of meeting announcements, agendas, and minutes, as well as related correspondence and background reports, filed chronologically. These administrative and financial records mainly reflect the fundraising, legal, and structural challenges faced by the Foundation from its inception. Neither educational nor artistic concerns are covered in any great detail. The collection, however, does include some material (such as oversized display panels) relating to the exhibition that was held at the Berkshire Community College in conjunction with the 1978 Academy, Music and Art in the Rome of Queen Christina of Sweden and Cardinal Ottoboni.
The Aston Magna Foundation for Music records are arranged in two series:
- 1972 - 1979
The Office Files series mainly contains board meeting files for the years 1973-1979; the years 1976-1978 are the most comprehensively covered. Also included are a few sample promotional materials, such as brochures, clippings, fliers, and press releases. There is one folder containing reproductions of graphic materials probably used in the 1978 Academy exhibit; the actual display panels are found in the Oversized Materials series.
- 1976 - 1978
The Oversized Materials series includes several large display panels, some of which most likely were used in the exhibit, Music and Art in the Rome of Queen Christina of Sweden and Cardinal Ottoboni. Also included is an album sleeve for the first commercial recording released by the Foundation, a 1976 live performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Quartet for Flute, Violin, Viola, and 'Cello in D, Georg Philipp Telemann's Concerto in A minor for Recorder, Viola da Gamba, Strings and Continuo, and the Concertino for 4 Violins, Viola, 'Cello, and Bass, erroneously attributed to Giovanni Battista Pergolesi.