Scope and arrangement
The Dale Harris music papers (1967-1994) hold notes for Harris's lectures on opera; writings in the form of manuscripts, typescripts, and clippings; and correspondence with editors.
Notes for about 90 lectures on individual operas or opera styles comprise the majority of the collection. Some have associated course syllabi. They date from 1968 to 1978, but many are undated and are likely from 1979 to the early 1990s, when Harris was lecturing on opera at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A few lecture notes can also be found with Harris's writings.
The remainder of the collection documents Harris's career as a writer and critic, and dates from 1967 to 1994. It is made up of articles, performance reviews, recording reviews, recording liner notes, program notes, and correspondence with editors. Articles and reviews are in the form of written and typed manuscripts, as well as published clippings. The writings include articles published in High Fidelity, Opus, Opera News, and Notes; program notes written for Stagebill, the San Francisco Opera Guild, and other opera companies; and liner notes for opera recordings.
The collection is in two divisions: lecture notes and writings. Lecture notes are arranged by opera title, and writings by publication.