Archives Updates: New Finding Aid & Archival Coverage of the Berklee Faculty Pioneers

A new finding aid has been posted to the college archives site for the Berklee College of Music Photographic Collection by Alma Berk. This finding aid was created by Christopher Stowell, a previous archives intern from Simmons College’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science. The collection itself is comprised of 76 photographic albums compiled by Alma Berk during her tenure as Berklee’s first publicity officer, from the college’s founding through the mid 1980s.

These images serve as a visual snapshot of Berklee's early history and are the only known comprehensive photographic collection of Berklee during this time. As a result, these albums have been mined throughout the years for displays, general publicity, and publications such as Berklee: The First Fifty Years (Reserve ML33.B67 B474 1995), authored by Ed Hazell and published in 1995. Most recently, selected photographs from this collection are currently on display here at the library as part of an exhibit commissioned by Alumni Affairs for the first-ever Berklee alumni reunion taking place today.

Robert ShareThe exhibited images highlight eleven Berklee Faculty Pioneers as well as some classroom and campus shots. The Berklee Faculty Pioneers are: John Bavicchi, Terry Becker, Robin Coxe-Yeldham, Alan Dawson, Dean Earl, Jeronimus Kačinskas, John LaPorta, Bill Leavitt, Herb Pomeroy, Robert Share (in photo), and Joe Viola. You can read more about these ground-breaking individuals here.

Other archival materials featuring the Berklee Faculty Pioneers include the Dean Earl papers and the John LaPorta papers. The Berklee Oral History Project also features interviews with Dean Earl, John LaPorta, John Bavicchi, and Herb Pomeroy, which are available streaming in full via the Archives’ virtual display page. Finally, a small selection of photographs from the Berklee College of Music Photographic Collection by Alma Berk have been digitized, and this component of the virtual display includes photos of Herb Pomeroy and John LaPorta.

As a reminder, archival materials do not circulate but may be accessed by appointment on-site at the Stan Getz Library (Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with evening hours available upon request). For access to the physical collection, please contact the college archivist at or 617-747-8001.