Guide to the Papers of James A. Sykes, 1955 - 1971Manuscript MS-1007

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of James A. Sykes, 1955 - 1971

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1007

Collection Dates:

1955 - 1971

Size of Collection:

3 boxes (2 linear ft.)

Abstract:

James A. Sykes (1908-1985), professor of music at Dartmouth College. Consist of reel to reel recordings as well as digitized compact discs of the 1958 Dartmouth Music Festival and some of his lectures and recitals as well as a lecture and new music by Toshi Ichiyanagi.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Publication & Use

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of James A. Sykes contain reel to reel recordings of lectures and seminars held at the 1958 Dartmouth Music Festival, as well as reel to reel recordings of some of his lectures and recitals with notes and new music and a lecture by Toshi Ichiyanagi. Digitized audio compact discs of some of these recordings as well as one CD of the Colgate Glee Club conducted by Sykes are also included.

Biography

James Andrews Sykes was born on July 10, 1908, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He received his B.A. from Princeton University in 1930, and his M.A. from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in 1933. After graduation he taught at the Lamont School of Music. In 1934, he became chairman of the department of music at Colorado College, a position he held until 1946. During his chairmanship at the College, Sykes made his concert pianist debut at the Town Hall in 1938. From 1947-1953, Sykes was the chairman of the music department at Colgate University. During W.W.II, Sykes served with the USO and led entertainment tours to servicemen in China, India, North Africa and the South Pacific. He also made four foreign concert tours, sponsored by the US Sate Department. He joined the faculty of the music department at Dartmouth College in 1953, and remained at Dartmouth until his retirement in 1973. During his time at Dartmouth, Sykes served as chairman of the department and spent a year at the Hochschule fuer Music in Berlin, Germany, as the Fulbright visiting professor. Sykes died in 1985.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1958-2007

Contains 9 reel to reel tape recordings of lectures and seminars of the Music Festival held at Dartmouth College on April 25-26, 1958, as well as 4 reel to reel recordings labeled "Sykes 3-1-4" dated March 1, 1964. Digitized CDs of some of the recordings are also included.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 2, Dates: 1955-2006

Contains 2 reel to reel recordings of a Great Issues recital held on 18 April 1955; 1 reel to reel recording of "Valses Nobels" dated 18 Jan. 1966; 3 reel to reel recordings of Sykes piano recital dated 9. Nov. 1971; 2 reel to reel recordings of a lectures by Toshi Ichiyanagi, introduced by Sykes held on 8 May 1967, with article on Ichiyanagi. Digitized CDs of some of the recordings as well as 1 CD of a Sykes piano recording, Ives short piano pieces, as well as 1 CD recording of the Colgate Glee Club conducted by Sykes, are also included.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 3, Dates: 2006-2007

Contains 4 reel to reel recordings of the course "Style in Music," taught by Sykes with handwritten notes; 1 reel to reel recordings of USIA Piano by Sykes, with notes. 3 digitized CDs of some of the recordings are also included.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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