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Claudia Stevens Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS 00037

Scope and Contents

The papers of Claudia Stevens, musician, actor, performance artist, playwright, and composer, are arranged by musical theatre works in her repertoire except for Subseries 2 of Series 1, which is arranged separately and part of which was formerly known as the Carter-Sessions Papers.

The papers of Claudia Stevens include video and audio recordings, posters, flyers, brochures, programs, press coverage, newspaper clippings, correspondence, grant applications, musical and literary sketches, musical scores, librettos, scripts, a screenplay, a dissertation, books, film projection slides, photographs, artifacts, and props.  Many of the scripts have notes from productions.  A complete listing is underway and available in the Finding aid/inventory below. Note that the inventory is incomplete and does not yet include the most recent material received from Ms. Stevens.  Additions and revisions will be made on an ongoing basis.

The majority of the posters pertaining to the work, "An Evening with Madame F," are housed in a special collection devoted to that work at Boatwright Library, University of Richmond. Photocopies of items from that collection, which covers the period from 1989 until fall, 2006, are in Subseries 2 of Series 2 of this collection. Subsequent material about "An Evening with Madame F" has been, and will continue to be, donated to this collection at the Swem Library's Special Collections Resource Center.

Digital content related to this collection and regarding the Berkeley Art Center Production of "A Very Large Mole," October 17, 2009, (Mss. 2009.601.001) has been digitized and is preserved, but not available to the public online.

The Carter-Sessions Papers, Acc. 2003.51 and now Subseries 2 of Series 1 in this collection, is the correspondence of Claudia Stevens while she was preparing musical tributes to musicians and composers Elliot Carter (1908-2012) and Roger Sessions (1895-1985). The collection includes: musical scores of various artists and their ideas for the performance of their pieces, biographical material of contributing artists along with reviews of some of their work, programs from several recitals performed by Claudia Stevens in 1983 and 1984, compact disc recordings of Claudia Stevens' tribute performances, and reel-to-reel recordings of concerts.

Detailed information about material received with each additional accession in this collection is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.

Dates

  • 1967-ongoing
  • Majority of material found in 2000-2010

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Claudia Stevens is a musician/actor, playwright, composer, and Artistic Director, PANOPLY. She was born in Redding, California and received her AB from Vassar College (summa cum laude), the M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley (musicology), and the Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University (piano). She has held academic, conducting and performance positions at Brandeis University, Williams College, the College of William and Mary. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .

Extent

6.50 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is not yet fully arranged and described. Contact a staff member for details.

Acquisition Information:

Mss. Acc. 2003.51 was a gift of Claudia Stevens on 9/15/2003. Acc. 2008.137 was a gift of Claudia Stevens received on 7/16/2008 via mail. Acc. 2009.003 was a gift of Claudia Stevens received on 1/9/2009 via mail. Acc. 2009.114 was a gift of Claudia Stevens on 3/23/2009. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.

Related Materials:

The majority of the posters pertaining to the work, "An Evening with Madame F," are housed in a special collection devoted to that work at Boatwright Library, University of Richmond. That collection covers the period from 1989 until fall, 2006. Subsequent material about "An Evening with Madame F" have been, and will continue to be, donated to the collection at Swem Library.

The artifacts, props, and sets from Acc. 2009.601 have been pulled from this collection and have been added to the Manuscripts Artifact Collection (Mss. 1.03).

Videocassettes, audiocassettes, CDs, DVDs, floppy disks, reel-to-reel tapes from this collection have been moved to the Manuscripts Audiovisual Collection (Mss. 1.04).

Processing Information:

Acc. 2003.51 was processed by Brad Glasebrook, SCRC Staff, in November 2003. Material received in 2008-2010 was accessioned by Amy Schindler, University Archivist. Acc. 2008.137 inventory was completed by Wendy Korwin, SCRC Staff, in July 2008. Acc. 2009.003 inventory was completed by Tara Babb, SCRC Staff, in February 2009. Acc. 2009.114 inventory was completed by Lily Rubino, SCRC Staff. Accessions 2009.601 and 2010.024 were added to the finding aid by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in 2009 and 2010. Acc. 2010.194 was accessioned by Amy C. Schindler, University Archivist, on 3/26/2010. Acc. 2011.059 accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in February 2011. Acc. 2012.255 accesssioned and minimally processed by Benjamin Bromley in June 2012. Acc.2011.059 and Acc. 2012.255 inventory were completed by Mindy Gipson, SCRC Staff, in November 2013. Acc. 2013.033 accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman in February 2013. Acc. 2013.033 inventory was completed by Mindy Gipson, SCRC Staff, in February 2014. Acc. 2016.002 inventory was completed by SCRC staff in February 2016.
Title
Guide to the Claudia Stevens Papers
Author
SCRC Staff
Date
2008-07-16
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository

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