Northwestern University's John Cage Collection: History and ongoing development

D. J. Hoek*

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The John Cage Collection at Northwestern University is an extensive archive of manuscripts, correspondence, and other original materials documenting Cage's music, life, and ideas. Established in the early 1970s through an agreement between Cage and music librarian Don L. Roberts, the collection grew considerably over the following two decades as Cage placed more and more materials at Northwestern until his death in 1992. Since then, the archive has been expanded further with new acquisitions obtained through donation and purchase. As a resource for scholars, musicians, and cultural institutions worldwide, the collection has inspired and informed many books, articles, dissertations, performances, and museum exhibitions. This article traces the origins and growth of the archive over time and highlights acquisitions made in recent years that have expanded the scope and context of the collection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)406-415
Number of pages10
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music
  • Library and Information Sciences


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