The AMRC collections include manuscripts and personal papers of many important composers, particularly from the Rocky Mountain region.  Of particular note among local composers are the manuscripts of Jean Berger, one of CU's best-known composers of choral music, Cecil Effinger (inventor of the first music typewriter), Grammy- and Oscar-winner Dave Grusin, and distinguished choral conductor George Lynn.  The Helen Walker-Hill collection is a substantial and rare collection of compositions by black women.

Arthur Olaf Andersen manuscripts and personal papers

Manuscripts and personal papers of Arthur Olaf Andersen (1880-1958), music educator, theorist, and composer, professor at the American Conservatory of Music (1908-1929), Chicago Musical College (1929-1934) and University of Arizona, including manuscript musical compositions, essays, articles, fictional writings, correspondence, photographs, family memorabilia, and compositions by Andersen's wife, Helen Somerville Andersen (1892-1968). 

Jean Berger manuscripts and personal papers

Papers of Jean Berger (1909-2002), born Artur Schlossberg, professor of Music (1961-1968), including manuscript and published scores and parts; scrapbooks; drafts of memoirs and related correspondence; diaries (1948-2002); personal correspondence, especially with
Henry Pleasants, Rita Berger and Jon Berger; genealogical records; business papers and correspondence concerning copyright, the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP), publishers and publications, and travel; contracts; records of royalties; dissertations concerning the music of Jean Berger; audio and video recordings of the works of Jean Berger. 

Charles L. Bestor Collection

Personal papers of Charles L. Bestor (b. 1924), Composer and music educator, professor of composition, emeritus, University of Massachusetts; previously on the faculty of Willamette University (dean, college of music), Julliard School of Music, University of Utah, University of Alabama, and the University of Colorado; National Endowment of the Arts fellow, International Electro-Acoustic Music Competition winner, Macdowell Colony fellow. Works of the 12 tone technique, electronic media, and integrated jazz. 

Carrie B. H. Collins collection

Contains Ms. Collins' published compositions, certificates, awards, clippings, and programs, 1970's-1990's 

Brent Michael Davids scores

Photocopied scores of Brent Michael Davids, composer. 

Charles Eakin manuscripts

Manuscript compositions and papers of Charles Eakin (b. 1927), Composer and bass
player; Professor of Music, University of Colorado (1950-?); Bass player, Houston and
New Orleans Symphonies; Faculty member, University of Minnesota and Baylor University, including published and unpublished music, photographs, publicity materials, recordings, and correspondence. 

Cecil Effinger manuscripts and personal papers

Papers of Cecil Effinger (1914-1990), composer, inventor, professor of Music at Colorado College (1936-41, 1946-48) and the University of Colorado (1948-1981), Denver Post music editor (1946-1948), Denver Symphony principal oboist (1938-1941), director of 506th Army Band (1941-1945), including manuscript and published scores and parts; unpublished works, especially three operas; music sketchbooks; photographs; programs; correspondence; financial and army records; publications; two MusicWriters; and audio recordings of the works of Cecil Effinger. Includes papers and compositions of Effinger's father, Stanley S. Effinger. 

Dave Grusin manuscripts

Manuscript scores of Dave Grusin (b. 1934), composer, graduate of the University of Colorado (B.Mus., 1956), including manuscript scores and parts for film and television compositions, as well as sketches and published arrangements. Notable in the collection are manuscript and sketches of several award-winning and award-nominated film scores, including "The Milagro Beanfield War," "On Golden Pond," and "The Fabulous Baker Boys" 

Daniel Jones manuscripts

Manuscripts of Daniel Jones (1888-1932), American composer and pianist. Includes compositions of Jones' spouse, Edith Howell Jones. 

Karl Kroeger papers

Papers of Karl Kroeger (b. 1932), composer, musicologist, librarian; B.Mus., B.Mus.Ed., M.Mus, University of Louisville, M.S. University of Illinois, Ph.D., Brown University; Head, University
of Colorado Music Library (1982-1994); Curator, American music Collection, New York Public Library (1962-1964); Composer-in-residence, Oregon Public School System (1964-1967); Director, Moravian Music Foundation (1972-1980); Visiting Lecturer, University of Keele (1980-1981). Includes composition manuscripts, arrangements and critical editions, concert programs, and research materials related to Kroeger's numerous musicological publications. Also includes recordings and correspondence. Of related interest is the large collection of early American tune books and hymnals, housed in Special Collections, Norlin Library (list of titles available separately and in the collection). 

Normand Lockwood manuscripts and personal papers

The Normand Lockwood manuscripts have been held by the AMRC at the University of Colorado since about 1988. Initially, the numbering system was not consecutive, having
been divided into five series. The arrangement was revised in 2012 to provide a more logical arrangement; however, since various publications, especially Kay Norton's extensive biography of Lockwood, used the old numbering, the original arrangement is described below. Consult the container list for current series and locations. 

Series I: In 1990, a large portion of the collection had been received. Kay Norton was writing her PhD dissertation on Normand Lockwood's music and she organized this first portion of the collection giving it the numbers Box 1 through Box 38 plus Oversize 1 through 12. 

Series II: Additional materials continued to come after Ms. Norton completed her dissertation and it was decided not to interfile the new music in the original filing system. Therefore, Series II is composed of New Box (NB) numbering sequence and was established for receipts of materials after 1990. This series also now includes operatic materials that had been donated to the University of Denver, but later transferred to the University of Colorado in 1999. These boxes are numbered NB 1 through NB 47. 

Series III: Personal records (PR) make up Series III and includes correspondence, writings, clippings, photos, testimonials on Lockwood's 65th and 90th birthdays, programs and texts of many compositions. These boxes are numbered PR 1 through PR 12. 

Series IV: This series is made of all the Audio (AU) materials received with the Normand Lockwook Collection. This series includes reel-to-reel and cassette tapes, 78rpm and 33 1/3rpm recordings and CD's. These boxes are numbered AU 1 through AU 7 

Series V: This series is composed of large, oversized (OV) musical compositions and scrapbooks. These boxes are numbered OV 1 through OV 15. 

George Lynn scores and manuscripts

Scores of George Lynn (1915-1989), composer, choral conductor, organist; student of Roy Harris, Randall Thomson and John Finley Williamson; Assistant professor of Music, University of Colorado at Boulder (1950-52); Music Director, Westminster Choir College (1964-69); Visiting Composer-in-residence, University of New Mexico (1971); Choral conductor, Colorado School of Mines and Lorettor Heights College (1971-86); Visiting professor of choral music, Rice University (1986-87), including published and manuscript scores. 

Stories from the Collections: George Lynn

Gordon Myers music and personal papers

Papers of Gordon Myers (1919–2006), composer, musicologist, humorist, professor of music at Columbia College (1965–68) and Trenton State College (1968–85), member of New York Pro Musica, including published and unpublished music manuscripts; correspondence; scrapbooks; programs; and audio and video recordings of Myers' compositions and performances. Includes the score and parts to God's Trombones, his dissertation (ED D.) from Columbia University. 

Nick Perito manuscripts and papers

Manuscripts and papers of Nicholas "Nick" Perito (1924-2005), pianist, composer, arranger, conductor; Bachelor of Music, Juilliard School of Music (1949); including manuscript compositions, scripts, correspondence, photographs, and papers documenting Perito.

Dennis Riley manuscripts and personal papers

Personal papers of Dennis Riley (1943-1999), composer, pianist, pioneer of computer music notation; student of George Crumb, Ben Johnston, and Storm Bull; M.Mus. University of Illinois (1968), Ph D. University of Iowa (1973); MacDowell Colony Fellow, Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, Joseph H. Bearns Prize winner. Includes music compositions, teaching materials, correspondence, and audio recordings. 

Wayne Scott manuscripts and personal papers

Manuscripts and personal papers of Francis Wayne Scott (1923-2016), arranger, composer, pianist; professor of music, University of Colorado; MBA and J.D. Creighton University; initiator of CU's Jazz History and American Popular Music curricula, founder of CU Jazz band; member, Dean Bushnell Orchestra, Denver; winner of 1989 Robert Sterns Award; including original compositions and arrangements, photographs, and personal and professional papers. Documents the controversial effort to merge the College of Music into another College, and the successful effort to preserve the College's independence.

Richard Toensing manuscripts and papers

The Richard Toensing manuscripts and papers comprise scores and professional materials encompassing Toensing’s career as a composer and teacher. The centerpiece of the collection is 21 boxes of scores spanning his entire career as a composer, from his 1964 Doxologies I (for Wind, Brass, and Percussion) to his final work Serene and Heavenly Bells (2014). Many of the scores are supplemented with data discs that include the Finale notation software files as well as PDF scans of Toensing’s work. Also included in the collection are concert programs and professional papers, including programs for numerous performances from the University of Colorado-Boulder and other festivals around the world, correspondence, awards, biographical information, concert reviews, photographs, audio recordings, and other papers that document Toensing’s time as professor at CU-Boulder.

Virgil Thomson papers

Personal papers of Virgil Thompson (1896-1989), American composer and music critic,
writer for the Boston Transcript and New York Herald Tribune, including correspondence with numerous composers; general correspondence; travel notes and genealogy. Collection consists of photocopies of original materials held by Yale University. 

Helen Walker-Hill collection

Music compositions by black women, collected by Helen Walker-Hill, author, pianist and musicologist; Ph.D., University of Colorado; assistant adjunct piano faculty, University of Colorado [1983-1990]; including reproductions of music scores and recordings. Documented music by black women throughout the twentieth century, and includes an oral interview with Margaret Bonds as well as a lecture by Dr. Walker-Hill. 

Howard B. Waltz papers

Collection consists of awards, articles, clippings of performances 1930-1999, piano pedagogy, sheet music and songbooks, student recital programs 1941-1979, reel-to- reel tapes of performances, and original compositions.