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Darius Milhaud was at Mills College from 1940–1946 and alternate years, 1946–1971. During those years, the Library began to collect his compositions, books by and about him, recordings of his works, memorabilia, etc. In the 1960s, Professor Margaret Lyon of the Music Department and Flora Elizabeth Reynolds, College Librarian established the Darius Milhaud Collection. Materials were acquired by mean of gifts from the Milhauds (manuscripts and scores) and other donors, and by purchase. By 1976, the Milhaud Archive was entered into The National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections with 249 items (correspondence, notes, four original scores, photocopies of 35 scores, books, one film, and one taped conversation). A collection development policy was written in 1978 (see below). In 1984, an endowment fund for the establishment of the Darius Milhaud Collection of Mills College Archives was created. The goal of the fund was to “…ensure that the Collection be preserved in perpetuity” and to hire an archivist and purchase materials. The fund also made possible an annual concert to promote Milhaud’s work, especially to Mills students.
The collection development policy (June 6, 1978) states:
In general, the collection does not contain Milhaud’s personal papers. The bulk of letters and manuscripts are retained by the Milhaud family.
Published scores: Approximately 625 scores, including some rare items, facsimiles of manuscripts, chamber music works with parts, and full scores that are normally unavailable (gifts of publishers). Cataloged on MINERVA.
Autograph scores (mostly gifts of Milhaud). Also, facsimiles of manuscripts. Cataloged on MINERVA.
Audio: Approximately 200 recordings, including compact discs, LPs, 78s (copied onto cassette tape), cassette tapes, and reel-to-reel tapes. Tapes include some special performances, live and from radio broadcasts. Mostly cataloged on MINERVA. The Library has listening facilities for compact discs, LPs, and cassette tapes.
Videos: 1 videotape of a concert, Milhaud, a note of thanks, Mills College, 1996.
Other materials: Programs, photographs, and other ephemera. Letters from Darius Milhaud to the Mills
Reference queries are received by postal mail, e-mail, telephone, and in person. Contact information is available on the Special Collections web page. Researchers consist of students, faculty, and outside scholars and musicians. Questions can be related to performance (e.g., requests for copies of scores or information for program notes) or more general research (e.g., dissertation, article, or book). The Music faculty uses the collection for teaching, performance, and publicity purposes.
Published scores are fully cataloged on the Library’s online catalog and shelved by opus number. Multiple copies are sometimes put in the Library’s circulating collection (where they are assigned a Dewey Decimal number). Books by and about Milhaud (including theses and dissertations) are catalogued with Dewey Decimal numbers. Ephemera and photographs are organized by subject. There is also a card file. Remote access to the Library’s online catalog is available from https://library.mills.edu/search~S1.
The Special Collections Curator acts as the Milhaud Archivist. Student Assistants also help with reference questions and organization of the collection.
Recording: A Milhaud Valentine, "A recital of chamber music by Darius Milhaud presented by The Darius Milhaud Collection of the Mills College Library Archives and the Mills College Music Department." Recorded February 14, 1990 at the F.W. Olin Library, Mills College.
PhD Dissertation: Sandra Sedman Yang, The composer and dance collaboration in the twentieth century: Darius Milhaud’s ballets, 1918-1958, Dept. of Musicology, UCLA, 1997.
1963—“Hommage à Milhaud,” Bender Room, Carnegie Library, Mills College. In conjunction with the Milhaud Festival of 1963.
1984—Selections from the Collection.
1992—Selections from the Collection
1997—100 + 5: The 105th Anniversary of Darius Milhaud (1892–1974)
Inquiries may be directed to Janice Braun at 510.430.2047.