Composing a Collection: the Allan Blank Papers

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Money for Music: the Allan and Margot Blank Foundation and Other Grant Opportunities

Are you a music student looking for funding towards a music degree? A choral group looking to fund your next album? A soloist wanting to put on a concert honoring your favorite composer (Allan Blank, of course)?   Finding funding… Continue Reading →

Celebrating 50 Years with a Song

This September marks the 50th anniversary of Old Dominion University founding (technically its third founding… let me explain…)! In 1930, Old Dominion was first established as the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary. This partnership lasted until… Continue Reading →

Learning to Speak “Archives”

Last week I had the opportunity to speak for a few minutes with the newest intern in Special Collections. What was originally supposed to be a quick explanation of what I do everyday, turned into 45 minutes of archival theory… Continue Reading →

Spotlight on ODU Composers: Adolphus Hailstork

Recently, President Broderick held his annual State of the University address for ODU faculty and staff. It was an opportunity to learn about the incredible works of the campus community, see where the president envisions the university heading and most… Continue Reading →

Welcome Back, Welcome Back

Today is the first day of classes! The parking lot is full, student workers are back in the Archives and there is a general air of nerves and excitement running through ODU’s campus. All I can say is “Welcome Back… Continue Reading →

Speaking with David Niethamer

Lately, I’ve had the great pleasure to speak with former colleagues of the late Allan Blank. Today was no different, as I conducted a phone interview with Clarinetist David Niethamer! Not wanting to disturb the quiet confines of the Perry… Continue Reading →

An Interview with Andrey Kasparov

Sitting at a quiet table in front of Starbucks, I meet composer, pianist and professor Andrey Kasparov. Drinking iced tea, we speak about his hero and my patron Allan Blank. We talk about music and archives, the future of the… Continue Reading →

Finding the Music (Collections) at ODU!

In the summertime when the weather is hot Special Collections is the right spot For researchers who have music, music on their mind! The summer months are usually the busiest time for Special Collections, when historians, musicians, professors and researchers… Continue Reading →

Interested in Getting a Master of Library and Information Studies?

Why not check out the BRAND NEW Master of Library and Information Studies at Old Dominion University? Starting this Fall, ODU will be offering a 30 credit hour master program in library science. Fields covered will include: public, academic and… Continue Reading →

Music and Measurement: Linear Feet in the Archives

Measuring by linear feet is the most common method of calculation in archival spaces. It’s an absolute necessity in libraries, museums and archives to know how much space could potentially be needed for a collection and new acquisitions. 9.5 boxes… Continue Reading →

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