Composing a Collection: the Allan Blank Papers

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A Composer’s Love Affair with…Notebooks

Allan Blank filled hundreds of notebooks with sketches and scores. Sometimes these pads were filled to the brim with notations, however most of the time the composer simply wrote on the first few pages then abandoned that notebook for a… Continue Reading →

Words from the Composer: Musical Tributes written by Allan Blank

For many avid readers, like myself, you are familiar with the dedication page found in books. These few lines in the early pages of a book allows the author a chance to give a bit of credit to those people… Continue Reading →

Archival Arch-Enemies!

Paper that is not acid free breaks down over time and outside influences can cause irreversible damage. While preservation cannot alter harm already caused by time, its main purpose is to make sure that no more injury happens to artifacts… Continue Reading →

What on Earth is Archival Processing and Why Do You Need to Do It?

The Allan Blank Paper Collection is large; encompassing twenty seven acid-free boxes and an entire shelving unit. And this is only part of the original collection. To ensure that all of these materials continue to be accessible for generations to… Continue Reading →

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