Beth York papers, 1968-2022
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- York, Beth
- Musician and academic music therapist. Collection includes manuscripts, sound recordings, and photographs from York's music career, with materials from her participation at the 1986 International Music Festival; press kits with photographs and reviews of her music; contracts and agreements from Ladyslipper Inc.; and materials relating to her album Transformations, released in 1985. Also includes materials documenting academic career including research, teaching, publishing, and grant administration.
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Collection includes manuscripts, sound recordings, and photographs from York's music career, with materials from her participation at the 1986 International Music Festival; press kits with photographs and reviews of her music; contracts and agreements from Ladyslipper Inc.; and materials relating to her album Transformations, released in 1985.
Accession 2018-0113 consists of materials documenting York's academic career as a music therapist, including her M.A. thesis, university evaluations and a tenure portfolio, teaching materials, research materials, conference materials, presentations, correspondence, workshop materials, a performance piece called Finding Voice, grant materials, and music therapy workshop materials.
York also co-edited a number of issues of the lesbian feminist quarterly Sinister Wisdom, which are included in the collection, as are production materials, drafts, and correspondence related to those issues. Also included are issues of the women's periodicals Hotwire and Paid My Dues.
- Biographical / historical:
Dr. Beth York (b. 1949) is a Board Certified Music Therapist as well as a musician and performer. Originally from South Carolina, she graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Music degree in music therapy in 1972. She later earned her Ph.D. in music education from the University of Miami. Throughout the 1980s, she worked as a performer, a music therapist in various mental health centers, and a music instructor. Her first commercial recording, Transformations, was distributed by Ladyslipper beginning in 1985, and was nominated by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors as a "Best New Age Recording."
York's academic career in music therapy began at Utah State University, where she served as director of the music therapy program. Her research has focused on feminist music therapy and music therapy for people with disabilities. In 2005, she was hired to start the music therapy program at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she became a Professor Emerita of Music Therapy in 2018. York has also published extensively on topics such as feminism and the women's music movement.
- Acquisition information:
- The Beth York Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift from Beth York from 2010-2022.
- Processing information:
Processed by Meghan Lyon, Cindy Abello, February 2011.
Encoded by Meghan Lyon, February 2011; Updated by Megan E. Lewis, November 2020
Audiovisual materials in 2022-0180 accession processed by Craig Breaden, July 2023.
Other materials in 2022-0180 processed by Leah Tams, August 2023.
Materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.
Accessions in this collection: 2010-0204; 2018-0113; 2022-0180
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