Willis C. Patterson papers   1952-1999  (bulk 1967-1979 )
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Title: Willis C. Patterson papers
Creator: Patterson, Willis C.
Inclusive dates: 1952-1999
Bulk dates: 1967-1979
Extent: 7.5 linear feet
Abstract:
Willis C. Patterson, the first African-American professor at the University of Michigan's School of Music, was an active faculty member from 1968 to 1999. He was a professor of voice and associate dean for academic affairs. Patterson directed the Men's Glee Club from 1969 and 1975 and spent summers as a faculty member at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan. While maintaining an active concert career and fulfilling teaching duties, Patterson organized a Black American Music Symposium and compiled an anthology of "Art Songs by African American Composers." Patterson played an active role in securing funding and mentorship for minority and disadvantaged students both at Michigan and in the Ann Arbor community. The collection includes some biographical material, but focuses mainly on his professional and musical career. It includes correspondence, research, photos and clippings.

Call number: 2009161 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
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