Willis C. Patterson papers: 1952-1999 (bulk 1967-1979)
Willis C. Patterson papers
Patterson, Willis C.
7.5 linear feet
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.
2009161 Aa 2
The material is in English
Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.Finding aid created by Philip Heslip, May 2009; Rob Hoffman, October 2009.
Ann Arbor, MI
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