New Exhibit in the Music Library!

October 21st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Come check it out

Tapscott on Tapscott: His Music & the Los Angeles Community

Horace Tapscott (1934-1999) was an American Jazz pianist and composer whose work primarily centered in the L.A. area. He is most well known as the creator and leader of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra (P.A.P.A.). This exhibit features examples of Tapscott’s work (e.g., scores, recordings, concert programs) and quotes from his interviews that speak to the L.A. Jazz culture in the mid and late twentieth-century. Items in the exhibit are representative of the collections of the Music Library, Library Special Collections–Performing Arts, Oral History Research Center, and Digital Collections. Items selected by Music Library Intern Joy Doan and Student Reference Assistant Marc Bolin.

Tapscott Exhibit--Case

Putting Together the Exhibit

This was a first attempt at putting together an exhibit for both Marc and me, and we did not choose an easy feat. Creating an expressive, informed and dynamic exhibit for an artist that had such a wide-ranging and lengthy career was not an easy task—stated simply we could not include every quote, picture, recording or score that we found interesting. After much deliberation (artistic quibbles) we decided to create an exhibit that focused on Tapscott’s ideologies and work on community (his community being L.A.). And rather than our writing what we thought Tapscott would have said about his compositions and community involvement, we decided to let Tapscott speak for himself. All quotes used (except for the biography) are Tapscott’s own words—thus the exhibit’s title.

Want to Learn More about Tapscott?

At the beginning of this post, I listed links to the collections that we used to gather objects and information on Tapscott, but because I know you all are on pins-and-needles to dive deeper in Tapscott’s world, here’s a quick list of where to go.


1)     Of Course stop by the Music Library to see the actual exhibit ;) ! And while you’re there, check out an exhibit iPod, so that you can hear some of Tapscott’s music.

2)     Online Archive of California (OAC): UCLA holds Horace Tapscott’s archival collection; a full biography and the collection’s finding aid is available online through the OAC.

3)     UCLA’s Oral History Research Center holds one of the longest recorded interviews with Tapscott. A lot of it is digitized, and all of the transcripts are available online; it’s quite the listen/read.


Floods and earthquakes but fortunately no fires (or locusts)

October 3rd, 2013 § 3 comments § permalink

The 1994 Northridge earthquake, the last really large quake in Los Angeles, did some damage to the UCLA Music Library.

Northridge is about 15 miles from UCLA, but it still had a great affect here. Below is a photo of the stacks the day after showing all of the books that fell down in just those few minutes of shaking.

Music Library staff spent quite a few days getting things back in order.

Also in the 1990s, the roof of Schoenberg Music Building needed repairing because from time to time when it rained–and when it rains in California it pours–the roof would leak! And it would leak down onto the Music Library’s books and LPs!

Paper and water are not a good mix, and things have to be treated very carefully to prevent permanent damage.

(And look how crowded the Music Library already was in those days!)

The LPs (those are long playing records) had to dried out to prevent mold and mildew.


Those were dark days in the Music Library. Fortunately, since that time we’ve had no disasters. But we do have a disaster plan in place should anything like this occur again: large sheets of plastic and emergency supplies, and a conscientious preservation department to take care of things when they are damaged.

So the 120,000 books and scores, 39,000 CDs, and thousands of other items like DVDs available to those who study music at UCLA will still be available, even after the deluge!