The papers of Professor Claudia Macdonald document the Women in Music course she taught between 1992 and 2000. Macdonald worked as a professor of musicology at Oberlin College and Conservatory. As part of the course, students conducted interviews with local women about their background and career in music. The interviews focused on the interviewee’s experiences in the music field, their education and career path, their mentors and teachers, and the obstacles they faced as women. The students formulated the questions asked during the interviews. All of the women interviewed worked in Lorain or Cuyahoga County; most of them were employed in the Oberlin area. Macdonald taught the class for four years, in 1992, 1994, 1997, and 2000.
The collection contains information about the women interviewed, transcripts of the interviews, interview recordings, and permission forms. Also included are unpublished manuscripts relating to the Women in Music course.
The papers are arranged into three subgroups: Subgroup I. Interview Texts has two series: Series 1. Interview Information, and Series 2. Interview Transcripts and Permission Forms. Series 2 has two subseries: Subseries 1. Final Transcripts, and Subseries 2. Drafts of Transcripts. Subgroup II. Writings, holds a small number of unpublished writings. Subgroup III. Interview Recordings has two series: Series 1. Cassette Tapes, and Series 2. Videocassette Tapes.
Subgroup I. Interview Texts, the bulk of the papers, consists of biographical information about the interviewees. This includes a list of occupations for the 1992 interviewees and a small number of articles about several individuals. Interview transcripts from the 1992, 1994, 1997, and 2000 Women in Music courses make up the majority of this subgroup. Transcripts with corresponding recordings have been noted on the inventory. Most of the transcripts do not have permission forms; the presence of a permission form has been noted in the inventory.
Subgroup II. Writings, contains three unpublished manuscripts, including a final student paper, a manuscript about Alice Parker, a world-renowned composer and conductor, and a manuscript detailing themes found in the interviews. These materials are restricted from copying.
Subgroup III. Interview Recordings, contains a 1994 videocassette tape and seven cassette tapes of student interviews with women in music.