Collection ID: SC 99
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Collection context


Banfield, William C., 1961-
This collection consists of manuscript scores of Banfield's music, promotional and ephemeral material relating to Banfield, and recordings and transcripts of interviews that Banfield conducted with a variety of African-American composers as well as recordings of Banfield's radio show, Landscapes in Color.
2 document cases (1.42 linear feet) and 25 Audiocassettes
Materials are in English.
Preferred citation:

William Banfield Collection, SC 99, Archives of African American Music and Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington.


Biographical / Historical:

William Banfield is a composer, professor, and scholar of Black music. He is currently the Director of Africana Studies at Berklee College of Music. Banfield received his B.M. from the New England Conservatory, his M.T.S. from Boston University, and a D.M.A. in composition from the University of Michigan. He was the director of the IU Soul Revue from 1992 to 1997, as well as a professor in African American Studies and Music at Indiana University. While a student at the University of Michigan, he established the Extensions of the Tradition concert series to highlight works by Black composers; he brought that concert series to Indiana University in 1993. Banfield also established the Collection of Original Scores and Manuscripts of Black Composers.

Scope and Content:

The collection is arranged in three series. The first series contains manuscript versions of Banfield's musical scores. The second series contains promotional materials, including photographs, flyers, posters, articles, concert programs, and other ephemera. The third series contains audiocassettes and transcripts of interviews Banfield conducted with African-American composers, as well as audiocassettes of Banfield's radio show, Landscapes in Color.

Acquisition information:

The manuscript scores and promotional materials in this collection were donated between 1994 and 2007 as part of the establishment of the Undine Smith Moore Collection of Original Scores and Manuscripts of Black Composers by William Banfield, Composer-in-Residence at the Afro-American Arts Institute and Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies at Indiana University. Media and interviews pertaining to Landscapes in Color were donated between 1997 and 2000.

When Emory University acquired the bulk of Moore's personal papers and compositions in 2010, the AAAMC re-established the Undine Smith Moore Collection as works specifically by Moore. Material by and pertaining to other composers was then separated into individual collections. Landscapes in Color (originally SC 110) was combined with Banfield's manuscripts and promotional material to form the present collection.

Processing information:

Processed by AAAMC Staff. Completed in 2018.


Arranged in three series:

Series 1: Compositions
Series 2: Promotional Material
Series 3: Media
--- Subseries 3.1: Interviews
--- Subseries 3.2: Landscapes in Color Radio Program
Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard



Use of time-based media materials (audio and video) may require production of listening or viewing copies.

Access to streaming audio, moving image, and full resolution digital image materials may currently be restricted to researchers who can authenticate with an IU account or who are physically present on campus. Remote streaming to individual researchers may be allowed with the completion of applicable forms.

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Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, including but not limited to the Indiana Public Records Act (5-14-3-2 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which Indiana University assumes no responsibility.

Copyright is retained by the creators/authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. All requests for copying and publishing materials must be submitted in writing to the Archives of African American Music and Culture, and may require the written permission of the creator(s)/author(s) or donor(s).


William Banfield Collection, SC 99, Archives of African American Music and Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Indiana University Bloomington
Smith Research Center, Rooms 180-181
2805 East 10th Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47408-2601, United States
Indiana University Bloomington