Finding Aid of the Allan Sly Papers, 1936 - 1973, PC.1538


Finding Aid of the Allan Sly Papers, 1936 - 1973, PC.1538


Pianist and composer Allan Bernard Sly taught music at Black Mountain College from 1935-1939. Black Mountain College was an experimental school located in Black Mountain, N.C.

Allan Sly's papers include audiotapes of commentary by Sly about his experiences at Black Mountain College, two essays by Sly concerning music and the college, and a dissertation by Anna M. Hines about music at Black Mountain.

Descriptive Summary

Allan Sly Papers
Call Number
Sly, Allan Bernard
1936 - 1973
9.00 items
Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina

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Available for research.

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Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.1538, Allan Sly Papers, State Archives of North Carolina, Western Regional Archives, Asheville, NC, USA.

Biographical Note

Allan Bernard Sly (1907- ), pianist and composer, was born in England and educated at the University of Reading, the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Concord Summer School of Music. He studied piano with Evlyn Howard-Jones and composition with Gustav Holst and Benjamin Dale. In 1926 his composition was performed by Sir Adrian Boult at the Royal College of Music in London. He taught at Toronto Conservatory of Music, as well as private schools in Canada and the United States. In 1935 Sly joined the faculty of Black Mountain College (BMC) as a music professor. He composed some of his most important works during his time at the college, including his (1935-36) which was rehearsed by the newly formed North Carolina Symphony. His wife Elizabeth Ware Sly tutored in music and performed in some college concerts. In 1939 Sly resigned from Black Mountain College to accept a position at the College of William and Mary.

Contents of the Collection

1. Papers,1936-1973

Commentary by Allan Sly (), 1972-1973
Box P.C.1538.1
Essay, "The Place of Music, As Is Seen in Life at Black Mountain College" by Allan Sly., 1936?
Essay, "Black Mountain College: A Monograph" by Allan Sly., 1973?
Dissertation, "Music at Black Mountain College: A Study of Experimental Ideas in Music" by Anna M. Hines, pages 1-164.
Dissertation, "Music at Black Mountain College: A Study of Experimental Ideas in Music" by Anna M. Hines, pages 165-256.
Photocopied letters, Allan Sly to Paul Hoffman, August 1973

Subject Headings

  • Albers, Josef
  • Dreier, Theodore, 1902-1997
  • Duberman, Martin B.
  • Evarts, John
  • Fiorillo, Dante, 1905-
  • Hines, Anna M.
  • Krenek, Ernst, 1900-1991
  • Martin, Bela John
  • Rice, John Andrew, b. 1888
  • Schawinsky, Xanti, 1904-1979
  • Schoenberg, Arnold, 1874-1951
  • Sly, Allan Bernard, 1907-
  • Sly, Elizabeth Ware, 1913-
  • Steinau, Morton J.
  • Surette, Thomas Whitney, 1861-1941
  • Sly, Allan Bernard, 1907-
  • Fiorillo, Dante, 1905-
  • Surette, Thomas Whitney, 1861-1941
  • Martin, Bela John
  • Evarts, John
  • Steinau, Morton J.
  • Schawinsky, Xanti, 1904-
  • Albers, Josef
  • Duberman, Martin
  • Dreier, Theodore
  • Rice, John Andrew, 1888-
  • Schoenberg, Arnold, 1874-1951
  • Hines, Anna M.
  • Krenek, Ernst, 1900-
  • Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)
  • Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)
  • Art--Study and teaching--North Carolina--History--20th century
  • College students--North Carolina--Social life and customs--20th century
  • College teachers--North Carolina--Social life and customs--20th century
  • Dance of Death
  • Folk dancing
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Music--Instruction and study--North Carolina--History--20th century
  • Universities and colleges--North Carolina--Curricula
  • Universities and colleges
  • Music
  • College students
  • College teachers
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Art
  • Folk dancing
  • Education, Humanistic
  • Black Mountains (N.C.)
  • Black Mountain (N.C.)
  • Acquisitions Information

    Three audiotapes, gift of Allan Sly, Mass. 02171, August 27 1973. Dissertation, gift of Allan Sly, February 1974; accessioned February 18, 1974. Three pages of typescript, gift of Allan Sly, April 18, 1975; accessioned May 14, 1975. During March-April, 2012, these records were moved from the State Archives building in Raleigh to the Western Regional Archives, Asheville, N.C.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Ashley Yandle, February, 2002
  • Encoded by Ashley Yandle, June 1, 2002; additional encoding, May, 2010
  • Note: This collection was processed with the support of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.