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Finding Aid to the Frank Milton McCoy Papers, 1946-1997

Finding aid prepared by Loni Shibuyama, (c) 2014

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator - Creator
McCoy, Frank Milton
Title
Frank Milton McCoy papers
Collection no.
Coll2014.002
Date [inclusive]
1946-1997
Extent
0.8 linear foot., 2 archive cartons.
Language
English
Abstract
Writings, correspondence, clippings, photographs, organizational records, flyers, notes, and other personal papers, 1946-1997, from African-American writer, musician, and educator Frank Milton McCoy. Materials in the collection document his career as a concert pianist and music educator in Los Angeles. Included is McCoy's book, Black Tomorrow (Vantage Press, 1976), which examines the evolution and influence of music in African-American culture.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Frank Milton McCoy Papers, Coll2014-002, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Scope and Contents

The collection comprises writings, correspondence, clippings, photographs, organizational records, flyers, notes, and other personal papers, 1946-1997, from African-American writer, musician, and educator Frank Milton McCoy. Materials in the collection document his career teaching for various Los Angeles Unified public schools, serving on the boards of the Southeast Symphony Association and the Education Guild of the Los Angeles Music Center, and touring as a concert pianist to numerous countries. The collection also includes his dissertation regarding a historical analysis of counseling programs in higher education for African-Americans; as well as his book, Black Tomorrow, published by Vantage Press in 1976. Also included are production materials and photographs for an untitled high school theatrical production (with a mostly African-American cast) for which McCoy was the instructor.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically.

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Biography

Frank Milton McCoy was born in El Centro, California, and received a bachelor's and master's degree in Education and Music from San Francisco State University, and a doctorate from the University of California in Higher Education. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, McCoy studied and toured as a concert pianist in numerous countries and was the first American to present a solo concert on the French islands of St. Pierre et Miquelon. McCoy later worked as a public school music and English teacher in various Los Angeles Unified schools, and he joined the board of the Education Guild of the Los Angeles Music Center. In 1976, McCoy wrote his published book, Black Tomorrow, examining the evolution and influence of African-American music and culture.

In the 1980s, McCoy served as music and drama critic for the Los Angeles Sentinel, and he became the first African-American member of the National Association of Music Critics. He also served on the board of the Southeast Symphony Association and was involved with the Church of Religious Science and the National Negro Musicians Association. McCoy died in Los Angeles in 1998.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2014
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

Donor and date of acquisition unknown. Received by John O'Brien.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Katrina Sire, March 2014.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • African American authors--20th century
  • African American gay men
  • African American music teachers
  • African American musicians
  • African Americans--History
  • Dissertations, Academic

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Frank Milton McCoy papers 

Box Folder

 Black Tomorrow 1976 

1 1

 Black Tomorrow 1976 

2 2

 Clippings and reviews about McCoy 1960-1993 

2 1

 Clippings, Gwendolyn Brooks 1987 

1 2

 Clippings, general circa 1977 

1 3

 Correspondence 1976-1977 

1 4

 Dissertation: Historical Analysis of Counseling Programs in Private Institutions of Higher Education for Black Americans from 1865 to the Present 1981   [2 folders]

1 5-6

 Dissertation: Historical Analysis of Counseling Programs in Private Institutions of Higher Education for Black Americans from 1865 to the Present 1981   [2 folders]

2 3-4

 Events and flyers 1975-1990 

2 5

 Financial records 1984-1996 

1 7

 High school and college diplomas 1946-1960 

2 6

 High school yearbook 1949 

1 8

 National Negro Musicians Association circa 1993 

1 9

 Notes undated 

1 10

 Photographs and personal papers circa 1975-1997   5 photographs: col.

1 11

 Presidential Inauguration memorabilia, Jimmy Carter 1977 

1 12

 San Francisco State University Alumni Directory 1993 

1 13

 Southeast Symphony Association circa 1990 

1 14

 Speech notes and manuscripts undated 

1 15

 Travel documents 1977-1990 

1 16

 Unidentified theatrical production material 1960   10 photographs and 6 contact sheets: b&w.

2 7

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