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New York University Collection of Contemporary Composers' Websites

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New York University. Libraries. Avery Fisher Center (Role: Collector)


646 websites
in 646 archived websites.

Language of Materials

Materials are in English, French, Czech, and Spanish.


This collection consists of a selection of websites produced and operated by contemporary composers for the promotion of their work and careers. "Contemporary" we define as living or, in a few cases, very recently deceased. "Composers" we define as creative musicians who are working within, are descending from, or are in some significant way connected to the Western traditions of concert music; this includes composers who produce notated scores plus those whose work embraces improvisation, collaborative composition, and other post-modern/post- classical creative practices. The curatorial emphasis is on young, emerging American composers. Their sites typically include biographical data, calendars of performances, catalogs of scores and recordings, and embedded audio and video. Capture of the sites began in 2014 and is ongoing.


The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by last name of the composer.


Conditions Governing Access

Archived websites are open to researchers without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

For electronic records: Identification of item, date; New York University Collection of Contemporary Composers' Websites; MSS 496; electronic record identifier; Fales Library & Special Collections, New York University.

Custodial History

Websites are selected by curators and captured through the use of Archive-It. Archive-It uses web crawling technology to capture websites at a scheduled time and displays only an archived copy, from the resulting WARC file, of the website.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Due to technical or privacy issues, archived websites may not be exact copies of the original website at the time of the web crawl. Certain file types will not be captured dependent on how they are embedded in the site. Other parts of websites that the crawler has difficulty capturing includes Javascript, streaming content, database-driven content, and highly interactive content. Full-Text searches of archived websites are available at

Take Down Policy

Archived websites are made accessible for purposes of education and research. NYU Libraries have given attribution to rights holders when possible; however, due to the nature of archival collections, we are not always able to identify this information. If you hold the rights to materials in our archived websites that are unattributed, please let us know so that we may maintain accurate information about these materials. If you are a rights holder and are concerned that you have found material on this website for which you have not granted permission (or is not covered by a copyright exception under US copyright laws), you may request the removal of the material from our site by submitting a notice, with the elements described below, to Please include the following in your notice: Identification of the material that you believe to be infringing and information sufficient to permit us to locate the material; your contact information, such as an address, telephone number, and email address; a statement that you are the owner, or authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed and that you have a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; a statement that the information in the notification is accurate and made under penalty of perjury; and your physical or electronic signature. Upon receiving a notice that includes the details listed above, we will remove the allegedly infringing material from public view while we assess the issues identified in your notice.


As of 2021, websites are captured annually.

Collection processed by

Bess Pittman and Caroline Oliveira

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2024-02-27 16:23:03 -0500.
Using Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language: Finding aid written in English

Processing Information

New York University Libraries follow professional standards and best practices when imaging, ingesting, and processing born-digital material in order to maintain the integrity and authenticity of the content.

Curators responsible for website selection: Kent Underwood (2014-present) Robin Preiss (2014-2015)

Revisions to this Guide

February 2024: Edited by Nicole Greenhouse to reflect additional administrative information and added archived websites


Fales Library and Special Collections


Box: electronic records (Material Type: electronic records)
Fales Library and Special Collections
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012