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Neville Charles Christopher Small was born on March 17, 1927 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. After studying at the University of Otago and Victoria University College in Wellington, and teaching at Horowhenua College and Waihi College, he relocated to London in 1960, spending most of his career in Great Britain. Small, a pioneering musicologist and author, is best known for formulating the concept of "Musicking," or, music as a locus of social participation. He retired in Sitges, Spain, and his personal papers reside at the University of Girona. Christopher Small died on September 7, 2011 in Sitges.
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The collection consists of one box containing 17 spiral-bound books of photocopies of handwritten notes by Christopher Small; gaps in the numbering of the books indicate that some volumes may be missing. Also present are a paper inventory of the collection, and a 3.5" floppy disk which has so far been unreadable. The notebooks are undated, but consist of Small's commentaries on publications about music and culture published between 1930 and 1985.
Notebooks: 1-10 inclusive, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 25, 33 One 3.5" floppy disk, contents unreadable. Typed sheet of paper with inventory.