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The Cliburn Foundation Organizational Files

Identifier: 0001

Scope and Contents

Organizational files are sparse for the early years of the Cliburn Foundation/Competition. Representation is more complete from approximately 1977. Notable divisions include competition working files – such as contestant application or informational files, files devoted to media, publicity and volunteer activities – benefit concerts and recitals files, Cliburn Concerts organizational files, competition winners (career management) files, and presenters’ files. “Chronological files,” also called “reader files” or “green sheets,” comprise master correspondence files, accessible by date. Management and governance-related files also exist, including legal issues (e.g. incorporation), Executive Committee, Finance Committee, and various types of audits.


  • 1962-2005

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research with the exception of materials related to competition jury deliberations, or any materials deemed sensitive by the Cliburn Foundation and/or library staff.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is currently stored offsite. Researchers should contact the archivist at least 48 hours prior to visiting to request specific box numbers. Requested materials must be screened for sensitivity prior to use. Publication, “performance” or exhibition of collection materials, in whole or in part, is subject to approval by the Cliburn Foundation, which owns the copyright to materials it originated.

Historical Note

By an agreement concluded in 1991, the Cliburn Foundation transferred to Texas Christian University materials relating to the activities of the Foundation, together with the archives of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, also known as The Cliburn. The professional competition – The Cliburn – first held in 1962, was created to commemorate Van Cliburn's sensational 1958 victory at the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, at the height of the Cold War. Held at four-year intervals, The Cliburn allows the finest young concert pianists to perform before a global audience. The Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition and the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition offer other accomplished pianists a worldwide stage. In addition to the competitions, the Foundation manages the careers of professional competition winners for a defined time period and presents concert series and educational programming in the Fort Worth area.


253 Linear feet

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Cliburn Foundation, 1991.

Finding Aid and Administrative Info

Title: Guide to the Cliburn Foundation Organizational Files Status: In progress Author: Laura Ruede Date: 1992-

Processing Information

Processing of boxed organizational files has been completed to varying levels based on the availability of personnel, typically to the file heading level. File headings or box titles are sometimes cryptic, uninformative or missing; in many cases titles or descriptions have been supplied by the archivist. In some cases files are empty or sparsely populated due most likely to contents having been moved to other files at some point in the past. More detailed information on some specific files is available in in-house finding aids. Please consult the Cliburn Archivist for more information.

The Cliburn Foundation Organizational Files
Laura J. Ruede, MLS, Archivist
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Repository Details

Part of the Van Cliburn Collection Repository

TCU Box 298400
2800 S. University Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76129-0001
Fort Worth Texas 76129 United States