We recently reported that the Bob Moog Foundation had suffered a setback, with the announcement that Cornell University, rather than the Foundation, would be getting Moog’s personal notes, plans, drawings and recordings.
Moog’s widow, Dr. Ileana Grams-Moog, right, recently announced plans to donate his personal items to the Cornell University Library in Ithaca, N.Y.. Moog’s collection includes schematics, prototypes, letters, notes, recordings and other materials that document his role in electronic music history.
The announcement has proven to be controversial, because many people in the synth community have supported the Moog Foundation and their efforts over year’s since Moog’s death to preserve these items. And the announcement highlights disagreements within Moog’s own family over what is best for his archive.
Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation and one of Moog’s daughters, has shared her view on the decision at the Foundation site. She highlights the efforts of the Foundation and others over the last 7 years to preserve Moog’s collection of artifacts, shown at right at his former workshop.
Dr. Grams-Moog shared the following statement with us, explaining the reasoning behind her decision and noting that Moog’s archives will be “housed with the Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg Address”: Continue reading