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Northeastern Records phonograph records and compact discs

Identifier: A066

Scope and Content Note

The collection is comprised of phonographic records, compact discs, catalogs, and promotional materials issued by Northeastern Records, between 1979 and 1989, when it was at Northeastern University. The recordings feature women and New England composers, and include the talents of musicians and singers in the Boston area. Composers include Amy Beach, Aaron Copland, and Arthur Foote. Musicians include Virginia Eskin, D'Anna Fortunato, Roland Nadeau, and The Boston Muscia Viva. Especially noteworthy is the album "Amy Beach: Songs and Violin Pieces," that was named one of the best albums of the year by the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and the New York Magazine in 1981. Phonographic (LP) records have been digitized and are now available on compact discs (CDs).


  • Creation: 1979-1988


Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is unrestricted.

Historical Note

Northeastern Records was founded in 1979 when William Frohlich, the director of the Northeastern University Publishing Group, agreed to assist Professor of Music Roland Nadeau in making two albums. Lynn Joiner, who worked part-time at the University Publishing Group, assisted in the creation of the second album, and later became the director of Northeastern Records. From the start, Joiner decided that Northeastern Records would focus on recordings that were ignored by larger companies. "We endeavored to concentrate on music that would fill in the gaps in the recorded literature," said Joiner. (Abrahams, 19) During the eight years that Northeastern Records was at NU, Northeastern Records created high quality, classical recordings that focused on women and composers in New England. Northeastern Records also used musicians and singers from the Boston area for production. Between 1979 and 1988, Northeastern Records produced over 30 different recordings. In 1988 NU discontinued funding Northeastern Records. Although the company had started producing recordings in compact disc format, it had not been able to break even and had accumulated a $500,000 operating loss. Instead of shutting down completely, a deal was signed that transferred ownership of the company to the director, Lynn Joiner. The company's offices remained at Northeastern for one more year and then were moved to Framingham, where it is still located as of May 2003.


1 cubic feet (2 containers)




Northeastern Records was founded in 1979 and remained at Northeastern University until 1988. The classical music label focused on producing recordings by women and New England composers, and on utilizing musicians and singers from the Boston area. The ownership of Northeastern Records was transferred to its director, Lynn Joiner, in 1988.


The collection is comprised of phonographic records, compact discs, and publications issued by Northeastern Records between 1979 and 1989 when it was part of Northeastern University.

System of Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically by format.

Physical Location



  • Abrahams, Linda. "Sounds of Northeastern." Northeastern Alumni Magazine. Vol. 8, no. 4 (March/April 1983): 18-21.
  • "In and Around Northeastern: Extended Play." Northeastern Alumni Magazine. Vol. 14, no. 3 (February 1989): 3.
  • Dyer, Richard. "Joiner to Keep Northeastern Records Operating." Boston Globe. (1 December 1988): 89.
  • Frederick, Antoinette. Northeastern University Coming of Age: The Ryder Years 1975-1989 (Boston: Northeastern University, 1995): 86, 109, 216. LD4011.N22 F732 1995 
Finding aid for the Northeastern Records Phonograph Records and Compact Discs
Finding aid prepared by April Hagins; updated by Caitlin Birch
May 2003, February 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Snell Library
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US