These documents, from the Society for Music Theory Archives at the University of Maryland, provide information on the formation of the society in the 1970s, as well as several years of treasurer's reports and minutes from business and board meetings. Conference programs from the formative years of SMT may be found on the Past Meetings webpage.


Here is a short list of writings that discuss the founding of SMT:

Berry, Wallace. "A New Learned Society for Music Theory." College Music Symposium 18/1 (1978): 200-2.

Browne, Richmond. "The Deep Background of our Society." Music Theory Online 9/1 (March 2003).

_____. " The Inception of the Society for Music Theory. " Music Theory Spectrum 1 (1989): 2–5.

Forte, Allen. "Banquet Address: SMT, Rochester, 1987." Music Theory Spectrum 11/1 (1989): 95-99.

_____. "Communication: Comment & Chronicle," 19th-Century Music, 2/3 (1979): 284-5.

_____. "From the President of the Society." Music Theory Spectrum 1 (1979): 1.

_____. "The Founding of the Society for Music Theory." Music Theory Online 9/1 (March 2003).

Symms, Bryan. "On the Founding of Music Theory Spectrum" Music Theory Spectrum 1 (1979): 6.

Wennerstrom, Mary. "SMT at 25: A View from the Balance Sheet." Music Theory Online 9/1 (March 2003).