Transfer of Bob Moog Archives Leads to Controversy

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ASHEVILLE, NC --JULY 19, 2013 -- Moog Music today announced the donation of all of Bob Moog's early notebooks, instrument designs, notes, and other archives to Cornell University's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. The donation was made by Dr. Moog's widow, Ileana Grams-Moog. While by all lights an Ivy League university's special collections department would seem to be an ideal home for the archives of an inventor of Dr. Moog's stature and accomplishments, this decision has not gone without controversy. Previously, the Bob Moog Foundation, a non-profit organization that often works with--but is separate from--today's Moog Music synthesizer manufacturing company, had been in a multi-year process of restoring and preserving these archives and fundraising for same. Helmed by Dr. Moog's daughter, Michelle Moog-Koussa, the Foundation alleges that the transfer of the archives to Cornell goes against a pending agreement that the Foundation would continue to be their steward and repository, and that the archives should remain in Asheville, North Carolina.

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CLICK HERE to read Moog Music's press release about the donation to Cornell.

CLICK HERE to read Michelle Moog-Koussa's response on the Bob Moog Foundation website. 

Keyboard has not yet taken an official editorial position on where the home of Dr. Moog's archives should be, but may do so pending further interviews with sources. The Keyboard staff and contributors, however, personally know that Michelle Moog-Koussa and the Bob Moog Foundation have been as hardworking, conscientious, and tireless at preserving Dr. Moog's legacy as Moog Music has been at manufacturing incredibly high-quality musical instruments in accordance with that same legacy.

We will keep you posted as this story develops, reporting all credible information from all sides of the issue.

Stephen Fortner, Editor in Chief