Olin Downes Papers- Series 10. Irene Miles Downes papers

Olin Downes Papers- Series 10. Irene Miles Downes papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Downes, Irene
Title: Olin Downes Papers- Series 10. Irene Miles Downes papers
Dates: [circa 1900-1964]
Quantity: 3.2 Linear feet (8 document boxes)
Abstract:The series consists of the papers of Irene Miles Downes from 1926-1964. The papers contain mainly correspondence both to Downes and carbon copies of her letters. The correspondence documents Downes’ work with the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences (N.Y.) and Town Hall, Inc. (New York, N.Y.), the settlement of Olin Downes’ estate, the sale of Olin Downes’ music library to Florida State University and the library’s dedication, royalties from Olin Downes’ publications, and personal correspondence with friends and public figures in the music field. Major correspondents include Charles Atkins, George V. Denney, Jean Reti-Forbes, Olga and Hans Kaltenborn, Norman L. Kilpatrick, and Robert Rockmore. The series also contains manuscripts of Irene Downes’ writings, including various stories about Olin Downes.
Coll. Number: ms688.series10

Biographical/Historical Note

Irene Miles Downes, program director at the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences (N.Y.) and wife of Olin Downes.


Scope and Content Note

Following is a summary of the entire Olin Downes Papers collection, of which Series 10 described here is a part:

Series 1. Subject Files includes printed material, articles, newspaper clippings, and programs pertaining to American music in general and to a variety of composers, conductors, and musicians, as well as organizations of key interest to Downes. Dates range ca. 1920-1955. Series 2. Correspondence is professional in nature and Downes’ career as a music critic and lecturer as well as his involvement with major organizations. For key correspondents see Series 2 finding aid abstract. Dates range ca. 1909-1955. Series 3. Lectures include handwritten manuscripts, typed drafts with corrections, and final copies of Olin Downes’ lectures. The lectures document Downes’ knowledge in the field of music and cover a great variety of musical genres. Dates range 1932-1953. Series 4. Articles covers articles written by Olin Downes in manuscript form with some corrected copies, the articles relate to criticism of American music in general and to specific composers, conductors, musicians, and productions. Dates range ca. 1930-1952. Series 5. Manuscripts contains Downes’ notes, research material, drafts, outlines, typescripts, and galleys of several of his major published and unpublished books, as well as a compilation edited by Irene Downes and materials for a memoir. Dates range ca. 1926-1957. Series 6. Reviews by Others consists of newspaper clippings of music reviews by other critics collected by Olin Downes from 1901-1919. Series 7. Personal and Family papers contains the papers of the Downes and Miles families from 1908-1962. Includes primarily family correspondence including that of Downes, as well as financial records, newspaper clippings, notebooks and engagement books, and some personal effects. See also Irene Downes Series 10. Series 8. Programs contains programs from various performances, with Brooklyn groups highlighted. Series 9. Photographs and Sketches includes those of Olin Downes and the Downes and Miles families Includes photographs of Olin Downes; his wives and children; and various public figures or friends in the field. Dates range from ca. 1910-1955. Series 10. Irene Miles Downes papers consists mainly of her correspondence and documents Downes’ work with various New York organizations and work after Olin Downes’ death, as well as manuscripts of her writings. Some Irene Miles Downes materials can also be found in Series 7. Series 11. Mildred Miles papers consists of manuscripts of her writings ca. 1940. Series 12. Scrapbooks, Clippings and Reviews mainly contains newspaper articles and reviews written by Olin Downes, as well as some articles and reviews by others. Dates range from 1909-1955. Series 13. Sheet and Manuscript Music includes published sheet music and some music manuscripts collected by Olin Downes from ca. 1900-1946.


Arrangement

This series is arranged in alphabetical order by correspondent or topic.

The collection as a whole is arranged in 13 series which are each listed and described separately. The entire collection is organized as follows:

Series 1. Subject Files (67 boxes) Series 2. Correspondence (66 boxes) Series 3. Lectures (7 boxes) Series 4. Articles (4 boxes) Series 5. Manuscripts (30 boxes) Series 6. Reviews by Other Critics (3 boxes) Series 7. Personal and Family Papers (37 boxes, 1 oversized folder) Series 8. Programs (2 boxes) Series 9. Photographs and Sketches (9 boxes) Series 10. Irene Miles Downes papers (8 boxes) Series 11. Mildred Miles papers (2 boxes) Series 12. Scrapbooks, Clippings and Reviews (9 boxes) Series 13. Sheet Music (6 boxes, 2 oversized folders)


Index Terms

Atkins, Charles
Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences.
Denney, George V.
Downes, Olin, 1886-1955
Florida State University.
Kaltenborn, H. v., (Hans), 1878-1965
Kaltenborn, Olga von
Kilpatrick, Norman L.
Music--New York (State)--New York--Societies, etc.
Réti, Jean
Rockmore, Robert

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Olin Downes papers, MS 688 (Series 10. Irene Miles Downes papers). Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.


Related Material

For the rest of the Olin Downes papers please see also companion Series 1-9 and 11-14.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
BoxFolder
11Apartments: Hughes, Jacqueline Cushing, Mrs. Edward Ramee, Mrs. Joseph R. Hoguet, Mrs. Marguerite Ramee
 
2Arden, Elizabeth
 
3Armsby, Lenora Woods
 
4Astrologer - Mr. Hugh McCraig
 
5Atkinson, Brooks
 
6Ballon, Ellen
 
7Beecham, Sir Thomas - Letter To
 
8Bergal, George
 
9Bernstein, Leonard - Letters To
 
10Blanc, Eliot
 
11Bloch, Suzanne
 
12Bower, Dr. Warren - Assistant Dean, New York University
 
13Brailowsky, Mr. & Mrs. Alexander
 
14Brailowsky, Alexander - RE: Chopin Nocturnes
 
15Braunfield, Archibald V.
 
16Braunstein, Dr. Joseph
 
17Broadcast Music - Carl Haverlin
 
18Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences (1) Charles Atkins, etc., July 1926 - July 9, 1928
 
19Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences (2) Charles Atkins, July 10, 1928 - July 21, 1928
 
20Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences (3) Charles Atkins, July 24, 1928 - August 18, 1928
 
21Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences (4) Charles Atkins, 1934 - 1935
 
22Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences (5), 1936 - April, 1957
 
23Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences (6), May, 1937 - June, 1937
 
24Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences (7), July 1, 1937 - Nov. 1937
 
25Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences (8), 1938 - 1940 - Undated
 
26Burden, Mr. & Mrs. Chester (Elenor)
 
27Burrows, Clyde
 
28Calvin, Irl
 
29Century Association
 
30Chasins, Abram
 
31Chotzinoff, Samuel
 
32Christmas
 
33Church of the Ascension - Rev. William V. Workman
 
34Churchill, Sir Winston - Letter To
 
35Clifton, Chalmers
 
36Coates, Helen
 
37Colombo, Mr. & Mrs. France - Daughters: Roberta & Elvira
 
38Committee to Defend America by Adding the Allies
 
39Curzon, Clifford and Lucille
 
BoxFolder
21Dahlerup, Baroness - RE: Hans Christian Anderson Birthday
 
2Davenport, Mr. Mrs. Henry
 
3Davis, Margaret
 
4Dorfman, Ania
 
5Dowling, Lyle
 
6Downes, Irene - Biography - Who's Who in American Women
 
7Downes, Irene - Books - Olin Downes on Music See: Olin Downes on Music Box in Writings File
 
8Downes, Irene - Correspondence, 1931 - 1939
 
9Downes, Irene - Correspondence, 1940
 
10Downes, Irene - Correspondence, 1941
 
11Downes, Irene - Correspondence, 1942
 
12Downes, Irene - Correspondence, 1943 - 1944
 
13Downes, Irene - Correspondence, 1945 - 1947
 
14Downes, Irene - Correspondence, 1948 - 1953
 
15Downes, Irene - Correspondence, 1954 - 1956
 
16Downes, Irene - Correspondence, 1957
 
17Downes, Irene - Correspondence, 1958 - 1959
 
18Downes, Irene - Correspondence, 1960
 
19Downes, Irene - Correspondence, 1961 - 1964
 
20-21Downes, Irene - Correspondence, Undated
 
22-26Downes, Irene - Correspondence - Carbons, Undated
 
BoxFolder
31-4Downes, Irene - Correspondence - Miscellaneous, Impersonal
 
5Downes, Irene - Correspondence - Postcards
 
6Downes, Irene - Correspondence - Henry Holt & Company, Inc. RE: Her Translation of "Gaspard de la Nuit"
 
7Downes, Irene - RE: Downes, Olin Stories
 
8Downes, Irene - Downes, Olin - Biography - Who's Who in America, National Cyclopedia of American Biography
 
9Downes, Irene - Downes, Olin - Books - Ten Operatic Masterpieces - RE: Sale of
 
10Downes, Irene - Downes, Olin - Books - Treasury of American Song - Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1945 - 1948
 
11Downes, Irene - Downes, Olin - RE: Five - Minute Talks - CBS
 
12Downes, Irene - Downes, Olin - (1) - Seventieth Anniversary Fund, 1955
 
13Downes, Irene - Downes, Olin - (2) - Seventieth Anniversary Fund, 1955
 
14Eaton, Quaintance
 
15Edson, Elie - RE: "Les Enfants du Paradis"
 
16Farley, Mrs. Eliot
 
17Finkelstein, Sidney
 
18Fischer, Carl Music Publishers, Inc.
 
19Florida State University - Norman L. Kilpatrick - RE: Sale of Olin Downes Music Library, Dec 28, 1955 - Apr 2, 1956
 
20Florida State University - RE: Sale of Olin Downes Music Library, June 5, 1956 - Nov 10, 1956
 
21Florida State University - RE: Dedication of Olin Downes Music Library, Nov 10, 1956
 
22Florida State University - RE: Olin Downes Music Library
 
23Glanville-Hicks, Peggy - "Tribute" to Olin and Letters Pertaining Thereto
 
24Glazer, Frank and Huth
 
25Greenway, G. Lauder
 
BoxFolder
41Hall, Bernice and David
 
2Hammerslough, Alec
 
3Hanson, Howard
 
4Haraszti, Zoltan - Boston Public Library - RE: Work on Olin Downes on Music
 
5Hawkins, Frances
 
6Haynes, Elizabeth
 
7Hintz, Wanda M.
 
8Horowitz, Wanda and Vladimir
 
9Hull, Mrs. Lytell
 
10Jalas, Jussi
 
11Joffe, Judah - Letters to
 
12Josten, Mr. & Mrs. Werner
 
13Kaltenborn, Mr. & Mrs. Hans (Olga) - (1), 1934 - 1956
 
14Kaltenborn, Mr. & Mrs. Hans (Olga) - (2), 1957 - 1958
 
15Kaltenborn, Mr. & Mrs. Hans (Olga) - (3), 1959 - 1961 - Undated
 
16Kaltenborn, Rolf - RE: Incorporated Income Fund - (1)
 
17Kaltenborn, Rolf - RE: Incorporated Income Fund - (2)
 
18Kassern, Tadeusz and Longina
 
19Kendy, Arthur
 
20Kennedy, Mrs. John F. - Letter to
 
21Kent, Rockwell
 
22Kilenyi, Julie - Sculptor for Florida State Memorial to Olin Downes
 
23Koch, Dora and John
 
24Koussevitsky, Olga
 
25Koussevitsky, Olga - International Music Fund
 
26Langensiepen, John
 
27Lawrence, Robert
 
28Levinger, Dr. Henry
 
29Levy-Despas, Mrs. Jacqueline
 
30Libraries - Harvard, Indiana, New York, Boston
 
31Lieberson, Goddard
 
32Linton, Albert
 
33Lit, Mrs. David Ellis
 
34London, Mrs. Helen
 
35Lowenbach, Mr. & Mrs. Jan. V. (Vilma)
 
36McCullough, Jennie (Maid)
 
37McDowell, Mrs. Edward (Marion)
 
38McFarland, Frances
 
39McLanahan, Mrs. Alexander H. - (Frances)
 
BoxFolder
51Macy's Book Department (Paul Shack - Buyer)
 
2Mann, Federick R.
 
3Marker, Leonard
 
4Menuhin, Yaltah
 
5Metropolitan Opera Quiz
 
6Minor, Robert S.
 
7Montgomery, Stuart
 
8Morel, Jean
 
9Morgenthau, Henry III - WNYC
 
10Murray, Kenneth - Attorney - RE: Treasury of American Song
 
11Musical America - Ronald Eyer, John Majeski, Edward Davis
 
12Musicians Aid Society
 
13Myrick, Hattie and Maysie - Correspondence, 1907 - 1940
 
14Myrick, Hattie and Maysie, 1941 - 1946
 
15Myrick, Hattie and Maysie, 1947 - 1962, Undated
 
16National Committee for the Musical Arts - (Quaintance Eaton)
 
17Naumburg, Mr. & Mrs. Walter (Elsie) (1), 1940 - 1956
 
18Naumburg, Mr. & Mrs. Walter (Elsie) (2), 1957 - 1959 - Undated
 
19New York Times
 
20Olin Downes Foundation
 
21Olin Downes on Music, Letter Re:, 1955 - February 1957
 
22Olin Downes on Music, Letter Re:, March - February 1957
 
23Olin Downes on Music, Letter Re: Miscellaneous, no date
 
24Olin Downes on Music, Letter Re: Miscellaneous Notes, no date
 
25Olin Downes on Music, Radio Appearance and Talks
 
21Ormandy, Eugene
 
BoxFolder
61Packer Collegiate Institute
 
2Painting - RE: Unidentified Southern Lady Given to the University of Georgia
 
3Paloheimo, Y.A. - Consul of Finland
 
4Paynter, Grace
 
5Penrose, Mrs. Spencer (Julie)
 
6Phalen, Dale
 
7Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York
 
8Price, Gertrude Lovell
 
9 - 10Radio and Television Employment Prospects
 
11Reti, Mrs. Rudolf (Jean) - (1), 1954 - 1958
 
12Reti, Mrs. Rudolf (Jean) - (2), 1959 - 1960
 
13Reti, Mrs. Rudolf (Jean) - (3), 1961 - Undated
 
14Reti, Mrs. Rudolf (Jean) RE:
 
15Ann Robinson's Sunshine Terrace
 
16Ann Robinson's Sunshine Terrace - Subject
 
17Robinson, Duncan S.
 
18Rockmore, Robert [Olin Downes' Estate & Miscellaneous Correspondence] - (1), 1952 - Oct 1955
 
19Rockmore, Robert [Olin Downes' Estate & Miscellaneous Correspondence] - (2), Nov 1955 - Jan 1956
 
20Rockmore, Robert [Olin Downes' Estate & Miscellaneous Correspondence] - (3), Feb - Apr, 1956
 
21Rockmore, Robert [Olin Downes' Estate & Miscellaneous Correspondence] - (4), May, 1956
 
22Rockmore, Robert [Olin Downes' Estate & Miscellaneous Correspondence] - (5), Jun - Dec, 1956
 
BoxFolder
71Rockmore, Robert [Olin Downes' Estate & Miscellaneous Correspondence] - (6), Jan - May, 1957
 
2Rockmore, Robert [Olin Downes' Estate & Miscellaneous Correspondence] - (7), Jul - Dec, 1957
 
3Rockmore, Robert [Olin Downes' Estate & Miscellaneous Correspondence] - (8), Jan - May, 1958
 
4Rockmore, Robert [Olin Downes' Estate & Miscellaneous Correspondence] - (9), Jun - Dec, 1958
 
5Rockmore, Robert [Olin Downes' Estate & Miscellaneous Correspondence] - (10), 1959 - 1965
 
6Rogers, Richard
 
7Rodzinski, Mr. and Mrs. Artur (Helina)
 
8Rosenwald, Mr. and Mrs. William (Mary)
 
9Sack, Israel, Inc. - American Antiques - Albert Sack
 
10Sack, Israel, Inc. - Antiques - Catalogues, Including Downes Furniture
 
11Sarnoff, Gen. David - Letters to
 
12Schonberg, Harold
 
13Schuman, William - Julliard School of Music - RE: Olin's Baby Grand Piano
 
14Scribner's, Charles & Sons - RE: Olin's Last Unfinished Work Orchestral Repertory
 
15Siegel, Seymour N. - WNYC - Dir. Municipal Broadcasting System - RE: Tribute to Olin by WNYC
 
16Siletti, Mario
 
17Simon & Schuster - Accounts for Books
 
18Simon & Schuster - Correspondence
 
19Simon & Schuster - Promotional Material
 
20Sinclair, Mr. & Mrs. Roy
 
21Slonimsky, Nicholas
 
22Smith, Miss Gertrude Robinson
 
23Speck, Rose - Travel Agent
 
24Spivacke, Harold - Library of Congress Music Division
 
25Steinway, Mrs. Frederick (Julia)
 
26Steinway, Mrs. Theodore (Ruth)
 
27Straus, Noel
 
28Stroumille, Olga
 
29Sulzberger, Arthur Hays - New York Times Publisher
 
BoxFolder
81Taishoff, Mr. & Mrs. Saul
 
2Tanglewood
 
3Taubman, Howard
 
4Tex and Jinx - Television Show
 
5Thomson, Virgil
 
6Town Hall
 
7Town Hall - George V. Denny - Inter-Office Correspondence, Feb 1939 - Oct 1942
 
8Town Hall - George V. Denny - Inter-Office Correspondence, Nov 1942 - Jan 1943 - Undated
 
9Town Hall Club
 
10Travel and Passport
 
11Vassar College - Alumnae Correspondence
 
12Vengerova, Isabella
 
13Whalen, Grover A.
 
14Willcox, Henry
 
15Workum, Clara - Junior League of New York
 
16Zimbalist, Mr. & Mrs. Efrem (Mary Curtis)
 
17Zirato, Bruno - Letters To - RE: Olin Downes on Music
 
18 Olin and the Bad Squirel
 
19 Olin and the Rabbit
 
20 Olin and the Flashlight
 
21 Olin and the Ferry Boat
 
22 Olin and the Surprise (Several Versions)
 
23 Olin and the Pussky Marino
 
24 Olin and His Garden
 
25Correspondence
 
26Foreward and Introduction to All About Olin