Olin Downes Papers- Series 12. Scrapbooks, Clippings and Reviews

Olin Downes Papers- Series 12. Scrapbooks, Clippings and Reviews

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Downes, Olin, 1886-1955
Title: Olin Downes Papers- Series 12. Scrapbooks, Clippings and Reviews
Dates: 1929-1955
Quantity: 14.0 Linear feet (9 oversized boxes; 6 microfilm reels)
Abstract:The series consists of scrapbooks, clippings and newspapers from 1909-1955. The scrapbooks and folios mainly contain newspaper articles and reviews written by Olin Downes from 1909-1955 (with gaps) for the New York Times pertaining to musical performers and performances at Carnegie Hall, the New York Metropolitan Opera, and the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. Other scrapbooks and folios include newspaper clippings of the writings of music critics Virgil Thompson (1940-1954, with gaps) and Ernest Newman (1935-1954).
Coll. Number: ms688.series12

Biographical/Historical Note

Olin Downes (1886-1955), American music critic with the Boston Post (1906-1924) and the New York Times (1924-1955).


Scope and Content Note

Following is a summary of the entire Olin Downes Papers collection, of which Series 12 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Downes’ notes, research material, drafts, outlines, typescripts, and galleys of several of his major published and unpublished books, as well as a compilation edited by Irene Downes and materials for a memoir.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 by record type and/or year.

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

Carnegie Hall (New York, N.Y.).
Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.).
Music critics--United States.
Music--United States--History and criticism.
Music--United States--Performance.
Newman, Ernest, 1868-1959
Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.
Scrapbooks.
Thompson, Virgil

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Olin Downes papers, MS 688 (Series 12. Scrapbooks, Clippings and Reviews). 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 1-11 and 13-14.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
Subseries 12A Scrapbooks
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11Scrapbook- general music, conducting topics, April- July 1929
2Scrapbook- general music, conducting topics, July-December 1929
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21 and 2Scrapbooks (2)- general music, conducting topic, 1930-1931
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31Scrapbook- "Ideal"- clippings, mainly New York music scene, 1933-1934
2Scrapbook- "A Treasury of American Song" a book by Olin Downes and Elie Siegmeister, 1940
3Scrapbook- mainly New York clippings, 1948
5Scrapbooks- articles by Olin Downes, 1944-1947
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41Scrapbook of clippings, 1947-1951
2London Sunday Times clippings, 1947-1953
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51Scrapbook of clippings, 1952-1955
2Virgil Thompson scrapbook, 1945-1948
Clippings and program notes [Microfilm reel: ms688-5]
Metropolitan Opera Scrapbook [Microfilm reel: ms688-6]
Miscellaneous clippings [Microfilm reel: ms688-2] [Microfilm reel: ms688-1] [Microfilm reel: ms688-3]
 
Subseries 12.2 Newspaper Reviews by Downes and Thompson, 1909-1955 ( (4 oversized boxes containing 14 large envelope/packets of newspaper articles) )
OS BoxEnvelope
61Downes - Opening of Boston Opera House, Nov. 9, 1909
2Boston Post (Photostats) [Microfilm reel: ms688-4]
3Sunday Articles- Olin Downes, New York Times and Virgil Thompson, New York Herald-Tribune, 1940-1942
4Sunday Articles- Olin Downes, New York Times and Virgil Thompson, New York Herald-Tribune, 1948
OS BoxEnvelope
71Sunday Articles- Olin Downes, New York Times and Virgil Thompson, New York Herald-Tribune, 1949
2Sunday Articles- Olin Downes, New York Times and Virgil Thompson, New York Herald-Tribune, 1950
3Sunday Articles- Olin Downes, New York Times and Virgil Thompson, New York Herald-Tribune, 1951
OS BoxEnvelope
81Sunday Articles- Olin Downes, New York Times and Virgil Thompson, New York Herald-Tribune, 1951
2Sunday Articles- Olin Downes, New York Times and Virgil Thompson, New York Herald-Tribune, 1952
3Record Reviews, New York Times and New York Herald-Tribune, 1952
4Record Reviews, New York Times and New York Herald-Tribune, 1953
OS BoxEnvelope
91Sunday Articles- Olin Downes, New York Times and Virgil Thompson, New York Herald-Tribune, 1953
2Virgil Thompson - Press Reviews & Articles, 1953-1954
3Sunday Articles and Press Reviews- Olin Downes, 1952-1955