Olin Downes Papers- Series 4. Articles

Olin Downes Papers- Series 4. Articles

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Downes, Olin, 1886-1955
Title: Olin Downes Papers- Series 4. Articles
Dates: [circa 1900-1964]
Quantity: 1.6 Linear feet (4 document boxes)
Abstract:The series consists of articles written by Olin Downes from ca. 1930-1952. 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. Includes articles on Serge Koussevitsky, Vladimir Horowitz, and Jean Sibelius and radio scripts of the CBS Symphony Broadcasts.
Coll. Number: ms688.series4

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 4 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Downes’ notes, research material, drafts, outlines, typescripts, and galleys of several of his major published and unpublished books, as well as a compilation edited by Irene Downes and materials for a memoir.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 (4) is arranged in alphabetical order by title of article.

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

Columbia Broadcasting System, inc..
Composers
Conductors (Music)
Horowitz, Vladimir, 1903-1989
Koussevitzky, Serge, 1874-1951
Music critics--United States.
Music--United States--History and criticism.
Music--United States--Performance.
Musicians
Radio broadcasters--United States
Radio scripts.
Reviews (document genre)
Sibelius, Jean, 1865-1957

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Olin Downes papers, MS 688 (Series 4: Articles). 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 1-3 and 5-14.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
BoxFolder
11American Composers
 
2Artists in Residence
 
3Balzac's "Gambara"
 
4Boston Symphony
 
5Boston Symphony
 
6Britten, Benjamin
 
7Chamber Music
 
8Charpentier, Gustave
 
9Chopin
 
10The Composer
 
11Concert Etiquette
 
12A Concert of Jazz
 
13The Conductor
 
14The Critic
 
15Critic Circle Award
 
16Curzon, Clifford
 
17Enesco
 
18Fine Arts Development
 
19Flagstad, Kirsten
 
20Folk Song
 
21Forms in Music
 
22Fragments & Vistas of Music
 
23Gershwin, George
 
24Gilbert, Henry
 
BoxFolder
21Horowitz, Vladimir
 
2 - 9Horowitz, Vladimir - Program Notes
 
BoxFolder
31 - 2Koussevitsky, Serge
 
3Koussevitsky, Serge (Duplicate)
 
4Looking Backward
 
5Menotti, Gian-Carlo
 
6Modern Scores
 
7Sunday Article (Mouteux)
 
8Moussorgsky, Modest Petrovitch
 
9Music and the Changing Order
 
10A Nation Musical Frontier
 
11New York City Opera Company
 
12Oklahoma
 
13Paderewski
 
14Phalen, Dale - Proposed Book
 
15Poland
 
16Prokofieff, Serge
 
17Ravel, Maurice
 
18The Romantic Period
 
19Rachmanioff (Notes)
 
20Rubinstein, Anton
 
21Russia
 
22Satie, Eric
 
23Scarlatti, Domenico
 
BoxFolder
41Schoenberg, Arnold
 
2Season of 1949 - 1950
 
3Shall We Applaud?
 
4 - 6Sibelius, Jean (3 folders)
 
7Spain
 
8Stokowski, Leopold
 
9Stravinsky, Igor
 
10Summer Is Icumen In
 
11 - 13Symphony Broadcasts
 
14Three Musicals: "Oklahoma", "Sing Out, Sweet Hand" & "On The Town"
 
15Toscanini, Arturo
 
16WQXR Auditions
 
17War Songs
 
18Wassermann, Jacob
 
19Wedge, George - String Players
 
20What Place Music in American Culture