Olin Downes Papers- Series 5. Manuscripts

Olin Downes Papers- Series 5. Manuscripts

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Downes, Olin, 1886-1955
Title: Olin Downes Papers- Series 5. Manuscripts
Dates: ca. 1926-1957
Quantity: 11.6 Linear feet (29 document boxes, 1 carton)
Abstract:The series consists of the manuscripts of Olin Downes from ca. 1926-1957. The manuscripts contain notes, research material, drafts, outlines, typescripts, and galleys of several of Downes’ major published and unpublished works including The Eternal Spring of Music, Treasury of American Song, Men of Music Ten Operatic Masterpieces Chopin, and Olin Downes on Music, a compilation of Downes' writings from 1906-1955 edited by Irene Downes. The series also contains materials for a memoir of Downes.
Coll. Number: ms688.series5

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 5 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Downes’ notes, research material, drafts, outlines, typescripts, and galleys of several of his major published and unpublished books, as well as a compilation edited by Irene Downes and materials for a memoir.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.


This series is arranged into 7 subseries based on major works by Downes: 5.1 Manuscripts and galleys; 5.2 Ten Operatic Masterpieces; 5.3 Olin Downs on Music; 5.4 Chopin; 5.5 Men of Music; 5.6 Manuscripts by Others; 5.7 Copies of Downes' Published Books.

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

Authors, American.
Chopin, Frédéric, 1810-1849
Music critics--United States.
Music--United States--History and criticism.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Olin Downes papers, MS 688 (Series 5. Manuscripts). 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 1-4 and 6-14.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

Subseries 5.1 Manuscripts and galleys ( (4 boxes) )
11 The Eternal Springs of Music Folder 1
2 The Eternal Springs of Music Folder 2
3 The Eternal Springs of Music Folder 3
4 The Eternal Springs of Music Folder 4
5 The Eternal Springs of Music Folder 5
6 A Question of Understanding
7 Unheard Melodies
8 Critic or Catpaw (Story)
9Untitled Article
10 The Sinning Madonna (Play)
11 A Wonderful Time (Story)
12 The Music Rises (Radio Program)
13 A Child's Opera Book (Draft)
14 Symphony on a Cash Register (Article)
15 Barberina (Play)
16 Development of the Orchestra (Article) Folder 1
17 Development of the Orchestra (Article) Folder 2
18 Listening to Music (Book)
19 Stories, with Drawings, of Famous Melodies (Unpublished)
2Miscellaneous Notes
3Memoirs - Misc. Notes
5Memoirs - Music Notes
6Memoirs - Music Notes
7Memoir Material 3rd Draft
8Memoir Material - Last Draft, 1950
9Music Notes
10Downes Olin - Autobiography
31Treasury of Soue Durvo
2Treasury of American Song Notes
3Treasury of American Song Notes
4Treasury of American Song Notes
5Treasury of American Song Notes
6Treasury of American Song Notes
7Treasury of American Song Notes
8Treasury of American Song Notes
9Treasury of American Song Notes
10Treasury of American Song Notes
11Treasury of American Song Notes on Sections I-XV
41Sibeluis Book
2O.D. Book on Record
3O.D. Book on Record Library
4Records Repertoire
5Olin Downes Record Bookshelf
6Records Repertoire
7Records Repertoire
8Women of Orchestra
9Women of Orchestra
10Women of Orchestra
Subseries 5.2 Ten Operatic Masterpieces ( (4 boxes) )
51Downes, Olin - Books Ten Operatic Masterpieces
2Text of book, A-L
3Text of book, M-Z
4-5Introduction, Ms.
6-7Aida, Mss.
8Aida, Galleys
9Boheme, Mss.
10Boheme, Galleys
61-4Carmen, Ms.
5Carmen, Galleys
6-8Figaro, Ms.
9Figaro, Galleys
71Hansel and Gretel, Ms.
2Love of Three Oranges, Ms.
3-4Meistersinger, Ms.
5Rosenkavalier, Ms.
6Rosenkavalier, Galleys
7-8Tosca, Ms.
9Text, Ms. Carmen and Boheme
10Text, Ms. Meistersinger
81Text, Tosca and Wozzeck
4-7"Great Opera for Children" - Musical Arrangements by Leonard K. Marker
Subseries 5.3 Olin Downes on Music ( (9 boxes) )
91American Composer at Home and Abroad: Carbon Copies of Edited and Typed Pages in Master Book
2American Composer at Home and Abroad: Photostats of Edited Material; Typed and in Master Book
3 - 4American Music
5American Music: Carbon Copies of Edited and Typed Pages in Master Book
6American Music: Photostats of Edited Material; Typed and in Master Book
7Boston Public Library
8John N. Burk (Boston Symphony Orchestra), 1955, 1957
9 - 10American Operas
11Whither American Opera - Typed Copies
12American Opera: Photostats
13American Operas: Carbon Copies of Edited and Typed Pages in Master Book
114American Operas: Photostats of Edited Material; Typed and in Master Book
915Music & The Public - Carbon Copies
16Music and the Public: Photostats of Edited Material; Typed and in Master Book
17The Boston Post
18Boston Post - Dr. Joseph Braunstein, 1906 - 1923
19Boston Post Reviews, 1956
20Boston Post - Mario Siletti, 1906 - 1923
21Boston Symphony Orchestra
22 - 23The Composer
24The Composer: Carbon Copies of Edited and Typed Pages in Master Book
25The Composer: Photostats of Edited Material; Typed and in Master Book
26The Composer Additional Articles for Section - Photostats
27Concert: Sibelius's 90th Birthday: Olin Downes, December 4, 1955
28(First) "Conference on the Arts" - Boston University, May 3-5, 1957
29Correspondence - Olin Downes
30Royal Cortissoz Armory Show 1913, 1957
31Philip Cortney
32 - 33Criticism
34Criticism, 1957
35Criticism: Photostats of Edited Material; Typed and in Master Book
36Criticism: Carbon Copies of Edited and Typed Pages in Master book
37Criticism: Additional Photostats Suggested for Use on Criticism, April 7, 1956
38Criticism: Articles Not Used But Rated
39 - 40Opera
41Opera: Carbon Copies of Edited and Typed Pages in Master Book
42Opera: Photostats of Edited Material; Typed and in Master Book
43Opera: Photostats Postponed
101Press Clippings, 1957
2Press Clippings - Olin Downes On Music
3Public Libraries Promotion for "Olin Downes On Music", 1957
4Questionaire and Replies Thereto, 1957
5Questionaire - Correspondence Returned With List, 1955
6Sales: "Olin Downes On Music", 1957
7Simon and Schuster, INC.
8Miss Grace Spofford
9Dr. Irvin Stein
10Leopold Stokowski
11Susannah (The Opera)
12Simon and Schuster - Captions (for book)
13Simon and Schuster
14Simon and Schuster
111Simon and Schuster
2Simon and Schuster
3Correspondence and Contract, Oct. 1955
4Comments on Book, May 1956
5Index Cards
6Introduction, August, 1956
7Introduction, May 17, 1956
8Introduction (Notes), March 1956
9Henry Simon, 1956 - 1957
10Introduction (Versions), March 1956
11Introduction (Comments), March 1956
12Introduction (S. Finkelstein's Suggestions), March 1956
13Luois M. Loeb (Lord, Day & Lord), 1955
14Plan for Book Suggestions
15Readers, Nov 22, 1955
16Readers, Nov 29, 1955
17Research Record N.Y.Times
18Notes on "Master Book" Script - Henry Simon
19Proofreader's Marks - Simon and Schuster, INC., 1956
20Sociology of the Musician
121 - 4Working Memoranda, 1955
5Special Subjects
7Special Subjects
8Miscellaneous Articles - Photostats
131The American Composer
2 - 3Bach
4Barber: Photostats and Carbon Copies of Edited and Typed Pages in Master Book
5Ludwig von Beethoven
6Berg "Wozzeck", Dec 26, 1926
7Georges Bizet
8 - 9Ernest Bloch
10 - 11Johannes Brahms
12Ella Brailowsky
13Dr. Joseph Braunstein
14 - 15Benjamin Britten
16Carpenter, John Alden
17George Whitefield Chadwick
18Chalmers Clifton
19Frederick Chopin
21Mr. Sidney Finkelstein
22 - 23George Gershwin
24Vittorio Giannini
25Henry F. Gilbert
26Gluck Orfeo Armide Alceste
29Paul Hindemith
30Arthur Honegger
31Charles Ives
34Dr. Henry Levinger
35Goddard Lieberson, 1955
37Charles Martin Loeffler
39Gian-Carlo Menotti
41Jean Morel
43 - 44Mozart
45 - 46Prokofieff
47Giacomo Puccini
48Prokofieff: Carbon Copies of Edited and Typed Papes in Master Book
49Prokofieff: Photostats of Edited Material; Typed and in Master Book
50Puccini Turandot
141 - 2Sergei Rachmaninoff
3Maurice Ravel
4Clara Rockmore, 1955
7 - 8Arnold Schoenberg
9 - 10Alexander Scriabin
11Controversy: Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony, October 23, 1927
12Franz Schubert
13 -14Dmitri Shostakovich
15 - 16Jean Sibelius
17 - 18Richard Strauss
19 - 20Igor Stravinsky
21Josef Suk
22Deems Taylor
23Saul Taishoff
24Virgil Thomson
25 - 26Vaughan Williams
27 - 28Guisseppi Verdi
30Richard Wagner
31Carl Maria von Weber
33Books - Acknowledgements - Olin Downes on Music
34Mr. Samuel L. M. Barlow
35The Interpreter: Photostats of Edited Material; Typed and in Master Book
36The Interpreter: Carbon Copies of Edited and Typed Pages in Master Book
37Working Outline - 50 Years of Music - Olin Downes Writings from Boston Post & NY Times
38Interpreters & Interpretation - Typed Copies
39 - 40Education (Music)
151Photostats, 1924 - 1941
Photostats, 1942 - 1955
161Title Page - Page 23
2Page 24 - 162
3Page 163 - 292
4Page 293 - 393
5Page 394 - 493
6Page 494 - 633
7Page 634 - 777
171Page 778 - 875
2Page 876 - End of Index
3Printer's Directions
4Printer's Directions
5Plan for Book Irene
6N.Y. Times Articles for Irene's Book
7Re: Irene's Book
Subseries 5.4 Chopin ( (3 boxes) )
181 Thesis of Chopin Book
2Chronological Biographical Outline (In Loose Leaf Notebook)
Chopin Bibliography (From N.Y. Public, Catalog)
4Source and Reference Material (Miscellaneous)
5 - 8Nowaczynski - Chopin's Youth (Translation)
9Hoesick - Chopina do Elsnera (Translation)
191Chopin - Translation of Women in Chopin's Life
2 - 6Hoesick - Chopin (Translating by Mme. Kobylaneka)
7Chopin (Translated by Kahylanska or Hertz?)
201Hoesick, Translation - Carbons and Pencilled Notes
2Chopin: Notes, Articles, and Stories, Re
3Chopin: Birth and Ancestry
4Hoesick - Maria Wodzinska, Re
5Delphine Potoka, Additional Information
6Chopin: Chopin's Last Year, Nov 1948 - Oct 1849
7Pictures, List of Articles, Programs, etc.
8Mickiewicz in Music (Typed Sonnet Laid In)
9Chopin - Complete Works (2 Copies)
Subseries 5.5 Men of Music ( (7 boxes) )
211Plan for Book (Composers)
2Rough Notes
3 - 5Notes & Misc. Mss.
7American Symphonists
8 - 9Bach
221 - 3Bach
4 - 8Beethoven
3 - 4Corelli
5Debussy - "Pelleas"
6Gilbert, Henry
10 - 12Haydn
241D' Indy
2Instruments (Violin)
6 - 7Mahler
12 - 13Prokofieff
16Rubinstein, Anton
17Russian Symphonists
3 - 4Shostakovitch
6Research - Songs And Ballads
8 - 9Stravinsky
10Suite of 15th Century
11Suite of 16th Century
12Suite of 18th Century
13Suite - General
261 - 3Tchaikovsky
7 - 8Vivaldi
11Notebook I
12Notebook II
271Notebook III
2Notebook IV
3Notebook V
4Notebook VI
Subseries 5.6 Mss. by Other Authors ( (2 boxes) )
281 The Well-Tempered Clavichord
2Mrs. Mathilde Wesendonk (R. P. Winslow)
3Man & Genius - Manuscript
4Finck, Henry T.
5Gatti (Autobiography)
6Church Music (Author Unknown)
7History of Opera Libretti (Thesis)
8European Dawn (Szabolcsi)
9Richard Strauss - Book on (Archer)
291Untitled Book on Music
2 Polyphony in Modern American Music by Dorothy Slepian, Ph.D. - Vol I
3 Polyphony in Modern American Music by Dorothy Slepian, Ph.D. - Vol II
4Sardou, Victorien - La Tosca - Translated by Alice E. Black
5 - 6Translation of La Tosca by Alice E. Black
Subseries 5.7 Published Books and Notebooks
11Olin Downes on Music: a selection of his writings during the half-century 1906-1955, edited by Irene Downes (inscribed to Jean and Rudolph Reti by Irene), 1957
2A Treasury of American Song, by Olin Downes and Elie Siegmeister (inscribed to Irene's mother by Olin), 1940
3Ten Operatic Masterpieces, Mozart to Prokofieff, text by Olin Downes, 1952
4Engraved Olin Downes music stand topper, wood, undated
5-84 notebooks with summaries of correspondence, reviews (not created by Olin Downes)