Olin Downes Papers- Series 8. Programs

Olin Downes Papers- Series 8. Programs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Downes, Olin, 1886-1955
Title: Olin Downes Papers- Series 8. Programs
Dates: 1920s-1950s
Quantity: 0.8 Linear feet (2 document boxes)
Abstract:This series consists of programs from various performances. Performance groups highlighted include the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Brooklyn Institute.
Coll. Number: ms688.series8

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 8 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Downes’ notes, research material, drafts, outlines, typescripts, and galleys of several of his major published and unpublished books, as well as a compilation edited by Irene Downes and materials for a memoir.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 unarranged but a listing is provided for access.

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)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Olin 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 1-7 and 9-14.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 8: Programs

11Miscellaneous Programs
2Contemporary Music Society Program, 03/01/1961
3Brooklyn Institute of Arts & Sciences, Sept 19, 1933
4Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1933 - 1934
5The Institute at the Academy of Music - Extension Causes, 1939 - 1940
6Brooklyn Institute of Arts & Sciences - Downes' Programs
7Brooklyn Institute - Institute Week at the Academy of Music, Oct 21 - 27, 1938
8The Philharmonic - Symphony Society
9Brooklyn Academy of Music - Monthly Review
10Berkshire Music Center, 1940
11Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1955 - 1956
12Brooklyn Institute, 1933 - 1934
13Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1953 - 1954
14Brooklyn Institute of Arts & Sciences, 1934 - 1935
15Contemporary Music Society, 03/01/1960
16Brooklyn Institute of Arts & Sciences, 1933
17Olin Downes & George Barrere & Barrere Little Symphony
18Carl Fisker
19Brooklyn Institute of Arts & Sciences - Department of Philology, French Section
20The Brooklyn Institute - Calendar, 1938 - 1939
21The Brooklyn Institute of Arts & Sciences, 1934 - 1935
21Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1932 - 1933
2Brooklyn Academy of Music
3Various unidentified New York programs