Olin Downes Papers- Series 9. Photographs and Sketches

Olin Downes Papers- Series 9. Photographs and Sketches

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Downes, Olin, 1886-1955
Title: Olin Downes Papers- Series 9. Photographs and Sketches
Dates: ca. 1910-1955
Quantity: 5.2 Linear feet (6 document boxes, 1 half box, 2 oversized boxes)
Abstract:The series consists of photographs of the Olin Downes and the Downes and Miles families from ca. 1910-1955. Includes photographs of Olin Downes; his wives Marion Davenport Downes and Irene Miles Downes; children Dorothy Downes Williams, Nancy Downes Smith, and Edward Downes; Raymond Miles and the Miles family; and various public figures or friends. The series also contains postcards of various locales in the United States and Europe.
Coll. Number: ms688.series9

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Downes’ notes, research material, drafts, outlines, typescripts, and galleys of several of his major published and unpublished books, as well as a compilation edited by Irene Downes and materials for a memoir.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


Arranged in alphabetical order by name of photograph subject.

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

Downes family
Downes, Edward, 1911-2001
Downes, Marion Davenport
Miles family
Miles, Raymond
Music critics--United States.
Smith, Nancy Downes
Williams, Dorothy Downes

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Olin Downes papers, MS 688 (Series 9. Photographs). 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 1-8 and 10-14.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Abell, Arthur and Louise [see also: Correlo, Lohengrin, Strauss]- with Downes, Olin, and Bachelor, Ruth.
2Albeniz, Isaac
3Animals (pets, etc)
4Ansermet, Ernest
5Antiques (furniture)
6Arbos, Enrique Fernandez
7Ascherfield, Clara
8Ballets, scenes from- "Central Park" and "American in Paris"
9Barbieri, Fedora
10Bartok, Bela
11Bauer, Marion
12Behre, Theodore (brother-in-law)
13Berocrie, Thelma
14Bertolamiv, Viviane
15Biggs, E. Power
16Bloch, Ernest
17Borge, Vincent- in concert
18Brahms, Johannes
19Brevard Music Festival, 1954
20Brice, Antonia
21Canletti, Guido See also: Toscanini
2Corelli, Arcangelo
3Cutter, Carl & Family [Downes Brother-in-law]
4Davison, A. T.
5De Bra, Elizabeth
6De Carvalho, Eleasor
7De Lanux, Elizabeth
8Downes, Irene Miles - Childhood
9Downes, Irene Miles - Adolescence
10Downes, Irene Miles
11Downes, Irene Miles & Family (Miles)
12Downes, Irene Miles & Others
13Downes, Irene Miles & Others
31Downes, Louise Coison
2 - 5Downes, Olin
6Downes, Olin & Irene
7-8Downes, Olin & Others
9Downes, Olin & Irene & Others
10Downes, Olin & Marion Davenport [1st Marriage]
11Eastman Senior Symphony
12Eroica House [Vienna Austria]
13Ford Peace Ship, 1915 - 1916
14Frugoni, Orazio
15Gamer, George Robert with Olin Downes
16Gaston, Ward J.
17Gilbert, Henry Franklin
18Gold, Julius
19Gordon, Jacques
20Greenberg, M. (etchings by)
21Gromyko, A. with Olin Downes
41Hale, Philip
2Hammerslough, Alec
3Hansen, Howard
4Harris, Roy & Wife
5Heifetz, Jascha
6Hubbard, Charles
7Hugo, Victor
8Ives, Charles
9Jalas, Jassi
10Kapell, William
11Kaltenborn, H.V. & Family
12Kelterborn, Louis Wilhelm
13Kinkeldey, Otto
14Kodály, Zoltán
15Koussevitsky, Serge & Olga
16Kramer, Walter F.
17Kreisler, Fritz
18Kurtz, Efrem
19Kurtz, Peter
20Lenom, Clement
21Lewisohn, Irene
22Librizzi, Raymond
23Malcuzynski, Witold
24Miles - Family
25Miles - Paternal Grandparents
26Miles, Laura M.
27Miles, Mildred
28-29Miles, Raymond
30Miles, Raymond - Family
51Miles, Mark Robin
2Miles, William
3-4Miles - [Family?]
5Miller, Frank
9Miscellaneous Column Layouts
10Morris, Newbald
11Paderewski, Ignace Jan
12Peabody Conservatory
13Philippe, Isadore
61Rachmaninoff, Sergei Vassilievich
2Reiner, Fritz
3Rodinski, Artur
4-5Rogers, Bernard
6Rose, Hugh
7Rosenthal, Moriz
8Ruggles, Carl
9Sargent, Winthrop
10Schweitzer, Albert
11Shanet, Howard
12Shostakovich, Dimitri
13Sibelius, Jean
14Spalding, Albert
15Stillman - Kelly, Egar
16Straus, Richard
18Telmanyi Family Quartet
19Thompson, Virgil
20Toscanini, Arturo
21Vaugh-Williams, Ralph
22Villa-Lobos, Heitor
23Volpe, Arnold (Bust)
24Wagner, Richard & Family
25Walter, Bruno
26White, Paul
27Whitman, Walt (Medallion)
28Women in Orchestras - Pictures
7Post Cards- various blank picture postcards, often depicting Massachusetts, New York, or European scenes (approx. 200)

Oversized and framed photographs, sketches of composers, etc

OS BoxItem
81Framed sketch (reproduction)- Strauss cnducting Mozart
2Framed photographs- triptych of Beethoven monuments
3Photograph- candid- Sergei Rachmaninoff and Eugene Ormandy
4Photograph- candid- Sergei Rachmaninoff and Eugene Ormandy
5Photograph- damaged- [illegible] unidentified composer
6Photograph- portrait- Jean Sibelius
7Clipping re Jean Sibelius
8Photograph- portrait- Vaughan Williams
9Contact sheet set- Olin Downes
10Photograph- portrait- Fritz Kreisler
11Photograph- portrait- Olin Downes at piano
12Photograph- portrait- Olin Downes as young man
13Sketch- Olin Downes
14Photograph- portrait- Frank Damrosch
15Certificate of honor- for Olin Downes from the Order of the White Rose of Finland, 1937
16Clipping: Conductor gives his idea of how orchestras might solve problems, 1950
17Sheet Music to song- Among Foes, Music by S. Tanieff, edited by Olin Downes
18Honor Roll certificate for Irene L. Miles, 1896
19Charcoal sketch (reproduction) Richard Strauss
20Framed souvenir program re Wagner from Arthur Abell to Olin Downes, 1952
21Framed pencil sketch of woman in profile [Irene Downes], 1952
22Photographs- portraits (2)- Philip Hale
236 Sketches of Isadora Duncan, by Abraham Walkowitz
OS Box
9Der Mantel Gogol- 12 Lithographs by Walter Gramatte, 1930