Curtis Institute of Music

Contact: Elizabeth Walker

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1. Does your instution maintain holdings of concert programs? Yes.
2. Apart from concert programs, does your institution have significant holdings of other types of documents that can be useful for performance research such as libretti, playbills, historical journals with concert reviews, etc.? Specifications, stoplists, some photos of American and Canadian pipe organs (1900-1930) associated with the memorabilia of former Curtis faculty member Lynnwood Farnam (1885-1930). Account books and harp ensemble tours (ca. 1930s-1950s) organized by former Curtis faculty member Carlos Salzedo (1885-1961).
3. Please list major concert venues, ensembles or performing organizations, and artists that are represented in your holdings. If possible, indicate a general timeframe for each (e.g. New York Philharmonic: 1920-1950). If your holdings are so extensive it is impractical to submit a list in a timely fashion, please provide a general overview (e.g. Programs of various musical events in Stockholm: 19th and 20th centuries). Curtis Institute of Music concert programs from the school's founding in 1924 to present. Philadelphia Orchestra programs from 1901 to present (lacking only the first season in 1900-1901). Partial bound runs from portions of the 20th century for various major American orchestras.
4. Do you have collection level or title/series level descriptions of your holdings? If yes, are these descriptions available online or in print? St. Julien, Marcus G. [Lynnwood Farnam: American classic organist. Thesis (D. M. A.)--Rice University, 2002. OCLC record no. 50281512], Farnam, Lynnwood, 1885-1930. {Correspondence. Selections} Correspondence of Lynnwood Farnam; housed in the Farnam Collection of the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania/transcribed and edited by Marcus G. St. Julien - [Houston, Tex.; M. G. St. Julien, c2002] OCLC record no. 50262967
5. Have you undertaken or are you planning any item level indexing or cataloging of individual programs? If yes, please list the categories of information that are indexed for each program (e.g. date, venue, artists, works, etc.). If the details of your plan are not yet specified, please made a simple explanation of what you hope to accomplish. If your index is available online please provide the URL. If it exists in some other electronic format such as an Excel or FileMaker file please try to send it as an attachment. Curtis Institute Concert Programs for which recordings exist (selected performances 1969-1974, nearly complete coverage 1974-75 to date) are fully indexed by date/venue, artists, individual works. Programs from 1999-2000 through 2002-2003 are cataloged electronically in our OPAC; the remainder are still on cards.
6. Please briefly describe the clientele or research use of your holdings. Are the programs accessible to the public? Are they used for historical research or more for practical in-house institutional functions? Extensive in-house use of Curtis Concert Index by all classes of borrowers. Use of all collections by outside researchers is by appointment only.
7. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a broader census of program holdings within your national branch? Not at this time.
8. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a template or questionnaire for submitting collection level descriptions? No.
9. Are you able and willing to participate in preparing the draft thesauri for genre and instrumentation? No.
10. Can you refer other potential participants for the IAML project? Please provide names and email addresses if possible. [none]

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