Washington University

Contact: Bradley Short


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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.? No.
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). Currently collecting:

1) Washington University (Saint Louis, Mo.). Dept. of Music. Programs 1950/1951-present

2) St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. [Programs] 1908/1909-1910/1911; 1914/1915-1916/1917; 1917/1918-1923/1924; 1925/1926-1928/1929; 1931/1932-1942/1943; 1944/1945-1979/1980; 1980/1981-1998/1999
     INCOMPLETE VOLUMES: 1912/1913-1913/1914; 1916/1917; 1924/1925; 1929/1930-1930/1931; 1943/1944

3) Opera Theatre of Saint Louis 1-28 (1976-2003)

In the catalog (not currently collecting):

1) Blossom Music Center : [festival book] 1971-1987
2) Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Programs 1896/1897, 1899/1900,1911-1922/1923
3) Year book - Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. vol. 50th (1944-1945) only
4) The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. 1982-1987
5) Metropolitan Opera. 1971
6) New York Philharmonic. Program 1929-1930
7) Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra program magazine. 1963-1967
8) Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Programs 1963/1964-1966/1967
9) St. Louis Symphony Orchestra/Mississippi River festival [Programs] 1969-1970
10) Ethical Society of St. Louis. Chamber Music Concerts.VOLS. SPAN: 1931/1932-1964/1965
11) Synchronia (Musical group) Programs (1985/1986-1994/1995)
12) St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra : [programs] season 105-126 (1964/1965-1985/1986)
13) The Cleveland Orchestra : [festival concert programs]. 1971-1987
14) The Cleveland Orchestra 1919-1920; 1922-1923-1924-1925; 1928-1929; 1934/1935-1937/1938; 1947/1948-1981/1982
15) Programmes / Philadelphia Orchestra 1919-1936; 1947-1990
16) Concert bulletin / Boston Symphony Orchestra 1936-1967
17) Programme / Boston Symphony Orchestra holdings span 1888-1936

4. Do you have collection level or title/series level descriptions of your holdings? If yes, are these descriptions available online or in print?


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. No.
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? Very little use is made of these holdings. The cataloged materials are available to the public, the uncataloged collections are not. The main use has been for historical research.
7. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a broader census of program holdings within your national branch? No.
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. St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (John Tafoya johnt@slso.org), St. Louise Symphony School (Allen Hoffman ahoffman@webster.edu), St. Louise Public Library (Suzy Frechette mfrechette@slpl.lib.mo.us), Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (Therese Dickman tdickma@siue.edu).

Compiled by Rebecca Arnott (rja7@email.byu.edu), John Spilker (jds233@email.byu.edu), and Annie Erickson (aerickson623@hotmail.com)