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MS Am 2592

Aldrich, Richard, 1863-1937. Richard Aldrich papers, 1842-1956: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2592
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Aldrich, Richard, 1863-1937.
Title: Richard Aldrich papers,
Date(s): 1842-1956,
Date(s): (bulk) 1883-1938.
Quantity: 1 collection (9.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are primarily in English. Also includes materials in French and German.
Abstract: Correspondence, compositions, and other papers of the music critic Richard Aldrich (1863-1937), including collected photographs and programs. Also includes collection of letters from Aldrich to Otto Dresel (1826-1890).

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

93M-0224. Transferred from the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard University; received: 1970.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Alexis Dinniman and Barbara Wolff, with the assistance of Jennifer Lyons.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Richard Aldrich Papers, 1842-1956 (MS Am 2592). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See also: Richard Aldrich Collection of Musical Autographs (MS Mus 108). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library at Harvard includes Aldrich's scrapbooks (Isham Lib. 3132.336.42, 1-7) .

Separated Materials

The Aldrich subject files contained clippings from newspapers and music magazines, programs, paraphernalia, and from American, British, French, and German publications. They were kept in envelopes inscribed by Aldrich. The clippings could not be saved due to their physical deterioration, but the texts from the inscriptions on the envelopes were retained and are listed below.

Biographical / Historical

Richard Aldrich (1863-1937), a graduate of the Harvard University class of 1885, was the chief music critic for the New York Times ca.1902-1924. Aldrich also authored several books on music criticism and was an avid collector who put together one of the finest private music libraries, now a part of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library at Harvard University.

Bibliography

Aldrich, Richard. A catalogue of books relating to music in the library of Richard Aldrich. New York, 1931. Aldrich, Richard. Concert life in New York, 1902-1923. New York, G. P. Putnam's sons, 1934. Aldrich, Richard. Musical discourse : from the New York Times. London ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1928.

Arrangement

Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents


I. Correspondence. The Correspondence series is organized alphabetically by name. Correspondence within this collection includes: letters to Richard Aldrich from family, social, and professional contacts (many connected to the world of music) and a collection of letters from Aldrich to Otto Dresel, German concert pianist and emigrant to the United States. Aldrich's compositions include manuscript and typescript essays by Aldrich and other musicologists, and some clippings of Aldrich's reviews for the New York Times.
II. Compositions. The Compositions series is organized alphabetically by title. This series includes manuscript and typescript essays by Aldrich and other musicologists. Also includes some clippings of Aldrich's reviews for the New York Times.
III. Compositions by Others. The Compositions by Others Series in arranged alphabetically by author. This series includes essays and other writings by colleagues of Aldrich. A few items include letters sent with composition.
IV. Biographical Materials on Richard Aldrich. The Biographical series is arranged by genre. It includes a large number of Aldrich's appointment books and a small number of family photographs.
V. Work Files. This series includes research materials related to the publication of Aldrich's A catalogue of books relating to music in the library of Richard Aldrich as well as numerous concert programs, a pair of subject file notebooks, and a scrapbook of clippings containing book reviews and research material.
VI. Materials Collected by Richard Aldrich. This series is arranged by genre and includes Aldrich's collection of cabinet photographs of prominent musicians. Also includes brochures and printed music.

Aldrich subject files


These files contained clippings from newspapers and music magazines, programs, paraphernalia, and from American, British, French, and German publications. They were kept in envelopes inscribed by Aldrich. The clippings could not be saved due to their physical deterioration, but the text from the inscriptions on the envelopes were retained and are listed below. Entries in this list are often supplemented with first names taken from the clippings. Identification of persons were taken from the clippings as well. Entries are Aldrich's wording.
Organized: A. General subjects; B. Persons; C. Organizations; and D. Terms (same as subjects?)
Abbreviations for Persons: comp = composer; cond = conductor; crit = critic; ed = educator; org = organist; pia = pianist; sin =singer; vn = violinist.

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