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Edward G. Levy collection of papers relating to music

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 955

Scope and Contents

Contains manuscript and printed music, and scrapbooks, photographs, printed material, and other materials relating to 19th-20th century American and European music, collected by Edward G. Levy. Four scrapbooks made by Helen D. Love Scranton, genealogist and daughter of Edward Gurley Love (1850-1919) and Lucy Cleveland Prindle, contain advertisements, programs, tickets, and manuscript notes relating to performances of opera, musicals, plays, orchestral music, chamber music, vocal recitals, children's concerts, dance, and non-Western music in New York City, Bayreuth, Berlin, Paris, and London, 1895-1910, including materials relating to the Metropolitan Opera, German opera in New York City conducted by Walter Damrosch, Carnegie Hall, the Symphony Society of New York, the Philharmonic Society of New York, the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, the Kroll Opera, and the Berliner Philharmoniker. Music includes an unidentified fragment, autograph manuscript, signed, by P. A. Tirindelli, 1894, and clippings of songs and keyboard music published in magazines, 1886-1888 and undated. Photographs include images of American singer and actress Lillian Russell, on Sweet Caporal Cigarette cards (Kinney Bros., New York), circa 1880s-1890s; and Italian actress Giannina Chiantoni, in Italian theater productions, circa 1910. Printed material includes clippings of newspaper advertisements for theater performances in the Howard Athenaeum, Boston, 1859 and undated, and the Wagner Opera House, Bradford, Pennsylvania, 1884-1885. Other materials consist of articles by Marion Thede and Harold Preece, circa 1970s, about American cowboy songs, typescript with printer's annotations, possibly published in Real West magazine; and buttons and paper fans advertisting American businesses and organizations relating to music, circa 1900.

Dates

  • 1859-1970s
  • Majority of material found within 1880 - 1910

Creator

Language of Materials

Chiefly in English; some materials in German or French.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Edward G. Levy Collection of Papers Relating to Music is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Edward G. Levy, 1977.

Arrangement

Organized into five series: I. Helen D. Love Scranton Scrapbooks, 1895-1910. II. Music, 1886-1894. III. Photographs, 1880s-1949. IV. Printed Material, 1859-1970s. V. Other Materials, 1900-1970s.

Extent

1.63 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.levymusic

Overview

Contains manuscript and printed music, and scrapbooks, photographs, printed material, and other materials relating to nineteenth-twentieth century American and European music, collected by Edward G. Levy. Four scrapbooks made by Helen D. Love Scranton, genealogist and daughter of Edward Gurley Love (1850-1919) and Lucy Cleveland Prindle, contain advertisements, programs, tickets, and manuscript notes relating to performances of opera, musicals, plays, orchestral music, chamber music, vocal recitals, children's concerts, dance, and non-Western music in New York City, Bayreuth, Berlin, Paris, and London, 1895-1910, including materials relating to the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, the Symphony Society of New York, the Philharmonic Society of New York, German opera in New York City conducted by Walter Damrosch, the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, the Kroll Opera, and the Berliner Philharmoniker. Music includes an unidentified fragment, autograph manuscript, signed, by P. A. Tirindelli, 1894, and clippings of songs and keyboard music published in magazines, 1886-1888 and undated. Photographs include images of American singer and actress Lillian Russell, on Sweet Caporal Cigarette cards (Kinney Bros., New York), circa 1880s-1890s; and Italian actress Giannina Chiantoni, in Italian theater productions, circa 1910. Printed material includes clippings of newspaper advertisements for theater performances in the Howard Athenaeum, Boston, 1859 and undated, and the Wagner Opera House, Bradford, Pennsylvania, 1884-1885. Other materials consist of articles by Marion Thede and Harold Preece, circa 1970s, about American cowboy songs, typescript with printer's annotations, possibly published in Real West magazine; and buttons and paper fans advertisting American businesses and organizations relating to music, circa 1900.

Edward G. Levy (1898-1990)

Edward G. Levy received his LL.B from Boston University in 1921 and joined his brother's New Haven law practice. In 1939 he was sentenced to a year in jail for his participation in a kickback scheme led by the mayor of Waterbury. In later years he and his wife, Hortense R. Levy, collected autographs and dime novels and made substantial donations of these materials to several libraries. Edward G. Levy died in 1990.

Processing Information

This collection consists of materials formerly classed as Uncat MS Vault 854. In 2013, the collection received a baseline level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.
Title
Guide to the Edward G. Levy Collection of Papers Relating to Music
Author
by Karen Spicher
Date
2013 June
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Location

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