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Fredric R. Mann papers

Call Number: MSS 154
Scope and Contents
The papers primarily document Mann's charitable and philanthropic efforts, particularly of the arts and music, his involvement in the Jewish community and relations between Philadelphia and Israel. The papers also document Mann's governmental work in a variety of posts for the City of Philadelphia, the State of Pennsylvania, and the United States.

Of particular note are the materials related to the history and development of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Palestine Orchestra), the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Robin Hood Dell West/Fredric R. Mann Music Center in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, as well as Mann's post as the City Representative for Philadelphia. The correspondence series contains letters from international musicians, public figures, and heads of state.

Materials include correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings and articles, and audiovisual materials. Digital materials were recorded in 1982 and 1997 onto audiocassette tapes. These tapes were subsequently digitized in 2019. Dates for these files were determined based on the date the original tapes were recorded.
Language of Materials
Materials are in English, Hebrew, French, and Spanish.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.

Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy, which is retained by the repository. All copies are provided as digital files. Researchers should consult the ordering reproductions information on the Music library website or contact:

As a preservation measure, original digital materials may not be used. Researchers must consult access copies. Contact the Music library at to request access.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright is retained by the donor, Alexis Denny Kaufmann, for unpublished materials. After the lifetime of Alexis Denny Kaufmann, copyright passes to Yale University. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Alexis Denny Kaufmann, 2020.
The papers are organized in six series: I. Biographical materials, 1910-1997. II. Topical files, 1917-1999. III. Correspondence, 1927-1987. IV. Photographs and photo albums, 1920-1986. V. Scrapbooks 1935-1980. VI. Clippings, Circa 1920-circa 1999.

Digital materials have been integrated into the appropriate series based on content.
44 Linear Feet ((73 boxes) and 1.80 gigabytes)
Related Names
Mann, Fredric R. (Fredric Rand), 1903-1987
Language of Materials