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Philharmonic Symphony Society of New York, Inc. (New York, NY 10023-6970)
Barbara B. Haws (Project Director: July 2014 to present)

New York Philharmonic Digital Archives Project 1842-1943

The digitization of over 400,000 pages of the New York Philharmonic’s institutional records and 2,100 bound musical scores documenting the history of the organization from 1842 to 1943.

The New York Philharmonic is requesting a grant of $350,000 over three years (September 2015-August 2018) to digitize 404,100 pages of institutional records dating from 1842-1943, and make them freely available to humanities researchers, musicologists, musicians, and the general public on the Digital Archives website. Materials to be digitized as part of this project include Board minutes, correspondence, financial documents, labor contracts, audience lists, orchestral scores, and press clippings, providing a unique perspective on the cultural, political and social history of New York City and the United States. The newly-digitized materials will be added to the existing 1.5 million pages of archival documents from 1943-1970 that have been digitized since 2009. This project will result in further awareness of, as well as instant access to, the rich resources that exist for scholarly research on a variety of humanities themes within the Philharmonic Archives collection.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Music History and Criticism

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$325,000 (approved)
$325,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 8/31/2018