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Boston Symphony Orchestra Inc. (Boston, MA 02115-4557)
Bridget M. Carr (Project Director: July 2014 to present)

Boston Symphony Orchestra Archives Content Digitization Project: Boston Pops and Tanglewood Music Center History

The indexing and digitization of the program books of the Boston Pops dating from 1885 to the present and Tanglewood Music Center dating from 1940 to the present.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra proposes to digitize and make freely accessible via the internet the full performance history and concert programs of the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO's academy for advanced musical study. This is a continuation of a project that the BSO began two years ago with support from the NEH. The BSO recently digitized the entire history of the BSO's primary orchestra concerts, comprising 7,500 program books representing 17,000 BSO concerts. As part of this project, the BSO created HENRY, now available at The BSO will use a grant from the NEH to digitize the concert programs for all Boston Pops concerts, 1885 to present and all Tanglewood Music Center programs, 1940 to present. The performance details for the Pops (8,320 concerts) and TMC (2,800 concerts) will also be added to the HENRY search engine.

Project fields:
American Studies; Music History and Criticism

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$94,200 (approved)
$93,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 10/31/2018