Summary Information
Title: Pittsburgh Symphony Society Records
Collection Number: AIS.1966.16
Creator: Pittsburgh Symphony Society.

Collection Dates: 1927-1964
Extent: 14.75 linear feet (7 boxes; 21 oversized ledgers and scrapbooks)

Language: English

Abstract:
The Pittsburgh Symphony Society was formed in 1927 to support the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. This collection consists of organizational records, committee activities, contracts, active and inactive Society membership cards, brochures, advertisements, financial records and ledgers, scrapbooks, and newspaper clippings.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

October 2009
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Wendy Pflug
History

The Pittsburgh Symphony Society emanated from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to support, encourage, and promote further interest in the arts. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra was originally formed in 1895 and disbanded due to financial difficulties in 1910. It was 1926 before the orchestra was reestablished with its members rehearsing for no fee and each musician contributed money to make a new season in 1927 possible. The Pittsburgh Symphony Society was formed in 1927 to administer the daily tasks associated with running a symphony. The Society raised funds in order to maintain an orchestra by actively soliciting corporate and individual members, running the box office, and careful accounting. The Society was also responsible for arranging contracts between musicians and conductors, along with program advertisers. The Pittsburgh Symphony Society sought to raise the profile of the symphony promoting performances in local publications, through advertisements and announcements. In order to instill a life-long appreciation of music, the Society organized frequent Young People's Concerts for local school children. The Pittsburgh Symphony Society’s primary goal was to promote and financially support the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. It achieved world wide renown and recognition, often appearing in national and international publications to great acclaim.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

This collection contains financial records, organization records, contracts, operational material on the Pittsburgh Symphony and active and inactive Society membership cards, financial campaign material, scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, committee activities, advertisements, and memorabilia.


Arrangement

Series I. Administrative Files, 1927-1959

Series II. Press Files, 1928-1955

Series III. Financial Files, 1934-1964

Series IV. Membership Files, 1927-1958

Series V. Scrapbooks, 1943-1956


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Musical groups -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

Corporate Names
  • American Federation of Musicians. Local 60 (Pittsburgh, Pa).
  • Pittsburgh Opera (Pa.).
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Society.

Personal Names
  • Reiner, Fritz, 1888-1963

Locations
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Social life and customs

Occupations
  • Conductors (Musicians)

Category
  • Music
  • Societies

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of John Edwards on September 9, 1966.

Preferred Citation:

Pittsburgh Symphony Society Records, 1927-1964, AIS.1966.16, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was reprocessed by Wendy Pflug in September 2009. It was originally processed by Archive Service Center staff in 1966.

Copyright:

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Related Material:

American Federation of Musicians, Local 60-471 Records, 1906-1996, AIS.1997.41, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society Records, 1961-2009, AIS.1998.51, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Penn Theater, Pittsburgh, Pa., Records, 1927-1964, AIS.1968.06, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh


Collection Inventory

Series I. Administrative Files, 1927-1959

Scope and Content Notes:

The Administrative Files series contains information on the daily administration of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra by the Pittsburgh Symphony Society. Included in this series are documents on organizing special concerts for local school children, contracts with various musicians, along with programs, orchestra tour schedules, and tickets. Also included in this series is correspondence and notes from the Board of Directors, President, Vice President, Secretary, and Manager of the Pittsburgh Symphony Society. This Administrative Files series is arranged alphabetically.


Box 1
Folder 1 Executive Board Remarks, 1936
Folder 2 Executive Board of the Pittsburgh Symphony Society By-Laws, 1952
Folder 3 Executive Board Memos, 1952
Folder 4 Reports to the Board of Directors and Call for Meetings, 1952-1953
Folder 5 Board of Directors Correspondence, 1954
Folder 6 Board of Directors Petition to the Trustees of the Falk Foundation, undated
Folder 7 Contract between Pittsburgh Symphony and American Federation of Musicians, Local 60 1950
Folder 8 Contracts Soloists and Conductors, 1951-1954
Folder 9 Contract with Pittsburgh Opera Society, 1953-1954
Folder 10 Contracts with American Federation of Musicians, Local 60, 1953-1959
Folder 11 Contracts with Soloists, 1954-1957
Folder 12 Contracts with Program Advertisers, 1954-1956
Folder 13 Contracts with Program Advertisers, 1956-1958
Folder 14 Contracts with Soloists, 1957-1958
Folder 15 Contracts with Program Advertisers, 1958-1959
Folder 16 Conductor's Symposium, Notes and Photographs, 1958-1959
Folder 17 Floor plans for Proposed Music Hall, 1939
Folder 18 Manager, Edward Specter, 1936-1950
Folder 19 Manager, William McKelvy Martin, Incoming Correspondence, 1954
Folder 20 Manager, John S. Edward, Outgoing Correspondence, 1956
Folder 21 Performance Program Notes for Joan of Arc, 1953
Folder 22 Pittsburgh Symphony Society Annual Meeting, 1954
Folder 23 Pittsburgh Junior Symphony Audition Cards, 1953
Folder 24 Pittsburgh Junior Symphony, 1953,1956
Folder 25 Pittsburgh Symphony Society Campaign Letterhead, 1934
Folder 26 Pittsburgh Symphony Society Envelope Letterhead, undated
Folder 27 Pittsburgh Symphony Society Luncheon, 1952
Folder 28 Pittsburgh Symphony Society Ticket Stubs, 1928-1931
Folder 29 Pittsburgh Symphony Tour Schedule, 1951
Folder 30 President, Mrs. William Maclay Hall, Correspondence, 1928-1930
Folder 31 President, Charles Denby, Notes, 1952
Folder 32 President, Charles Denby, Report to the Board of Directors 1952
Folder 33 President, Charles Denby, Outgoing Correspondence, 1953-1956
Folder 34 Programs, 1927-1954
Folder 35 Programs, Concerts for High School Students, 1950-1951
Folder 36 Program, Railroad Night at the Symphony, 1956
Folder 37 Programs, Pittsburgh Orchestra Association Concert, 1944-1946
Folder 38 Secretary, Richard J. Rauh, Correspondence, 1927
Folder 39 Secretary Richard J. Rauh, Notes and Newspaper Clippings, 1952
Folder 40 Vice-President, E.T. Weir, Incoming Correspondence, 1949
Folder 41 Vice-President, E.T. Weir, Outgoing Correspondence, 1954
Folder 42 Young People's Concert, 1939
Folder 43 Young People's Concerts, 1954-1956
Folder 44 Young People's Concerts, 1956
Folder 45 Young People's Concerts, 1957-1958
Folder 46 Young People's Concerts Questionnaire, 1958

Box 2
Folder 1 Young People's Concert Seating Arrangement, 1961
Folder 2 Young People's Concerts Promotional Material, undated
Folder 3 Young People's Concerts Photographs, undated

Series II. Press Files, 1928-1955

Scope and Content Notes:

The Press Files series contains material that publicized performances of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Included in this series are numerous newspaper clippings from local and national publications that show the popularity and renown of the symphony. The Press Files series also feature advertisement and announcements of symphony concerts. Of particular interest are a brief biography written by the Society on renowned conductor Fritz Reiner and press releases from Columbia Music on recording released of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performances. This series is arranged by year.

Folder 4 Symphony Concert Flyers, 1928-1945
Folder 5 Newspaper Clippings, 1928
Folder 6 Newspaper Clippings, 1929
Folder 7 Newspaper Clippings, 1929
Folder 8 Newspaper Clippings, 1929
Folder 9 Newspaper Clippings, 1929
Folder 10 Newspaper Clippings, 1929
Folder 11 Concert Flyer, 1929
Folder 12 Newspaper Clippings, 1930-1931
Folder 13 Newspaper Clippings, 1930-1931
Folder 14 Newspaper Clippings, 1931-1932
Folder 15 Newspaper Clippings, 1931-1932
Folder 16 Newspaper Clippings, 1932-1933
Folder 17 Newspaper Clippings, 1932-1933
Folder 18 Newspaper Clippings, 1933-1934
Folder 19 Newspaper Clippings, 1933-1934
Folder 20 Newspaper Clippings, 1934-1935
Folder 21 Newspaper Clippings, 1934-1935

Box 3
Folder 1 Newspaper Clippings, 1934-1935
Folder 2 Newspaper Clippings, 1934-1935
Folder 3 Newspaper Clippings, 1935-1936
Folder 4 Newspaper Clippings, 1935-1936
Folder 5 Newspaper Clippings, 1936-1937
Folder 6 Newspaper Clippings, 1936-1937
Folder 7 Newspaper Clippings, 1937-1938
Folder 8 Newspaper Clippings on Symphony Guest Artists, 1938
Folder 9 Symphony Concert Flyers, 1938-1939
Folder 10 Newspaper Clippings, 1938-1939
Folder 11 Newspaper Clippings, 1939-1940

Box 4
Folder 1 Newspaper Clippings, 1940-1941
Folder 2 Newspaper Clippings, 1940-1941
Folder 3 Symphony Advertisements, 1940-1950
Folder 4 Symphony Newspaper Clippings and Advertisements, 1941-1943
Folder 5 Newspaper Clippings, 1941-1942
Folder 6 Fritz Reiner Biography and Newspaper Clippings, 1944-1945
Folder 7 Newspaper Clippings, 1950-1952
Folder 8 Symphony Press Releases, 1953-1954
Folder 8 Symphony Concert Announcements, 1953-1954
Folder 10 Press Releases for the Performance of Handel's Messiah 1955
Folder 11 High School Concerts Newspaper Clippings, undated
Folder 12 Press Releases, undated

Series III. Financial Files, 1934-1964

Scope and Content Notes:

This series chronicles the financial accounting of maintaining the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The Financial Files series includes information on various fundraising campaigns, contributions pledged, box office statements, and expenditure reports. This series also includes twelve oversized financial ledgers detailing cash receipts, disbursements, accounts, and payroll. The Financial Files series is arranged by year.

Folder 13 Symphony Fundraising Campaign Dinner Program, 1934
Folder 14 Bank Deposit Books, 1934-1939
Folder 15 Symphony Budget, 1937-1938
Folder 16 Symphony Fundraising Campaign Material, 1939, 1951
Folder 17 Orchestra Tours Expenses, 1948-1950
Folder 18 Symphony Fundraising Campaign Worker's Kit, 1950
Folder 19 Orchestra Tours Expenses, 1950-1955
Folder 20 Orchestra Fundraising Campaign, 1950-1951, 1954
Folder 21 Box Office Statements, 1951-1952
Folder 22 Symphony Fundraising Campaign Information, 1951-1952
Folder 23 Comparative Operating Results, 1952-1957
Folder 24 Box Office Statements, 1952-1953

Box 5
Folder 1 Corporate Sponsors Gifts, 1952-1957
Folder 2 Box Office Statements, 1953-1954
Folder 3 Weekly Summary Expenditure Reports, 1953-1954
Folder 4 Disbursement Statements, May to December, 1953
Folder 5 Disbursement Statements, January to June, 1954
Folder 6 Disbursement Statements, July to December, 1954
Folder 7 Weekly Summary Expenditure Reports, 1954-1955
Folder 8 Disbursement Statements, January to June, 1955
Folder 9 Disbursement Statements, July to December, 1955
Folder 10 Deficit, 1955-1956
Folder 11 Contributions Pledged, 1955-1956
Folder 12 Budget, 1955-1956
Folder 13 Weekly Summary Expenditure Reports, 1955-1956
Folder 14 Disbursement Statements, January to June, 1956
Folder 15 Disbursement Statements, July to December, 1956
Folder 16 Weekly Summary Expenditure Reports, 1956-1957
Folder 17 Disbursement Statements, January to June, 1957
Folder 18 Disbursement Statements, July to December, 1957

Box 6
Folder 1 Weekly Summary Expenditure Reports, 1957-1958
Folder 2 Disbursement Statements, January to June, 1958
Folder 3 Disbursement Statements, July to December, 1958
Oversize Ledger 1 Cash Disbursements, June 1927- February, 1934
Oversize Ledger 2 Cash Receipts, June 1927- February 1944
Oversize Ledger 3 Account Book, March 1926- October 1926
Oversize Ledger 4 Account Book, June 1927- May 1934
Oversize Ledger 5 Account Book, June 1927- May 1939
Oversize Ledger 6 Account Book, May 1939- December 1946
Oversize Ledger 7 Cash Receipts, February 1944- June 1956
Oversize Ledger 8 Cash Disbursements, March 1944- June 1956
Oversize Ledger 9 Account Book, December 1946- April 1952
Oversize Ledger 10 Account Book, April 1952- January 1957
Oversize Ledger 11 Payroll Book, 1962-1963
Oversize Ledger 12 Check Register, 1962-1964

Series IV. Membership Files, 1927-1958

Scope and Content Notes:

The Membership Files series details the various membership campaigns and drives lead by the Pittsburgh Symphony Society. Included in this series are index cards of season subscribers and correspondence with corporate sponsors, events planned and coordinated by the Pittsburgh Symphony Society Womem's Association. This series is arranged by year.

Folder 4 Membership Campaign,
Folder 5 Membership Cards, 1927-1929
Folder 6 Correspondence to Members (Form Letter), 1927-1928, 1930
Folder 7 Women’s Association Meeting Minutes, 1937
Folder 8 Membership Campaign Drive, 1937
Folder 9 Women’s Association Correspondence, 1938-1939
Folder 10 Women’s Association Form Letters, 1938-1939, 1954-1955
Folder 12 Women’s Association Reply Cards, 1939, 1954-1955
Folder 12 Membership Campaign, 1943-1944
Folder 13 Corporate Sponsorship Committee List of Organizations, 1950
Folder 14 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Prospective Donors 1950-1951
Folder 15 Women's Association, Board of Directors Nominations, 1951
Folder 16 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Draft of Proposed Letters, 1951-1952, 1955
Folder 17 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Memos and Charts 1952
Folder 18 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Correspondence, 1952
Folder 19 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Luncheon, 1952
Folder 20 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Lists of Amount Donated by Companies “A-D,” 1952-1953
Folder 21 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Reports, 1952-1954
Folder 22 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Correspondence with Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation, 1952-1953
Folder 23 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Correspondence with Companies “A-C,” 1952-1956
Folder 24 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Correspondence with Companies “D-E,” 1952-1956
Folder 25 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Correspondence with Companies “F-G,” 1952-1956
Folder 26 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Correspondence with Companies “H-J,” 1952-1956
Folder 27 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Correspondence with Companies “K-Mel,” 1952-1956
Folder 28 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Correspondence with Companies “Mi-N,” 1952-1956
Folder 29 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Correspondence with Companies “P,” 1952-1956
Folder 30 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Correspondence with Companies “P,” 1952-1956
Folder 31 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Correspondence with Companies “P-R,” 1952-1956

Box 7
Folder 1 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Correspondence with Companies “S-U,” 1952-1956
Folder 2 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Correspondence with Companies “W,” 1952-1956
Folder 3 Women’s Association Correspondence, 1952, 1954-1955
Folder 4 Women’s Association Membership List, 1952-1953
Folder 5 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Correspondence, 1953
Folder 6 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Correspondence, 1953
Folder 7 Women’s Association Membership List, 1954-1955
Folder 8 Men’s Committee Files, 1954
Folder 9 Women’s Association Symphony Ball Committee Notes, 1954
Folder 10 Women’s Association Symphony Ball Committee Notes, 1954
Folder 11 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Correspondence, 1954
Folder 12 Women’s Association Membership List by School Zones 1954-1955
Folder 13 Membership Campaign Drive, 1954-1955
Folder 14 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Notes, 1955-1956
Folder 15 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Correspondence, 1955-1956
Folder 16 Corporate Sponsorship Committee Correspondence, 1955-1956
Folder 17 Women’s Committee Membership List, undated
Box 8 Former Season Subscribers Cards, A-P, 1953-1958
Box 9 Former Season Subscribers Cards, R-Z, 1953-1958
Box 10 Corporate and Individual Contributors Cards, 1957
Box 11 Individual Contributors Cards, 1957
Box 12 Individual Contributors Cards, 1957
Box 13 Individual Contributors Cards, 1958
Box 14 Individual Contributors Cards, 1958

Series V. Scrapbooks, 1943-1956

Scope and Content Notes:

This series features nine oversized scrapbooks of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performances and Pittsburgh Symphony Society activities. The scrapbooks are largely comprised of newspaper clippings and are arranged by date. The scrapbooks chronicling the activities of the Pittsburgh Symphony Society consist of form letter sent to member and memorabilia such as ticket stubs and pledge forms. The Scrapbook series is arranged by year.

Oversize Scrapbook 1 Newspaper Clippings, 1943-1944
Oversize Scrapbook 2 Newspaper Clippings, 1944-1945
Oversize Scrapbook 3 Newspaper Clippings, 1945-1946
Oversize Scrapbook 4 Fundraising Campaign 1947-1948
Oversize Scrapbook 5 Form Letters to Members, 1948-1949
Oversize Scrapbook 6 Fundraising Campaign Forms, 1947-1948
Oversize Scrapbook 7 Form Letters to Members, 1948-1949
Oversize Scrapbook 8 Fundraising Campaign Forms, 1950-1952
Oversize Scrapbook 9 Newspaper Advertisements, 1953