Lynnwood Farnam Papers (MSS 20)

c. 1850-1972 (Bulk 1905-1930)

Summary Information

Repository
Curtis Institute of Music Archives
Creator
Farnam, Lynnwood, 1885-1930
Creator
Greene, John Gardner, 1904-1969
Title
Lynnwood Farnam Papers
ID
MSS 20
Date
c. 1850-1972 (bulk 1905-1930)
Extent
9.5 Linear feet 14 archival boxes, 3 11×15 photoboxes, 1 11×17 photo box.
Language
English
Abstract
The collection consists of the personal papers of Lynnwood Farnam, correspondence and papers that were collected during attempts to write Farnam’s biography, and additional materials added to the collection.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Lynnwood Farnam Papers (MSS20), Box and Folder Number; Curtis Institute of Music Archives.

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Biography

Lynnwood Farnam (1885-1930), who was considered one of the greatest organists of his time, grew up in Dunham, Quebec, Canada. In 1900, at age fifteen, he won a scholarship to study piano at the Royal College of Music in London. In his second year he was allowed to pursue his life-long interest in the organ, and he received his certificate as an associate of the Royal College of Organists on July 28, 1903. After an additional year of study at the Royal College of Music in London he obtained the position of church organist of St. James Methodist Church (now St. James United Church) in Montreal (1904-05) and subsequently at St. James the Apostle Anglican Church (1905-08). In the next five years he was Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral (1908-13), the last year also teaching at the McGill Conservatorium (now the McGill Faculty of Music). During these years in Montreal he built his reputation as a performing artist with frequent organ recitals.

In 1913 Farnam moved to the United States to become the organist of Emmanuel Church, Boston. In 1918 he accepted a position at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York. He only took it up one year later, however, after volunteering in the Canadian Army in England, where he performed mainly musical and clerical duties. Back in New York he stayed at Fifth Avenue for just one year. In 1920 he accepted a position at the Church of the Holy Communion, which he held until his death in 1930. In 1927 he was appointed as head of the new organ department at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he started teaching in September 1928, coming down to Philadelphia one day a week. After an illness of six weeks he died of liver cancer on November 23, 1930.

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Description

The collection consists of the personal papers of Lynnwood Farnam, including correspondence, diaries and notebooks, scrapbooks, programs, clippings, and church service programs, which document his personal life and his career as church and performing organist and head of the new organ department at the Curtis Institute of Music. The collection includes an extensive collection of photos and specifications of organs that Farnam viewed and played during his career and travels (1900-1928). In addition, the collection contains correspondence and papers that were collected during attempts to write Farnam’s biography, as well as materials added to the collection since it was donated to the Curtis Institute of Music.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into the following series. Series 1: Organ specifications; Series 2: Diaries and notebooks; Series 3: Scrapbooks; Series 4: Memorabilia and miscellaneous materials; Series 5: Correspondence to and from Lynnwood Farnam; Series 6: John Greene collection; Series 7: Lawrence Apgar collection; Series 8: Photographs; Series 9: Clippings and programs; Series 10: Printed materials.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Curtis Institute of Music Archives 2015

1726 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
archives@curtis.edu

Access

The collection is open for research. Due to the fragile condition of some of the materials, including the the organ specifications (series 1) and scrapbooks (series 3) providing of photocopies and digital scans may be restricted.

Provenance

Farnam’s personal papers and notebooks were inherited by Farnam’s sister Arline Farnam Hall, who left them in the care of Farnam’s biographer John Greene, along with the family correspondence. After Greene’s manuscript was rejected by Alfred J. Knopf in 1952 Greene arranged for the donation of the collection to the Curtis Institute of Music, including his working papers and the materials he had collected.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

The Founders Records in the Curtis Institute of Music Archives include correspondence between Mary Louise Curtis Bok and Lynnwood Farnam (1927-30) as well as correspondence with the Farnam family and prospective biographers (1930-32) and John Greene (1959-60). Copies of clippings relating to Farnam from the Curtis Institute of Music’s annual scrapbooks are kept in the Curtis Archives Vertical Files.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Albums
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Photographs
  • Programs
  • Scrapbooks

Subject(s)

  • Church musicians–Canada
  • Church musicians–United States
  • Emmanuel Church (Boston, Mass.)
  • Organ builders
  • Organ Musical Instrument
  • Organ Musical Instrument–Canada
  • Organ Musical Instrument–England
  • Organ Musical Instrument–Instruction and Study
  • Organ Musical Instrument–Manufacturer’s cataloges
  • Organ Musical Instrument–United States
  • Organ stops
  • Organ–history
  • Organists

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Organ specifications c. 1900-28

Description

Farnam started his collection of organ specifications in two school exercise notebooks when he attended the Royal Collage of Music in London in 1900-04. In addition to these two early notebooks, the series consists of ten bound volumes, in which Farnam recorded all organs that he encountered during his career, including house organs. The specifications include organ stops (often with reeds in red ink), and may include historical information, personal evaluations, and a date in cases he was asked to inaugurate or “open” the organ. In addition, Farnam sometimes included photographs, pamphlets, clippings, and other materials that he glued or kept loose in the books. The series includes an index to the volumes, organized by place name.

Box Folder
Notebook concerning categories of organ stops, with examples c. 1900 8 1
Specifications of English organs, mainly in London 1900-c. 1904 1 1
Volume 1 (page 1-109) 1900 1 1
Volume 2 (page 110-222) 1901-1903 1 2
Volume 3 (page 223-424, including loose photos) 1902-1903 1 2
Volume 4 (page 425-526) 1904-1905 1 2
Volume 5 (page 527-622) 1905-07 1 3
Volume 6 (page 623-812) 1907-1908 1 3
Volume 7 (page 813-1094) 1909-1917 1 4
Volume 8 (page 1096-1259) 1918-1920 1 4
Volume 9 (page 1260-1518) 1920-1922 2 1
Volume 10 (page 1520-1711) 1923-1928 2 1
Index to volume 1-10 2 1
Handwritten and typescript specifications (loose) not dated 2 3
Printed specifications for organs in England, as well as the Casavant organ in Emmanuel Church, Boston, and the Curtis Institute of Music 1907-1927 and not dated

Description

English organs include churches in London, Blackburn, Bristol, Carlisle, Downpatrick, Cambridge, Worcester, and Newcastle.

2 2

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Series 2: Diaries and notebooks 1898-1930

2.1 Organist’s notebooks 1900-c. 1928

Description

This subseries incudes lists of the organ repertoire that Farnam had memorized, as well as music he played as preludes, postludes, and during services. The 1917 notebook includes a diary about the building of the 140-stop Casavant organ that was built in the Emmanuel Church in Boston under his supervision, at the time the third-largest organ in North America.

Box-folder Vol
Lists of orchestral concerts attended, with diary of the building of the Emmanuel Organ (Sep-Nov 1917) 1900-09, 1917 3/1 1
List of organ repertoire (including list of piano repertoire) 1904, Aug 18 – c. 1906 3/1 2
List of organ repertoire 1906, Sep-c. 1928 4/1 5
List of recitals, hymns, preludes, postludes, as well as recitals at St. James Methodist Church, Montreal (1904-05) and Church of St. James the Apostle (1905-07), and impromptu recitals played from memory at various churches 1904-07 4/2 34
List of recitals, preludes, anthems, postludes, and recitals, played at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York (list of hymns at the back) 1919-20 4/2 4

2.2 Diaries, engagement books, and note books 1898-1929

Description

This series consists of a series of diaries, engagement books, and notebooks which Farnam kept since his childhood. Farnam’s “supplement to Arline’s friendship calendar” (a recap of everything he and his sister did during the summer months through 1925) indicates that not all diaries have survived. Transcriptions of diaries from 1904-22 by John Greene (series 6.5) includes diaries for the years 1909-11 and 1922, of which the originals are missing.

Photos that were kept in the diaries have been moved to Series 8. Loose inserts, including some clippings and four- leaf clovers that Farnam preserved, have been kept in place.

Box Vol
Postmarks collection 1897-1900

Description

Exercise book with glued-in postmarks, cut out from envelopes and arranged in alphabetical order by city.

4 13
Box-folder Vol
Account books for music lessons provided and received 1898-99 and c. 1900

Description

Includes names and dates of music lessions provided to various students, and dates of music classes from George Cornish.

4/4 6-7
Scribbling diary 1901, Dec 31 -1903, Jan 4

Description

Includes notes concerning lessons and correspondence, forthcoming engagements, and finances, 1902 (2 pages); a list of presidents of the United States, and score of Unfurl the Temperance Banner (music by George Buchanan, 1887, lyrics national Temperance Advocate)

4/3 8
Pocket note book 1903

Description

Includes notes from a choir training class; index of organ specifications in the the
Musical Opinion 1885-97; notes concerning baroque organ composers, drafts of correspondence (mainly concerning a Hampstead organ recital), and list of Christmas presents for 1902.

4/4 9
Pocket note book 1904-06

Description

List of Canadian Pacific Railway train engines sighted by Farnam, arranged by serial number, with dates and locations. Includes a list of concerts expenses and revenues (1905) and laundry lists.

4/4 10
Pocket engagement book 1904

Description

Includes addresses, recitals, teaching commitments and other engagements. Loose clipping of a recital inserted.

4/5 11
Pocket diary 1905

Description

Includes appointments and diary entries.

4/5 12
Scribbling diary 1907

Description

Includes diary entries and accounting notes, glued-in four leaf clovers and loose inserts (including pencil drawings).

4/6 13
Secretary’s notebook for the Styx club, Montreal 1907-11

Description

Includes notes concerning rules, membership, meetings, and expenses of the Styx Club, a dance club of which Farnam was secretary (notes on politics and political theory in the back).

4/7 14
Christmas book 1911, 1916-29

Description

Record book for gifts given and received, with glued-in notes concerning recipients of gifts and cards.

4/8 15
Engagement book 1912

Description

Includes teaching, choir, and recital commitments and social engagements. Inserted photo of Farnam and his sister, 1906, has been moved to Series 6.

4/9 16
Engagement book 1914

Description

Includes teaching, choir, church, and recital commitments and social engagements.

4/9 17
Engagement book 1916

Description

Includes teaching, choir, church, and recital commitments and social engagements, with some extended entries.

4/9 18
Engagement book 1917

Description

Includes teaching, choir, church, and recital commitments and social engagements, with some extended entries.

4/9 19
Repertoire of dance music 1919 4/10 20
Date book 1921 4/10 21
Box Folder
Lists of theater programs, concerts, and events attended 1921-22, 1924-25

Description

Typescript, apparently compiled from programs, including notes of people accompanying him to the events.

4 11
Box-folder Vol
“Supplement to Arline’s friendship calendar. An outline of sundry summer doings of the Farnam family from 1914 to 1925” 1928

Description

Memento for Farnam’s sister, sent to her for Christmas 1928, with abstracts from Farnam’s diaries and datebooks 1914-25 for the weeks between July 5-21, when Farnam visited home.

4/10 22
Curtis Institute of Music weekly planner for 1930-31 with annotations about students’ lessons and repertoire 1930, Sep-Nov 4/10 23
Box Folder
Handwritten rehearsal schedule for September 1930 through June 1931 1930 4 11
Box-folder Vol
Datebook (empty) 1931 4/10 24
Box Folder
Birthday and autograph book not dated

Description

Notebook containing birthdays and signatures of friends and relatives, arranged by surname. Later additions include signatures and birthdays of organists and composers, including Charles-Marie Widor, Louis Vierne, Alfred Hollins, and Edward Bairstow.

4 12

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Series 3: Scrapbooks 1888-1930

3.1 Recital scrapbooks c. 1898-1930

Description

The recital scrapbooks include recital programs of Farnam’s recitals in chronological order, glued in several layers per page. Some of the programs are handwritten or typescripts.

Box Vol
Volume I, no 1-112 c. 1898-1906 5 1
Volume II, 113-499 1907-20 5 2
Volume III, 505-816 1920-28 6 1
Volume IV, no 817-948 1928-30 (photos not dated)

Description

This volume includes undated photographs of identified organs in England, Scotland, Canada, and the US, sometimes with Farnam or another organist at the console. Among the photos is a sketch of the organ of Albert Hall, dated 1900.

6 2

3.2 Clippings scrapbooks 1900-29

Box Vol
Clippings and reviews 1900-21 7 1
Clippings and reviews (newspaper clippings, layered) 1922-29 7 2
Clippings and reviews (mainly music and organ magazines) 1906, 1922-29 7 3

3.3 Miscellaneous scrapbooks 1888-1929

Box Vol
General scrapbook 1902-1926

Description

Contains published photos and articles about organs, with loose inserts, including an autograph of Pere Albert Dupre.

9 1
General scrapbook 1916-27

Description

Topics include Charles Lindburgh, curious deaths, editorial cartoons, and published photographs (in random order).

9 2
Box Folder
General scrapbook 1917-28

Description

Includes poems, articles by Farnam, signatures, and matters of personal interest (random order).

9 3
Box Vol
“Programmes of functions which have been attended by friends of mine whose names appear over each one” 1888, 1900-06 9 4
Box Folder
Programs attended 1900, 1914-17

Description

Includes recitals and church services Farnam attended, mainly in Boston, including the Arlington Street Church, the Church of the Advent, and the New England Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Recitals and service programs are glued into the schrapbook in layers. Some loose inserts are included.

3 1
Programs attended 1902-05

Desciption

Includes (particularly organ) recitals attended at the Royal College of Music and other places in London and surroundings.

8 1
Programs attended 1903, 1906-10

Description

Includes programs of various theater, opera, and other music programs, mainly in Montreal, including personal notes and critiques,

8 2
Programs attended 1913-17

Description

Includes theater programs attended, mainly in Boston, with annotations of lines Farnam found amusing.

8 3

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Series 4: Memorabilia and miscellaneous materials c. 1892-c. 1927

Box Folder
List of music played by Farnam as a child c. 1892 10 1
Royal College of Music report cards 1900-03 10 2
Royal College of Organists certificate of associateship 1903, Jul 28 3 2
Miscellaneous notes, receipts, and papers 1912-23 and not dated 10 5
Christmas greeting cards with organ prints, designed for Farnam by Dorothy Barnes (including original artwork) 1920s

Description

For additional Christmas card samples see correspondence Charlotte Greene and Helen Hewitt (Series 5). The original artwork was part of a gift from Mrs. James Philips.

10 4
“Rambling remarks on an organist’s sojourn in France” and “In Great Britain again,” typescript drafts for articles published in the Diapason c. 1927 10 3
Farnam’s music teacher’s account and order record at Gamble Hinged Music Company, Chicago 1929 10 4

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Series 5: Correspondence to and from Lynnwood Farnam 1898-1930

Description

This series consists of Farnam’s letters to family, friends, students, and others, which were collected during attempts by Helen Hewitt and John Greene to write Farnam’s biography. Added to this correspondence are letters from Farnam to Curtis staff members, which were transferred from the Vertical Files in the Curtis Archives. (For letters and biographical contributions concerning Farnam from these correspondents see series 6.1-6.3.)

Box Folder
A-Z 1914-30

Description

Letters to and from miscellaneous correspondents, including Francis Allen, Miss R. Ingalls, Ralph T. Morgan, R.C. Poulter. Includes copy of a letter from Farnam to Mr. Baylies to offer his resignation as organist and choir-master of Emmanuel Church, Boston, 1918, and a letter from Farnam to a prospective student (Henry Gay), 1929.

10 6
Anderson, Albert and Adolph 1928-30

Description

Includes a photostat copy of a entry in a guest book.

10 7
Apgar, Lawrence 1929-30 10 8
Bruening, Herbert D. 1926-30

Description

Letters from Farnam to Bruening concerning Farnam’s Bach recitals and Bruening’s reviews.

10 9
Curtis Institute of Music 1927

Description

Letters from Farnam to staff members concerning administrative matters following his appointment.

10 10
Farnam, Arline (Mrs. T.G. Hall) 1919-30

Description

Letters and postcards from Farnam, mainly written while traveling. Includes a letter describing a stay with Curtis’s founder Mary Louise Curtis Bok (November 25, 1929) and a letter dictated from the hospital (October 17, 1930).

10 11
Farnam, Arlington, Bertha, Arline and family 1898-1902

Description

Letters from Farnam to his parents, sister, and other relatives, mainly concerning his life in London with his aunt Alice while studying at the Royal College of Music. Includes one letter from Farnam’s mother and sister.

10 12
Farnam, Arlington, Bertha, and family 1923-1930

Description

Letters by Farnam to his parents and relatives in Canada, some of them written while traveling, with references to meetings with organists and organ builders.

10 13
Farnam family–clippings about Arline’s daughter Eleanor 1927-30

Descriptions

Clippings from letters with anecdoctes about Arline’s daughter Eleanor, cut out and dated by Farnam, presumably to be used in a scrapbook about his niece.

10 14
Greene, Charlotte (Mrs. Edwin Farnham Greene) 1917-30

Description

Letters from Farnam to Charlotte Greene, including a snapshot of Mrs. Greene and company, 1929.

10 15
Greenfield, Alfred and Eloise 1923-31 10 16
Hewitt, Helen 1925-30 10 17
James, Philip 1923-24 10 18
Transcriptions of correspondence by Marcus St. Julien in chronological order (with annotations), printed in his dissertation about Lynnwood Farnam (2002) 1898-1930 10 19

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Series 6: John Greene collection 1928-54

Description

This series consists of the papers of John Gardner Green, gathered and created while working on a biography about Lynnwood Farnam from 1942 to 1952, when his unfinished draft was rejected by Alfred Knopf Inc. The papers document previous attempts by family members, former pupils, and friends to have a biography written, as well as their commitment and support when the project was taken on by John “Lad” Greene, the son of textile industry magnate Edwin Farnham Greene and Lynnwood Farnam’s friend Charlotte Nichols Greene.

When Greene ultimately donated his papers to the Curtis Institute of Music around 1956, along with Farnam’s personal papers that had been left in his care, the majority of his files were organized by chapters. They included notes, transcripts, and letters, many of which were cut up and divided over several chapters, including personal memoirs by Farnam’s sister and father. The scattered correspondence has been reorganized into Greene’s own correspondence (subseries 6.1, arranged alphabetically), and correspondence passed on to Greene (subseries 6.2, arranged by providence). Additional subseries include correspondence about the preliminary negotiations, finishing, and publishing of the book, as well as transcripts, drafts, and notes relating to two unwritten chapters. The remaining notes, mainly written on pieces of disintegrating paper, were deaccessioned.

 

6.1 Correspondence and biographical contributions about Lynnwood Farnam 1942-53

Description

This subseries consists of John Greene’s correspondence with Farnam’s friends, family, and professional acquintances seeking biographical information about Farnam. The majority of these letters were found among Greene’s notes, organized by chapter topic. Additional correspondence was gathered from a file Greene labeled “Advice on Book.”

Box Folder
A-B 1945-48

Description

Correspondents include Ruth Barrett Arno, Edward Shippen Barnes, Leroy Baumgartner, Lynnwood Barker, E. Power Biggs, Carl Binger, and T.S. Buhrman.

10 20
Anderson, Albert and Adolph 1948 10 21
Apgar, Lawrence 1942-47 10 22
Brewer, George M. 1943-45 10 23
Bruening, Herbert D. 1943-51 10 24
C-F 1943-48

Description

Correspondents include George G. Connolly, William King Covell, Archibald J. Davison, Clarence Dickinson, Florence Downey, Rowland W. Dunham, Mrs. H.H. Dyer, Arthur Egerton, and Carol Farnam.

10 25
Casavant Brothers Ltd (Stephan Stoot) 1948 10 26
Cato, Robert H. 1948 10 27
Covell, William King 1943-48 10 28
Farnam, Arline (Mrs. T. Gibson Hall) 1943-49 and not dated 10 29
Farnam, Arline (Mrs. T. Gibson Hall)–Memories of Lynnwood Farnam 1943

Description

Handwritten reminiscenses (reconstructed from fragments cut up by Greene).

10 30
Farnam, Arline (Mrs. T. Gibson Hall)–biographical notes (handwritten and typescript) not dated 10 31
Farnam, Arlington–memories of Lynnwood Farnam (fragmented) 1943 10 32
G-M 1945-48, 1951, 1953

Description

Correspondents include Harold Gleason, Alfred Greenfield, Bartlett Harwood, Josef Hofmann, Walter Holtkamp, Athur Howes, Channing Lefebre, J.E.F. Martin, Lloyd McCabe, Alexander McCurdy, McGill Conservatory of Music, and Thomas Millman. Includes a note from Margaret Thorne to Lillian Hardy to introduce John Greene, with additional note from Greene to Lillian Hardy, 1953.

10 33
Greene, Charlotte and Edwin Farnham Greene 1942-43 and not dated 10 34
Gruenstein, S.E. 1943-48 10 35
Hawke, W.G.–typescript articles about Farnam 1945 and not dated 10 36
Hewitt, Helen 1942-43 10 37
James, Philip 1943-45 10 38
Noble, Tertius 1944-45 and not dated 10 39
P-R 1945-51

Description

Correspondents include Worcester Perkins, Hugh Porter, and Helen C. Reichard.

11 1
Pressley, D.A. 1943-45 11 2
S-T 1943-48

Description

Correspondents include Misses E.A. and A.A. Selby, Francis W. Snow, Theodore Presser Co., Margaret Thorne, Leon Verrees, and Walter Williams.

11 3
Smith, Melville 1943-48 11 4
Weinrich, Carl 1946 11 5
Whitehead, Alfred E. 1945-48 11 6
Whitmer, Carl 1943-48 11 7
Zimbalist, Mary Louise Curtis 1944, 1948 11 8

6.2 Correspondence and biographical contributions passed on to Greene 1928-54

Box Folder
Bruening, Herbert D.: Correspondence concerning Bruening’s writings about Farnam, including a planned memorial volume 1928-31, 1938

Description

Includes correspondence between Bruening and Arline Farnam Hall, S.E. Gruenstein (The
Diapason), and William B. Barnes.

11 9
Farnam, Bertha: Letter of condoleance from Louis Vierne 1930 11 10
Greene, Charlotte (Mrs. Edwin Farnham Greene): Correspondence concerning Farnam’s death and the memorial service she organized 1930-31

Description

Correspondents include Albert Anderson, Lawrence Apgar, Edward Shippen Barnes, Geo. A. Burdett (including tribute), Bertha Farnam, Howard E. Litchfield, Walter and Anna Lyman, John Marshall, Raymond Robinson, William Self, Ernest Skinner, Carl Weinrich, Alfred Whitehead, and Elwood Worcester (including printed sermon for the service).

11 11
Greene, Charlotte (Mrs. Edwin Farnham Greene): Letters from Arline Farnam Hall and Archibald Davison about the biography 1953-54 11 12
Greenfield, Alfred: Correspondence concerning Farnam’s illness and death 1930-31

Description

Correspondents include Aubrey Allen, Ruth L. Ingalls, and John McMahon.

11 13
Hewitt, Helen: Correspondence with students, organists, and friends concerning Hewitt’s proposed biography of Farnam 1930-32

Description

Correspondents include William Balch, Edward Shippen Barnes, Robert Cato, Arthur Egerton, Arline Farnam (Mrs. T. Gibson Hall), Charlotte Greene, Alfred Greenfield, H.W. Gray Company, William H. Hawke, Alexander McCurdy, Ernest Mitchell, Hugh Porter, Alfred Whitehead, Elwood Worcester, and Leonard Young.

11 14

6.3 Correspondence about the biography 1942-52

Box Folder
“Preliminary negotiations” 1942-43

Description

Includes correspondence about obtaining Helen Hewitt’s support for Greene’s planned biography and about the use of Farnam’s notebooks and diaries that she left in the care of William Hawke at St. Mark’s Church, Philadelphia. Correspondents include Ernest White, Archibald Davison, Helen Hewitt, William Hawke, and Edward Shippen Barnes.

11 15
“Farnam Book business” 1948-51

Description

Correspondence concerning Greene’s attempts to have somebody else finish the book due to a breakdown. The majority consists of handwritten drafts of correspondence to Ernest White and Shippen Barnes. Additional correspondents include Hugh Porter, Arline Farnam Hall, and Joe. W. Coutret.

11 16
Alfred A. Knopf 1952

Description

Includes correspondence concerning the receipt, rejection, and return of Greene’s manuscript, as well as twelve of Farnam’s notebooks that Greene included with the manuscript for inspection by the publisher.

11 17

6.4 Drafts not dated

Description

Contains first drafts only with typescript and handwritten annotations. Chapter I about Farnam’s boyhood, which was published in the
Diapason (in December 1955 is incomplete, and Chapter VII: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York is missing. Chapter IX contains paragraphs only, labeled “Practising,” “Teacher,” “The Critic,” and “Influence.”

Box Folder
Acknowledgements 11 18
Contents
Chapter I: The early years (page 16-17 only)
Chapter II: Student years in London
Chapter III: Early years in Montreal
Chapter IV: Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal
Chapter V: Emmanuel Church
Chapter VI: Army Interlude
Chapter VIII: Last years in New York
Chapter IX: Practising; Teacher; Critic; Influence
Box Folder
Appendices not dated

Description

Includes typescripts of organ programs by Farnam 1921-30, which Greene planned to include as Appendix D, as well as notes concerning Farnam’s recordings on organ rolls, listed as appendix E in his content list.

11 20

6.5 Transcripts not dated

Description

Greene arranged for transcripts of a number of Farnam’s notebooks and diaries, as well as some correspondence and newspaper clippings. The majority of these transcripts were typed with numbered pages (8-240). In addition to diaries found in Series 2.2, the transcripts include diaries for 1909-1911, and 1922 for which the originals are missing. The majority of the transcripts were divided among Greene’s materials and notes for individual chapters.

Diaries
Box Folder
1902 (manuscript copy, handwriting unknown) 11 21
1902-05, 1907-12, 1914, 1916-17 (pp 60-240) 11 22
1903 11 21
1921 11 23
1922, Jun-Aug (“Holiday diary”) 11 23
1914-25, summer dates (“supplement to Arline’s friendship calendar) 11 23
Box Folder
Correspondence 11 24
Box Folder
1901-02 (London letters–pp 8-34) 11 24
1915 (Summer diary letters by Lynnwood and Arline Farnam) 11 24
1919 11 24
1923-24, 1927-30 11 24
1928-30 11 24
Miscellaneous 11 25
Report cards Royal College of Music (pp 35-37) 1900
Organ Repertoire 1906
News clippings (p 38-59) 1903-14
News clippings 1919, 1922

6.6 Notes not dated

Description

This subseries contains Greene’s notes for the chapters “L.F. as Artist,” and “New York 1920-1930,” which were kept as samples after deaccessioning the notes for Greene’s remaining chapters. In addition, the subseries includes quotes about Farnam from named individuals.

Box Folder
“L.F. as Artist” 12 1
“New York, 1920-1930” 12 2
Quotes concerning Farnam’s performance, personality and teaching not dated

Description

Individuals quoted include “R.B.A.,” “G.E.B.”, the Anderson brothers (“Happy Brooks”), G. Corbrill, Egerton, Howe, Howes, “D. J.”, Shaw, “E.W.,” Carl Weinrich. Includes notes concerning addresses of named individuals.

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Series 7: Lawrence Apgar collection not dated

Description

Includes materials donated by Mrs. Lawrence Apgar to the Curtis Library in 1993. Clippings and programs have been added to Series 9. Lawrence Apgar, a former student of Farnam, discovered Farnam’s toccata “O Fillii et Filiae,” his only known composition, while cataloguing Farnam’s organ music at Curtis. For additional materials Apgar passed on to Greene, see his correspondence with John Greene in Series 6.1.

Box Folder
List of concluding voluntaries by Lynnwood Farnam not dated 12 4
List of organ music studied under Lynnwood Farnam not dated 12 4
Typewritten registrations used by Farnam for Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Min, BWV 565, and
Carillon de Westminster by Louis Vierne not dated
12 4

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Series 8: Photographs c. 1850-1972

8.1 Family photos, sent by Arline Farnam Hall to John Greene c. 1850-1906

Box Folder
“Sir” Walter Farnam (1796-1868) c. 1850 12 5
Great-grandmother Ingalls, grandmother Farnam, father Arlington Farnam, and baby Lynnwood Farnam c. 1895 12 5
Farnam and his sister in baby gown c. 1888 12 6
Farnam and his sister with two unknown children c. 1887 12 6
Farnam family group portrait c. 1892 12 6
Family group in front of a house with Lynnwood on the steps and Arline mounted on a horse c. 1895 12 6
Farnam and his sister posing in front of a gate c. 1900 12 6
Lynnwood Farnam at home behind a table and in front of of a piano c. 1904 12 6
Farnam with parents and sister c. 1904 12 6
Farnam with unidentified group c. 1905 12 6
Lynwood and Arline Farnam at the farm 1906 12 6
Farnam and his sister on the way to Panama Exposition California 1915 12 6
Family photo in front of automobile, presumably including Farnam’s parents, sister, niece Eleanor, and aunt c. 1928 12 6
Farnam’s birthplace, Sutton not dated 12 6
Pocket photo book with family photos at the Dunham farm, compiled by Farnam for his “Aunt Hittite” 1905

Description

Includes snapshots of the Dunham farm, Farnam and his sister with horse and buggy, Farnam milking the cow and shingling the hog pen with Ms. May Grant, and various family scenes.

12 6
Postcards of buildings in Dunham, annotated by Arline Farnam Hall not dated 12 6

8.2 Miscellaneous photos c. 1900-c. 1931, 1972

Box Folder
Photo album of organs, mainly in Canada c. 1900

Description

Personal 2″x3″ photos of organs and consoles (identified by church and location). Canada: Montreal, Sherbrooke (Quebec); Winnipeg; Brandon (Manitoba); Toronto, Hamilton, Burlington (Ontario); Calgary (Alberta); Regina, Indian Head (Saskatchewan); USA:Boston; England: London, Chester, York. Additional photographs of organs in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States, can be found in the in volume 4 of the recital scrapbooks (Series 4.1).

12 7
Farnam behind the Casavant organ at Emmanual Church, Boston (three photos) c. 1918 12 8
Organists after lunch at the Players’ Club, sent to Philip James (enlargement), with letter from Apgar to Alfred Greenfield, 1972 (gift of Mrs. Philip James) 1921, Nov 17; 1972

Description

From left to right: Philip James, Edward Shippen Barnes, Clarence Dickinson, T. Tertius Noble, Marcel Dupré, Albert Cotsworth, and John Cushing. The back reads “Christmas greeting to Philip James from Lynnwood Farnam, 1921 (gift of Mrs. Philips James, April 1981)

12 9
Lynnwood Farnam (portrait photo by Charlie P. Rice, Montreal) 1927 12 9
Box File
Photos of Farnam behind a residential organ and on skies, presumably at the home of Albert and Adolph Anderson not dated 12 8
Box Folder
Unidentified organs and church interiors not dated 12 10
Christ Church College Tower, Oxford not dated 12 10
Bronze bust of Lynnwood Farnam, sculpted by Alfred Laliberté for Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal in 1931 not dated 12 9
Snapshot negatives of family scenes, vacation scenes and unidentified groups  c. 1910-30

Description

Include personal snapshots of family and unidentified groups, as well as vacation and travel scenes (some found among the printed photographs in Series 8.1 and 8.2).

12 11

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Series 9: Clippings and programs 1895-1945

Description

This series includes loose programs and clippings collected by Farnam, including materials intended for the use in his scrapbooks, as well as materials collected by John Greene.

Box Folder
Programs of recitals by Farnam 1895-1930 12 12
Loose pages from the
Musical Times and other music magazines 1899-1913
13 1
Clippings concerning Farnam, collected by Farnam and Greene c. 1915-1930 13 2
Programs of organ recitals, presumably attended by Farnam 1912-29 13 3
Programs and materials concerning the dedication of the Casavant organ, Emmanuel Church 1918 13 4
Miscellaneous clippings concerning organs and organists and miscellaneous subjects 1921-29 13 5
“Odd programme notes,” including clippings, presumably to be used for Farnam’s scrapbooks 1928-29 and not dated 13 6
Clippings concerning Farnam’s death 1930-32 13 7
Memorial recital programs 1931 13 8
Clippings concerning Farnam’s Bach recitals at the Church of Holy Communion, continued by Carl Weinrich 1931-33, 1938 13 9
Clippings and organ programs collected by John Greene (direct relationship with Farnam unclear) 1902-45 13 10

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Series 10: Printed materials 1896-1930

10.1 Parish publications 1914-24

Box Folder
Cathedral Church at Saint John the Divine (New York: St. Bartholomew’s Press) 1916 14 1
Emmanuel Parish, Boston: yearbook 1917 14 2
Emmanuel Parish, Boston:
The Parish News 1914
14 2
Emmanuel Church, Boston:
The Lesley Lindsay Memorial, being the new chapel of Emmanuel Church, Boston. U.S.A. (Cambridge: The University Press) 1924
14 2
St. Bartholomew’s Parish, New York: yearbook 1922 14 3

10.2 Bound service programs 1910-30

Box-folder Vol
5th Avenue Presbyterian Church 1919-1920 15/1 1
Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal 1910-1913 15/1 2
Box Folder
Church of the Advent, Boston 1915-16 14 4
Box-folder Vol
Church of the Holy Communion, New York 1920-24 15/2 1
Church of the Holy Communion, New York 1924-27 15/2 2
Church of the Holy Communion, New York 1928-30 15/3 1
Emmanuel Church, Boston 1913-15 15/3 2
Emmanuel Church, Boston 1915-16 15/4 1
Emmanuel Church, Boston 1917-18 15/4 2

10.3 Organ company catalogs and miscellaneous subjects 1896-1928

Box Folder
Abbot and Smith’s Organ Book with “Schulze” Supplement (Leeds: Blackman Lane) 1896 14 5
Austin Organs (Hartford, Conn.: Austin Organ Co.) c. 1919 14 6
Casavant Organs (St. Hyacinthe, Que.: Casavant Freres Ltd) c. 1925 14 7
Geo Kilgen and Son Inc.,
Seven Generations in the Building of Pipe Organs (St. Louis: Geo Kilgen and Son) 1928
14 8
John Compton, Ltd.,
Modern Organ Design (Nottingham: John Compton. Ltd) not dated
14 9
Lyon and Healy Organ Builders,
Tendencies of Contemporaneous American Organ Building. A Brief Historical Sketch, (Chicago: Lyon and Healy) 1907
14 9
Lyon and Healy Organ Builders,
A Complete List of Lyon and Healy Pipe Organs (Chicago: Lyon and Healy) 1907
14 9
Skinner Organ Company,
The Skinner Organ (New York: Fay Layone Farote) c. 1920
14 10
Skinner Organ Company,
Stop, Open and Reed : a Periodical Presentation of Pipe Organ Progress (Boston: Skinner Organ Company) Vol 1 No 1 1922
14 10
Swinburne, J. “Mental Processes in Music,”
Proceedings of the Musical Association, Vol 45 No 1: 29-52 1919
14 11
Official Programme Twenty-Seventh May Music Festival at Cincinnatti 1927 16 1

10.4 Miscelleneous bound organ publications 1900-28

Box Folder
Volume 1 16 2
Tovey, Donald,
The Pianoforte of Emmanuel Moor (Duplex-Coupler) (London: The Aeolian Company, Ltd) not dated
Programmes des Auditions d’Orgue donnees en 1916-1917-1918-1919 (Bruxelles: L. Mayer, E. Scholder, A. Stoclet et J. Wouters) not dated
The Welte Philharmonic Organ (New York: Welte-Mignon Studios) not dated
Walter, George W.,
Organ Building–The Temple Organ (Washington: W.W. Kimball Co.) 1900
The Organ in the Royal Albert Hall (Durham: Harrison and Harrison) (reproduction from
The Organ) 1925
City and County of Kingston upon Hull,
Souvenir of the Opening of the Organ in the City Hall, 30th March, 1911 (Hull: Brown Seville Press) 1911
Les Grandes Orgues de la Basilique de Quebec (Quebec: Maison Casavant Freres) 1927
Grand concert for which the services are given of Marcel Dupre and the choir of the Gregorian Association in aid of the funds of the Officers’ Association: Royal Albert Hall, London, Thursday, 9th December 1920, at 8 p.m. 1920
Community House Church of the Holy Communion (New York) 1923
Volume 2 16 1
J.W. Walker and Sons, Ltd., Organ Builders (London: J.W. Walker &Sons) not dated
Liverpool Cathedral: A Description of the Lady Chapel, with a Short Account of the Cathedral Building (Liverpool) not dated
Carlisle Cathedral: Its Organs and Organists, Published on the Occasion of the Re-opening of the Cathedral Organ (Carlisle: Chas Thurnam and Sons) 1907
Form of Service to be Used at the Dedication of the Re-constructed and Enlarged Organ in the Cathedral Church of S. Nicholas (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) 1911
Volume 3 16 3
Casson, Thomas,
The Pedal Organ, its History, Design and Control (London: William Reeves) 1905
Cobb, G.F.,
A Brief History of the Organ in the Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge (Cambridge: Fabb and Tyler, Ltd) not dated
Morgan, Ralph T.,
Mary Redcliffe Bristol: a Short Account of its Organs (Bristol: Came and Cave) 1912
Wilson, A.W.,
Ely Cathedral: the Organs and organists; Re-opening of the Organ (Ely: G.H. Tyndall, the Minster Press) 1908
Moody, Charles H.,
Ripon Cathedral Organ; A Short History and Description, Including Miscellaneous Notes from the Cathedral Records (Ripon: J.H. Taylor) 1926
Volume 4 16 3
The Organs in the Independence Boulevard Christian Church, Kansas City, Missouri not dated
Exeter Cathedral: Pictures, Notes, and a Plan (Exeter/London: James Townsend and Sons) 1924
Complete List of Organs built by Casevant Freres Church Organ Builders (Montreal: Casevant Freres) not dated
List of Casavant Organs Built by Casavant Freres Limitee, St. Hyacynthe, P.Q. not dated and 1921-22

Description

Includces typescript insert of numbers of manuals, stops, and registers of various organs in Canada, the US, and France, 1921-22

Electrolian Grand Concert Organ; the Largest Organ in the World (Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Art Organ Company) 1904
Volume 5 16 4
King Covell, Wm.,”The Old Boston Music Hall Organ,”
Old Time New England Vol. XVIII, No 4 1928, Ap

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