Mary Bok Settlement School Collection (MSS 39)

Summary Information

Repository
Curtis Institute of Music Archives
Creator
Zimbalist, Mary Louise Curtis Bok, 1876-1970
Title
Mary Bok Settlement Music School collection
ID
MSS 39
Date [inclusive]
c. 1914-1968
Extent
2.1 Linear feet (1 archival box and 1 photo box)
Language
English
Scope and Content
The collection consists of a scrapbook, administrative records, photographs, and miscelleneous materials that document the history of Philadelphia’s Settlement Music School during Mary Louise Curtis Bok’s tenure as president.

Preferred citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Mary Bok Settlement School Collection (MSS 39), Box and Folder Number; Curtis Institute of Music Archives.

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Historical note

The Settlement Music School in Philadelphia was founded in 1908 by Jeanette Selig Frank and Blanche Wolf Kohn. Mary Louise Curtis Bok served as President of the Board from 1914 to 1923.  During her tenure she also donated funds for a larger building on Queen Street (opened in 1917) and helped to organize a conservatory department at the school in 1922.  It was this conservatory department which would become the nucleus of the Curtis Institute of Music, founded by Bok in 1924. Despite the creation of her own musical conservatory, Bok continued to support the Settlement Music School throughout her life.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following series: 1. Scrapbook; 2. Correspondence and administrative records; 3. Programs, clippings, and miscellaneous materials; 4. Photographs; 5. Directories, constitutions, and bylaws.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Curtis Institute of Music Archives 2016

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

 

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

The materials were found among the papers of Mary Louise Curtis Bok at the Curtis Institute of Music.

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Related Materials

Related materials

Correspondence relating to the Settlement School can be found in the Founders Papers (AD 1). Other materials printed for the school may be found in the Mary Bok charity printed materials (MSS 47).

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Music — Instruction and study — Pennsylvania — Philadelphia.
  • Settlement Music School–Archives

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Collection Inventory

Series 1. Scrapbook 1916-1923

Box
1

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Series 2. Correspondence an administrative records 1916-1926

Box Folder
General 1922-1923 2 1
Board of Directors minutes and related papers 1921-1926 2 2
Corner-stone of the Queen Street building 1916 2 3
Insurance of the building 1925 2 4
Treasurer’s office 1921-1923 2 5

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Series 3. Programs, clippings, and miscellaneous materials 1914-1925, 1967-1977 and not dated

Box Folder
Invitations and postcards (blank) c. 1917 and not dated 2 6
Pamphlets and brochures c. 1914-1922 and not dated 2 7
Programs 1917-1925 2 8
Clippings 1921-23 2 9
Publicity and clippings 1967-68 and not dated 2 10

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Series 4. Photographs 1917

Box Folder
Exterior of the of the Queen Street building c. 1917 PH 10 1
Interiors of the Settlement school with children studying, sewing, dancing, and playing music in the new building, used for a 1917 brochure (7 items, photographer William H. Raw) 1917 PH 10 2
Interiors of the new building taken from the scrapbook (photographer: Ph. B. Wallace) c. 1917 PH 10 3

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Series 5. Directories, constitutions, and bylaws 1919-1924 and not dated

Box Folder
Charter and By-Laws Settlement Music School of Philadelphia 1919 2 11
Janet D. Schenck,
Music schools and settlement music department by Janet D. Schenck (Boston: National Federation of Settlements) 1923
2 12
Directory of Setlements affiliated with the National Federation of Settlements (Boston: National Federation of Settlements) 1924 2 12
Musicians’ Council of Philadelphia–Constitution and By-Laws not dated 2 11

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