Samuel Barber collection (MSS 01), 1919-2001

Summary Information

Curtis Institute of Music Archives
Barber, Samuel, 1910-1981
Samuel Barber Collection
MSS 01
Date [inclusive]
0.3 Linear feet (1 archival box)
The Samuel Barber Collection includes correspondence, programs, clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous materials relating to Samuel Barber, including letters from Barber to Orlando Cole.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Samuel Barber Collection (MSS 01), Box and Folder Number; Curtis Institute of Music Archives.

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Biographical Note

Samuel Barber (1910-1981) was an American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music from 1924 to 1934, studying composition with Rosario Scalero and voice with Emilio de Gorgoza.

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The collection is arranged into four series: 1. Orlando Cole gift; 2. Mrs. Jules Bernard gift; 3. Frank Bartholomew gift; 4. Miscellaneous materials.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Curtis Institute of Music Archives 2015

1726 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103



The collection is open for research.


The materials in series 1-3 were donated by Orlando Cole, Mrs. Jules Bernard, and Frank Bartholomew.

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Related Materials

Related materials in the archives of the Curtis Institute of Music

Correspondence between Samuel Barber and Mary Louise Curtis Bok can be found in the Founder’s Papers (AD 1). Clippings concerning Samuel Barber may be found in the Vertical Files. Manuscripts and autographs are kept in the Special Collections.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Barber, Samuel, 1910-1981
  • Cole, Orlando, 1908-2010
  • Menotti, Gian Carlo, 1911-2007

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Collection Inventory

Series 1. Orlando Cole gift 1936-1974 and not dated

Box Folder
Letters from Samuel Barber to Orlando Cole, 1936-37, 1969-74 and not dated 1 1

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Series 2. Mrs. Jules Bernard gift 1929, 1937, 1970

Box Folder
Letter from Samuel Barber to Mrs. Jules Bernard, 1970, May 4 1 2
Program of performances by Barber as bariton (West Chester, Pa, 1929) 1929, Apr 25 1 2
Programs of performances composed by Barber and performed in the Villa Aurealia, Rome 1936, Apr 22 and Nov 16 1 2

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Series 3. Frank Bartholomew gift

Box Folder
Letters to Frank Bartholomew (1952-59) and to William Hatton Green (1935, 1950) 1935-59 1 3
Articles and clippings 1935-61 1 4
Programs 1919-50 1 5
Portrait photographs and color slides and photographs of Capricorn 1924-56 1 6

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Series 4. Miscellaneous materials

Box Folder
Letter from Samuel Baron to Sol Schoenbach (photocopy), with letter from Robert Cole (2000) 1989, 2000 1 7
Program of Vanessa (world premiere), autographed by Eleanor Steber, Rosalind Elias, and Regina Resnik. 1958, Jan 15 1 8
Set of commemorative stamps “Classical Composers Conductors” in the “Legends of American Music Series” 1997 1 9
Samuel Barber, by Nathan Broder (New York: G. Schirmer, Inc.) 1954 1 10
Miscellaneous clippings c. 1938-58 1 11
Miscellaneous programs and notes 1983-2001 1 12

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