Visual Materials Collection (VIS)

Summary Information

Repository
Curtis Institute of Music Archives
Title
Visual materials collection
ID
VIS
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1924-1990
Date [inclusive]
1865-1994 (bulk 1924-1990)
Extent
5.47 Linear feet (three oversize photo boxes)
Language
English
Abstract
The Visual materials collection comprises illustrations and other non-photographic art work in the archives of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Visual Materials Collection, Box and Folder Number; Curtis Institute of Music Archives.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into four series: 1. Illustrations of buildings and interiors; 2. Cartoons; 3. Miscellaneous materials relating the Curtis Institute of Music; 4. Art work and reproductions not related to the Curtis Institute of Music.

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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.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Pullinger, Herbert, 1878-1961
  • Ruyl, Louis H. , b. 1870

Subject(s)

  • Curtis Institute of Music–Illustrations–1920-1930.
  • Musicians in art

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Illustrations of buildings and interiors 1924, c. 1943

Description

Series 1 contains illustrations of interiors and exteriors of the school buildings, including drawings from local artists A. Anderson and Louis H. Ruyl, which were used for the Catalogue of 1924-25 and 1924-27 respectively. Illustrations by Herbert Pullinger, covering the same subjects as Louis Ruyl, were never used.

1.1 A. Anderson

Box
OZ 1
Box Folder
Knapp Hall (line drawing for
Catalogue 1924-25, 1924
OZ 1 1
Main Building (line drawing for
Catalogue 1924-25), 1924
OZ 1 1

1.2 Louis H. Ruyl

Box
OZ 1
Box Folder
Recital Room (original drawing for
Catalogue 1924-25 through 1926-27), 1924
OZ 1 2

1.3 Herbert Pullinger

Box
OZ 1
Box Folder
Knapp Hall–foyer, 1924 OZ 1 3
Knapp Hall–1st floor “ballroom” (Dr. Sokoloff’s studio), 1924 OZ 1 4
Knapp Hall–West side 1924 OZ 1 5
Main building–Locust Street side, 1924 OZ 1 6
Executive building at 235 S. 18th Street, 1924 OZ 1 7
Main building–Assembly room, 1924 OZ 1 8

1.4 Miscellenanous

Box Folder
Woodcut of the main building and Curtis Hall by H. Foss titled “The Curtis Institute of Music 1923-1943” (originally framed). c. 1943 OZ 1 13

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Series 2: Cartoons 1947-c. 1990

Description

Series 2 includes cartoon drawings relating tot the Curtis Institute of music, its faculty, or alumni.

Box Folder
Edwards, Robert Monroe–autographed cartoons not dated OZ 2 1
Bernstein, Leonard
Diaz, Roberto
Serkin, Rudolf
Hancock, Mal–Cartoon “Curtis Institute of Music: Watch for falling notes” in
The Philadelphian Inquirer (clipping) c. 1990
OZ 2 3
Martin, Henry–Cartoon in
The Philadelphians concerning the Curtis Institute of Music (photocopy) 1985, May 12
OZ 2 4
Pollock, Sy–Cartoon of Oscar Shumsky (photocopy), signed by Shumsky May 7, 1983 OZ 2 5
True Comics –Comic strip about Jascha Heifetz, with images refering to his USO tour to the Europen war zone in the spring of 1945 with Seymour Lipkin (Piano ’47) (5 pages) 1947, May OZ 2 3
Vezzia, Anthony–Cutaway of the interior of the main building at 1726 Locust, submitted to the magazine
Etude c. 1960

Description

The cutaway view, commissioned by the magazine Etude, depicts practice rooms and library room in the basement, a recital in Curtis Hall, a reception in the Common Room, people watching from the corridor above, and a lesson in the double bass room on the fourth floor. The image includes a photoreproduction of the original pen-and-ink line drawing with color wash behind it, and of the line drawing itself.

OZ 2 5

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Series 3: Miscellaneous materials relating to the Curtis Institute of Music 1961-94 and not dated

Description

Series 3 includes miscellaneous art work relating to the Curtis Institute of Music, including materials commissioned for publicity purposes.

Box Folder
Blank frame for printed programs with architectural frieze Not dated OZ 1 11
Color reproduction of a painting of Mary Louise Curtis Bok as a young woman c. 1990 OZ 1 12
Printed birthday wish from the citizens of Camden, Rockport, and Lincolnville on the occasion of Mary Louise Curtis Zimbalist’s 90th birthday 1966 OZ 1 12
Sketches of students at the Verbier Festival, by Louise Clearfield 1994 OZ 2 6
Original Christmas Party invitations from Mr. and Mrs. Zimbalist by Nicholas Nahunck (color and ink) 1961 and not dated

Description

Undated invitation for Friday, December 9 suggests a costume party, presumably in 1949, 1955, 1960 or 1966.

OZ 2 7

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Series 4: Art work and reproductions not related to the Curtis Institute orf Music 1865, 1976, and not dated

Description

Series 4 includes art work depicting composers, musicians, and others, who are not directly related to the history of the school. These materials either adorned the buildings during a specific period of time, or were donated to the school.

Box Folder
Ostrowsky, Abba: prints of drawings sent to the Curtis Institute of Music by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers not dated OZ 6 2
Gershwin, George
Herbert, Victor
Sousa, John Philip
Roseman, Stanley OZ 2 4
Frosty Little-“Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus,” 1976
Jimmy Briscoe–“Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus,” 1976
Simon, Howard: Woodcut print of Edward MacDowell, presented by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. not dated OZ 1 2
Walter, A.B.: Engraving of Abraham Lincoln and his family from a painting by F. Schell 1865 OZ 6 2

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