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Descriptive Summary

Administrative Information

Historical Note

Scope & Content Note

Organization & Arrangement

Index Terms

Related Items

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Series Description

Series 1: Symphony Society

Series 2: Symphony Society Auxiliary

Container Listing

Plainfield Public Library
Plainfield Symphony Society Records, 1921-2008

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Symphony
Plainfield Symphony Society, 1921.

Finding aid written and encoded by Sarah Hull in August 2009;
processed in August 2009 by Sarah Hull.


Descriptive Summary

Title: Records of the Plainfield Symphony Society, 1921-2008.
Creator: Plainfield Symphony Society
Size:

3 linear feet of records
Comprised of 2 boxes:
One (1) 10”x15”x12” archival storage boxes
One (1) oversized document case

Repository: Plainfield Public Library, Local History Department, 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060
Abstract:

The Records of the Plainfield Symphony Society document the creation and history of the Symphony from 1921 to 2008.  The collection includes seasonal and single event programs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, photographs, and ephemera. There is also a series pertaining to the Symphony Auxiliary.

Language:

The records are in English.

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Administrative Information
Access & Restrictions

The Plainfield Symphony Society Records are available for research.

Access is restricted to materials prepared by the Local History department staff. All materials must be viewed in the Plainfield Room and may not be removed to another area of the library without permission of the Library Director or designee. Materials must be handled carefully and kept in order. Materials must not be leaned upon, altered, folded, ripped, or traced upon. Marks may not be added or erased from materials. Materials must be returned directly to Local History department staff and inspected before the researcher leaves the Plainfield Room.

One photocopy may be made (by Plainfield Public Library staff) of each document for the purpose of research; official Local History departmental reproduction fees may apply. Permission to publish must be obtained by the Plainfield Public Library Board of Trustees as delegated to the Library Director. Permission to publish does not constitute a copyright clearance. The researcher is responsible for further copyright restrictions. The Plainfield Public Library is not responsible for the misuse of copyrighted material.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item; Date (if noted); "Plainfield Symphony Society Records,” Box and Folder Number; Local History Department, Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield, New Jersey.

Acquisition Information

The records were donated by Mr. James Rowland.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Sarah Hull in August 2009. The finding aid was written and encoded by Sarah Hull in August 2009. Finding aid content follows the guidelines suggested by Describing Archives: A Content Standard.

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Historical Note

The Plainfield Symphony Society was established in 1919 when a small group of amateur musicians gave a concert in Grace Church.  The founders were Mrs. Harry K. White, Mrs. Noel G. Evans, Kenneth F. H. Underwood, former Mayor G. W. V. Moy, Dr. Leonard Waldo, Joshua L. Loizeaux and William. L. Littlewood.  The first conductor was Christian Kriens, who was also a violinist.

Over time, the symphony grew to include 80 musicians.  The annual program eventually included a free children’s concert for young people and their families, as well as a historical homes tour.  The Symphony would host guest conductors and musicians of high caliber and renown.

The Plainfield Symphony is New Jersey’s oldest, continuously running, community symphony.

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List of Past Conductors

Christian Kriens, 1919 – 1928
Lois J. Bostelmann, 1928 – 1952
Walter Piasecki, 1952 – 1953
Dr Arthur Christmann, 1953 – 1954
A. Kunrad Kvam, 1954 – 1955
Ladislas Helfenbein, 1955 – 1956
Norris Birnbaum, 1956 – 1957
Samuel Carmell, 1957 – 1967
Jose Serebrier, 1967 – 1973
Edward Murray, 1973 – 1976
Brad Keimach, 1976 – 1983
George Mariner Maull, 1983 – 1988
Sabin Pautza, 1988 – 2008
Charles Prince, 2008 –

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Scope and Content Note

The Records of the Symphony include a variety of historical material spanning from 1921 to 2008, with the bulk of records dating from 1960 to 1980.  Record types include: event programs, board meeting agenda and minutes, a Symphony Society constitution, some financial records, correspondence, many newspaper clippings, letterhead, scrapbook pages, and photographs. Related ephemera include: certificates, event tickets, program excerpts and more.

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Organization and Arrangement

The Plainfield Symphony Society Records are arranged into two series:

Series 1: Symphony Society
Series 2: Symphony Society Auxiliary

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Index Terms

Organizations:

Plainfield Symphony Society, Plainfield, NJ

Places:

Plainfield (N.J.)

Subjects:

Plainfield (N.J.)--History
Plainfield (N.J.)--Clubs and organizations

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Related Items

The Local History Department's vertical file has been incorporated into this collection.

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection consists of paper documents, which do not require any additional technology for access.

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Series Description
Series 1: Symphony Society [1921--2008, undated]
Series Description

Series 1 contains documents published and/or distributed by the Plainfield Symphony Society.  It includes: programs, correspondence, resumes, meeting agenda and minutes, and newspaper clippings.  It is composed solely of paper documents that are typed or handwritten.

Arrangement

Series 1 is arranged chronologically and fills one box.

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Series 2: Symphony Society Auxiliary [1960--1980, undated]
Series Description

Series 2 contains documents published and/or distributed by the Plainfield Symphony Society Auxiliary. It includes programs, meeting notes, newspaper clippings, three photographs, and ephemera.  It is composed solely of paper documents, which are typed and handwritten. Some documents and newspaper clippings were originally pasted into scrapbook pages. These records have been removed and photocopied onto archival paper.

Arrangement

Series 2 is arranged chronologically, and fills 3 folders. Oversized materials including a scrapbook (1958-1969) and one framed poster (2004).

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Container Listing

Box

Series

Folder

Title

Date

1

1

1

Constitution

Undated

 

 

2

Fantasy of Trees

Undated

 

 

3

Posters List

Undated

 

 

4

Programs

1921-1929

 

 

5

Programs

1930-1932

 

 

6

Symphony

1954-1959

 

 

7

Programs

1961-1969

 

 

8

Programs

1971-1979

 

 

9

Study Score

1976

 

 

10

Report

1978

 

 

11

Clippings

1980

 

 

12

Executive Director search

1999-2003

 

 

13

Strategic Issues

2002

 

 

14

Board of Directors File

2002-2003

 

 

15

Programs

2002-2003

 

 

16

Fiscal Year Report

2005-2006

 

 

17

Season Program

2005-2006

 

 

18

Season Program

2006-2007

 

 

19

Events

2007

 

 

20

Young Performer Program

2007

 

 

21

Children’s concert

2008

 

 

22

Hooray for Hollywood

2008

 

 

23

Season Program

2008-2009

 

2

24

Symphony Auxiliary

1960-1980, Undated

 

 

25

Symphony Auxiliary – Clippings from scrapbook

1957-1977

    26 Symphony Auxiliary – Ephemera from scrapbook 1957-1977

 

1

27

Holiday Pops flyers

2009

    28 Flyers and Mary Hartman Wesley honoraria 1958, 2010
    29 Postcard Program - FromBetty Avis of Westfield 1948
    30 Board of Directors Agenda 2012
2 2   Programs 1995 --
3 2   Oversized materials 1958-1969, 2004.
         

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