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United States (1852-)
A collection of sixteen boxes of programmes from the United States, from 1852 onwards. The collection include programmes from New York (9 boxes), Boston (1 box), Minneapolis (1 box), Chicago (1 box), Oklahoma (1 box) and three boxes from the rest of the United States.

New York:

A collection of nine boxes of programmes from New York, from 1883 onwards.

Lincoln Center (1968-)
One box of programmes from 1968 onwards. The collection covers various venues in the Lincoln Center, as well as items covering the whole centre. The collection includes items from the following venues: Alice Tully Hall; Avery Fisher Hall; Philharmonic Hall; New York State Theater (including programmes from the New York City Ballet). (See below for details of New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera items).

Metropolitan Opera (1894-)
Four boxes of programmes from 1894 onwards. The majority of programmes are from the 1960s onwards.

New York City Opera (1953-1993)
One box of programmes from 1963 to 1993. The programmes are largely from the 1960s and 1970s. The programmes are from the New York State Theater, Lincoln Center.

Carnegie Hall (1911-)
One box of programmes from 1911 onwards. The first programme in the collection is from a concert given by the Philharmonic Society of New York conducted by Mahler, in February 1911. The bulk of the collection dates from the mid-1960s to late 1970s. However, there are a number of programmes from the 1920s.

New York A-Z (1883-)
Two boxes of programmes from various venues, from 1883 onwards. The collection includes a wide variety of venues, including a significant amount of programmes from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

One box of programmes from Minneapolis, from 1948 onwards. The programmes are virtually all from concerts given by the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, largely from concerts which took place in the Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium, University of Minnesota. The programmes are from the late 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s.

One box of programmes and prospectuses from Oklahoma, from 1946 to 1963. The items are largely from the Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra. The venue is often not specified on the items; when the venue is specified, it is usually the Municipal Auditorium. The conductor of the concerts was often Guy Fraser Harrison.

One box of programmes from Boston, from 1852 onwards. One item is from 1852; the remainder of the collection is from 1916 onwards. The majority of the collection is from concerts given by the Boston Symphony Orchestra (founded 1881), including a number of items from the 1916-1917 season. The venue for the concerts was usually Symphony Hall or the Sanders Theater, Harvard University.

One box of programmes from Chicago, from 1898 onwards. Venues represented in the collection include the Auditorium Theatre. In addition, there are a significant number of programmes from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as programmes and resumes of activities of the Ravinia Festival in the 1930s and 1940s.

A collection of three boxes of programmes from other locations in the USA – including Hawaii - from 1891 onwards. The collection includes a wide variety of towns and cities including a significant number of programmes from the following cities: Washington D.C. (including Kennedy Center); Philadelphia (including Academy of Music); Cleveland (including Cleveland Public Auditorium;Severance Hall ); Indianapolis (including Butler University).

The collection is divided by town/city, then by venue, then chronologically.
Date range of collection
1852 -
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Location Details

Royal College Of Music, Library
London SW7 2BS
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020 7591 4723
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Mon-Fri by appointment
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The CPH collections now form part of the RCM Library. The majority of the concert programme collections are stored off-site so you need to request items before arriving. Requests for programmes are processed on Thursday for delivery to the library the following week. The Library itself is open Monday to Friday during term times and Tuesday to Friday during vacations. We can advise you about our hours when you contact us.
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council