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    Read about the young conductor who convinced one of the world’s richest men to build a music hall in an undeveloped section of upper Manhattan, the performers who brought Carnegie Hall to prominence, and the crisis that helped shape Carnegie Hall into the dynamic non-profit music organization it is today. If you’re a researcher, take a look at the list of materials available in the Carnegie Hall Archives.

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    October 13, 2014
    The Knack: 35th Anniversary
    VIDEO blog | Today marks the 35th anniversary of The Knack's performance at Carnegie Hall. Watch The Knack perform their international number-one hit, "My Sharona," on stage at Carnegie Hall.
    May 9, 2014
    Messiaen and the Blackcap Warbler
    During this time of spring, New York City is on a major "flyway" of birds and is a hot spot for bird-watching. With more than 20 species of warbler that have been spotted in Central Park, this reminded one of our archivists of a manuscript given to Carnegie Hall by Olivier Messiaen.
    April 30, 2014
    Lasting Lacquer
    LISTEN | WATCH | Today marks the 98th birthday of renowned American conductor Robert Shaw. Since this notable event also happens to fall in the middle of American Library Association (ALA) Preservation Week, we’d like to honor both occasions by sharing the news of Carnegie Hall’s participation in an innovative new project aimed at preserving fragile historical sound recordings, to which the Carnegie Hall Archives contributed an early recording that featured Robert Shaw on the Carnegie Hall Recording Company label.
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  • Digital Archives Project
    Digital Archives Project
    Carnegie Hall’s Archives has embarked upon a multi-year initiative that will preserve and digitize most of the Hall’s historic collections.
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    Rose Museum
    Rose Museum
    Explore our history through displays of artifacts and memorabilia.
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