did Arturo Toscanini, Woodrow Wilson, Martha Graham, and Albert
Einstein have in common? They all appeared at Carnegie Hall. Now, as
part of the Hall’s ongoing Digital Archives Project, the public can
uncover this information and discover a whole lot more, thanks to a new
online performance history search feature recently added to the
“History” section of Carnegie Hall’s website. This new addition makes a
large portion of the Hall’s performance history database directly
available to the public for the first time.
By visiting carnegiehall.org/history,
the public can now access records spanning the period from 1891 through
1941, covering more than 12,500 events, both musical and non-musical,
all drawing upon Carnegie Hall’s illustrious history filled with
appearances by leading musicians, notable performers, and world figures.
Searches can be made by keyword, composer, work, performer, date, or
date range. Results can be filtered by venue and genre, and search
results can be saved or shared through a link or exported to a PDF.
Which of his own works did John Philip Sousa conduct at his Carnegie
Hall debut concert? “Sheridan’s Ride,” on January 23, 1893. What was the
occasion for Andrew Carnegie’s first speech at his namesake hall? A
memorial for writer Robert Louis Stevenson on January 4, 1895. Alongside
the many important musical performances for which Carnegie Hall is
known, non-musical events in the Hall’s early history were lectures,
films, civic meetings, debates, rallies, dramatic readings, and so many
other things that informed and entertained Americans before the rise of
radio and the birth of television, offering a unique view of American
Additional data from this exhaustively-researched database will be
released in installments on a regular basis, and information on events
from 1941 to the present is expected to be available within the next
year. In total, Carnegie Hall’s database has information on nearly
50,000 events, including performances of classical, jazz, pop, and world
music, featuring more than 88,000 artists and more than 80,000 musical
works.About Carnegie Hall’s Archives
The Carnegie Hall Archives was established in 1986. Since no central
repository existed prior to that time, a significant portion of the
Hall’s documented history had been lost, discarded, or otherwise
forgotten. Over the last twenty-five years, Carnegie Hall’s Archives
team, led by Director Gino Francesconi, has painstakingly re-constructed
the Hall’s history, collecting more than 300,000 items and information
related to close to 50,000 performances and events in its three concert
halls; construction of the building and its subsequent alterations; and
the many notable artists, world figures, and personalities who have
graced the Hall’s stages.
Today, the Archives is the permanent and official repository for
Carnegie Hall’s historical collections including more than 120 years of
concert programs; promotional flyers; select audio, video, and film
recordings; photographs; autographs; musical manuscripts; correspondence
and business records; architectural drawings; objects, and other
materials that provide rich detail of the origin, history, activities,
and growth of Carnegie Hall. Some of these items have been put on
display to concertgoers and the public in Carnegie Hall’s Rose Museum,
opened in 1991 and funded by the Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation.
In 2012, the Archives embarked on an exciting new chapter with the start
of its Digital Archives Project. This multi-year initiative will enable
Carnegie Hall to preserve and digitize most of its historic
materials—many of which are now available only on paper or in media
formats likely to become obsolete—ensuring that the Hall’s legacy is
preserved for future generations. The project will also eventually
create a dynamic digital repository designed to house digital legacy
collections and to capture new content and materials developed by
Carnegie Hall in support of its artistic and educational initiatives.
As a result, historic materials will be made accessible to the public
and researchers in a much greater way—both on-site at Carnegie Hall and
online via carnegiehall.org—in support of the Hall’s mission, serving
the widest possible audience.
Lead support for the digitization of Carnegie Hall Archives has been
provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation, and by the Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation.
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