• Administrative Records and Papers


    AT&T Presents Carnegie Hall Tonight Collection

    AT&T Presents Carnegie Hall Tonight was a radio and television music program produced at Carnegie Hall from 1978 to 1988. The collection includes correspondence and financial materials that document the program’s production.

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    Julius Bloom Collection

    Julius Bloom was executive director of Carnegie Hall from 1960 to 1977, director of Corporate Planning from 1977 to 1979, and a member of the Carnegie Hall Board of Trustees from 1960 to 1979. This collection covers the years 1960 to 1982 and includes administrative and programming records, correspondence, minutes, and reports of the Board of Trustees reflecting the various activities associated with both artistic programming and the daily management of Carnegie Hall.

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    Music Hall Company of New York Collection

    The Music Hall Company of New York functioned as the administrative body of Carnegie Hall from its opening in 1891 until Robert Simon Sr. purchased it from Louise Carnegie in 1925. The collection consists primarily of correspondence between Howard Russell Butler, the first President of Carnegie Hall, and Andrew Carnegie, and other documents related to the running of the Hall between 1891 and 1919. Additional items include original Music Hall Company stock certificates signed by Carnegie, Butler, and other officers of the company.

    Collection of Carnegie Hall, Incorporated, 1925–1960

    Leonora Shier Collection

    Leonora Shier was a rental agent and secretary of Carnegie Hall Incorporated from 1925 to 1956. The collection contains business records of Carnegie Hall Incorporated, and personal correspondence and photographs that Miss Shier collected.

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    Robert E. Simon Jr. Collection

    Robert E. Simon Sr. purchased Carnegie Hall from Louise Carnegie in 1925 and formed Carnegie Hall Incorporated to act as the Hall’s administrative body. Upon his death in 1935, his son Robert Simon Jr. became owner and then president of Carnegie Hall Inc. until the sale of the Hall to the City of New York in 1960. The collection consists principally of correspondence, scrapbooks, and board minutes related to Simon’s ownership of Carnegie Hall.

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    John Totten Collection

    John Totten (1886–1969) began his career at Carnegie Hall in 1903 as an usher, frequently escorting Andrew Carnegie to his box in the Main Hall. He worked his way up through the ranks to become house manager in 1927, a position he held until his retirement in 1968. The bulk of this collection is from Totten’s tenure as House Manager, 1927–1960. The collection consists of two series, Photographs and Business Records, and also includes Totten’s autograph book.

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    M. Murray Weisman Collection

    The scrapbook of Maurice Murray Weisman, general manager and vice president of Carnegie Hall Inc. from 1933 to 1935 and president of Carnegie Hall Inc. from 1935 to 1939, contains letters, telegrams, newspaper clippings, transcripts of speeches, and photographs chronicling Weisman’s professional achievements, from his acceptance into Harvard to previews of Carnegie Hall’s 1938–1939 season.

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  • Collections and Acquisitions Policy

    In accordance with its mission, the Carnegie Hall Archives actively seeks to identify, acquire, preserve, and make available material that is of enduring informational value and historical significance to Carnegie Hall.

    The Archives serves as the official and permanent repository of historical and inactive records of The Carnegie Hall Corporation. These records include, but are not limited to correspondence, memos, minutes, financial records, contracts, reports, photographs, publications, programs, posters, audiovisual recordings, architectural drawings, and subject files; as well as documents relating to administrative bodies previously associated with it, including Carnegie Hall Incorporated and the Music Hall Company of New York, Limited.

    Access Policy

    The collections of the Carnegie Hall Archives are open for research by appointment to all members of the Carnegie Hall staff and to the general public. The collections do not circulate and, at present, all research must be done on-site under the supervision of the Archives staff. The Carnegie Hall Archives has an ethical obligation to ensure the preservation of these collections, to guarantee the privacy of donors, and to protect items of a legally sensitive or confidential nature; in some cases, sensitive materials are restricted.

    If you would like to access Carnegie Hall Archives’ collections or have questions about its holdings, please contact archives@carnegiehall.org.