• Personal Collections


    Blaine Littell Collection

    This collection consists of material that belonged to Walter Damrosch, who played a significant role in the building of Carnegie Hall. Highlights include autographed cabinet cards of Tchaikovsky and a Franz Liszt letter.

    Geiger Collection of Modern Composers

    In 1934, author David Ewen, working on a new edition of Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, sent questionnaires to 60 modern composers, including Alban Berg, Jean Sibelius, Anton Webern, and Edgard Varèse. The questionnaires, along with many letters from the composers, were presented to the Carnegie Hall Archives in 1994 as a gift from the family of Robert Geiger, an editor of Baker’s Biographical Dictionary.

    Hermann Hans Wetzler Collection

    This collection includes correspondence, a flyer, programs, and a subscription proposal for Wetzler Symphony Concerts at Carnegie Hall, 1902‒1904.

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    Louis Salter Collection

    Louis Salter was an employee of Carnegie Hall from 1893 to 1925, first as assistant electrician and eventually as superintendent. The Louis Salter Collection consists of Salter’s autograph book and a series of autographed artist photos, covering principally the years 1912‒1925. Highlights include the signatures of Roald Amundsen, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Sergei Prokofiev, and Igor Stravinsky, and signed photographs of Jascha Heifetz, Ignace Jan Paderewski, Arturo Toscanini, and Wilhelm Furtwängler.

    Manheim Fox Collection

    This contains a scrapbook collected by Manheim Fox, who presented the first New York Folk Festival at Carnegie Hall in June 1965. The scrapbook contains press clippings, scripts for some of the festival segments, correspondence, and a festival program and flyer.

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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.