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BOX 1, 7-8 Biographical Materials, 1926-1981
Documents and other items related to Barber's life. Includes Barber's diary and journal, awards and diplomas, clippings, programs, miscellaneous materials, personal documents, and family trees from the maternal side of Barber's family.
Arranged by alphabetically by format, then chronologically therein.
BOX-FOLDER 1/1 Autograph book, 197[?]-1980
Awards and diplomas
BOX-FOLDER 7/1 Curtis Institute diploma, 1934 May 22
BOX-FOLDER 8/2 ASCAP medals of recognition, 1959, 1963
BOX-FOLDER 7/2 Harvard University Honorary Doctor of Music, 1959
BOX-FOLDER 1/2 Pulitzer Prize certificate, 1963 May 6
BOX-FOLDER 7/3 National Institute of Arts and Letters certificate, 1976
BOX-FOLDER 7/4 Royal Academy of Music Honorary Member, 1979 March 28
BOX-FOLDER 1/3 Brown University Honorary Doctor of Music, 1979 April 22
BOX-FOLDER 7/5 American Music Center letter of distinction, 1980
BOX-FOLDER 7/6 State of Michigan Senate resolution, 1980 September 4
BOX-FOLDER 1/4, 4/1 Clippings, 1956, 1960, undated
Note: Includes Musical America article
BOX-FOLDER 8/1 Diary, 1926 September-1928 January
BOX-FOLDER 1/5 Genealogical materials, undated
Family trees, Beatty and Fulton families
BOX-FOLDER 1/6 Journal, undated
Barber's notes and quotes from Sidney Homer's Bible
Note: Sarah Beatty obituary is interleaved
BOX-FOLDER 1/7 Miscellany, 1956 and undated
Note: Includes legal document transferring Menotti's rights for Vanessa to Barber
BOX-FOLDER 1/8 Personal documents, 1963-1979
Driver's licenses, passports, health insurance cards
BOX-FOLDER 1/9 Postcards, undated
Approximately 80, blank
BOX-FOLDER 7/7 Programs, 1966
BOX-FOLDER 1/10 Programs, 1975-1981
  • Antony and Cleopatra, Juilliard, 1975 May 10-11
  • Martha Graham's Frescoes choreographed to two scenes from Antony and Cleopatra, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1978 December 9
  • Barber's memorial service, New York City, 1981 February 9
BOX 1-2 Correspondence, 1852-1853, 1928-1980
Letters between Barber and family members, as well as correspondence from notable musical and political figures. The bulk of the letters by Barber were written to his family or Edith Braun. Most correspondence written to Barber is from Gian Carlo Menotti.
Arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent.
BOX-FOLDER 1/11 70th birthday wishes, 1980 February-March
Note: Includes letters from Jimmy Carter and Ned Rorem
BOX-FOLDER 1/12 Barber family, 1852, 1853, [?] May 22
BOX-FOLDER 1/13-15, 2/1 Barber, Samuel, May-September 1928-1932
Note: To family members
BOX-FOLDER 2/2 Barber, Samuel, 1939-1958, undated
Note: To family members
BOX-FOLDER 2/3 Barber, Samuel, 1939-1971, undated
Note: To Edith Braun
Note: Includes two letters from Menotti
BOX-FOLDER 2/4 Barber, Samuel, 1946, 1980, and undated
Note: To Thor [Johnson?], ASCAP, and others
BOX-FOLDER 2/5 Bernstein, Leonard, 1964 January 18
BOX-FOLDER 2/6 Boucchi, A., [?] March 18
BOX-FOLDER 2/7 Carter, Rosalynn, 1980 March 7
BOX-FOLDER 2/8 Homer, Marion, 1958
BOX-FOLDER 2/9 Hurdy, Francois, 1980 February 17
BOX-FOLDER 2/10 Kennedy Center Honors, 1979
White House reception invitation
BOX-FOLDER 2/11 Kennedy, John F., Jr., 1961 September 8
BOX-FOLDER 2/12 Kennedy, Robert F., 1964 January 14
BOX-FOLDER 2/13 Menotti, Gian Carlo, 1964-1972, undated
BOX-FOLDER 2/14 Najeeb, Souheila Sabih, [1949?] June 26
Envelope only
BOX-FOLDER 2/15 Ormandy, Eugene, 1976 December 6
BOX-FOLDER 2/16 Suárez, Carlos, 1980 August 7
BOX 2, 4 Writings, circa 1924-1970
Barber's music theory and musicology notes and published and unpublished materials written by others.
Arranged alphabetically by author.
Barber, Samuel
BOX-FOLDER 2/17 Notes, elements of music, 1930-1931
BOX-FOLDER 4/2 Notes, harmonic fifths exercise, undated
BOX-FOLDER 2/18 Notes, musicology, undated
BOX-FOLDER 2/19 Melville, Herman
Moby Dick transcription by Barber, undated
BOX-FOLDER 2/20 Menotti, Gian Carlo
"L'ultimo desiderio" fiaba, undated
BOX-FOLDER 2/21 Neruda, Pablo
Twenty love poems and a song of despair, undated
London: Grossman Publishers
Note: Annotated by Barber
Note: H-141 Source E
BOX-FOLDER 2/22 Stendhal
Le rouge et le noir, undated
BOX 4-7 Music, 1939-1975
Printed music by Barber, some with his annotations, and music by others that was part of Barber's personal library. H-numbers correspond to sources in Barbara Heyman’s thematic catalog.
Organized as two subseries. then alphabetically by composer's last name.
Music by Samuel Barber, 1949-1974
BOX-FOLDER 4/5 Collected songs for low voice, 1955
Printed piano-vocal score
New York: G. Schirmer
BOX-FOLDER 4/6 Concerto for violin and orchestra, 1951
Ozalid full score
Note: Holograph conducting annotations in colored pencil
Note: H-94 Source F
BOX-FOLDER 4/7 Hermit songs, 1954
Printed piano-vocal score (high voice version)
New York: G. Schirmer
Note: Performance annotations
Note: H-120 Source H
BOX-FOLDER 4/8 Knoxville: Summer of 1915, for voice and orchestra, 1949
Printed piano-vocal score reduction by Barber
New York: G. Schirmer
BOX-FOLDER 4/9 Knoxville: Summer of 1915, for voice and orchestra, 1949/1952
Printed full score
New York: G. Schirmer
Note: H-114 Source G
BOX-FOLDER 4/10 Souvenirs, 1952
Ozalid score for piano four-hands
Note: This version lacks the movements "Two-Step" and "Hesitation Tango"
Note: Includes note to Edie [Edith Braun?]
Note: H-119 Source C
BOX-FOLDER 4/11 Three songs, op. 45, 1974
Printed piano-vocal score (high voice version)
New York: G. Schirmer
Music owned by Samuel Barber, 1939-1975
Boulez, Pierre
BOX-FOLDER 5/1 Sonata no. 2 for piano, 1950
Printed score
Note: Performance annotations
Note: Inscribed from Boulez to Barber
Haieff, Alexei
BOX-FOLDER 7/8 Notes of thanks: 5. Echo-berceuse, undated
Ozalid piano score
Homer, Sidney
BOX-FOLDER 5/2 Your son and my son, undated
Holograph manuscript piano-vocal score
Note: Inscribed from Homer to Barber
Mendelssohn, Felix
BOX-FOLDER 5/3 Songs for one voice and piano, undated
Printed piano-vocal score
Leipzig: C.F. Peters
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