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BOX 21, 45-46 Photographs, 1860-1974
Photographs in the collection, most of which date between 1911 and 1974, depict Suesse alone and with others in both candid and professional settings. These include a substantial number of rare photographs from her early childhood, as well as professional photographs of her as a young dancer and pianist. Additional headshots and portraits document her life as a performer and composer through the 1970s, including her performance at Carnegie Hall in 1974. Other photographs depict Suesse with prominent musical and literary figures, including Polly Adler, Virginia Faulkner, George Gershwin, Ferde Grofé, Edward Heyman, and Paul Whiteman. Notable family photographs include headshots of Nina Quarrier, a portrait of Elizabeth and Samuel B. Chilton dating from around 1860, and a tintype of Dana Ward Quarrier. This series also includes several sketches of Suesse.
Arranged alphabetically by last name or subject.
BOX-FOLDER 45/1 Adler, Polly, Virginia Faulkner, and Dana Suesse, 1951?
BOX-FOLDER 45/2 Anderson, John Murray, 1952
BOX-FOLDER 45/3-4 Apartments, 1934, 1973
BOX-FOLDER 45/5 Beaux Arts Ball, 1959
BOX-FOLDER 45/6 Berkley, Mayor Richard and Dana Suesse, 1982
BOX-FOLDER 45/7 Boris Aaronson's surrealist piano, 1935
BOX-FOLDER 45/8 Burr, Courtney, circa 1920
BOX-FOLDER 45/9 Carnegie Hall concert, 1974
BOX-FOLDER 45/10 Carnegie Hall debut, 1932
BOX-FOLDER 45/11 Chilton, Elizabeth and Samuel B., circa 1860
BOX-FOLDER 45/12 Coleman, Cy, 1970s
BOX-FOLDER 21/13 Collage, undated
By Paul Jenkins
BOX-FOLDER 45/13 Cotton Club, undated
Includes: Dana Suesse; Myron MacCormack?; Vinton Freedley; Johnny Mercer; Burgess Meredith
BOX-FOLDER 45/14 Cubbin-Mohr, Carolyn, 1970s
BOX-FOLDER 45/15-17 Early childhood, 1911-1921
Includes: Dana Suesse and family
BOX-FOLDER 45/18-20 Family and friends, circa 1920, 1941-1942, 1952-1957, 1993, and undated
BOX-FOLDER 45/21 Feinstein, Michael, undated
BOX-FOLDER 45/22 Fennell, Frederick, 1973?
BOX-FOLDER 45/23 Gershwin, George, Paul Whiteman, and Dana Suesse, 1932
BOX-FOLDER 45/24 Heyman, Edward, Peter Mintun, and Dana Suesse, 1979
BOX-FOLDER 45/25 Hogan, Sallie L., undated
BOX-FOLDER 45/26 Interior of unidentified house, undated
BOX-FOLDER 45/27 Mintun, Peter and Dana Suesse, 1973
BOX-FOLDER 45/28 Music business luncheon, 1940
Includes: Dana Suesse; Ferde Grofé; Rube Bloom; Abel Green; Jack Robbins; André Kostelanetz
BOX-FOLDER 45/29-30 Negatives, 1933-1940, 1973-1974, and undated
BOX-FOLDER 45/31 New York City, 1933 and undated
BOX-FOLDER 21/14 New York City, Paramount Theater, undated
BOX-FOLDER 46/1 Quarrier, Dana Ward, undated
BOX-FOLDER 46/2 Quarrier, Nina, undated
BOX-FOLDER 46/3 Reardon, Casper and Dana Suesse, undated
BOX-FOLDER 21/15 Salle Santelli, undated
BOX-FOLDER 46/4 Sister Mary Raphael, undated
BOX-FOLDER 46/5 St. George, Philip and Dana Suesse, 1970
BOX-FOLDER 46/6 Suesse, Dana1927, 1934
Photographs of artwork by Roy Spreter and Paul Swan
BOX-FOLDER 46/7-20, 21/16 Suesse, Dana, circa 1915-circa 1920, 1927-1959, 1974, and undated
Headshots, profiles, and portraits of Suesse alone
BOX-FOLDER 46/21 Wedding, 1971
Includes: Dana Suesse; Charles Edwin Delinks
BOX-FOLDER 46/22 Wesleyan University, Junior Prom, 1954
Includes: Dana Suesse; Hugh Harter
BOX-FOLDER 46/23 White, Robert and Dana Suesse, 1956
BOX-FOLDER 46/24 Wilton, Connecticut, circa 1942
BOX 21, 28, 47 Programs and Promotional Material, 1914-2011
The programs represent concerts in which Suesse performed as well as concerts where her compositions were performed by others. There is one annotated program from a Sergei Rachmaninoff concert that Suesse attended as a child. Souvenir programs, playbills, flyers, and other advertisements can also be found in this series.
Arranged chronologically.
BOX-FOLDER 47/1 1914-1919
BOX-FOLDER 47/2, 21/17 1920s
BOX-FOLDER 47/3-4, 21/17-20 1930s
BOX-FOLDER 47/5 1940s
BOX-FOLDER 47/6 1950s
BOX-FOLDER 47/7 1970s
BOX-FOLDER 47/8, 28/8 1980s
BOX-FOLDER 47/9 1997
BOX-FOLDER 47/10 2000s
BOX-FOLDER 47/11, 21/19, 28/8 Undated
BOX 48 Clippings, 1919-1990s
Suesse's clippings contain biographical features, concert announcements, and reviews spanning the full length of Suesse's career and beyond, from early childhood recitals to the 1990s. The bulk of publicity compiled here is from the 1930s. This material has been photocopied to preserve its physical integrity.
Arranged chronologically.
BOX-FOLDER 48/1 1914-1920s
BOX-FOLDER 48/2-4, 28/9 1930s
BOX-FOLDER 48/5 1940s
BOX-FOLDER 48/6 1950s
BOX-FOLDER 48/7 1960s
BOX-FOLDER 48/8 1970s
BOX-FOLDER 48/9 1980s
BOX-FOLDER 48/10 1990s
BOX-FOLDER 48/11 Undated
BOX 49-54 Datebooks, 1945-1987
Suesse's datebooks provide a comprehensive account of her daily activities, recording both social and professional engagements. Included are three datebooks from her early years in New York City (1929-1943). In 1957, Suesse was baptized in the Catholic Church and her liturgical datebooks only record religious activities.
Arranged by type of datebook and chronologically therein.
Early datebooks are not available due to fragility and cannot be served without prior approval from the Head of Acquisitions and Processing.
General calendars
BOX 50 1929-1943
Note: Please request staff assistance before handling.
BOX 51 1945-1953, 1961, 1977
Note: 1961 datebook includes entries for 1982-1985.
BOX 52 1954-1964
BOX 53 1965-1975
BOX 54 1976, 1978-1987
Liturgical calendars
BOX-FOLDER 49/1 1958-1959
BOX-FOLDER 49/2 1960-1961
BOX-FOLDER 49/3 1962-1963
BOX-FOLDER 49/4 1964-1965
BOX-FOLDER 49/5 1966, 1968
BOX-FOLDER 49/6 1967
BOX-FOLDER 49/7 1969-1970
DF Digital Files, 1912-1984
DIGITAL ID: SuesseD_MUS_2022_073
This series mainly consists of scans of collection materials made by the donor, Peter Mintun. The majority are music materials, but also included are some photographs, clippings, and project files.
Principal file formats: .jpg, .pdf, .png, .psd
The music is loosely organized into folders by type of score (i.e. manuscript, published, arrangements, unidentified), then by title within each folder. Non-music materials are all contained in one folder, with a small amount grouped together by subject therein.

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