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Settlement Music School Records

Collection ID

URB 9, Acc. 613, PC-35, Acc. 957

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Description

Collection Summary

Title
Settlement Music School Records

Dates
1910-2016, bulk 1910-1986

Collection ID
URB 9, Acc. 613, PC-35, Acc. 957

Creator
Settlement Music School

Quantity
48.15 linear feet (56 boxes)   

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English

           

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The Settlement Music School is a private organization whose purpose is to provide music instruction for children and adults regardless of ability to pay. In its early years a major function was to assist immigrants in finding employment. The school was incorporated in 1913, and moved into its present building on Queen Street in 1917. Branches in Germantown and Frankford were established in 1951. 

Description of Collection

The Settlement Music School Records consist of minutes of executive and board meetings, financial statements, correspondence, scrapbooks and photographs, newspaper clippings, and a few class reports. Subject matter primarily concerns music instruction, concerts, and recitals, but the Personal Service Committee minutes also detail services for immigrants during the period 1920-28. Photographs consist of  undated and uncaptioned photos depicting children at artistic, dramatic, and musical activities. Photographers include Eugene J. Amenra, Chappel Studio, Alfred A. DeLardi, Harry Finberg, Elias Goldensky, Alan D. Hewitt, Miriam Tana Hoban, Kubey-Rembrandt Studios, Margery Lewis, Richard K. Mallin, Sam Miller, J.D. Narbeth, Betty Nettis, Photo-Illustrators, Harry Pinkerson, William H. Rau, Rembrandt Studios, Jules Schick, and Adrian Siegel. This collection includes preserved versions of the organization’s website, available through Archive-It.

Organization and Arrangement

URB 9 is organized into 3 series as follows: 

Series 1:  Executive and Financial Papers, 1910-1960
Series 2:  Correspondence, Programs, and Publications, 1931-1966
Series 3:  Photographs, Scrapbooks, and Notebooks, 1913-1966

Accession 613 is organized into 6 series as follows: 

Series 1:  Administration, undated
Series 2:  News Clippings, 1967-1971
Series 3:  Printed Literature, 1917-1986
Series 4:  Branch Materials, 1981-1985
Series 5:  Outside Organizations, 1967-1970
Series 6:  Miscellaneous, 1917, undated

Photographs (PC-35): The number in parentheses indicates the number of photographs within the file.

Acc. 957 contains approximately 30 boxes of unprocessed records. The materials have not been cataloged, organized for use, and have not yet had any necessary preservation actions taken on them. They may also have partial or collection-wide restrictions due to donor wishes or third-party privacy issues. These materials may or may not be available for research. Interested patrons must contact the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) prior to their visit to see if a collection can be made available.

Website versions in Archive-It, 2000-2016, contains preserved versions of the Settlement Music School’s website. To access these sites, see the Temple University Special Collections Urban Archives Archive-It web page: https://www.archive-it.org/collections/4487.

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b1706325~S12

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Technical Access

Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy. Certain digital files may also be inaccessible. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Accruals

Additions to this collection are expected. Websites are captured using Archive-It periodically, and the latest additions may not yet be included in this finding aid. For information on material–physical and digital, including captured websites–that may have been added since the last finding aid update, please contact the Special Collections Research Center.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Settlement Music School Records are on deposit at the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Settlement Music School Records, URB 9, PC-35, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

URB 9 was deposited by the Settlement Music School through Mr. Sol Schoenbach, Director, in March 1970.  Accession 613 and PC-25 were deposited by Joan Graham in January 1986. Accession 957 was deposited by the School through Eric Johnson, July 17, 2008.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in July 2015. Revised in May 2016. Finding aid updated with captured website information in July 2016.    

                    

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names:
Cohn, Arthur, 1910-1998 
Flood, Gerald Francis, 1898-1965 
Gest, Margaret, 1900-1965 
Gruber, Frederick C. 
Register, Layton B. (Layton Bartol), b. 1882
Salom, Pedro G. 
Schoenbach, Sol
Wilson, Lucy Langdon Williams, 1864-1937 

Corporate Names:
Health and Welfare Council (Philadelphia, Pa.) 
National Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers
Settlement Music School

Subjects:
Conservatories of music 
Emigration and immigration
Music--Instruction and study
Private schools--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Schools--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
African American children--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia

Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types
35mm
Administrative records
Architectural drawings
Bylaws (administrative records)
Clippings
Correspondence
Ephemera
Financial records
Legal documents
Minutes
Negatives
Newsletters
Photographs
Publications
Reports
School records
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Souvenir programs
Web sites

Inventory

URB 9

Series 1:  Executive and Financial Papers, 1910-1960

1          1          School and Director's Committee          1949, 1952-1953, 1960

1          2          Executive Meetings          1910-1912

1          3          Executive and Annual Meetings          1913-1918

1          4          Executive and Board Meetings          1919-1920

1          5          Executive and Board Meetings          1921

1          6          Executive and Board Meetings          1922

1          7          Executive and Board Meetings          1923

1          8          Executive and Board Meetings          1924

1          9          Executive and Board Meetings          1925-1926

1          10          Executive and Board Meetings          1927

1          11          Executive and Board Meetings          1928

1          12          Executive and Board Meetings          1929

1          13          Executive and Board Meetings          1930-1931

1          14          Executive and Board Meetings          1932-1934

1          15          Executive and Board Meetings          1935 - 1937

1          16          Executive and Board Meetings          1938-1940

2          17          Executive and Board Meetings          1941-1942

2          18          Executive and Board Meetings          1943-1945

2          19          Executive and Board Meetings          1946-1947

2          20          Executive and Board Meetings          1948-1950

2          21          Executive and Board Meetings          1951

2          22          Executive and Board Meetings          1952

2          23          Executive and Board Meetings          1953

2          24          Executive and Board Meetings          1954

2          25          Executive and Board Meetings          1955

2          26          Executive and Board Meetings          1956

2          27          Executive and Board Meetings          1957

2          28          Executive and Board Meetings          1958

2          29          Executive and Board Meetings          1959

2          30          Executive and Board Meetings          1960

2          31          Miscellaneous Meetings          Undated

2          32          Kensington Branch Reports          1914-1916

2          33          Personal Service Committee          1920-1921

2          34          Personal Service Committee          1922-1923

2          35          Personal Service Committee          1924-1928

2          36          Personal Sheets          1927

3          37          Financial Statements          1941-1942, 1950

3          38          Financial Statements          1951-1953

3          39          Financial Statements          1954-1956

3          40          Financial Statements          1957, 1959-1960

3          41          Operating Financial Statement          1947

3          42          Operating Financial Statement          June 1953 - May 1954

3          43          Operating Financial Statement          June 1954 - May 1955

3          44          Operating Financial Statement          June 1955 - May 1956

3          45          Operating Financial Statement          June 1956 - May 1957

3          46          Operating Financial Statement          June 1957 - May 1958

3          47          Operating Financial Statement          June 1958 - May 1959

3          48          Operating Financial Statement          June 1959 - May 1960

3          49          Citizenship Questionnaires          Undated

3          50          Two Student Records          1944, 1945

Series 2:  Correspondence, Programs and Publications, 1931-1966

3          1          Building Fund          1961

3          2          Civil Defense          1962-1964

3          3          Concert, Annual          1966

3          4          Fels, Jennie May - auditorium dedication          1963

3          5          Girl Scouts          1963-1966

3          6          Health and Welfare Council - Reports          1953

3          7          Kinhaven Music School, Vermont          1965-1966

3          8          Music Instruction          Undated

3          9          Musico en Compostelo          1964

4          10          National Guild of Community Music Schools          Undated

4          11          Oppenheimer, Joseph E.-Estate          1960-1961

4          12          Philadelphia, City of          1961-1965

4          13          Programs, annual          Various

4          14          Programs, Settlement Music School          1930's

4          15          Programs, Settlement Music School          1940-

4          16          Programs held elsewhere          Undated

4          17          Rosenbaum, Morris - Memorial          1961-1963

4          18          Schoenbach, Sol (Director of Settlement Music School 1957-) Correspondence          1952-1959

4          19          Turner, William Jay - Estate          1960-1961

4          20          Wexler, Sylvia G. - Award Fund          1960-1962

4          21          Miscellaneous Correspondence          Various

4          22          Miscellaneous Affairs          Undated

4          23          "Grace Notes"          1931-1934

4          24          "Grace Notes"          1935-1938

4          25          "Grace Notes"          1939-1941

Series 3:  Photographs, Scrapbooks and Notebooks, 1913-1966

4          1          Photographs (see general photograph collections)          Undated

4          2          Newspaper clippings          Various

5          3          Scrapbook          1916-1937

5          4          Scrapbook          1923

6          5          Scrapbook          1930 - 1933

6          6          Scrapbook          1946

6          7          Scrapbook          1947-1957

6          8          Scrapbook          1957-1958

7          9          Scrapbook          1959-1964

7          10          Scrapbook          1965-1966

7          10          Scrapbook          Various

8          11          School reports          1913-1916

8          12          School reports (includes staff meetings 11/1918 - 2/1924)          1916-1924

8          13          Classes and concerts          1914-1917

8          14          Concert book          1924

8          15          Appointment book          1939

8          16          Publicity Brochure          1939

Accession 613

Series 1:  Administration, undated 

1          Administrative Reports, Miscellaneous          Undated

1          Bylaws          Undated

1          Correspondence          Undated

Series 2:  News Clippings, 1967-1971

1          News Clippings          Various

1          Scrapbook          1967 - 1971 

Series 3:  Printed Literature, 1917-1986

1          Newsletters          1937, 1972, 1973, 1982, 1985

1          Printed Literature          1913 - 1948

1          Printed Literature          1953 - 1985

1          Programs         1917, 1949 

1          Programs         1950, 1952

1          Programs         1953, 1957

1          Programs         1958, 1959, 1969

1          Programs         1978, 1981

1          Programs          1983, 1984

1          Programs         1985, 1986 

Series 4:  Branch Materials, 1981-1985

1          Germantown Miscellaneous          Undated

1          Kordan, Northeast News Clippings          Undated

1          Kordan, Northeast Printed Literature         1981, 1983

1          Kordan, Northeast Programs         1982, 1983

1          Kordan, Northeast Programs         1984, 1985 

Series 5:  Outside Organizations, 1967-1970

1          Queen Village Community Fair         1967

1          Queen Village Community Fair         1968

1          Queen Village Community Fair         1969

1          Queen Village Community Fair         1970 

Series 6:  Miscellaneous, 1917, undated

2          Blueprints          Undated

2          Auditorium Addition          Undated

2          Studio          Undated

2          Public Ledger          1917

Photographs (PC-35), 1917-1968

Art Department

1          1          Children's Art Class (4)          Undated

1          2          Children's Art Class (9)         1949

1          3          Miscellaneous (4)          Undated

1          4          Painting and Instruction (7)          Undated

1          5          Sculpting and Instruction (11)          Undated

1          6          Sculptures (22)          Undated

1          7          Student Art Exhibit (9)         1936, 1937, 1938

1          8          Student Art Exhibit          1948

1          9          Boy Scouts, Troop 76 (1)          1924

1          10          Building Exteriors and Interiors (22)          Undated

1          11          Children and Parents in Waiting Room (1)          Undated

1          12          Christmas Party, Postcard with Letter (1)          Undated

1          13          Dance Department, Classes (4)          Undated

Drama Department

1          14          Italian Women's Club (8) Women in Costume          Undated

1          15          Little Theatre Group (5) The Portrait Players, "Taming of the Shrew," "Adam"          Undated

1          16          Miscellaneous (11) Krupshin's Classes          1936

Music Department

1          17          Chorus (3)          Undated

1          18          Classes and Instruction (27)          Undated

1          19          Performances (15, One Color)          Undated

Portraits

2          20          Director (1 Print, 9 Copies)          Undated

2          21          Groups (19)          Undated

2          22          Individuals (12)          Undated

2          23          Programs of Performances [Not Photographs]         1917-1949

2          24          Queen Village Community Fair Scholarships (4 Photos on One Mat)          1968

2          25          Sewing Group (2)          Undated

2          26          Zimbalist Wing (12)          Undated

2          27          Contact Series # 1 (7)          Undated

2          28          Contact Series # 2 (12)          Undated

2          29          Contact Series # 3 (4)          Undated

2          30          Contact Series # 4 (5)          Undated

2          31          Contact Series # 5 (7)          Undated

2          32          Contact Series # 6 (2 with Negatives)          Undated

2          33          Contact Series # 7 (2)          Undated

2          34          Contact Series # 8 (13)          Undated

2          35          Contact Series # 9 (1)          Undated

2          36          Negatives (5 sets)          Undated

Accession 957

Acc. 957 contains approximately 30 boxes of unprocessed records. The materials have not been cataloged, organized for use, and have not yet had any necessary preservation actions taken on them. They may also have partial or collection-wide restrictions due to donor wishes or third-party privacy issues. These materials may or may not be available for research. Interested patrons must contact the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) prior to their visit to see if a collection can be made available.

Website versions in Archive-It, 2000-2016

Contains preserved versions of the Settlement Music School’s website. To access these sites, see the Temple University Special Collections Urban Archives Archive-It web page: https://www.archive-it.org/collections/4487.