TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of Milward Adams

Scope and Content of the Collection

Arrangement

Selected Search Terms

Container List

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Inventory of the Milward Adams Photograph Collection, ca. 1890-1910


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610-7324
USA
Phone: 312-255-3506
Fax: 312-255-3646
E-Mail: specialcolls@newberry.org
URL: http://www.newberry.org

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Alison Hinderliter, 2010.

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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Adams, Milward, 1857-1923
Title Milward Adams Photograph Collection
Dates ca. 1890-1910
Extent 25 linear feet (10 oversize boxes)
Abstract Collection of portraits of statesmen, orators, lecturers, musicians, singers, composers, and conductors collected by and autographed to Milward Adams, manager of Chicago's Auditorium Theater from 1889 to 1910.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Midwest MS Adams
Collection Stack Location 4a 26 2

Administrative Information

Cite As

Milward Adams Photograph Collection, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift, Milward Adams, 1910.

Processed by

Elinor Dahmer, 2010.

Access

The Milward Adams Photograph Collection is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Milward Adams Photograph Collection is the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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Biography of Milward Adams

Chicago classical music series manager, and manager of the Auditorium Theater from 1889 to 1910.

Milward Adams was born in Kentucky in 1857, and came to Chicago in 1870 to work as an errand boy for Wilson Brothers Clothiers. He became associated with the manager of Chicago's Central Music Hall, George B. Carpenter, who also managed lectures and concerts series. Adams worked for Carpenter and started at the bottom, sweeping up after shows and manning the ticket window. After Carpenter's death he began to manage the Central Music Hall as well as several musical series, including the Theodore Thomas Summer Garden Concerts and the Mapleson Operatic Festival. Beginning in 1889 he began managing the Auditorium Theater and its varied series of operas, recitals, and lectures. He was also the first manager of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under conductor Theodore Thomas, from 1891 to 1894. Adams retired from managing the Auditorium in 1910, and died Jun. 18, 1923.

Adams's career as theater manager allowed him access to many lecturers and artists, some of whom (like Theodore Thomas) became close friends. Adams had autographed photographs of these people mounted on the walls of his office at the Auditorium.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

129 black and white photographs of statesmen, orators, lecturers, musicians, singers, composers, and conductors, autographed to Milward Adams and mounted on boards. The boards have been compiled into ten oversize boxes, the spine titles of which are "Autographed Portraits of Celebrated Persons - The Milward Adams Photograph Collection." In some instances two photographs are mounted on one board.

Prominent persons in the collection include presidents Grover Cleveland, William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt; composer-conductors Richard Strauss, John Philip Sousa and Theodore Thomas; and performers Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Emma Calvé, Ignace Jan Paderewski, and Enrico Caruso.

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Arrangement

Photographs arranged in original order (mostly but not completely alphabetically).

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Caruso, Enrico, 1873-1921 -- Portraits
  • Paderewski, Ignace Jan, 1860-1941 -- Portraits
  • Adams, Milward, 1857-1923
  • Adams, Milward, 1857-1923 -- Portraits
  • Auditorium Theater (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Calvé, Emma, 1858-1942 -- Portraits
  • Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908 -- Portraits
  • McKinley, William -- Portraits
  • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 -- Portraits
  • Schumann-Heink, Ernestine, 1861-1936 -- Portraits
  • Sousa, John Philip, 1854-1932 -- Portraits
  • Strauss, Richard, 1864-1949 -- Portraits
  • Thomas, Theodore, 1835-1905 -- Portraits

Subjects

  • Conductors (Music) -- Portraits
  • Musicians -- Portraits
  • Photographs -- 1851-1900
  • Photographs -- 1901-1950
  • Singers -- Portraits
  • Women singers -- Portraits

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Container List

Box Contents
1 Adams, Milward
1 Ackte, Aino
1 Albani-Gye, Emma
1 Albers, Henry
1 Alten, Bella
1 Anthes, George
1 Arditi, Luigi
1 Arnoldson, Sigrid
1 Bauermeister, Mathilde
1 Bekignani, E.
1 Bernhardt, Sarah
1 Bispham, David
2 Blass, Robert
2 Bonnard, A.
2 Bouderesque, Marcel
2 Calvé, Emma
2 Calvé, Emma
2 Calvé, Emma, with house in Paris and house in the Pyrenees
2 Campanari, Giuseppe
2 Campanini, Italo
2 De Lucia, Fernando
2 Marteau, Henry
3 Caruso, Enrico
3 Clement, C.
3 Cleveland, Grover
3 Constantino, F.
3 Creatore, Giuseppe
3 Cremonini, G.
3 D'Albert, Eugen
3 De Angelis, Jefferson
3 Del Puente, Giuseppe
3 De Marchi, E.
3 De Reszke, Edouard
3 De Reszke, Jean
4 Dereyne, Fely
4 De Sarasate, Pablo
4 Desvignes, Carlotta
4 Farrar, Geraldine
4 Fremstad, Olive
4 Goerlitz, Ernest
4 Grau, Maurice
4 Homer, Louise
4 Irving, Henry
4 Jackson, Leonora
4 Jacoby, Josephine
4 Terry, Ellen
5 Ancona, Mario
5 Bouxman, M
5 Journet, Marcel
5 Kalisch, Paul
5 Klein, Ida
5 Kocian, Jaroslav
5 Kraus, E.
5 Lassalle, F.
5 Lehmann, Lilli
5 Liebling, Estelle
5 Litvinne, Felia
5 McKinley, William
5 Mancinelli, Luigi
5 Mühlmann, Adolf
6 Mascagni, Pietro
6 Maurel, Victor
6 Mottl, Felix
6 Nansen, Fridjof
6 Nielsen, Alice
6 Pacary, Lina
6 Paderewski, Ignace Jan
6 Patti, Adelina
6 Plancon, Pol
6 Plancon, Pol
6 Rappold, Marie
6 Ravelli, Luigi
6 Ravogli, Julia
7 Ravogli, Sofia
7 Roosevelt, Theodore
7 Russitano, Giuseppe
7 Saleza, Albert
7 Sapio, R.
7 Saville, Frances
7 Scalchi, Sofia
7 Scheff, Fritzi
7 Schumann-Heink, Ernestine
7 Scotti, A.
7 Seygard, Camille
7 Sousa, John Philip
7 Weed, Marian
8 Bandrowsky, Alexander von
8 Breval, Lucienne
8 Strauss, Richard
8 Strauss, Richard, Mrs.
8 Strong, Susan
8 Ternina, Milka
8 Thomas, Theodore
8 Thomas, Theodore
8 Valero, Fernando
8 Van Dyck, Ernest Marie Hubert
8 Van Zandt, Marie
8 Vecsey, Franz von
8 Vianisi, Auguste
8 Viviani, L.
8 Walker, Edylli
8 Ysaÿe, Eugene
9 Adams, Suzanne
9 Alvarez
9 Bell, Digby
9 Burgstaller, Alois
9 Burgstaller, Alois
9 Conreid, Heinrich
9 Dani, Carlo
9 De Lussan, Zelie
9 De Montague, Etta Madile
9 Dippel, Andreas
9 Dufriche, E.
9 Eames-Story, Emma
9 Gadski-Tauscher, Johanna
9 Gauthier, Charles
9 Gilibert, Charles
9 Hertz, Alfred
10 Ingersoll, Robert G.
10 Kubelik, Johann
10 MacIntyre, Margaret
10 Melba, Nellie
10 Melba, Nellie
10 Nordica, Lillian
10 Patti, Adelina
10 Salvini, A.
10 Sembrich, Marcella
10 Tamagno, Francesco
10 Van Rooy, Anton