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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of John Alden Carpenter

Scope and Content of the Collection

Arrangement

Selected Search Terms

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Inventory of the John Alden Carpenter Letters to Remsen Bird, 1947-1950


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
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Chicago, Illinois 60610-7324
USA
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Polly Smith, 2009.

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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Carpenter, John Alden, 1876-1951
Title John Alden Carpenter Letters to Remsen Bird
Dates 1947-1950
Extent 0.1 linear foot (1 folder)
Abstract Six letters to friend Remsen Bird and his wife mostly regarding Carpenter’s “Carmel Concerto”. Also, a review of the concerto from the Monterey Peninsula Herald, Nov. 21, 1949.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Midwest MS 164
Collection Stack Location 3a 35 3

Administrative Information

Cite As

John Alden Carpenter Letters to Remsen Bird, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Unknown.

Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2008.

Access

The John Alden Carpenter Letters to Remsen Bird are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The John Alden Carpenter Letters to Remsen Bird are 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 John Alden Carpenter

American composer.

Born in Park Ridge, Illinois in 1876, Carpenter was raised in a musical household. After graduating from Harvard, he concentrated on studying musical composition while at the same time working in his family’s business, a Chicago shipping-supply company.

Carpenter’s many works can be recognized as distinctly American. These include piano pieces, songs, ballet scores and orchestral suites. Among his best-known scores are the jazz-inspired Krazy Kat and for the ballet Skyscrapers.

Carpenter died in Chicago in 1951.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Five letters to Carmel, California, resident Remsen Bird, president of Occidental College, and one to Bird’s wife Helen, mostly about Carpenter’s music. Also, a newspaper review from the Monterey Peninsula Herald, Nov. 21, 1949, of “Carmel Concerto” performed by the New York Symphony Orchestra.

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Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

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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

  • Bird, Remsen Du Bois, b. 1888 -- Correspondence
  • Carpenter, John Alden, 1876-1951 -- Correspondence

Subjects

  • Composers -- Correspondence
  • Correspondence -- 1901-1950
  • Manuscripts, American -- Illinois -- Chicago

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