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Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1872-1903


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Scope and Contents note

Clippings, programs, and memorabilia related to contemporary music in Chicago and around the world, and also reflecting Gleason's contributions to classical music from the 1860s through the early 1900s. Information about important composers (Wagner, Verdi) and musicians (Theodore Thomas, Fannie Bloomfield-Zeisler, Adelina Patti, Lillian Russell) are prominent, as are events such as the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, and music festivals such as the Chicago Opera Festival and May Festival. Topics of interest include a series of articles on the morality of ballet (Subseries 1, Vol. 5, Dec. 1886), and numerous clippings about Chicago music venues and organ construction and design in various buildings in the city.

Scope and Contents note

Originally cataloged collectively as Case folio V 209. 34, the scrapbooks are now housed with the rest of the Frederic Grant Gleason material.

Scope and Contents note

Many scrapbooks are in fragile condition and need to be handled carefully. The scrapbooks in the poorest conditions were disbound and refoldered and boxed.


  • Creation: 1872-1903


Conditions Governing Access

The Frederic Grant Gleason papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Arrangement note

Organized in seven subseries: Subseries 1: Music Scrapbooks, 1876-1903; Subseries 2: Hershey School of Musical Art, Chicago, Programs, 1876-1884; Subseries 3: Personal Scrapbooks, 1874-1903; Subseries 4: Clippings, articles and reviews written by Gleason, 1872-1903; Subseries 5: Chicago Auditorium Conservatory, 1900-1902; Subseries 6: Announcements of classes in piano, organ, and composition conducted by Gleason, 1884-1893; and Subseries 7: American Music Society concert programs, 1892-1893.

Arrangement note

Each subseries arranged chronologically.

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States