Kuyper's papers chronicle the sometimes turbulent period in the Orchestra's history following the death of music director Frederick Stock in 1942. Especially significant is the correspondence documenting the controversy surrounding the hiring of Wilhelm Furtwängler, former conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic during the Nazi occupation of Germany. This series also includes material concerning the tenures of music directors Désiré Defauw (1943-1947), Artur Rodzinski (1948-1949), and Rafael Kubelík (1950-1953), as well as substantial correspondence with Fritz Reiner (1953-
Seymour S. Raven, Manager, 1960-1962; General Manager, 1962-1964
Biography A Chicago native, Seymour Raven (1918-1994) attended the University of Chicago and Northwestern University where he specialized in music theory and composition. While a graduate student at Northwestern, he was accepted into the conductors' class of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Raven served in the U.S. Army during World War II and, upon his discharge, returned to Chicago and worked as drama and music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times (1946-1947), then as music critic and editor at the Chicago Tribune (1947-1960), before his appointment as manager of The Orchestral Association in January 1960. After leaving the CSO, Raven became an administrator at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he remained until his retirement in 1991.
Contents (1.7 linear feet in 4 boxes) Raven's papers include significant correspondence with music directors Fritz Reiner (1960-1963) and Jean Martinon (1962-1964), as well as numerous guest artists, conductors, and orchestra members. Raven was also involved in the American Symphony Orchestra League (ASOL), and his papers include meeting notes and correspondence concerning both ASOL and the Major Managers group. H. Silas W. G. Edman, General Manager, 1964-1967
Biography Silas Edman (1930- ) grew up in Western Massachusetts where his father was managing editor of a newspaper and one of the founders of the Berkshire Music Festival. Edman graduated from Amherst College and from 1953 to 1958 was a personnel department supervisor and auditor for the First National City Bank of New York, at its Sao Paulo, Brazil division. From 1958 to 1962 he served as controller and assistant secretary to the Board of Directors of the New York Philharmonic, and from 1962 until 1964 was administrative director of the Sir Georges-Etienne Cartier Center in Montreal with additional management responsibilities for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Edman became general manager of the CSO on July 1, 1964.
Contents (4.4 linear feet in 11 boxes) Edman's papers include correspondence with music director Jean Martinon, chorus director Margaret Hillis, and numerous guest artists, conductors, and orchestra members. Also documented is the period surrounding Orchestra Hall's first major renovation in 1966, including a major fundraising campaign and the formation of the Development department.
I. John S. Edwards, General Manager, 1967-1984
Biography Born in Saint Louis, John Schnell Edwards (1912-1984) received his AB degree from the University of North Carolina in 1932, and a master's degree in English literature from Harvard University in 1934.