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Records of Marketing and Communications

Date Range: 1891-[ongoing]

Size of Collection: 151 linear feet (439 boxes)

Description: Record group PRM is arranged in seventeen series: A. Office of the Vice President; B. Press Clippings; C. Newsletters; D. Concert Programs; E. Music Directors; F. Associate/Assistant/Principal Guest Conductors; G. Guest Artists; H. Orchestra Members; I. Trustees and Governing Members; J. Staff; K. Press Releases; L. Publications; M. CSO Event Photographs; N. Foreign Tours; O. Composers-in-Residence; P. Other photographs and publicity; and Q. Marketing/Ticketing.

Access: Selected corporate records are closed for a 30-year period. Some files within this group contain confidential materials and are not open to the public. Only selected series are currently available in the public online catalog. Please consult the Archives for further information.

Quick Search Tips: To search the online catalog for a specific series within this record group, enter under Keywords the record group code PRM followed by a hyphen and the series letter. Examples: to retrieve a list of holdings within the Guest Artist series use Keywords: PRM-G.

The Marketing and Communications Department, known in previous years as both Public Affairs and Public Relations, assumes responsibilities for print and media marketing, public relations, graphic arts, the Ticketing Department, Box Office, and telemarketing. Some of the most frequently referenced materials emanate from this department, including concert programs, press clippings, publications, documentation of tours and events, and photographs and biographies of music directors as well as various guest artists, orchestra musicians, and trustees.

B. Press Clippings; 1885-[ongoing]

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's press clipping scrapbooks, dating from 1894 through 1980, consist of over seventy-five folio-size volumes and contain articles, primarily from Chicago-area newspapers, documenting the activities of the CSO, events at Orchestra Hall, and other musical events in Chicago; microfilm copies are available for access. More recent press clippings, in addition to a number of early tour reviews and other articles not pasted into the scrapbooks, are maintained in the Archives.

C. Newsletters; 1965-[ongoing]

The CSO has, over the years, produced various newsletters documenting the activities of the Orchestra. These newsletters provide a general overview of the season and are also a valuable source of information about concert tours, fundraising, volunteer activities, and special events. Many of the feature stories provide captions and other contextual information for photographs in the Archives' collections.

  • D.

    Programs ; 1891- [ongoing]

  • E.

    Music Directors; 1891-[ongoing]

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