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F. Associate/Assistant/Principal Guest Conductors; 1918-[ongoing]

Photographs, press clippings, and biographical materials about each of the Orchestra's nine music directors as well as various associate, assistant, and principal guest conductors are maintained in these two series.

G. Guest Artists ; 1891-[ongoing]

Materials regarding guest artists who have performed at Orchestra Hall or with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are included in this series. The collection contains photographs, biographies, and related press materials on hundreds of the major artists of the twentieth century including composers Béla Bartók, Sergei Rachmaninov, and Igor Stravinsky; conductors Igor Markevitch, Pierre Monteux, and Bruno Walter; pianists Ignace Paderewski, Dame Myra Hess, and Josef Hofmann; violinists Maud Powell, Gino Francescatti, and Jascha Heifetz; and singers Mabel Garrison, Leontyne Price, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. The series is currently divided into four chronological subseries (pre-1980, 1980-1989, 1990-1999, and 2000s) and arranged alphabetically within each.

H. Orchestra Members; 1891-[ongoing]; [bulk 1970-]

Files regarding members of the Orchestra are arranged in two alphabetical subseries (former and current members) and contain biographies, photographs, and press clippings. Because a public relations office was not established until the late 1960s, the majority of files pertain to those who were members of the Orchestra from 1970 to the present. While only a small percentage of pre-1970 CSO musicians are currently documented, the Archives' staff is frequently able to obtain biographical information upon request from former CSO member Norman Schweikert, who maintains an extensive collection of materials relating to the lives of orchestra musicians in major U.S. symphony and opera organizations.

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    Trustees/Governing Members ; 1891-[ongoing]

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    Administrative Staff ; 1970-[ongoing]

Photographs, biographical material, and clippings document a number of past and present trustees and governing members. Of particular interest are the files regarding the original trustees of The Orchestral Association (Adolphus C. Bartlett, Nathaniel K. Fairbank, C. Norman Fay, Charles D. Hamill, and Ezra B. McCagg), all prominent Chicagoans. Other files include data on administrative staff (primarily managers and department heads) as well as photographic documentation of staff activities.

K. Press Releases; 1956-[ongoing]

Though press releases were occasionally issued prior to 1956, they were not systematically retained. Since 1956, however, all press releases have been arranged chronologically, indexed, and bound in volumes by season. The indices for each volume, which include specific dates and headlines, provide one of most succinct overviews of CSO concerts, guest artists, and special events. The online catalog includes most of these volumes, with the complete index reproduced in a note field.


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