and Felix Borowski original compositions (Borowski was the CSO's program annotator from 1908 to 1956). Additional scores marked by Reiner are available in Northwestern University Music Library's Fritz Reiner Archive.
Date Range: 1903-[ongoing]; (bulk 1967-[ongoing]).
Size of Collection: 56 linear feet (101 boxes).
Series Description: Record group OPR is arranged in eight series: A. Office of the Vice President of Operations; B. Season Scheduling and Production, 1960-[ongoing]; C. Tour Management, 1971- [ongoing]; D. Union Contracts and Negotiations, 1923- [ongoing]; E. Media, 1926- [ongoing]; F. Orchestra Personnel Manager, 1964- [ongoing]; G. Ravinia; and H. Hall and Building Management, 1903- [ongoing].
Access: Selected corporate records are closed for a 30-year period; many files in this group contain confidential materials and are not open to the public. 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 OPR followed by a hyphen and the series letter. Examples: to retrieve a list of holdings within the Media series use Keywords: OPR-E; to retrieve a list of recording session files within the Media series use Keywords: OPR-E & recording & session. Please note that some series may not currently be available in the public catalog.
Beginning with the opening of Orchestra Hall in 1904, many of the functions related to building management were handled by the Box Office, while responsibilities related to tour management, scheduling, and orchestra personnel fell under the domain of the general manager. In the 1940s, most of these duties were transferred to a single operations manager and in 1967 a separate department was formed. The Operations Department currently manages the production of all concerts; supervises all Symphony Center activities (including rentals of the facilities); oversees all media activities; and manages the personnel of the Orchestra, from entrance auditions to union contracts, attendance, rotations, payroll, and musical instrument inventory and insurance.
The Operations Department record group includes correspondence, contracts, performance and tour schedules, audition and personnel files, insurance forms, leases, blueprints, architectural drawings, and photographic materials, all documenting the day-to-day operations of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the maintenance of Orchestra Hall. The voluminous tour files include rosters of Orchestra members and staff, travel arrangements and itineraries, and contracts with concert halls. Union contracts date to the 1920s and include contracts with the American Federation of Musicians as well as the Chicago Federation of Musicians (Local No. 10-2080), American Guild of Musical Artists, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, and other trade unions. Media files contain contracts with record companies, television networks, and radio stations, along with correspondence and schedules detailing the specifics of CSO recording sessions and media projects.
The Ravinia series details arrangements, both contractual and logistical, for the Orchestra's