The Finance & Administration Department record group includes correspondence, financial statements and auditor's reports, financial ledgers, tax records, information relating to media royalties, and some personnel information. Early financial statements detail such diverse information as artist fees, box holders, donors, tour dates and income, advertising accounts, complimentary ticket allotment, musician pensions, and hall rentals. Early tax records track the tenures of substitute musicians and support staff, not documented elsewhere.
Records of the President/Manager
Date Range: 1891-[ongoing] ; (bulk 1967-[ongoing])
Size of Collection: 32.5 linear feet (58 boxes)
Series Description: Record group MAN is arranged in 13 series: A. Milward Adams; B. George H. Wilson; C. Anna Millar; D. Frederick J. Wessels; E. Henry Voegeli; F. George Kuyper; G. Seymour S. Raven; H. Silas W.G. Edman; I. John S. Edwards; J. [Interim/Acting Manager]; and K. Henry Fogel.
Access: Selected corporate records are closed for a 30-year period; some files within this group remain confidential. Consult the Archives for further information.
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The papers and correspondence of each of the CSO's previous ten general managers (the position title was changed to President in 1996) are maintained in this group. Most of the general managers have been personally involved in all functions associated with trustee relations, development, marketing, publicity, artistic planning, and operations. Correspondence in this record group includes letters to and from many of the leading composers, conductors, and artists of the twentieth century.
A. Milward Adams, Manager, 1890-1894
Biography The first manager of the Auditorium Theatre (1889-1910) as well as the Chicago Orchestra, Milward Adams (1857-1923) came to Chicago in 1870 and began work as an errand boy for Wilson Brothers clothiers. He was later employed by Carpenter & Sheldon of the Star Lecture Course and was closely associated with the management of the Summer Garden Concerts. After George B. Carpenter died in 1881, Adams assisted Mrs. Carpenter in the management of the concerts and eventually managed the series himself. In 1887 he became manager of the Central Music Hall, where he remained until the Auditorium Theatre opened in 1889. Adams was appointed manager of The Orchestral Association at the first meeting for incorporation on December 17, 1890.
Contents (1 folder) Archival holdings consist exclusively of incoming correspondence from Charles Norman Fay, Vice President of The Orchestral Association, March 6, 1891. The Newberry Library in Chicago holds a related collection, the Milward Adams Photographs, consisting of 130 autographed musician and