Mary Louise Curtis Bok / Settlement Music School collection (MSS 39)
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of a scrapbook, administrative records, photographs, and miscelleneous materials that document the history of Philadelphia's Settlement Music School during Mary Louise Curtis Bok's tenure as president.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Biographical / Historical
The Settlement Music School in Philadelphia was founded in 1908 by Jeanette Selig Frank and Blanche Wolf Kohn. Mary Louise Curtis Bok served as President of the Board from 1914 to 1923. During her tenure she also donated funds for a larger building on Queen Street (opened in 1917) and helped to organize a conservatory department at the school in 1922. It was this conservatory department which would become the nucleus of the Curtis Institute of Music, founded by Bok in 1924. Despite the creation of her own musical conservatory, Bok continued to support the Settlement Music School throughout her life.
2.1 Linear feet ((1) archival box and (1) photo box)
Language of Materials
The collection is arranged in the following series: 1. Scrapbook 2. Correspondence and administrative records 3. Programs, clippings, and miscellaneous materials 4. Photographs 5. Directories, constitutions, and bylaws
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The materials were found among the papers of Mary Louise Curtis Bok at the Curtis Institute of Music.
- Mary Louise Curtis Bok Settlement Music School collection (MSS 39)
- Kristina Wilson
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Edition statement
- revised 2017