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Mary Louise Curtis Bok / Settlement Music School collection (MSS 39)

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 39
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.

Dates

  • 1912-1968

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Extent

2.1 Linear feet ((1) archival box and (1) photo box)

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.

Arrangement

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.

Related Materials

Correspondence relating to the Settlement School can be found in the Founders Papers (AD 1). Other materials printed for the school may be found in the Mary Bok charity printed materials (MSS 47).
Title
Mary Louise Curtis Bok Settlement Music School collection (MSS 39)
Status
completed
Author
Kristina Wilson
Date
2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Edition statement
revised 2017

Revision Statements

  • January 2017: spell check and general content editin

Repository Details

Part of the Curtis Institute of Music Archives Repository

Contact:
1720 Locust St
Philadelphia PA 19103 United States