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Collection of Samuel Barber materials

Identifier: PPCI-MSS 01
The collection of Samuel Barber materials includes letters from Samuel Barber, autograph manuscripts, programs, clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous materials concerning Barber, originating from multiple sources. Autograph music manuscripts are kept in the Curtis Institute of Music Special Collections.


  • 1919-2001


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may have copyright restrictions and is to be used for research purposes only. Please contact the Curtis Archives with requests for copies and authorization to publish, quote or reproduce the material. Use/performance of autograph manuscripts requires permission from G. Schirmer, Inc. publishing company.


0.3 Linear feet ((1) archival box)

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Barber (1910-1981) was an American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music from 1924 to 1934, studying composition with Rosario Scalero, piano with Isabelle Vengerova (1924-1926), and voice with Emilio de Gogorza.

In 1928, Scalero accepted italian-born student Gian-Carlo Menotti who became Barber's colleague and life partner. The two composers had a very close relationship with Curtis founder, Mary Louise Curtis. They corresponded often, and she assisted them professionally and financially at times. Her assistance enabled them to purchase their home, known as Capricorn, in Mt. Kisco, New York which became a meeting place for artists and intellectuals. After Barber and Menotti separated , the house was sold in 1973.


The collection is arranged into four series: 1. Orlando Cole gift 2. Mrs. Jules Bernard gift 3. Frank Bartholomew gift 4. Miscellaneous materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Orlando Cole, Mrs. Jules Bernard, and Lynne Bartholomew.

Related Materials

Correspondence between Samuel Barber and Mary Louise Curtis Bok can be found in the Founder's Papers (AD 1). Clippings concerning Samuel Barber may be found in the Vertical Files. Manuscripts and autographs are kept in the Special Collections.
Collection of Samuel Barber materials
Barbara Benedett
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Revision Statements

  • 24 January 2017: spell check / general content editing

Repository Details

Part of the Curtis Institute of Music Archives Repository

1720 Locust St
Philadelphia PA 19103 United States