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Edward Rowland Cresswell memorabilia (MSS 66)

Identifier: MSS 66

Scope and Contents

The clippings collected by Cresswell relate to his career as a cellist after Curtis. Topics include his foundation of an orchestral society; concert performances; career with the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington DC); military service with the 8th Army Air forces; participation in the "Winged Victory" musical show.The photographs are of orchestras and individuals with whom Cresswell worked or had an association. Miscellaneous items include a baton gifted to Cresswell and a concert program from his time at Curtis.


  • 1930s


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research

Biographical / Historical

Edward Rowland Cresswell (1909-1993) studied the cello at the Curtis Institute of Music before leaving in 1935 to play in the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC. In 1942 Cresswell was drafted into the Army where he was assigned to, as he put it, fight the "battle of Broadway", becoming an orchestra member for the traveling Army/Air Force sponsored play "Winged Victory". After the war Cresswell lived in St. Petersburg, FL for a time before returning to the NSO in the early 1950s. Cresswell decided to return to school on the G.I. Bill, earning Bachelors and Masters degree at Ithhaca College in New York. He became a school music teacher and continued to play in local semi-professional symphonies, chamber groups, and churches as a soloist until his last years.


0.5 Linear feet

Language of Materials



Collection covers Cresswell's post-Curtis career


The collection arrived in no discernible original order; arranged firstly by material type then alphabetically where necessary Series 1: Clippings Series 2: Photographs Series 3: Miscellaneous

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Cresswell's daughter Carol Moschandreas in 2016
Edward Rowland Cresswell memorabilia (MSS 66)
Kristina Wilson
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Repository Details

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