250+ Scrapbooks of Press Clippings (1903–79) Now Available and Searchable Online for Free

Highlights Include Coverage of Mahler’s Appointment as Music Director, the Philharmonic’s First Tour Abroad, and Coverage of Past Music Directors

The New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives has released more than 250 scrapbooks of press clippings from 1903 through 1979, now available to view online for free. The clippings are from publications around the world, including dozens of New York City papers not otherwise available online.

The clippings chronicle the history of the New York Philharmonic through the lens of the media, including coverage of Mahler’s appointment as Music Director by Mary Sheldon, the first woman President of the Philharmonic (December 1908); the 1930 European tour with Arturo Toscanini (May 1930); and extensive national and international coverage of Music Directors from Artur Rodziński and Dimitri Mitropoulos to Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, and Zubin Mehta.

Many of these scrapbooks have been previously unavailable to researchers, as they are too fragile to handle. They are now available to the public in high-resolution format. The “Search Inside” feature allows researchers to search any word within the scrapbooks.

 

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