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Abram Chasins Collection

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Abstract

Title:
Abram Chasins Collection
Author/Creator:
Chasins, Abram
Collection number:
0
Size:
28.00 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1932-1985
Inclusive dates:
Circa 1904-1990
Collection Area:
International Piano Archives at Maryland
Repository:
International Piano Archives at Maryland, University of Maryland Libraries, College Park, MD, 20742, Tel: 301.405.9224, Email: godowsky@umd.edu
Abstract:

A pianist, composer, pedagogue, musical director, and music writer, Abram Chasins was an active performer throughout his career. He gave many solo recitals, concerts with leading orchestras, and piano duets with his wife, Constance Keene, throughout the United States. Chasins also was a lecturer at the Curtis Institute of Music, Musician-in-Residence at the University of Southern California, and an active adjudicator. In addition, Chasins composed many pieces, including two piano concertos and numerous piano transcriptions. Chasins also was a musical director for radio stations NBC and WQXR and wrote numerous books, including one on "Speaking of Pianists". The collection consists of 28.00 Linear Feet of concert programs, reviews, correspondence, photographs, advertisements, articles, published and unpublished scores, recordings, scrapbooks, photographs, artwork, and other miscellaneous documents related to Chasins career as a performer, author, musical director, composer, and lecturer, and his relationships with his close colleagues, including Josef Hofmann, Hendrick Wilhelm Van Loon, and his wife, Constance Keene.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Abram Chasins Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Because of the brittle nature of the press books, they were microfilmed by the University of Maryland. This microfilm (1 reel) is included in Box 16, Performance File. Users will generally be required to use the films to avoid further deterioration of the scrapbooks.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Summary: Abram Chasins was born in New York City. He taught at the Curtis Institute (1926-1935) and appeared in solo recitals and with leading orchestras everywhere (1935-1946). He made his professional debut playing the solo part in his own Piano Concerto No. 1 in F minor (1928) with the Philadelphia Orchestra and became the first American composer of the younger generation to be performed by Arturo Toscanini. Chasins often played and recorded duo-piano works with his wife, the pianist Constance Keene. When Mr. Chasins retired from concertizing (1946), he became the musical director of WQXR, the radio network of The New York Times. Chasins also published several books and was an adjudicator for various piano competitions, including the Van Cliburn Competition.

Full History: When the most versatile musicians in the history of American music are reckoned up, the name of Abram Chasins must surely find a very prominent place on the roster. He has excelled as composer, pianist, musicologist, author, pedagogue (in both the studio and the classroom), and media administrator.

Born in New York City, Mr. Chasins studied at The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute, and Columbia University. His major teachers included such legendary musicians as Ernest Hutcheson and Josef Hofmann. From 1926 to 1935 he taught at Curtis, and for a decade beginning in 1935 he was an outstanding pianist throughout the world, appearing in solo recitals and with leading orchestras everywhere. Besides his solo engagements and recordings, he also played and recorded duo-piano works with his wife, the pianist Constance Keene.

But he became famous for many other aspects of his musical career as well. More than a hundred of his compositions have been published, performed, and recorded. As fortune would have it, he made his professional debut playing the solo part in his own Piano Concerto No. 1 in F minor (1928) with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Ossip Gabilowitsch at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and, later, Carnegie Hall in New York. He also played his second Piano Concerto, in F sharp minor, dating from 1931, with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski. He attained an international reputation in his early 20s as a protg of Josef Hofmann. Subsequently he became the first American composer of the younger generation to be performed by Arturo Toscanini; the great maestro chose his "Parade" and "Flirtation in a Chinese Garden" for a concert with the New York Philharmonic. Mr. Chasins retired from the concert stage in 1946 to devote himself entirely to the musical directorship of radio station WQXR, the radio network of The New York Times with which he had been affiliated since 1943. His tenure established a nation-wide standard for classical music programming which has never been surpassed.

"Speaking of Pianists" (Alfred Knopf: 1957) was Mr. Chasins's first published book; it has become an international source book. Other volumes from his hand, among them "The Van Cliburn Legend" (Doubleday: 1959), "The Appreciation of Music" (Crown: 1966), "Music at the Crossroads" (Macmillan: 1972), and "Leopold Stokowski, A Profile" (Hawthorne: 1979), also won wide attention.

As an adjudicator Mr. Chasins has served on jury panels for the Van Cliburn and National Federation of Music Clubs competitions, the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera auditions, the Chopin Prize, and the Rachmaninoff and Leventritt Formdation awards.

Mr. Chasins was invited to become Musician-in-Residence at the University of Southern California, a post created specially for him. In the course of his stay he was honored by the City of Los Angeles for "distinguished service in transfonning USC's campus 'rock station' into a strong cultural force and a nationally prominent broadcasting entity," Previously, as a juror for the Cliburn Competition, he had been named an "Honorary Citizen of the State of Texas."

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Abram Chasins Collection covers the period from Circa 1904-1990; the bulk of the materials date from 1932-1985, and the collection is 28.00 Linear Feet. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including published and unpublished scores, recordings, books, lecture notes, correspondence, photographs, artwork, address books, scrapbooks, subject files, articles, programs, and publicity materials related to Chasins work as a pianist, composer, radio broadcaster, lecturer, and writer, including his piano transcriptions and concertos, his broadcasts for radio stations NBC and WQXR, and his piano duets with his wife, Constance Keene.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Chasins's widow, Constance Keene, in June 1988.

Processing Information

Processed by:

This collection was processed by Akiko Nakanishi., November 1994.

Processing note:

An item-level inventory of scores and recordings is available upon request.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Elizabeth J. Mason, March 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Music Manuscripts, 1931-1987, and Undated (2.00 Linear Feet)

This series contains music manuscripts that Chasins composed, including orchestral works, piano solos, works for two pianos, works for solo voice and piano, works arranged by other people, and miscellaneous music manuscripts. Materials are arranged alphabetically by title of piece.

Subseries 1.1: Orchestra, 1948, and Undated

This subseries contains sketches and unpublished scores of Chasins Period Suite. The scores are oversized and stored separately.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Period Suite -- Sketches, Undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 1
Oversized Scores, 1948, and Undatedseries 1.1box 35folder 1
Period Suite--Score (handwritten), 1948series 1.1box 35folder 1item 1.0
Period Suite--Score (printed by Chappell & Co., New York) with handwritten corrections; 1 page of typed notes on the work and first performance, Undatedseries 1.1box 35folder 1item 2.0

Subseries 1.2: Piano Concertos, 1932, and Undated

This subseries contains sketches, photocopies, and scores of Chasins Piano Concerto No. 2.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F-sharp minor -- Sketches, 1932series 1.2box 35folder 2
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F-sharp minor -- Score, Undatedseries 1.2box 35folder 2
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F# Minor--Score (photostatic copy, bound) with handwritten corrections and notes, Undatedseries 1.2box 35folder 2item 1.0
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F# Minor--Photocopy of Photostatic Score, Undatedseries 1.2box 35folder 2item 2.0

Subseries 1.3: Piano Solos, Undated

This subseries contains manuscripts of Chasins piano solo works, including a Narrative and his twenty-four preludes.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Narrative, Undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 1
Twenty-four Preludesseries 1.3box 2folder 2

Subseries 1.4: Two Pianos, Four Hands, 1931-1933, and Undated

This subseries contains Chasins manuscripts for two pianos and four hands, including transcriptions of works by Johann Strauss and Rimsky-Korsakov.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Dance of the Buffoons -- Rimsky-Korsakoff-Chasins, Undatedseries 1.4box 3folder 1
Fledermaus Fantasy -- On themes by Johann Strauss, Undatedseries 1.4box 3folder 2
Kunstlerleben -- Johann Strauss-Chasins, 1933series 1.4box 3folder 3
Parade, 1931series 1.4box 3folder 4
Period Suite -- Score and Second Piano Part, Undatedseries 1.4box 3folder 5
Serenade -- R. Strauss-Chasins, Undatedseries 1.4box 3folder 6

Subseries 1.5: Solo Voice and Piano, 1987, and Undated

This subseries contains Chasins manuscripts for solo voice and piano, including his Offerings to Eros, a waltz, and lyrics and sketches to miscellaneous songs.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Offering to Eros -- Six Songs, The Poems of Elissa Landi, Undatedseries 1.5box 3folder 7
Offering to Eros -- Five Songs, Undatedseries 1.5box 3folder 8
"Pop Material", 1987series 1.5box 3folder 9
Songs #1 and 2, Undatedseries 1.5box 3folder 10
Waltz -- For Dorothy Fields -- "The Studio", Undatedseries 1.5box 3folder 11
Untitled Pieces, Undatedseries 1.5box 3folder 12
Lyrics, Undatedseries 1.5box 3folder 13

Subseries 1.6: Works Arranged by Other Persons, Undated

This subseries contains manuscripts arranged by other people, including Michael Press and Constance Keene.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Little Children's Suite for Wind Sextet -- arr. by Robert Tefft, Undatedseries 1.6box 4folder 1
Parade -- arranged for symphonic winds by Lyndol Mitchell, Undatedseries 1.6box 4folder 2
Piano Concerto No. 2 -- piano reduction by Constance Keene, Undatedseries 1.6box 4folder 3
Preludes, Undatedseries 1.6box 4folder 4

Subseries 1.7: Miscellaneous, Undated

This subseries contains miscellaneous manuscripts, including notes on works by other composers and fragments of Chasins compositions.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Miscellaneous Manuscripts, Undatedseries 1.7box 4folder 5

Series 2: Published Scores, 1925-1969, and Undated (2.00 Linear Feet)

This series contains published scores by Chasins, including his orchestral works, piano solo works, pieces for two pianos with four hands, solo voice and piano pieces, and works arranged by other composers. Materials are arranged alphabetically by title of piece.

Subseries 2.1: Orchestra, Circa 1949

This subseries contains a published score of Chasins Period Suite.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Period Suite -- New York: Chappell & Co., Inc., 1949series 2.1box 5folder 1

Subseries 2.2: Piano Solo, Circa 1925-Circa 1969

This subseries contains published scores of Chasins piano solo works, including the Three Chinese Pieces for Piano and a ballet work.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Piano Solo Pieces, 1925-1951series 2.2box 5folder 2
Piano Solo Preludes, 1928-1969series 2.2box 5folder 3

Subseries 2.3: Two Pianos, Four Hands, Circa 1934-1960, and Undated

This subseries contains published scores of Chasins works for two pianos, including fantasies, a ballet work, and his Period Suite.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Piano Four-Hands Fantasies, 1937-1960series 2.3box 6folder 1
Piano Four-Hands Pieces -- M-R, 1934-1939, and Undatedseries 2.3box 6folder 2

Subseries 2.4: Solo Voice and Piano, Circa 1930-Circa 1933

This subseries contains published scores of Chasins solo voice and piano works, including his Offering to Eros.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Offering to Eros -- Six Songs -- New York: J. Fischer & Bro., 1933series 2.4box 6folder 3
Thou Art Mine -- High, E Minor -- New York: J. Fischer & Bro., 1930series 2.4box 6folder 4

Subseries 2.5: Works Arranged by Other Persons, Circa 1928-Circa 1930

This subseries contains a published score of a Prelude in D Minor arranged by Michael Press for violin and piano.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Prelude in D minor -- Arranged for violin and piano by Michael Press -- Boston: Oliver Ditson Company, 1928-1930series 2.5box 6folder 5

Series 3: Sound Recordings, Circa 1931-1988, and Undated (8.75 Linear Feet)

This series contains recordings of Chasins music, radio shows and interviews, and miscellaneous recordings. Materials are arranged by subject.

Subseries 3.1: Music, Circa 1931-1985, and Undated

This subseries includes discs, piano rolls, cassette tapes, and reel-to-reel tapes, including recordings of both Chasins and others.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Piano Roll, Undatedseries 3.1box 7folder 1
Cassette Tapes, Circa 1931series 3.1box 7folder 2
Reel-to-Reel Tapes -- Recordings of Chasins. including duo piano with Constance Keene -- 5" Reels, 1935-1939series 3.1box 7folder 3
Reel-to-Reel Tapes -- Recordings of Chasins. including duo piano with Constance Keene -- 7" Reels, 1938-1985, and Undatedseries 3.1box 7folder 4
Reel-to-Reel Tapes -- Recordings of Chasins. including duo piano with Constance Keene -- 10" Reels, 1952, and Undatedseries 3.1box 7folder 5
Reel-to-Reel Tapes -- Recordings of Others -- 5" Reels, Undatedseries 3.1box 7folder 6
Reel-to-Reel Tapes -- Recordings of Others -- 7" Reels, 1975-1983, and Undatedseries 3.1box 7folder 7
Reel-to-Reel Tapes -- Recordings of Others -- 10" Reels, Circa 1935-Circa 1958, and Undatedseries 3.1box 8folder 1
Disc Record Container 1 -- Concerto, Chinese Pieces, Sonata -- Seven discs, 1948-1953, and Undatedseries 3.1box 9folder 1
Discs -- Recordings of Chasins, including duo piano with Constance Keene -- Sixteen discs, Circa 1931-1949, and Undatedseries 3.1box 36folder 1
Discs -- Recordings of Others -- Four Discs, 1979-1981, and Undatedseries 3.1box 36folder 2
Disc Record Container 2 -- Concerto, Dance, Recordings of Josef Hofmann -- Six discs, 1939-1941, and Undatedseries 3.1box 37folder 1

Subseries 3.2: Radio Shows/Interviews, 1935-1987, and Undated

This subseries includes cassette tapes, microcassette tapes, and reel-to-reel tapes of Chasins radio shows and interviews, including interviews for radio stations NPR and WQXR.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Microcassette Tapes, 1986, and Undatedseries 3.2box 8folder 2
Cassette Tapes, 1935-1987, and Undatedseries 3.2box 8folder 3
Reel-to-Reel Tapes -- 5" Reels, 1975-1987, and Undatedseries 3.2box 8folder 4
Reel-to-Reel Tapes -- 7" Reels, 1930s-1986, and Undatedseries 3.2box 8folder 5
Reel-to-Reel Tapes -- 10" Reels, 1963-1976series 3.2box 8folder 6
Reel-to-Reel Tapes -- 10" Reels, 1955-1987, and Undatedseries 3.2box 9folder 1

Subseries 3.3: Others, 1988, and Undated

This subseries includes a video tape of the Chasins Tribute at the University of Maryland and a film fan clip of Disneys "Fantasia".

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Video (VHS) Tape -- Chasins Tribute at UMCP, 1988series 3.3box 7folder 8
Film -- FAN-CLIP #3 -- Non-commercial; Walt Disney's "FANTASIA", Undatedseries 3.3box 7folder 9

Series 4: Writings, 1934-1988, and Undated (4.00 Linear Feet)

This series contains materials that Chasins has written, including his books, unpublished memoirs, radio scripts, and lecture notes. Materials are arranged by subject.

Subseries 4.1: Books, 1959-1982, and Undated

This subseries contains books that Chasins has written, including Music at the Crossroads, Speaking of Pianists, a profile of Leopold Stotowski, and the Van Cliburn Legend. Additional writings are found in the Scrapbooks and in the Subject Files. Materials in this subseries are arranged alphabetically by book title.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Leopold Stokowski -- A Profile -- Galley with handwritten corrections, Undatedseries 4.1box 5folder 4
Books by Chasins, 1959-1982series 4.1box 10folder 9
Leopold Stokowski: a profile. New York: Da Capo Press, Inc., (reprint) (paperback), 1979series 4.1box 10folder 9item 1.0
Music at the Crossroads. Spanish language edition; translated by Leon Mames. [Buenos Aires]: Ediciones Marymar., 1974series 4.1box 10folder 9item 2.0
Speaking of Pianists--Two copies, 1973-1982series 4.1box 10folder 9item 3.0
Van Cliburn Legend. Russian language edition. Moscow. Two copies. Copy without cover includes inscription in Russian, 1959series 4.1box 10folder 9item 4.0

Subseries 4.2: Unpublished Memoirs, 1934-1988, and Undated

This subseries contains materials related to Chasins unpublished memoirs, including clippings, book reviews, notes, drafts, articles, letters, flyers, programs, manuscripts, and biographies. Folders numbered 1 through 26 contain material collected by A.C. to aid in writing his memoirs and are in the order in which he left them. It is contained in boxes 10, 11, and 12.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Memoir Materials -- Clippings -- Book Review, Undatedseries 4.2box 10folder 1
Unpublished Memoirs -- Clippings and Drafts, Undatedseries 4.2box 10folder 2
Unpublished Memoirs, Undatedseries 4.2box 10folder 3
Book review and Draft, Undatedseries 4.2box 10folder 4
Article and Draft, Undatedseries 4.2box 10folder 5
Clippings and Articles, Undatedseries 4.2box 10folder 6
Clippings, Undatedseries 4.2box 10folder 7
Clippings, Undatedseries 4.2box 10folder 8
Memoirs -- Articles, Clippings, Program, Undatedseries 4.2box 11folder 1
Clippings and Draft A, 1963, and Undatedseries 4.2box 11folder 2
Memoirs -- Programs, Clippings, and Articles, 1942, and Undatedseries 4.2box 11folder 3
Notes and Clippings, 1962-1983, and Undatedseries 4.2box 11folder 4
Memoirs -- Clippings and Articles, 1970-1983, and Undatedseries 4.2box 11folder 5
Memoirs -- Clippings and Articles, 1965-1988, and Undatedseries 4.2box 11folder 6
Memoirs -- Clippings, Flyer, Directory, 1978-1987, and Undatedseries 4.2box 11folder 7
Chapters 2 and 3 -- Typed and Edited (Photocopy Also), Undatedseries 4.2box 11folder 8
Memoirs -- Clippings, Notes, Outline, 1980, and Undatedseries 4.2box 11folder 9
Memoirs, 1981, and Undatedseries 4.2box 12folder 1
Memoirs -- Notes, Photos, Flyers, Undatedseries 4.2box 12folder 2
Memoirs -- Packet -- Talk to 3rd Street Settlement--3 x 5 Inch Cards, 1964series 4.2box 12folder 3
Memoirs -- Notes -- Musical Mainly, 1934-1980, and Undatedseries 4.2box 12folder 4
Memoirs, 1985, and Undatedseries 4.2box 12folder 5
Talking Books, Julie Jordan, Undatedseries 4.2box 12folder 6
Miscellaneous Memoirs -- Autobiography, 1952-1987, and Undatedseries 4.2box 12folder 7
Miscellaneous Memoirs, Undatedseries 4.2box 12folder 8
Chronology, 1981, and Undatedseries 4.2box 12folder 9
Miscellaneous Biographies, Undatedseries 4.2box 12folder 10

Subseries 4.3: Radio Scripts, 1934-1986, and Undated (1.50 Linear Feet)

This subseries contains radio broadcasts concerning composers and piano pointers, as well as broadcasts on NBC and WQXR. Materials in this subseries are arranged chronologically by subject, except for the broadcasts concerning composers, which are arranged alphabetically by the composers last name.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Broadcasts Concerning Composers -- A-B, Undatedseries 4.3box 13folder 1
Broadcasts Concerning Composers -- C-K, Undatedseries 4.3box 13folder 2
Broadcasts Concerning Composers -- L-R, Undatedseries 4.3box 13folder 3
Broadcasts Concerning Composers -- S-Z, Undatedseries 4.3box 14folder 1
Piano Pointers Broadcasts, 1934-1935series 4.3box 14folder 2
NBC Broadcasts, 1935-1939series 4.3box 14folder 3
Other Broadcasts WQXR -- Including the 1st of 50th anniversary broadcast, 1986, and Undatedseries 4.3box 14folder 4

Subseries 4.4: Lecture Notes, 1965, and Undated (0.75 Linear Feet)

This subseries contains notes for Chasins lectures, including his lectures on analysis, interpretation, ornamentation, the application of the scientific method to music, and 20th century music.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Lecture Notes, 1965, and Undatedseries 4.4box 15folder 1
Book 1, 1965, and Undatedseries 4.4box 15folder 1item 1.0
Book 2, Undatedseries 4.4box 15folder 1item 2.0
Book 3, Undatedseries 4.4box 15folder 1item 3.0
Index to Composers' Works, Undatedseries 4.4box 15folder 2
Notecards for an Untitled Lecture, Undatedseries 4.4box 15folder 3

Series 5: Performance Files, Undated (null)

This will be a chronological file of Chasins's performance programs, flyers, and reviews. However, most of these items are included in the Scrapbooks (see Series VI- Press Books).

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Performance Files, Undated series 5box 16folder 1

Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1925-Circa 1972 (2.00 Linear Feet)

This series consists of six scrapbooks that were compiled by Chasins. The books contain programs and articles that relate to Chasins's career as a composer, performer, author and radio personality as well as his other activities. The material is arranged in chronological order generally.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Earliest Scrapbook, 1925-1935 series 6box 17folder 1
Miscellaneous -- Items about & by A.C., 1925-1946 series 6box 18folder 1
Scrapbook, 1935-1949 series 6box 19folder 1
Scrapbook, 1949-1957 series 6box 20folder 1
Scrapbook, 1957-1972 series 6box 21folder 1
Scrapbook, 1972- series 6box 22folder 1

Series 7: Correspondence, Circa 1930-1988 (2.25 Linear Feet)

The correspondence includes personal letters written to Chasins as well as letters from corporate bodies (rather than individuals) from Circa 1930 to 1987. All correspondence is arranged alphabetically within each subseries. This series is located in boxes 11 through 13.

Subseries 7.1: General Correspondence, Circa 1930-1987 (1.50 Linear Feet)

This subseries contains general correspondence to and from Chasins, including correspondence with Josef Hofmann, Hendrick Wilhelm Van Loon, and other important people. Condolence and tribute letters from prominent persons are also integrated into the general correspondence; this includes letters from Jorge Bolet, Ivan Davis, David Dubal, Gail Eichenthal, Rudolf Firkusny, Gary and Naomi Graffman, John Green, Igor Kipnis, Raymond Lewenthal, Mehli Mehta, Peter Nero, Joseph Polisi, Daniel Pollack, Richard Probst, Josef Raieff, Irma Rogell, Ned Rorem, Robert Shennan, Vladimir Sokoloff, Dorle Soria, Vera (and Isaac) Stern, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger and Henri Temianka.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
General Correspondence -- A-B, Undatedseries 7.1box 23folder 1
General Correspondence -- C, Undatedseries 7.1box 23folder 2
General Correspondence -- D-F, Undatedseries 7.1box 23folder 3
General Correspondence -- G-I, Undatedseries 7.1box 23folder 4
General Correspondence -- J-K, Undatedseries 7.1box 23folder 5
General Correspondence -- L, Undatedseries 7.1box 23folder 6
General Correspondence -- M-N, Undatedseries 7.1box 23folder 7
General Correspondence -- O-P, Undatedseries 7.1box 24folder 1
General Correspondence -- R, Undatedseries 7.1box 24folder 2
General Correspondence -- S, Undatedseries 7.1box 24folder 3
General Correspondence -- T-Y, Undatedseries 7.1box 24folder 4
General Correspondence -- Unidentified, Undatedseries 7.1box 24folder 5

Subseries 7.2: Fan Letters, Circa 1930-1987

This subseries contains fan letters to Chasins.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Fan Letters, Undatedseries 7.2box 25folder 1

Subseries 7.3: Condolence Letters, Circa 1930-1987

This subseries contains condolence letters received by Constance Keene after Chasins death.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Condolence Letters -- A, Undatedseries 7.3box 25folder 2
Condolence Letters -- B-Be, Undatedseries 7.3box 25folder 3
Condolence Letters -- Bi-Bu, Undatedseries 7.3box 25folder 4
Condolence Letters -- C, Undatedseries 7.3box 25folder 5
Condolence Letters -- D-E, Undatedseries 7.3box 25folder 6
Condolence Letters -- F, Undatedseries 7.3box 25folder 7
Condolence Letters -- G, Undatedseries 7.3box 25folder 8
Condolence Letters -- H-J, Undatedseries 7.3box 25folder 9
Condolence Letters -- K, Undatedseries 7.3box 25folder 10
Condolence Letters -- L, Undatedseries 7.3box 25folder 11
Condolence Letters -- M, Undatedseries 7.3box 25folder 12
Condolence Letters -- N-O, Undatedseries 7.3box 25folder 13
Condolence Letters -- P-Pe, Undatedseries 7.3box 25folder 14
Condolence Letters -- Ph-Q, Undatedseries 7.3box 25folder 15
Condolence Letters -- R, Undatedseries 7.3box 25folder 16
Condolence Letters -- S-Sh, Undatedseries 7.3box 25folder 17
Condolence Letters -- Si-St, Undatedseries 7.3box 25folder 18
Condolence Letters -- T-V, Undatedseries 7.3box 25folder 19
Condolence Letters -- W-Z, Undatedseries 7.3box 25folder 20
Unidentified Condolence Letters, Undatedseries 7.3box 25folder 21

Subseries 7.4: Tribute Letters, Circa 1988

This subseries contains letters received after the tribute for Chasins (New York City, March 1988).

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Tribute Letters -- A-L, Undatedseries 7.4box 25folder 22
Tribute Letters -- M-Z, Undatedseries 7.4box 25folder 23

Subseries 7.5: Letters to Constance Keene, Circa 1930-1987

This subseries contains letters from Chasins to Constance Keene, and letters to Keene before Chasins death.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Letters to Constance Keene, Undatedseries 7.5box 25folder 24

Series 8: Subject Files, 1927-1990, and Undated (3.00 Linear Feet)

The subject files generally retain the same names that Chasins gave them. There are multiple copies of the material in the "Chasins" files (there are five of them). The same material may be in more than one file. The "John Sweeney" file contains information regarding a music publishing and sales enterprise that Chasins, Keene and Sweeney tried to establish. There are letters concerning publishing rights and legal matters, closely related to the materials in the "Copyright" and "Contract" files. All files in this series are arranged alphabetically, and are contained in boxes 14 through 17.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
AFTRA -- Pension Fund, Undated series 8box 26folder 1
AMICA, Undated series 8box 26folder 2
ASCAP, Undated series 8box 26folder 3
Articles by others, Undated series 8box 26folder 4
Automobile documents and auto insurance, Undated series 8box 26folder 5
Bach, J.S. -- Including Bach Family Proposal -- KUSC material, Undated series 8box 26folder 6
Birth Certificate -- Photocopies, Undated series 8box 26folder 7
Book titled "Stories" -- Small Black Binder -- Collections of short stories & jokes, Undated series 8box 26folder 8
Bridge and chess articles, Undated series 8box 26folder 9
Chasins -- Bios, etc., Undated series 8box 26folder 10
Chasins -- Clippings (about or by Chasins), Undated series 8box 26folder 11
Chasins -- Preliminary for "A Conversation with ... ", Undated series 8box 26folder 12
Chasins -- Publicity (including Stokowski material), Undated series 8box 27folder 1
Chasins -- Publicity (AC), Undated series 8box 27folder 2
Chasins, Ethel, Undated series 8box 27folder 3
"Colorful characters", Undated series 8box 27folder 4
Competitions, Undated series 8box 27folder 5
Contracts, 1927-1986 series 8box 27folder 6
Copyrights, 1957-1982 series 8box 27folder 7
Crossword Puzzle -- Clue 26-across is "Composer Chasins", Undated series 8box 27folder 8
Curtis Institute Alumni and Juilliard, Undated series 8box 27folder 9
"Day by Day" (Schwartz) vs. "This Is Today" (Ellis), 1976-1978 series 8box 28folder 1
Hofmann-Curtis, Undated series 8box 28folder 2
IVASI (Int'l. Video Audition Service Inc.), Undated series 8box 28folder 3
Julie Jordan -- Doctorate Thesis -- Abram Chasins: Creative Artist, Pianist, Composer, Author, Radio pioneer, 1987 series 8box 28folder 4
KUSC, Undated series 8box 28folder 5
KUSC, Undated series 8box 28folder 6
Keene, Constance -- incl. copy of Rubinstein letter, Nojima and Bolet info, Undated series 8box 28folder 7
List of recordings, Undated series 8box 28folder 8
Miscellaneous, Undated series 8box 28folder 9
"Music at Midnight" Mureal Draper, Undated series 8box 28folder 10
Musical Talent in Our Schools, Undated series 8box 28folder 11
Pamphlets and booklets, Undated series 8box 28folder 12
Perlis, Vivian -- Interview -- Re: Steinway, Undated series 8box 28folder 13
Plagiarism, Undated series 8box 29folder 1
"Poems" -- poems by Chasins and others, Undated series 8box 29folder 2
Postcards(blank) & bookmarks, Undated series 8box 29folder 3
Programs, 1929-1990, and Undated series 8box 29folder 4
Radio miscellaneous, Undated series 8box 29folder 5
Recording Companies -- (Philips, Polygram, RCA, etc.), Undated series 8box 29folder 6
Recordings, Undated series 8box 29folder 7
State and Art, Undated series 8box 29folder 8
State and Art -- Letters, Undated series 8box 29folder 9
Stokowski, Undated series 8box 29folder 10
Stravinsky -- Including Copyright Litigation, Undated series 8box 29folder 11
Sweeney, John. -- Re: publishing, includes letters, Undated series 8box 29folder 12
Travel journals -- Israel, Hong Kong, and Europe, Undated series 8box 29folder 13
WQXR and KUSC Program Guides -- Including Ovation, 1989 series 8box 29folder 14
Westways -- Articles and magazines with Chasins articles and letters, Undated series 8box 29folder 15
Writings by AC, 1954-1965 series 8box 29folder 16

Series 9: Photographs and Artwork, Circa 1904-1984, and Undated (2.25 Linear Feet)

This series contains photographs, drawings, and paintings of Chasins, including formal portraits of Casins, photographs of Chasins with family, friends, colleagues, and others. It also contains candid snapshots of Chasins, photographs related to his musical career and travels, and other miscellaneous photographs and artwork. Materials are arranged chronologically by date.

Subseries 9.1: A.C. Formal Portraits, Circa 1904-Circa 1984, and Undated

This subseries contains formal portraits of Chasins, including photographs, drawings, and paintings.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Photographs, Circa 1904-Circa 1984series 9.1box 30folder 1
Painting by Charles M. Mount, Undatedseries 9.1box 30folder 2
Charcoal by Charles M. Mount, Undatedseries 9.1box 30folder 3
Drawings by William Hochstein, Undatedseries 9.1box 30folder 4
Drawings, Various, Undatedseries 9.1box 30folder 5

Subseries 9.2: Professional Life, 1948-1984, and Undated

This subseries contains photographs related to Chasins career, including photographs of Chasins at the piano, at WQXR, and at various career-related competitions and celebrations.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
A.C. at the Piano, Undatedseries 9.2box 30folder 6
A.C.'s hands on the keyboard, Undatedseries 9.2box 30folder 7
A.C. at WQXR, Undatedseries 9.2box 30folder 8
Miscellaneous Activities, 1948-1984series 9.2box 30folder 9

Subseries 9.3: Family, Undated

This subseries contains photographs of Chasins with his family, including his wife, Constance Keene, photographs with his other family members, and photographs with Keenes family. Materials in this subseries are arranged by subject.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
A.C. with Constance Keene, Undatedseries 9.3box 30folder 10
Constance Keene, Undatedseries 9.3box 30folder 11
Chasins Family, Undatedseries 9.3box 30folder 12
Constance Keene's Family, Undatedseries 9.3box 30folder 13

Subseries 9.4: Friends & Colleagues, Undated (0.75 Linear Feet)

This subseries contains photographs of Chasins with friends and colleagues, including Van Cliburn, Josef Hofmann, Leopold Stotowski, Elissa Landi, and others. Materials in this subseries are arranged alphabetically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
With Individuals -- A-Ca, Undatedseries 9.4box 31folder 1
With Individuals -- Van Cliburn, Undatedseries 9.4box 31folder 2
With Individuals -- Copland, Aaron, Undatedseries 9.4box 31folder 3
With Individuals -- Gershwin, George, Undatedseries 9.4box 31folder 4
With Individuals -- Hofmann, Josef, Undatedseries 9.4box 31folder 5
With Individuals -- Ho-Jo, Undatedseries 9.4box 31folder 6
With Individuals -- Landi, Elissa, Undatedseries 9.4box 31folder 7
With Individuals -- Law, Elizabeth McCormack, Undatedseries 9.4box 31folder 8
With Individuals -- Le-P, Undatedseries 9.4box 31folder 9
With Individuals -- Reisenberg, Nadia, Undatedseries 9.4box 31folder 10
With Individuals -- Rubenstein, Artur, Undatedseries 9.4box 31folder 11
With Individuals -- Sayao, Bidu, Undatedseries 9.4box 31folder 12
With Individuals -- Schonberg, Harold, Undatedseries 9.4box 31folder 13
With Individuals -- Sheinwald, Pat, Undatedseries 9.4box 31folder 14
With Individuals -- Steinberg, William, Undatedseries 9.4box 31folder 15
With Individuals -- Stokowski, Leopold, Undatedseries 9.4box 31folder 16
With Individuals -- Stokowski, Leopold -- Making of Fantasia, Undatedseries 9.4box 31folder 17
With Individuals -- Taylor, Deems, Undatedseries 9.4box 31folder 18
With Individuals -- Te-V, Undatedseries 9.4box 31folder 19
With Miscellaneous Individuals/Groups, Undatedseries 9.4box 31folder 20

Subseries 9.5: Candid Snapshots, Circa 1925-1980s

This subseries contains candid snapshots of Chasins, including snapshots of his 80th birthday party and with his pets.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Candid Snapshots, Circa 1925-1959series 9.5box 32folder 1
Candid Snapshots, 1960sseries 9.5box 32folder 2
Candid Snapshots, 1970sseries 9.5box 32folder 3
Candid Snapshots, 1980sseries 9.5box 32folder 4
A.C. 80th Birthday Party, 1983series 9.5box 32folder 5
A.C. with Pets, Undatedseries 9.5box 32folder 6

Subseries 9.6: Travel, 1960-1974, and Undated

This subseries contains snapshots related to Chasins travels, including his visits to Athens, Egypt, Israel, Hong Kong, and other places.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Athens, 1960series 9.6box 32folder 7
Israel, 1960series 9.6box 32folder 8
Jamaica, 1966series 9.6box 32folder 9
Egypt, 1972series 9.6box 32folder 10
Hong Kong, 1974series 9.6box 32folder 11
Cruises, Undatedseries 9.6box 32folder 12
"On the Water", Undatedseries 9.6box 32folder 13
Miscellaneous, Undatedseries 9.6box 32folder 14

Subseries 9.7: Miscellaneous, Undated

This subseries contains miscellaneous photographs and artwork of others related to Chasins life, including a photograph of Josef Hofmann and Leopold Stotowski and drawings by Hendrick Wilhelm Van Loon and Charles M. Mount. Materials in this subseries are arranged by subject.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Mary Bok's 40th Birthday Party, Undatedseries 9.7box 32folder 15
Hendrick Willem Van Loon Drawings, Undatedseries 9.7box 32folder 16
Charles M. Mount -- Drawings, Undatedseries 9.7box 32folder 17

Series 10: Miscellaneous, 1913-1987, and Undated (2.00 Linear Feet)

This series contains miscellaneous materials related to Chasins life, including oversized materials, address and appointment books, awards and honors, and books that mention Chasins. Materials are arranged by subject.

Subseries 10.1: Oversized Materials (Photos, Posters, etc), 1913-1981, and Undated

This subseries contains oversized materials, including photographs, posters, drawings, flyers, and a score.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Flyers, Books, Scores, 1930-1961, and Undatedseries 10.1box 33folder 1
8th annual "Musical Talent in Our Schools", 1957-1958series 10.1box 33folder 1item 1.0
11th annual "Musical Talent in Our Schools", 1960-1961series 10.1box 33folder 1item 2.0
Poster "Fine instruments for students of all ages.", Undatedseries 10.1box 33folder 1item 3.0
Steinway News. Chasins's book Speaking of Pianists is on the front., 1957series 10.1box 33folder 1item 4.0
Score: Godowsky, Leopold. Etude Macabre for the Left Hand Alone. New York: G. Schirmer (Inc), Inscribed by the composer to Chasins., 1930series 10.1box 33folder 1item 5.0
Black and white drawings -- "Abram Chasins's Life In Music", Undatedseries 10.1box 33folder 2
Photographs, 1913-1981, and Undatedseries 10.1box 33folder 3
Drawings, Undatedseries 10.1box 33folder 4

Subseries 10.2: Address/ Appointment Books, 1987, and Undated

This subseries contains an address book, a telephone book, and an appointment book.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Address/ Appointment Books, 1987, and Undatedseries 10.2box 33folder 5
"Addresses" Book (red), Undatedseries 10.2box 33folder 5item 1.0
"Tel-Address" Book (red), Undatedseries 10.2box 33folder 5item 2.0
"Day at a Glance 1987" Appointment Book, 1987series 10.2box 33folder 5item 3.0

Subseries 10.3: Awards & Honors, 1969-1987, and Undated

This subseries contains Chasins awards and honors, including awards from various music organizations, awards related to citizenship, and awards given at celebrations.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Awards & Honors, 1969-1987, and Undatedseries 10.3box 33folder 6
Automated Music Instrument Collectors Association, Certificate of Honorary Membership., 1977series 10.3box 33folder 6item 1.0
City of Fort Worth, Texas, Honorary Citizen., 1973series 10.3box 33folder 6item 2.0
National Register of Prominent Americans, Certificate of Prominent Distinction., Undatedseries 10.3box 33folder 6item 3.0
Piano Guild, U.S.A., Honorary Hall of Fame., 1969series 10.3box 33folder 6item 4.0
City of Los Angeles. "In Tribute ... ", 1987series 10.3box 33folder 6item 5.0
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, " ... in recognition of his [Chasins'] 75th Birthday". (oversize, on shelf), 1978series 10.3box 33folder 6item 6.0
American Youth Symphony, "With appreciation ... " (Plaque), 1984series 10.3box 33folder 6item 7.0
The "Club", [on the occasion of Chasins' 70th birthday], (Plaque)., 1973series 10.3box 33folder 6item 8.0
County of Los Angeles, Resolution " ... on his retirement from KUSC ... ", (Framed, Oversized, on Shelf)., Undatedseries 10.3box 33folder 6item 9.0
University of Southern California Music School, "Salute. In recognition ... " (Framed), 1984series 10.3box 33folder 6item 10.0

Subseries 10.4: Books Referring to Chasins, 1929-1972

This subseries includes books that mention Chasins, including Americas Taste, Before the Deluge, Music at Midnight, and Gershwins. Materials in this subseries are arranged alphabetically by book title.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Books Referring to Chasins, 1929-1973series 10.4box 33folder 7
America's Taste 1851-1959: the cultural events of a century reported by contemporary observers in the pages of the New York Times I Marjorie Longley, Louis Silverstein and Samuel A. Tower. New York: Simon and Schuster (Articles by A.C.?), 1960series 10.4box 33folder 7item 1.0
Before the Deluge : a portrait of Berlin in the 1920s I Otto Friedrich. New York: Harper & Row. (A.C. quoted on pages 12 and 319-20), 1972series 10.4box 33folder 7item 2.0
Gershwins/Robert Kimball and Alfred Simon. New York: Atheneum. (A.C. pictured on page 233- marginal note by A.C. re honorary pallbearer at George Gershwin's funeral, July 15, 1937), 1973series 10.4box 33folder 7item 3.0
Music at Midnight/Muriel Draper. New York: Harper & Brothers.(marginal notes by A.C.), 1929series 10.4box 33folder 7item 4.0

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