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Salem Academy of Music Records

Salem Academy of Music Records

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SALEM ACADEMY OF MUSIC RECORDS, 1846-1857





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Salem Academy of Music (Salem, Mass.), (1846-1857)
Title:Salem Academy of Music Records
Dates:1846/1857
Quantity:0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Salem Academy of Music Records contain letters, reports, and financial records of this Salem, Massachusetts, organization.
Collection Number:MSS 267

Series List


SERIES I. Administrative Records
SERIES II. Financial Records

Scope and Content Note

The Salem Academy of Music Records contain letters, reports, and financial records of this Salem, Massachusetts, organization. The material is divided into two series.


Series I. Administrative Records consist of records books, including the constitution and bylaws; reports of meetings (Volumes 1, 2, and 3); letters and memos; and two programs dated April 6, 1854 and January 28, 1855. There is a gap in Volume 1 of the record books between October 12, 1849 and January 5, 1854.


Series II. Financial Records consists of an account book and bills and receipts. There is a gap in the account book between 1850 and 1854.


Historical Sketch

The Salem Academy of Music was founded in 1846 to cultivate musical taste and science in the city of Salem, Massachusetts. Instruction was to be provided by Professors Manuel Emilio and Manuel Fenollosa. The salary of the professors was two dollars each per evening, and the number of evenings was not to exceed sixty. The admission fee for new members was five dollars.


The organization existed in Salem for just a short time, 1846-1857, according to the records in the collection, with many resignations of officers, withdrawal of resignations, disagreements about whether an orchestra should be included in the society, and whether there should be one or two conductors for the vocal and instrumental groups. A final record in the collection is the resignation of the secretary on February 8, 1857, and a record in the account book dated January 1, 1857 of "an amount of $22.00 divided among members."


In this collection there are only two printed programs of concerts performed by the Academy, one held on April 6, 1854, and the other given January 28, 1855. There is mention of a concert given for the July 4th ceremonies in 1854 for the city authorities at Mechanic Hall.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Emilio, Manuel, 1812-1871
Fenollosa, Manuel, 1822-1878
Account books
Account books--1846-1857
Account books--Massachusetts--Salem
Concerts--Massachusetts--Salem
Music--Massachusetts--Salem
Music--Societies, etc.
Societies
Salem (Mass.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Salem Academy of Music Records, MSS 267, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

A note in Volume 1 (B1 F2) of the collection indicated that it was presented to the Essex Institute by D. P. Carpenter on January 24, 1881. It is possible that the rest of the collection was donated at the same time, but no definite provenance is known for the whole collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Marion Clark, March 1994. Updated by Nicholas Long, May 2015.


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