Scope and arrangement
The Teresa Sterne Papers consist of approximately 12 linear feet of material documenting Sterne’s childhood career as a pianist, and her activities as the director of Nonesuch Records from 1965-1979. The vast majority of the collection consists of Production Files, Score and Clippings related to Sterne’s years at Nonesuch. Programs, clippings from Sterne’s childhood, and a small of amount of material, collected by her uncle Robert Sterne, related to the National Symphony Orchestra, and other New York musical organizations in the 1910s and 1920s is also present.
The Teresa Sterne Papers are arranged in five series:
The Nonesuch Production Files, which consists of 7.5 linear feet of material, is by far the largest series in the collection. It contains A and R (artist and repertory) material for what Sterne estimated as approximately 75% of the catalog she produced for Nonesuch between 1965 and 1979. The series includes drafts and edited versions of liner notes, texts and translations, scores (some with notes and marks from recording sessions), cover art memos, tape editing notes, artists and composers correspondence, and production cost printouts. Many of the files include publicity photographs of artists or performers, or photographs used for other purposes such as album or cover art. The amount of material related to a particular recording varies greatly; some folders may contain only a photocopied score or photograph, while others may contain a large amount of correspondence. Researchers should note that most of the scores in the Production Files series are photocopies. A more substantial grouping of scores and be found in the Scores series. The Production Files series also contains two Nonesuch catalogs from 1979 and 1980.
The Scores and Oversize Scores series consists of 1.5 linear feet of material. Many of the scores are works that were released by Nonesuch, including works by William Bolcolm Elliot Carter, George Crumb, and others. Each series is arranged alphabetically by composer.
The Scores and Oversize Scores series consists of 1.5 linear feet of material. Many of the scores are works that were released by Nonesuch, including works by William Bolcolm, Elliot Carter, George Crumb, and others. Each series is arranged alphabetically by composer.
The Clippings series consists of approximately .5 linear feet of material, arranged chronologically. The clippings include articles about Nonesuch Records, charts and reports which list Nonesuch releases, and reviews of individual releases. The clippings date from 1964-1979.
The Personal series consists of approximately 1 linear foot of material. Included are two scrapbooks, as well as loose clippings and programs, documenting Sterne’s childhood career as a performing pianist. The series also contains a subseries of material that appears to have been collected by Sterne’s uncle, Robert Sterne. The Robert Sterne material includes National Symphony Orchestra programs which date from the 1920s, a list of musicians that would comprise “ideal”and “possible but not ideal” orchestras, created by Willem Mengelberg and Stransky. The subseries also includes several photographed, which are autographed to Robert Sterne.