Scope and arrangement
The Netty Simons papers are arranged in four series:
Series 1 contains printed scores, manuscripts, sketches, and notes concerning Simons's compositions. (The folder numbers in this series are not always sequential because oversized items have been grouped together.).
The materials of series 2 are a combination of marked scores belonging to Netty Simons (including several from Stefan Wolpe) and her son Thomas Simons. Three original compositions by the latter are included.
Series 3 contains correspondence mostly dealing with publication and performance of several of Simons's compositions.
Series 4 consists of correspondence mostly from Stefan Wolpe to Netty Simons. Though originally part of the Simons's Estate, these letters were purchased separately from the rest of the collection (which was a gift to the Music Division). Because of their different provenance they have been appended as a separate series. Commencing in 1940, these letters capture the relationship of Simons and Wolpe as having progressed beyond that of mere student-teacher into one of deep affection. The letters also contain references to several works on which Wolpe was working, in particular his Enactments (1950-1953).