Scope and arrangement
The papers of Vincent Persichetti (1901-1996 and undated) primarily document his life from the mid 1930's until 1987 and consist of material on his careers as a composer, pianist, music teacher, author and lecturer. Correspondence, music compositions, writings, programs, photographs, and financial records constitute the vast majority of the collection. The few items found within this collection that precede and postdate his life are connected to his private life. For example, information concerning the wills, deeds, births and deaths of relatives (for both the Persichetti and Flanagan families) are within this collection.
The researcher can get information on Persichetti’s personal as well as professional life within this collection. Case in point, both the professional circumstances and private feelings engendered by A Lincoln Address, a piece commissioned and rejected by President Nixon’s Second Inaugural Committee, are revealed in the correspondence (Eugene Ormandy, the White House and Elkan Vogel), the versions of the score, and the clippings within the collection.
From the items attributed to Dorothea Persichetti, Rudy Shackelford and the numerous student theses included in this collection, varying perspectives of Vincent Persichetti’s life and work will be ascertained. Of special interest is Dorothea Persichetti’s unpublished book on Vincent’s compositions entitled “A Monograph” within this collection (Box 103, folders 15-18; Box 104, folders 1-2).
While his connection to Elkan Vogel Inc is represented in the collection with correspondence, some financial records and programs, detailed publishing information on works he published is not to be found in the collection.
The Vincent Persichetti papers are arranged in twelve series:
- 1904 - 19892.5 linear feet 5 boxes
This series contains the address books, biographical information (brochures, chronologies, passports, geneology, wills, etc), datebooks and ephemera (small pins and medals) found within the collection. Information on Dorothea’s relatives, the Flanagans and the Kisers, can be found in this series.
- 1937-1987 and undated13 linear feet 26 boxes
This series is composed of 4 subseries. The first three subseries subsequently contain the correspondence Persichetti had with various individuals, organizations and universities / schools. The fourth subseries contains the correspondence received and / or sent to Dorothea Persichetti (Vincent Persichetti is referenced in many of the letters).
- 1915-1987 and undated33.5 linear feet 67 boxes
This series is composed of four subseries. The first three subseries contain the compositions, sketches and reproductions of scores produced by Vincent Persichetti. The first subseries contains his works by opus number; the second subseries organizes his works without opus numbers by title stated on work; and the third subseries contains the compositions without titles or opus number that were arranged by subject matter. The fourth subseries contains compositions found within this collection written by other artists.
- 1931-1987 and undated4 linear feet 8 boxes
This series is composed of 2 subseries: works by Vincent Persichetti and Other Artists. The first subseries includes the literary creations of Persichetti. The second subseries includes those written by other authors (usually concerning Persichetti’s music compositions).
- 1935 - 19871.5 linear feet 3 boxes
This series primarily contains notes and other materials connected with the courses that Vincent Persichetti created and used while teaching at Combs Conservatory, Juilliard, Philadelphia Conservatory and lecturing across country at various institutions. The notebooks, outlines and exams he used for his Literature and Materials of Music course at Juilliard are in this subseries. A small portion of this subseries is devoted to Dorothea Persichetti’s teaching material.
- undated6 linear feet 12 boxes
This series contains the programs and related material connected to the work of Vincent Persichetti. As such, those detailing with his work as composer, judge, lecturer, performer or the honors he received during his lifetime are in this section.
- 1926-19894.5 linear feet 9 boxes
This series is composed of 3 subseries: photographs—prints, photographs—negatives and sketches.
- 1936 - 199024 linear feet 48 boxes
This series is a very thorough look at Vincent Persichetti and Dorothea Persichetti’s business dealings and financial records from 1936-1987. It includes tax records (which include correspondence with accountants), bank statements, cancelled checks, contracts, travel expenses, and paychecks from various organizations. The small amount of information found in the years after Vincent and Dorothea’s deaths (1987-1990) deal with estate matter.
- 1948 - 19862 linear feet 4 boxes
This series primarily contains materials relating to prominent music related organizations. Some of the subject files found in this series are for: the International Council of Authors and Composers of Music (CIAM), the National Association for Music Education (MENC), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. In addition, Persichetti’s collection of composer brochures and resumés is included in this series (Box 170, Folders 6-17).
- 1929 - 19882.5 linear feet 5 boxes
This series contains the magazine and newspaper clippings found in the collection. The biggest groupings of clippings are for Artists (primarily Vincent and Dorothea Persichetti) and Compositions (arranged first by opus number, then by subject and, finally, by title).
- 1909 - 19733.5 linear feet 5 boxes
This series consists of ten scrapbooks filled with photographs (professional and personal), clippings, programs and other career related materials.
- 1925 - 199014 linear feet 23 boxes
This series contains the oversized awards (certificates, diplomas and three dimensional objects), music compositions (mostly written by Persichetti), photographs and other artwork (painting, posters, and prints), and writings found within the collection.