Scope and arrangement
The Paul Affelder Papers consist primarily of press releases, programs and other promotional materials relating to individual musical artists, organizations, or venues. Much of the material probably was sent to Affelder in his role as the director of Program Note Service, and dates from 1964-1975. The collection also includes drafts of Affelder’s writings, including reviews and other pieces that appeared in Musical America, the Brooklyn Eagle, and The National Observer. A small amount of personal papers cover Affelder’s student years and his early work as a conductor. His 1935 summer spent studying conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria is especially well documented through a set of letters home to his family and a scrapbook containing postcards, commercial photographs, and snapshots, which show some of the notable musicians he encountered during his stay, including Adrian Boult, Arturo Toscanini, and Felix Weingartner. Also well represented, by clippings and programs, is the period (1939-1942) in which Affelder served as the conductor of a WPA orchestra in Richmond, Virginia. The collection also includes an incomplete set of orchestral parts for the Emmerich Kálmán–George Marion, Jr. operetta, Marinka, which was staged in New York in 1945.
The Paul Affelder papers are arranged in four series:
- undated2.33 linear feet (3 boxes
The Personal Papers series is comprised of clippings, correspondence, programs, and scrapbooks containing photographs and other materials. There is a small amount of material documenting Affelder’s studies at the Carnegie Institute of Technology and New York University, including a complete set of Affelder’s class schedules from the Institute and class notes from three NYU courses taught by musicologist Curt Sachs. Of special interest are a scrapbook and a set of letters dating from Affelder’s 1935 summer in Europe; primarily spent studying at the Mozarteum. Also of note are clippings and programs relating to the WPA orchestra in Richmond, Virginia, which Affelder led from 1939-1942.
- undated2.09 linear feet (5 boxes
The Subject Files consist of clippings, programs, press releases, and other promotional materials and publications relating to individual musical artists, organizations, or venues. Affelder may have compiled the material as research or as documentation of his own writing. Many of the concert programs contain program notes by Affelder.
- undated0.83 linear feet (2 boxes
The Writings series contains mainly carbon copies (some with corrections) of pieces contributed to various publications. Most of the material dating from 1941-1943 appeared in Musical America. The contributions from 1948-1954 were written for the Brooklyn Eagle newspaper and the majority of items dated from 1962-1966 were published in The National Observer. Although the material chiefly consists of concert reviews, Affelder also wrote on topics relating to dance and record collecting. One folder of editorial correspondence is filed at the end of the series.
- 19453.81 linear feet (3 boxes
Incomplete orchestral parts for Marinka, which was produced on Broadway in 1945. The show was the only operetta completed by Hungarian-born composer Emmerich Kálmán after he was forced to immigrate to the United States following the Nazi Anschluss with Austria and occupation of Paris. The libretto, which was co-written by Karl Farkas and George Marion, Jr., was a new version of the Mayerling story. Marion also supplied the lyrics to the songs, which included the waltz, Turn on the Charm. Ray Kavanaugh served as the musical director for Marinka and Hans Spialek is credited in the program with the orchestrations; it is unclear what Affelder’s connection with the production may have been. The conductor’s parts folder contains a listing of some of the members of the orchestra.