Scope and arrangement
The collection consists largely of printed matter distributed by the Society from 1858-1864, as collected by founding member and fellow, Edward F. Rimbault. The dates of the materials begin just before the establishment of the Society itself, when meetings were seen as an attempt to reorganize the New Philharmonic Society. The collection contains notices and invitations to meetings and rehearsals, printed announcements advertising the Society and their activities, published membership lists, catalogs of the library collection, concert and conversazione programs, annual reports, and handwritten correspondence from fellow members Charles Salaman and Charles E. Horsely.
Due to the bound nature of the collection, there is only one series of materials, but the series includes many different types of materials:
Printed correspondence sent by the Society to its membership, including invitations to meetings and rehearsals, Society election information, and information relating to the payment of dues and the financial status of the Society.
Printed announcements and other materials advertising the Society and its events.
Membership information, including lists of members.
Annual reports and bylaws of the Society.
Printed catalogs of the library holdings.
Programs from events held by the Society, including concerts, composition trials, and conversazione, which were events where members presented papers on musical topics and exhibited musical artifacts.
Handwritten correspondence and miscellaneous materials related to the Society.
The materials in this collection are in a fixed arrangement, in a single bound volume. It is unknown who placed the collection in its present order.
Materials are listed in the order in which they appear in the volume. The volume is unpaginated.