Scope and arrangement
The Glenn Pressler papers, dating from 1897 to 1988, document Pressler’s careers in vocal performance and artist management. They hold correspondence, concert programs, photographs, clippings, and memorabilia including autographed programs and letters. The collection is in three divisions: General File, Artist Management, and Performance.
The General File holds programs for concerts Pressler attended or helped produce, and autographed cards, letters, photographs, and sketches. These include a signed card to Herbert Barrett from the painter Louis Eilshemius and an 1897 letter from Eilshemius; a program inscribed to Barrett from Pablo Casals; a sketch of the British soprano Rita Hunter, inscribed to Pressler; and a photograph of an unidentified musician, also inscribed to Pressler.
Correspondence and brochures comprise the records of Pressler’s career at Herbert Barrett Management and afterward. They are in three divisions: General, Eileen Farrell, and Morley Meredith. General files contain correspondence regarding Barrett Management business not related to a particular artist, as well as company brochures. The Farrell and Meredith files hold biographies, correspondence regarding bookings and repertoire, and personal correspondence from the artists.
Programs, correspondence, clippings, and photographs evidence Pressler’s performance career from 1943 to 1952. Some of the programs are signed by other performers or conductors, and include programs for appearances at Carnegie Hall, with the Socony Vacuum Singers, and at various churches and synagogues.
The collection is in three divisions: General File, Artist Management, and Performance Career.