Pictures at an Exhibition: SNW at the Lincoln Center Library

Here are the documents the NYPL presented at their Lincoln Center branch. When you click an image, it will go to a larger version so you can read the documents.

From left to right: Alan Booth, who played the piano solo to Petrushka on the premiere concert in Carnegie Hall; Kermit Moore, one of the founders and principal cello; and Harry Glickman, concertmaster.

Autographed Picture: Alpha Brauner Floyd

Article about Elayne Jones, one of the founders of the Symphony, and the first black woman timpanist for the San Francisco Symphony.

Colridge-Taylor Perkinson

Friends of the Symphony of the New World

A list of concert premieres, guest artists, and ensembles hosted by The Symphony of the New World.

Article for Elegant Magazine: page 1

A fact sheet about the Symphony of the New World

An article to the New York Times written by Elayne Jones and Harry Smyles (personnel manager)

Original 1964 mission statement, written 2 months before the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Picture of the first Carnegie Hall Concert, May 6, 1965, three months before passage of the Voting Rights Act

When the Symphony received the Ford Foundation grant, it was to train young black musicians. Chamber music began. There was a string octet and a woodwind quintet. My father wrote a letter explaining how principal players switched seats to give others a chance to play first chair.

Joan Peyser article in the NY Times

According to Terrance McKnight, “the chatter was that the word ‘training’ advanced the white-parent — black-child paradigm.” This letter was written. My father resigned before a concert in October. Arbitration ensued.

A letter my Aunt Dorothy, my father’s sister, wrote to the Hon. Abraham Gellinoff in response to the arbitration decision, which my father and his lawyer Milton Mostel lost.

The last fundraising letter my father wrote after he lost the arbitration.

The Symphony of the New World gave its last concert in 1978. Many documents represent opinions, rather than objective research.