Series 1:  Oral History

Folder 1 – Oral History recording and transcript

Series 2 - Memoirs/memorabilia compiled by Vafiades

Folder 2

Clippings and photographs interspersed throughout the memoir include

  • Photo of the NEC orchestra (clipping)
  • Photo of pit orchestra for Irving Berlin’s “This is the Army” (copy of clipping)
  • Photo of Ernst Levy, composer and Francis Findlay with students Wayne Barrington and Marian Jaques (clipping)
  • Photo of Francis Findlay
  • Photo of the music education students in 1944
  • Newspaper article, headline: 88 Milton Lives Lost in Service
  • Photo from newspaper(copy): Sarah Caldwell with Marian Vafiades (re: Opera New England)

Interspersed NEC Concert programs included:

  • Nov. 5, 1942: NEC Orchestra (features Copland’s “El Salon Mexico”)
  • December 22, 1942: NEC Orchestra (features Quincy Porter’s Poem and Dance)
  • December 15, 1942: NEC Chorus and Brass Ensemble
  • January 25, 1944: NEC Orchestra and Women’s Chorus

Folder 3

Loose Programs(NEC):

  • December 3, 1943: NEC Orchestra
  • December 6, 1944: NEC Orchestra
  • March 21, 1945: NEC Orchestra 
  • March 27, 1945: Song recital by Nancy Trickey
  • May 10, 1945: Concert for Advanced Students
  • May 23, 1945: Concert by Zeta Chapter, Alpha Chi Omega (2 copies)
  • June 19, 1944: Conservatory Night at Pops
  • 50th Reunion invitation, May 21, 1995


Loose programs (other):

  • December 12, 1944: Reading Symphony
  • December 24, 1944: Messiah Lutheran Church, Roslindale
  • April 11 [no year given', Philharmonic Society of Arlington
  • April 24, 1945: The Melrose Orchestral Association
  • Tremont Temple Songs Number 3(booklet of hymns)
  • October 6, 1945: Boston Symphony Orchestra


Loose clippings/Bills/Receipts/memorabilia

  • Feature article on Marian Vafiades from the Bangor Daily News, Jan. 24, 1985
  • NEC Tuition Bill, September 9, 1941
  • NEC Tuition Receipt, November 15, 1941
  • Ticket to Senior Class concert, June 18, 1943
  • Marian Jaques' ID cards from the academic years 1942-1943, 1943-1944, 1944-1945
  • Invitation to Class Day, June 12, 1942


Loose Photographs:

  • Photo of Marian Vafiades at the age of 7
  • Photo of Vafiades with three classmates,Dorothy Gunther, Barbara Foss Roberts and Mary Keeley, 1941
  • Photo of students apple picking: Barbara Foss, Mary Keany, Marian Vafiades, Betty Wood(1943)
  • Two photos of Vafiades with classmates, 50th reunion (1995); One includes Vafiades with Barbara Weinstein, Barbara Foss, and Bessie Rouvalis; the other includes Vafiades with Eleanor Tower Norris and Sylvia Katz Factor


Series 3: 50th Reunion Letters

Folder 4

50th Reunion Booklet, Classes of 1944, 1945, and 1946


WITHOUT CRAFTSMANSHIP, INSPIRATION IS A MERE REED SHAKEN IN THE WIND. JOHANNES BRAHMS