This collection, which dates from 1928-1957, contains items relating to Pi Kappa Lambda’s Iota Chapter at New England Conservatory. This collection consists of correspondence, concert programs, biographical materials, and publications. The majority of the correspondence pertains to membership in the Society and its activities. Many of the letters were written to Norine Roberts, Iota Chapter Secretary.  Correspondents include: Denise Bacon, Nadia Boulanger, Emma Converse, Archibald Davison, Alfred DeVoto, Harry (Ellis) Dickson, Harold Farberman, Eugenia Frothingham, Howard Goding, Wallace Goodrich, Edward Burlingame Hill, Frederick Jagel, Harrison Keller, Serge Koussevitzky, Mildred Mueller, Ippocrates Pappousatkis, Walter Piston, Quincy Porter, Lois Schaefer, Albert Schweitzer, Eleanor Steber, Marie Sundelius, and Leta Whitney,

The concert programs date from the years 1932-1949.  All of these concerts took place at NEC(most in Jordan Hall). The majority of these concerts are performances featuring members of the Iota Chapter.  Other programs feature compositions by Iota chapter members and winners of student composition prizes such as the Endicott and Phillip Allen prizes.

The biographical materials include biographical sketches of Archibald Davison, Edward Burlingame Hill, Charles Munch, Walter Piston, Albert Schweitzer, Arthur Shepherd, G. Wallace Woodworth.  Also included is a newspaper article about William L. Whitney.

Lastly, there are two publications. One is a newsletter of sorts that includes information from the annual meeting, a tribute to Clement Lenom, news that did not make it into the previous newsletter, and then news / comments from society members. The other publication is the Historical Booklet 1918-1937 which contains: a brief history of the society; reflections from the society’s past presidents; the treasurer-general’s report; Pi Kappa Lambda’s constitution; chapter reports, including that of NEC’s Iota Chapter; and chapter rolls and addresses.

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