The Voice of Firestone collection is organized into the following eleven series:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Photographs
  3. Music
  4. Publicity
  5. Program Transcripts and Details
  6. Awards
  7. Scrapbooks and Memorabilia
  8. Firestone Library Plans
  9. Copyright and Artist Waivers
  10. Lending and Licensing Agreements
  11. Kinescope Film Program Listings


The Correspondence is organized into several categories. The series spans from 1929-2000, with the bulk spanning 1929-1973. This series consists of acknowledgements, requests, professional correspondence, correspondence from Voice of Firestone performers, letters from listeners, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (A.S.C.A.P.) correspondence and related documents, correspondence and attached documents about copyright, and correspondence related to the donation to the New England Conservatory. Highlights from the professional correspondence sub-series include letters from John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and letters from President Dwight D. Eisenhower and First Lady Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower. Though the majority of the A.S.C.A.P. material is housed in Box 1, there is an oversized, framed certificate confirming Idabelle Firestone’s membership which is housed with several other oversized items in Box 2.

The Photographs are organized into three sub-series. The first consists of photographs of members of the Firestone family, primarily of Idabelle Firestone, Harvey S. Firestone, and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr.  Those with dates attached span from 1895-1928. The second features photographs of members of the Firestone family with others, generally those involved in the show. This assortment spans 1928-1959. The final sub-series consists of photographs of Voice of Firestone performers and productions. This sub-series features some dated and some undated photos. Those with dates span 1928-1959. This portion contains many photographs of the Voice of Firestone orchestra, as well as headshots of some of the more frequent and notable guest performers on The Voice of Firestone.

The third series contains an assortment of Music. The first sub-series of music contains unpublished compositions and manuscripts, which are arranged by song. The second music sub-series is an assortment of published sheet music by Idabelle Firestone. Next is a sub-series consisting of manuscripts, compositions, lyrics, and published music by individuals other than Idabelle Firestone. This is a relatively small sub-series, and primarily consists of music composed by Elizabeth Firestone. Following this is an assortment of lyrics sheets and notes, a sub-series concerning royalties and sales, and, finally, an undated list of scores. The music series contains an oversized manuscript which is unfoldered and housed in Box 2.

Publicity related to The Voice of Firestone comprises the fourth series. This series consists of press releases spanning 1932-1971, biographical sketches, newspaper clippings spanning 1928-1991, magazines and pamphlets spanning 1932-1991 with the bulk spanning 1932-1970, a sub-series about the White House State Dinner of January 20, 1959, and a sub-series dedicated to transcriptions of radio talks about rubber farming in Liberia by Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. Highlights include a copy of the first issue of LIFE weekly news magazine, which features a small photograph of Idabelle Firestone and a mention of the Voice of Firestone program, and additional copies of the letters from President and First Lady Eisenhower in the folder devoted to the White House State Dinner.

The fifth series consists of Program Transcripts and Details. This series is rather small, and contains a selection of program transcripts from the years 1932-1952, as well as details, guest artists, and selections from 1931-1963. Some of the transcripts and details in this series refer to Voice of Firestone broadcasts, while others, such as the Inaugural Concert of 1933 and the special Mother’s Day 1950 WADC Orchestra broadcast, refer to programs unrelated to the Voice of Firestone directly, but which featured performances by frequent Voice of Firestone guests or the use of songs composed by Idabelle Firestone.

The Awards series consists of three sub-series: awards and certificates from 1935-1959; publicity about awards from 1934-1959; and correspondence about awards from 1946-1957. Though the entire series is housed in Box 3, three of the physical awards are oversized and are unfoldered. These are: the Lowell Mason Award of 1950, which is housed in a wooden case; the trophy awarded to Voice of Firestone for winning the Popularity Poll in the category of Favorite Classical Musical Show by TV Digest (n.d.); and a recognition dated December 3, 1938 from NBC acknowledging the ten year anniversary of the Voice of Firestone broadcast.

The seventh series consists ofScrapbooks and Memorabilia. This series contains six scrapbooks comprised of sheet music for Idabelle Firestone’s compositions, newspaper clippings, and letters from fans of the Voice of Firestone and Idabelle Firestone’s music. There is also one scrapbook containing newspaper clippings about and photographs of frequent Voice of Firestone guest performers. Finally, this series contains a folder of memorabilia which includes: ticket holders from Voice of Firestone telecasts; several commemorative items from the program’s 25th anniversary broadcast; and small items sent to Idabelle Firestone, such as the program to a concert where one of her songs was performed.  

The eight series is devoted toFirestone Library Plans. This comprehensive series features layouts of and correspondence about the plans for the library itself, as well as the Remington Rand Vault and the recording studio. This series contains budget information, correspondence about and documentation of contributions, lists of technical specifications, plans for preservation and projects, appraisal information, and correspondence about and photographs of the library’s dedication. The last folder is a fairly straightforward Inventory documenting the scope of the Firestone donation during the years 1969-1995. Also part of this series is a large oversize box containing Firestone Library architectural plans (15 technical drawings) by Allan Chapman and Associates. This oversize box is stored in the Firestone library vault (top left hand corner), separate from the rest of this collection.

Series nine consists of Copyright and Artist Waivers. This series spans 1971-1980, with some undated material, and primarily concerns the transfer of copyright to the New England Conservatory.

Series ten concerns Lending and Licensing Agreements. This series covers the years 1977-2001, and consists primarily of requests for use of Firestone material, as well as some correspondence between the New England Conservatory and other agencies seeking to establish standards for lending and licensing of Firestone material.

Kinescope Film Program Listings are housed in series eleven. This series is an alphabetical list of every artist featured on the Voice of Firestone kinescopes. The last folder consists of Off-The-Air Kinescopes List of Special Guests/Speakers and Artists/Conductors, a listing of the special guests, speakers, artists, and conductors who appeared on the Off-The-Air Kinescopes. Also included are information and program listings for the 45 "Eyewitness to History" programs produced by CBS from 1959-1961.  These films were transferred to the Library of Congress in 2000.


MUSIC IS THE SILENCE BETWEEN THE NOTES. CLAUDE DEBUSSY