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Mannes College of Music Concert Office collection

Identifier: MA-05-04-01


Collection consists of concert programs for Mannes School of Music student and faculty recitals as well as promotional materials for other school performances. Also includes press releases and event calendars. Mannes was established in 1916 by David and Clara Mannes and became a division of The New School in 1989. As of 2018, Mannes is part of The New School's College of Performing Arts.


  • 1944 - 2015



4.4 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)

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Scope and Content of Collection

The Mannes College of Music Concert Office collection consists primarily of concert programs for student and faculty performances, as well as graduation recitals. The performances include individual recitals, quartet, orchestra, and other group performances. Programs include the names of the performers and often the name of the department and professor they studied under. Some concert programs include translations and lyric sheets. Most of the performances took place at Mannes, although some performances, typically part of a music festival or event, took place at venues around New York City. Ancillary materials include press releases and event calendars. The concert programs in this collection span the years 1944-2011--the promotional materials and press releases, however, date primarily from the 1940s to the 1960s. Programs with a "CDM" number indicate a corresponding compact disk audio recording available in The New School's Performing Arts Library.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Please contact for appointment.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from The New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact:

Historical Note

Mannes School of Music was established in 1916 by David and Clara (Damrosch) Mannes, professional musicians and educators. Prior to establishing Mannes, David founded one of the first music schools for black children, the Music School Settlement for Colored People in Harlem.

In 1940, David and Clara's son Leopold, a pianist who was also one of the inventors of Kodachrome film, became first the director and then president of the school. In 1953, the school was granted a charter from the State of New York and became a degree-granting college. The name of the institution was changed to the Mannes College of Music.

In the 1950s and '60s, Mannes became known for its signature curriculum, the "Techniques of Music." During this time, many eminent faculty and students passed through the school's doors. In the 1970s, the school suffered a financial crisis that brought it to the brink of collapse. Under the leadership of Charles Kaufman, the school survived this crisis. In 1989, Kaufman negotiated the merger of Mannes with The New School, in large part to gain greater tuition revenue through access to The New School's continuing education program. Kaufman served as dean until 1996.

In 2005, the school was renamed Mannes College The New School for Music. In 2015, as part of a university-wide reorganization, Mannes became a division of The New School's College of Performing Arts and the name changed to Mannes School of Music. From 1996-2011, Mannes was led by Joel Lester. As of 2018, the dean of Mannes is Richard Kessler, who has served in that role since 2011.


Grimes, William. "Mannes School Says Thank You." The New York Times, April 17, 1995.

The New School. "History." Mannes. Accessed October 25, 2018.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Harry Scherman Library of Mannes College of Music to The New School Archives and Special Collections, 2015.

Related Materials

The New School Archives also holds the records of the Mannes Camerata (MA.02.01.01); newspaper clippings and scrapbooks documenting activities of the Mannes School of Music (MA.03.01.01 and MA.03.02.01); the Mannes School of Music photograph collection (MA.04.01.01); and course catalogs from Mannes (MM.05.01.01). The Mannes Concert Office maintains separate historical files on the Schneider Concerts and the New York String Orchestra concerts.

Additional collections of concert programs in The New School Archives consist of the Mannes College Chamber Music and Orchestra concert programs (MA.05.04.02) and the Mannes School of Music Concert Operations programs (MA.05.04.03). There is some overlap between the three collections.

Processing Information

The New School Archives created this collection in 2018 by bringing together two formerly discrete collections, the Mannes Concert Office archives (1943-1975) and the Mannes concert programs collection (1975-2011). Programs covering 1975-2011 were originally organized into ten binders labeled "CDM," followed by a consecutive binder number. The programs from these binders likely coincide with compact disk audio recordings held by The New School's Performing Arts Library. Several items from a third accession (2022.MA.05) were added in May 2024.

As the provenance information of the collection is unknown, the staff of The New School Archives retained the title of one of the two legacy collections forming these records, indicating that the documents likely originated in the Concert Office.

Mannes newsletters and other serial publications encountered during processing removed to New School periodicals collection (NS.05.06.01). Clippings scrapbooks documenting print advertisements for Mannes classes and auditions were removed to the Mannes College of Music clippings collection (MA.03.02.01).

Guide to the Mannes College of Music Concert Office collection
New School Archives and Special Collections Staff
November 8, 2018
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Revision Statements

  • October 18, 2022: Jenny Swadosh updated the Related Materials note to account for two recently added collections.
  • March 7, 2024: Archivists added additional concert files from accession 2022.MA.05, updated dates and added to processing note.