Archives Collection

The Boston Symphony Orchestra Archives houses printed programs, press clippings, posters, photographs, administrative files, and an extensive collection of radio broadcast tapes of concerts and commercial recordings.

World Premieres at the BSO

From Georg Henschel's Hymne au Createur in 1881 to Elliott Carter's Three Illusions during the 125th anniversary season, the Boston Symphony Orchestra has been privileged to perform more than three hundred world premieres to date.

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Newspaper Clippings

There are 132 volumes of scrapbooks containing clippings which are available on microfilm in the Archives Reading Room and the Music Department at the Boston Public Library.

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The Archives includes correspondence between music directors, composers, guest artists, trustees, orchestra members, and BSO administrators.

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The Archives contains thousands of photographs dating back to the founding of the orchestra in 1881. Included are photographs of conductors, musicians, and guest soloists.

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Concert Programs

Boston Symphony Orchestra concert programs relating to BSO performances at Symphony Hall from 1881-2011, BSO trip performances from 1889-1975, and BSO Tanglewood performances from 1946-2010.

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