The Archives includes correspondence
between music directors, composers, guest artists, trustees,
orchestra members, and BSO administrators.
Postcard Honoring the First Four Boston Symphony Orchestra Conductors
This postcard depicts the first
conductors of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Clockwise they are:
Arthur Nikisch (1889-1893), Georg Henschel (1881-1884), Wilhelm
Gericke(1884-1889; 1898-1906), and Emil Paur
Stock Certificate for Boston's Symphony Hall
Issued December 21, 1893
Henry Lee Higginson raised $402,000
from "New Boston Music Hall" stock certificates to build the
celebrated Symphony Hall.
First Page of Letter from Henry Lee Higginson to Sir Grove
September 20, 1882
Henry Lee Higginson sent Sir George
Grove a description of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's founding of
the first edition of Grove's Dictionary of Music and
First Page of Manuscript Score of Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms
Igor Stravinsky's Symphony
of Psalms was commissioned and had its U.S. premiere by the
BSO in honor of the 50th anniversary of the orchestra. As a gift
for the occasion, Stravinsky presented the signed original
manuscript to the orchestra.