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Robert Whitney (1904-1986) papers

Collection : Robert Whitney (1904-1986) papers
Date/Extent : 1903-1995 (bulk: 1917-1993), 17.375 linear ft. (see also Louisville Orchestra collection)
Description : The papers of Robert Whitney, director of the Louisville Orchestra from 1937 to 1967, document his involvement with the Louisville Orchestra, and include scrapbooks dating from 1937 to 1987. There is also some material on the Whitney Project, an oral history that describes the orchestra's history. Present are correspondence and clippings on Whitney's career, including his tenure as dean of the University of Louisville School of Music, and music reviews dating from 1954 to 1966 of recorded and actual performances of works produced for the orchestra's First Edition Commission Series. The collection also contains twenty-three cassette tapes of programs aired on WUOL, the university's public radio station, and miscellaneous materials from the orchestra, the radio station, and the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Materials relating to music education are included in the collection. A later accession adds albums and compact discs of the orchestra's First Edition Recordings. The album recordings were directed by Whitney and the CD recordings were directed by Lawrence Leighton Smith, a later director of the Louisville Orchestra. Among the papers is a 1903 poster bearing a photograph entitled "Buffalo Bill's Wild West." The image depicts the visit of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, with a royal party, to the Wild West Camp at Olympia, London, England, in 1903. Robert Whitney's father, Robert Paul Whitney, was a member of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show Cowboy Band and was accompanying the show at this time. Worthy of partucular note is correspondence between Whitney and composers whose scores were recorded for the First Edition Commission Series of music recordings, as well as another series of correspondence with letters from composers and others on the twentieth anniversary of the project. Also present are three of the commissioned scores from the First Edition series. The material dates from 1937 to 1957.
Repository : University Archives

Robert Whitney conducted the Louisville Orchestra from 1937 to 1967 and served as Dean of the University of Louisville School of Music from 1956 to 1971.