Richard K. Korn Papers
Permanent URL: http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/x059c7341
- Korn, Richard, 1908-1981.
- Title and dates:
- Richard K. Korn Papers
- bulk 1959-1968
- Richard K. Korn was a clarinetist, conductor, and founder of the Orchestra of America. He was also involved in the American Council for Judaism. His papers include correspondence with composers, photographs, and correspondence with other members of the American Council for Judaism.
- 4.55 cubic feet
- 13 boxes
- Call number:
- Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections
Princeton, New Jersey 08544 USA
- Language(s) of materials:
- Storage note:
- This collection is stored onsite at Firestone Library.
Richard K. Korn was a clarinetist, conductor, and founder of the Orchestra of America. He was also involved in the American Council for Judaism.
The collection represents two disparate but intense interests of Korn: the Orchestra of America and the American Council for Judaism. As the founder, manager, and conductor of the orchestra, Korn helped to promulgate the cause of American music both through concerts and recordings, and the papers include correspondence by many established and fledgling composers of mid-twentieth-century music. The collection provides insight into not only the artistic endeavors of the orchestra but also the problems inherent in keeping an orchestra viable while creating an interest in new music which a concert-going public is cautious to accept. Also included are documents, photographs, miscellaneous material, and printed matter.
The papers of the American Council for Judaism, an anti-Zionist organization, consist of correspondence between Korn and members of the group, as well as correspondence among various members. The collection reflects the deep and, at times, ambivalent feelings regarding Judaism as a religion as opposed to a political entity such as Zionism. Much of the collection deals with an internecine upheaval caused by the resignation of Elmer Berger from the organization.
Access and Use
Collection is open for research use.
Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Associate University Librarian for Rare Books and Special Collections. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
Acquisition and Appraisal
Provenance and Acquisition
Bequethed from Richard K. Korn. Addition relating to the American Council for Judaism is a gift of Peggy Lehman Korn.
Some of Korn's books, containing his notes, are available in Princeton's Music Library.
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Language(s) of this Finding Aid
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Richard K. Korn Papers, Box and Folder Number; Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
- American Council for Judaism.
- Orchestra of America.
- Composers -- United States -- 20th century.
- Conductors (music) -- United States -- 20th century.
- Composition (music)
- Jews -- United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
- Music -- United States -- 20th century.
- Propaganda, Zionist.
- Symphony orchestras -- United States -- Management -- 20th century.
- Zionism and Judaism.
- Photographic prints.
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