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Korn, Richard, 1908-1981
Richard K. Korn Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1937-1981 (mostly 1959-1968)
13 boxes and 5.20 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-13


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.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

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.

Collection Creator Biography:

Korn, Richard, 1908-1981

Richard K. Korn was a clarinetist, conductor, and founder of the Orchestra of America. He was also involved in the American Council for Judaism.

Collection History


Bequethed from Richard K. Korn. Addition relating to the American Council for Judaism is a gift of Peggy Lehman Korn.


No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Richard K. Korn Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-13