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Collection Overview

Creator:
Korn, Richard, 1908-1981
Title:
Richard K. Korn Papers
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/x059c7341
Dates:
1937-1981 (mostly 1959-1968)
Size:
13 boxes and 4.55 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-13
Language:
English

Abstract

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

Description:

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

Acquisition:

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

Appraisal

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

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

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/x059c7341
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-13