Chester Williams collection, 1962-1976, (bulk 1962-1967).


Williams, Chester W. Chester Williams collection, 1962-1976, (bulk 1962-1967).

Chester Williams collection, 1962-1976, (bulk 1962-1967).

Although a large portion of Chester Williams's records in the Conservatory archives originate from his tenures as Dean, there is a small collection of presidential papers as well. Williams's general correspondence files include letters from Leo Eben Tourjee, nephew of Conservatory founder Eben Tourjée, and Leo S. Tonkin Associates, a federal relations consultant, with regards to pursuing federal funds for the Conservatory. The majority of correspondence relates to gifts/bequests to the Conservatory. These gifts were primarily financial in nature and contributed to the Centennial Program Fund, the Conservatory Endowment Fund, and various scholarship funds. Included is information regarding grants from the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. One file documents non-monetary gifts, primarily instruments, donated to NEC. Among the important departmental records from this period are: a thorough evaluation of the Conservatory's Public Relations Department; records of the Public Relations Group; and evaluations/proposals concerning the Preparatory Division--particularly with respect to the Conservatory's branch locations. External files document the Conservatory's interactions with two local radio stations, WCOP and WCRB, as well as with the federal government's Department of Health, Education, and Welfare on the topic of a graduate fellowship program. Special event files include commencement records as well as records documenting the unveiling of a portrait of Carl Zerrahn, NEC faculty member as well as former conductor of the Handel and Haydn Society, Harvard Musical Association, and the Worcester Music Festival. The commencement files contain correspondence to and from prospective honorary degree candidates including Arthur Rubenstein, Leopold Stokowski, Edgard Varese, and Nadia Boulanger. Also included among the event files are records of two meetings of the Independent Conservatory Conference, the first of which was held at NEC's branch location, Castle Hill, in 1965. Finally there is one folder with correspondence regarding Nadia Boulanger's visit to NEC in 1962. Subject files consist of materials such as: information regarding the Carr Organ; detailed inventories, evaluations, and recommendations regarding the Conservatory's collection of pianos; a few records of the Committee on Space; a few documents concerning a joint program with Simmons College; and the NEC summer program at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood. The photographs of Chester Williams are press photographs and images from commencements and other special events as well as a few personal photographs.

.4 lin. ft. (2 document cases).

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Williams, Chester W. (person)

Chester W. Williams was a four-sport letterman at South Georgia Teachers College, 1931-1933, and in 1991 was inducted into GSU's Sports Hall of Fame. He served in the Navy during World War II. His main career was as a high school principal. From the description of Chester W. Williams papers, 1931-1991. (Georgia Southern University). WorldCat record id: 73267959 Chester Wheldon Williams was born in Chicago in 1906. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1929 and received a mast...

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