Highlights of the Mannes Archives include autographed letters by composers Felix Mendelssohn and Claude Debussy, unpublished compositions and scores, photographs documenting the early history of opera in New York City, and materials related to the Damrosch/Mannes families, who were pioneers in establishing New York City as an important center for the study and performance of classical music.
Enders, Harvey, 1892-1947
Harvey Enders Collection
Leopold Mannes Manuscripts
A son of the founders of Mannes College of Music, David and Clara (Damrosch) Mannes, and a President of Mannes. Although he made his fortune with Kodachrome, he was also a musician and this collection contains some of his unpublished compositions.
Arthur Waldeck papers
[draft] Consists of Arthur Waldeck's letters and translations of works by Heinrich Schenker (1868-1935), an Austrian music theorist whose disciples (some fleeing the Nazis) taught at Mannes in the early twentieth century, and whose teachiings formed the basis for the Mannes music theory program (as well as many other music schools).