The Marian Vafiades Collection is organized into three series:

  1. Oral History
  2. Memoirs/Memorabilia
  3. 50th Reunion Letters, Classes of 1944-1946


The oral history was recorded in an interview at NEC with Marian Vafiades on May 18, 2007 conducted by Jean Morrow and Maryalice Perrin-Mohr.  The transcript of the interview (along with some additional annotations from Marian Vafiades) is included

The memoir includes many pages of memories about NEC compiled by Marian
Vafiades interspersed with clippings, photos, bills/receipts, correspondence from classmates and concert programs. There are several additional concert programs that are loose. The loose items (programs, photographs, clippings) are housed in envelopes with the memoirs

Topics covered include: pre-NEC days; WWII classes; faculty members; orchestra; chorus; choral class; opera; orchestral class; musical exposure; NEC and television; memorials – WWII; music therapy; music education; Observing and Practice Teaching; NEC as USO entertainers; NEC, 1941-1945, salaries (general and musicians); student finances (education/living expenses); various available job opportunties for young musicians (detailed with information/programs of local symphonies and choruses and New England Music Camp); salaries for young musicians; discrimination at that time; music-related texts; information about specific classmates; and entertaining stories from her days at NEC. Lastly, included with the memoirs series are resumes for Marian Vafiades.

The 50th Reunion booklet was compiled by Marian Vafiades from letters of NEC alumni from the WWII period, who had been contacted by Vafiades to send their recollections. This booklet includes letters from the following alumni: Dr. James R. Anthony, Elizabeth Goober Bernheimer, John Boomer, Ann Very Elmquist, Sylvia Katz Factor, Olivia Reeves Fernandez, Ann Duffie Fleck, Alvin K. Fossner, Ruth Gevalt Glazer,  LaReine Otten Hellerman, Dr. Merie J. Haggans Hill, Betty Ann Judge Hotham, Richard Hyatt, Sheila Hoskins Irwin, Rose Palmerie La Torre, Bessie Andrea Rouvalis Manus, Elizabeth Lambert Martin, Izzie Butterfield Nichols, Eleanor Tower Norris, Alice O’Brien, Barbara Foss Roberts, Saima Laycox Ruby, Lee Rudd Ryan, Lois Schaefer, Dorothy Gunther Smith, Barbara Weinstein Schwartz, Winifred Mitenus Sullivan, Gertrude (Trudy) Woodard Taylor, Betty Wood Thomas, Madeleine Merrill Towle, Marian Vafiades; and thirteen anonymous submissions.


I REMAIN TRUE TO MY STARTING PRINCIPLE. TO WRITE SOLELY AS I MYSELF THINK BEST. FELIX MENDELSSOHN