The John Orth collection is organized into four series. Each series consists of one folder. The series are:

  1. Biographical Information
  2. Correspondence
  3. Newspaper articles
  4. Programs

The items in the Biographical file include: a pamphlet for a lectures series given by Orth about Liszt which includes biographical information about Orth as well as press comments about him; a flier advertising a concert; an article entitled "Who's Who in Brookline"(also included in the Newspaper series); and "An Appreciation" for John Orth written by William F. Macy. There is also a handwritten biographical information about Orth, at least a portion of which was copied from Baker's Dictionary of Musicians

The folder of correspondence contains five items of correspondence- two postcards and three letters written to John Orth during the years 1913-1931.

The small collection of Newspaper articles date from the 1920s and 1930s. They consist of articles about: John Orth; Franz Liszt; and the "Golden Age" of music in the town of Taunton, MA, as told in a lengthy article from the Taunton Daily Gazette.  Photocopies of the newspaper articles have been made for preservation purposes. A few contain photographs of Orth.

The folder of Programs spans the years 1885 to 1949.  This group of programs consists mainly of programs for lectures given by John Orth; piano performances given by John Orth's pupils; and piano performances of the pupils of John Orth's sisters: Sybilla Orth, Caroline Orth Young, and Louise Orth Bosworth. Also, there is one program for a lecture about Debussy given by Heinrich Gebhard and one booklet from the Chromatic Club (of which Caroline Orth Young and Louise Orth Bosworth) were members.

 


MUSICIANS OWN MUSIC BECAUSE MUSIC OWNS THEM. VIRGIL THOMSON