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Location: Oliver Room,
Pittsburgh Music Archives #37
Box #13


April 1903 – February 5, 1908

  1. Announcement that Victor Herbert leaves the Pittsburgh Orchestra. In same article [December 4, no year], suggestion is made that Walter Damrosch may take over that post. Damrosch then comments in a news article the next day that he was “astonished” by that thought as he had received no overtures for such an appointment.

  2. News article December 5 [no year] states that an appeal will be extended (by George Wilson) to Andrew Carnegie to establish a $2,000,000 endowment for the maintenance of the orchestra. “The name of the musical organization may be changed to the Carnegie Orchestra of Pittsburgh.”

  3. Wilson quits as manager of Pittsburgh’s grand opera season [December, no year].

  4. Wilson’s letter to the editor of the Pittsburgh TIMES and editor’s (uncomplimentary) reply of March 23, 1904, titled “Too Much Wilson.”

  5. Photograph and announcement (no date) of the engagement of Miss Katharine de Normandie Wilson to Mr. Robert Haven Schauffler of New York City.

  6. Appeals to the public for financial support of the orchestra.

  7. News article (no date): “Herbert has decided to stay in Pittsburgh.” Many supporting news articles follow.

  8. March 27, 1904 news article (DISPATCH) is headlined: “Emil Paur is selected as conductor. Vienna Musician is chosen to head Pittsburgh Orchestra for three years.” (At the top of this page in the scrapbook, Wilson has penned: “AT LAST!”). Next article states: “New conductor has accepted.”

  9. Program book for the Pittsburgh Orchestra, Ninth Season 1903-1904 also “contains lists of works performed by the Pittsburgh Orchestra during the nine years of its existence and other information.”

  10. Under headline of April [1904] “He Has Found the Girl” is a report of Wilson’s new secretary, Miss Elizabeth Riesner, who is not only an accomplished stenographer, but speaks foreign languages, reads Goethe, Shakespeare and Schiller and quotes Chaucer and Browning.

  11. Emil Paur’s salary listed at $10,000 as of April 20, 1904.

  12. Lengthy article/booklet of October 1904, written by George Wilson, about the Pittsburgh Orchestra, its new director Emil Paur, has photos of Paur and the orchestra plus featured soloists.

  13. Invitation to marriage of Katharine Wilson to Robert Schauffler in St. Margarets, Westminster, London on December 21, 1904.

  14. Total expenses and receipts of the Pittsburgh Orchestra. Season of 1905-1906.

  15. September 1906 press announcement that 90 applications were received for the position of City Organist in Carnegie Music Hall, following tenures of Frederick Archer and Edwin Lemare. Final appointment went to Charles Heinroth in February 1907.

  16. Invitation to marriage of Margaret Wilson to Edward B. Lee in The Unitarian Church, Kingston, Mass. on September 15, 1906.

  17. Printed small cards: “Mr. George H. Wilson in resigning his position as manager of the Pittsburgh Orchestra, wishes to express to Mr. ______ the pleasure he has had in his acquaintance, and wishes him all possible success in the future.” Pittsburgh, April 13, 1907.

  18. Founder’s Day celebration for Carnegie Music Hall announced for April 11-12, 1907. George H. Wilson to be general Marshall of procession which will include Sir Edward Elgar.

  19. Copy of the Address given by Andrew Carnegie, “At the dedication of the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh on April 11 and 12, 1907.” (Also noted as “Founder’s Day.”) Newspaper photos of parades surrounding these activities, where it is reported that 20,000 people gathered along the parade route to observe.

  20. Two-page photo of The Carnegie Banquet at the Hotel Schenley the evening of April 12 show “nobility of two continents” in attendance.

  21. Article from Harper’s Weekly about the April 11, 1907 event written by Robert Haven Schauffler, special correspondent for Harper’s Weekly (and George Wilson’s son-in-law).

  22. Elaborate twenty-page Program – The Carnegie Institute, Dedicatory Exercises, April 11, 12, and 13, 1907.

  23. Four-page flyer, General Program, 11th celebration of Founder’s Day and dedication of the new building of The Carnegie Library, April 11, 12, and 13, 1907.

  24. A second small flyer with photo of Andrew Carnegie is titled Guide to the Dedication of the New Buildings. It contains general information plus a list of all special guests – both foreign and domestic.

  25. Note in Wilson’s handwriting: “A separate book containing the record of Mr. Wilson’s resignation from the Pittsburgh Orchestra, one year’s trial for him, is recorded December 1906 to January 1908.”

  26. Photo of “Bay View Cottage” in Falmouth Heights, Mass., the summer residence of the George H. Wilson family.

  27. Invitation from Mrs. Wilson inviting women (8 in all) to join her for a three-month summer trip abroad in 1907, including costs and suggested items to pack.

  28. Letter of February 8, 1908 from George Wilson to Andrew Carnegie requesting a letter of introduction to Otto Kahn regarding Wilson’s application to succeed Heinrich Conried as manager of the Metropolitan Opera, following his retirement. Later press notices announced a radical change in opera management at the Met to include a quartet of men to handle that position (not including Wilson).