Spalding, Albert (1988-1953)

The Albert Spalding collection includes manuscripts, musical scores, journals and diaries, correspondence, printed material, photographs, scrapbooks, audio, and other material.

Manuscripts by Spalding in the collection include his books Rise to Follow, an Autobiography (Holt, 1943) and A Fiddle, A Sword, and A Lady: The Romance of Giuseppe Tartini (Holt, 1953), as well as articles, letters to the press (ca. 1940), and speeches given during World War II (including several for the Office of War Information in Italy) and after the war (for the Italian Relief Fund). Also present are manuscripts regarding Spalding’s life by Suzanne Spalding Winston.

Musical scores in the collection include manuscripts of pieces by Spalding, including Quartet in e minor, “Allegro Deciso ma non troppo,” “Andante con moto,” and a baby cradle song for Spalding’s niece (inscribed to her, 1914). Also included are numerous printed scores of music by Spalding, as well as several pieces by various other composers.

Journals and diaries in the collection include Spalding’s military diary from World War I, including his passport, photos, and military papers (1918); several notebooks (1919-1948, not inclusive); itinerary books (1920, 1938); sailing records (1920-1938); and a guestbook for the home of Mary Pyle Spalding (1904-1919).

Correspondence in the collection dates from 1908 to 1990. Present are Spalding’s correspondence with his wife, Mary Pyle (1908-1953), as well as a scrapbook of letters from family and friends regarding their marriage (1919) and letters from her to Spalding (1930-1936); professional letters (1950-1990); and a few letters from musicians in the 19th century. Other subjects include Spalding’s military service in World War I (1917-1919) and World War II (1943-1944); radio performances; the U.S. Office of War Information and the Italian Relief Fund (1945); Boston University (1953-1964); the death of Spalding’s mother (1930); his posthumous recordings; his memorial fund; and his estate. Notable correspondents include Leopold Stokowski, James Doolittle, Dwight Eisenhower, Will Rogers, Pablo Casals, Fiorello LaGuardia, Julien Street, Roger Sessions, Eugene Ormandy, Fritz Kreisler, Roy Harris, Efram Zimbalist, Henry Morgenthau, and Jacques Thibaud.

Printed material in the collections includes press clippings, reviews, and programs regarding concerts performed by Spalding, dating from his first concert appearance in the U.S. in 1908 to the 1950s. Other printed items include articles by Spalding published in Harper’s (1942) and The Outlook (1924); articles about Spalding published in various magazines (1925-1952); reviews of A Fiddle, A Sword, and A Lady and Rise to Follow ; publicity items; and press releases.

Photographs in the collection includes various images of Spalding including some signed portraits) and his family. Also present are photos of Spalding with others, as well as photos (some signed) of Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, Arturo Toscanini, Walter Damrosch, and Ignace J. Paderewski.

Scrapbooks in the collection consist of items containing press clippings (1907-1921) as well as a photo scrapbook regarding “Casa Spalding,” his home in Florence, Italy.

Audio recordings in the collection include long-playing records, reel-to-reel tapes, and compact discs of performances by Spalding.

Other items in the collection includes various war medals, diplomas, and citations; Spalding’s award from the French Legion of Honor; two autograph books that belonged to Spalding, containing the signatures of various musicians and composers (1906-1907, 1921-1923); and some financial and legal material.

Notable Figures
1. Spalding, Albert, 1888-1953
Associated Subjects
1. Music Collections Subject Guide
2. Violin – Performance – United States
3. Composers – United States
4. Violinists – United States
5. Scrapbooks
6. Sheet music
7. Audiotapes
8. Photographs