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Guide to the Mannes School of Music photograph collection, circa 1914-2004

Collection Overview


Performing Arts Collections

Collection Identifier



Mannes College The New School for Music.


Mannes School of Music photograph collection, circa 1914-2004


10 linear ft: 9 boxes

Language of Materials note

English, French


This collection contains several thousand photographs relating to the Mannes School of Music, from its early days in the 1910s through the 2000s, primarily representing the 1970s through the 1990s. Included are images of several Mannes buildings; productions and performances put on by different Mannes ensembles; administrative and academic events; the Mannes family; and the personnel of Mannes, including students, faculty, alumni, and guest artists and performers.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Mannes School of Music photograph collection, MA.04.01.01, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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Historical Note

Mannes School of Music is the music conservatory of The New School. The school was founded as the David Mannes Music School in 1916 by musicians and educators David Mannes and Clara Damrosch Mannes. It was originally located on Manhattan's Upper East Side, on East 70th Street. In 1938, after David and Clara Mannes retired from teaching, the school changed its name to the Mannes Music School.

In 1953, Mannes began offering degrees, and became the Mannes College of Music. At this time, the school's director, Felix Salzer, organized Mannes' curriculum, called the Techniques of Music program, and dramatically expanded its scope and prestige. The many prominent students included Burt Bacharach, Julius Rudel, Eugene Istomin, and George Rochberg. In the 1960s, Richard Goode, Murray Perahia, and Frederica von Stade all graduated from Mannes in the same class. In later years, Semyon Bychkov, Michel Camilo, JoAnn Falletta, Tim Page, Shulamit Ran, Lara St. John, and numerous other alumni went on to achieve prominence.

In 1984, under the leadership of Charles Kaufman, the school moved to West 85th Street, and soon thereafter became affiliated with the New School, in 1989. Kaufman oversaw a significant improvement of the school, which now included concert halls, a library, and a dormitory; an expanded faculty; the creation of early-music preparatory and graduate programs and the Mannes Camerata, dedicated to performing medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music; and the reinvigoration of the school's finances. Much of the material in this collection documents Mannes under Kaufman's leadership.

The violinist and theorist Joel Lester was dean of Mannes from 1996 to 2011,and transformed Mannes into a modern conservatory. Under his tenure, the opera program and faculty were expanded, and in 2005 Mannes's name changed once again, becoming the Mannes School of Music at The New School.

In 2014, under the leadership of dean Richard Kessler, Mannes moved once more, joining the rest of the New School in Greenwich Village, in a new home in Arnhold Hall, at 55 West 13th Street. At its new location, Mannes continues to modernize, transforming its curriculum to highlight the role of music in society and develop citizen artists who engage with the world around them through established and emerging forms of practice.

Sources: Message from the Dean, by Richard Kessler: https://www.newschool.edu/mannes/deans-message/ Mannes on the Move: https://www.newschool.edu/mannes/on-the-move/ History of Manens: http://www.newschool.edu/mannes/history/


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Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains several thousand photographs relating to the Mannes School of Music, from its early years in the early 20th century through the 2000s, although the majority of the material dates from the 1970s and 1980s. It includes images of the first two buildings that housed the school, ensembles and performances and productions, and events; faculty, students, alumni, guest artists, and the founders of the school, the Mannes family.

The collection is arranged in five series. The first series contains images of the first two Mannes buildings, both in Manhattan. The original building was located on East 70th St., from 1916 until 1984, and its second home on West 85th St., where the school remained located until 2014, when it moved to 55 West 13th Street.

The second series, Ensembles and productions, features photographs of performances and productions by the various Mannes and affiliated ensembles, including the Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program, the Mannes Orchestra, the Camerata, and the Opera. The bulk of the material in this series pertains to the Opera. The date range of these items is from the early 20th century to the 2000s, largely focusing on the 1980s.

The third series consists of non-musical events held at or sponsored by Mannes, including benefits, receptions, and, most prominently, commencement, mostly in the 1980s.

The fourth series comprises images of the Mannes faculty, students, alumni, and guest artists, as well as of the preparatory division for pre-college students, primarily dating from the 1970s and 1980s. Also included are images of the Fontainebleau music school in France, with which Mannes had a long-term association. Lists of personnel featured in the photographs can be found in the series and item descriptions. Researchers should note that, while this series focuses on Mannes personnel, images of the various people involved with the school are found throughout the collection.

The fifth and final series contains photographs of the founders of the school, David and Clara Mannes, and their son Leopold. Included are images of David, Clara, and Leopold separate and together, performing, and at school functions. This material largely dates from the 1930s to the 1950s.


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Organization and Arrangement

Buildings, 1916-1984


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Administrative Information

Aaron Winslow.

Publication Information

Performing Arts Collections - June 2, 2016

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Mannes School of Music photograph collection, MA.04.01.01, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred to the New School Archives and Special Collections from Scherman Library between 2013-2015.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects


  • Photographs.


  • Educators.
  • Professors.

Personal Name(s)

  • Kaufman, Charles H., 1928-2016
  • Mannes, Clara, 1869-1948
  • Mannes, David, 1866-1959
  • Mannes, Leopold, 1899-1964


  • College buildings.
  • Music | x Instruction and study.
  • Opera.
  • Universities and colleges -- Alumni and alumnae.
  • Universities and colleges -- Departments.

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Other Finding Aids note

For selected item-level description and images from the Mannes School og Music photograph collection, see the New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/MA040101.

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Collection Inventory

I. Buildings 1916-1984 

Box Folder
150 West 85th Street, 1983-1984 

In 1985, Mannes moved from its original building into a new building across town to the Upper West Side on West 85th St. Mannes remained at this location until moving to Arnold Hall on West 13th St. in 2014. Included here are photographs of the W. 85th St. building during construction and immediately prior to its inauguration.

General, 1983 
General, 1983  
General, 1983  
General, 1983  

Includes a photograph of students carrying stringed instruments in the interior stairway of Mannes College of Music's building at 150 West 85th Street and a street view of the facade of Mannes College of Music's building at 150 West 85th Street.

1 1-2
Inauguration, 1984 
1 3
Under construction, 1983-1984 
Under construction, 1983-1984  
Under construction, 1983-1984  
Under construction, 1983-1984  
Under construction, 1983-1984  
Under construction, 1983-1984  
Under construction, 1983-1984  
Under construction, 1983-1984  
Under construction, 1983-1984  
Under construction, 1983-1984  
Under construction, 1983-1984  
1 4
154 East 70th Street or East 74th Street, 1916-1984 
General, before 1984   
General, before 1984   

Architectural photographs and details of the original home of Mannes, located at East 70th St. in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

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II. Ensembles 1900s-2000s 

Link to selected images from this series.  

This series contains photographs relating to ensembles associated with Mannes, as well as individual productions and performances of these groups. Items focusing on individual faculty, students, and guest artists/master classes can be found in the appropriate series below. The majority of the materials in this series relate to the Mannes Orchestra and the school's two opera/musical theatre companies, the Mannes Opera and the Camerata. While most of the items date from the 1980s through the 1990s, materials pertaining to the Opera company range from the 1940s and 1950s to the 1990s.

The series is arranged alphabetically by ensemble and production title.


Box Folder
General, 1975-2000s 

Includes photographs of the New York Philharmonic Wind Quintet (undated), Empire Brass Quintet (1980), the Mannes Trio [undated], the Waverly Consort [undated], and several unidentified ensembles. These ensembles are either unaffiliated with Mannes, or without a clear affiliation.

1 6
Arema Quintet, 1975 
1 7
Belle Epoque, 1990s 
10 1
Camerata, 1983-1984 

The Mannes Camerata, founded in 1981 by Paul Echols, is made up of students and faculty of the combined undergraduate and graduate early music programs at the Mannes School of Music. It specializes in Renaissance, Baroque, and other early music. Included here are photographs of productions of Venus and Adonis,  Euridice (1983) and  La Galatea (1984).

1 8
Galimir String Quartet, 1960s-1980s 
1 9
Jazz and Contemporary Music Program, 1990s-2000s 

ADD NOTE RE: relation between Jazz and Mannes

1 10

Mannes Orchestra, 1991-1995 

Box Folder
General, 1987-1993 
General, 1987-1993 [2 folders]  
General, 1987-1993 [2 folders]  

Among others, includes images of Carl Bamberger conducting the Mannes orchestra during a rehearsal, probably from the 1960s.

1 11-12
75th anniversary concert, 1991 
1 13
Alice Tully Hall, 1992 
2 1
Chopin, 1998 
10 2
France tour, 1995 
France Tour, 1995  
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day concert, with Maestro Kurt Masur, 1993 
2 2
Rehearsal of the "7th Trumpet" with Donald Erb and Michael Charry, 1994 
2 3
Riverside Church performance, with Maestro Kurt Masur, 1993 
Wong, Sam, circa 2001 
10 3
Zwilich rehearsal, 1991 
2 5
Mannes String Quartet, 1981 

At the N.Y. Philarmonic-WQXR Radiothon, April 24, 1981.

2 6
Mannes Trio, 1980s 
2 7
Music Box Canteen, 1930-1941 
2 8
New Music Mannes, 1980s-1993 

Known as the Contemporary Music Ensemble prior to 2016. Of note within this file is a photograph of the ensemble rehearsing with John Cage as guest composer, probably in the late 1980s (before 1992).

2 9
New York Trombone Quartet, 1980s 
10 4
Nomos Duo, 1980s-1990s 
10 5

Opera, 1946-1998 

Box Folder
General, 1940s-1998 
2 10
Les Bevards, 1990 
2 11
Il Cafe d'Amore, 1997 
10 6
Carmen, 1995 
2 12
Collegium, 1989 
2 13
Comedy on the Bridge, 1948-1949 
2 14
Cosi fan tutte, 1946-1994 
1946 production 
1946 production, 1946  
1946 production, 1946  
1946 production, 1946  
2 15
1958 production 
2 16
1994 production 
1994 production  
3 1
La Daphne, 1991 
3 2
Don Pasquale, 1940s-1950s 
3 3
Eastward in Eden, 1953-1954 

Contains photographs and press release for the production.

3 4
Faust, 1940s-1950s 
3 5
Found Objects, 1990-1991 
3 6
Four Saints in Three Acts, 1993 
3 7
The Impressario, undated 
3 8
Iolanthe, 1970s-1980s 
3 9
The Magic Flute, 1997 
The Magic Flute, 1997  
3 10
Mahagonny, circa 1970s-1990s 
3 11
Methods of Madness, 1992 
3 12
Monsterbed & the Other Wiseman, 1998 
3 13
Night of the Four Moons, 1998 
Night of the Four Moons, 1998  

Six Mannes College of Music students pose with composer George Crumb. (Crumb is second from right.) Part of "An Evening with George Crumb," held at Mannes College of Music's building at 150 West 85th Street on April 23, 1998. Under Crumb's supervision, Mannes students performed selections from the composer's 11 Echoes of Autumn,  Night of the Four Moons,  Black Angels, and  Processional.

3 14
The Pet Shop, 1958 
3 15
Radamisto, undated 
3 16
The Romance of the Rose, 1994 
3 17
Sunday Costs Five Pesos, undated 
4 1
Tableaux: Scenes from Hell, 1995 
4 2
Orion Quartet, 1994 
4 3
The Singing Teacher, 1900s-1910s 

A production put on by Homer Livel and Co; the connection with Mannes is unclear.

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Yajima-Ni-Sauer Trio, 1996 
4 4

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III. Events 1971-2008 

Link to selected images from this series.  

This series contains photographs relating to non-performance/production events held at or sponsored by Mannes. Included are events such as fundraising and scholarship benefits, receptions, and commencements from 1980 to 1993.

This series is organized alphabetically by the type of event.


Box Folder
General, circa 1987 
4 5
Bassoon Day, 2002 
10 7
Benefits, 1970s-1991 
General, undated 
4 6
Benefit Committee reception at Hotel Pierre, 1981 
4 7
Marlas, 1983 
4 8
Perahia, Murray, at Plaza Hotel, 1970s-1980s 
4 9
Sun, Mei-Ting, 1991 
4 10
von Stade, 1980s 
4 11
Cocktail party at French Embassy, 1981 
4 12

Commencement, 1980-1993 

Box Folder
General, 1990s-2000s 
10 8
4 13
10 9

Includes photographs of Schachter; Price; Kaufman. Also includes an image of composer Gordon Getty and soprano Leontyne Price receiving honorary doctorates of music.

4 14
10 10

Includes photographs of R. Goode; Kaufman; and unidentified students.

4 15
4 16
10 11
Goldmark, 1988 
4 17
Hingon, Alfred H., board member, White House visit, circa 1980-1985 
4 18
Tribute to Felix Galimer, 1986 
10 12
Trustees' reception, 2008 
4 19
Zoot Sims Room dedication, 1990s-2000s 
10 13

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IV. Faculty, students, alumni, and guest artists 1929-2004 

Link to selected images from this series.  

This series consists of photographs relating to various personnel associated with Mannes, including faculty, alumni, students, and guest artists, musicians, ensembles, and conductors. Lists of some of the personnel featured in these photographs can be found in the description of each individual section. The photographs of students, Fontainebleau, and preparatory division consist largely of candid and performance shots; however, the alumni, faculty, and master classes sections are comprised largely of head shots and other publicity photographs.

This series is arranged alphabetically by school status and last name.


Box Folder
General, 1940s-1990s 

Includes photographs of Soo Woong Kim and other people both unidentified and with unknown connections to Mannes.

5 1

Alumni, 1980s-1995 

Included in this grouping are photographs of Mannes alumni. While there are some performance photographs found throughout, the majority of this section consists of headshots and other publicity materials.

This section is arranged alphabetically by alumni instrument or specialty.


Box Folder
Conductors, 1980s-1994 
Conductors, 1980s-1994  

Includes photographs of Miriam Burns; Yves Abe; Robert Bass; Semyon Bychkov; Myung-Whun Chung; Joanne Falleta; Sidney Harth; Amy Kaiser; Yakov Kreizberg; Daniel Lipton; Clara St. John Longstreth; Roger Nierenberg; Maurice Peress; Eve Queler; Julius Rudel; Gunter Schriller; Susan Wadsworth; Charles Wilson; Tsung Yeh; Martin Yazdzik.


5 2
Pianists, 1985-1995 
Pianists, 1985-1995  
Pianists, 1985-1995  
Pianists, 1985-1995  
Pianists, 1985-1995  
Pianists, 1985-1995  

Includes photographs of Edward Aldwell; Arkady Arovov; David Bar-Illan; Vladmir Feltsman; Claude Frank; Richard Goode; Vladmir Horowitz; Eugene Istomin; Grant Jahannesen; Gilbert Kalish; Lilian Kallir; Murray Perahia; Jerome Rose; Peter Serkin; Frank Sheridan; Mei-Ting Sun; Nina Svetlanova; Diane Walsh; Teddy Wilson.

5 3
Singers, 1980s-1995 
Singers, 1980s-1995  

Includes photographs of Constance Green; Valerie MacCarthy; Olga Makarina; Jeffrey Mandelbaum; Deborah Massel; Mariana Micolesco; Louis Quilico; Theodore Uppman; Arthur Woodley.

5 4
von Stade, Frederica, 1989-1995 
von Stade, Frederica, 1989-1995  
von Stade, Frederica, 1989-1995  
von Stade, Frederica, 1989-1995  
von Stade, Frederica, 1989-1995  

Includes photographs of von Stade in concert, at commencement, and headshots. Also contains a photograph of a 1995 concert featuring von Stade; Kaufman; Makarina; Abel; Mei-Ting; Aldwell; two unknown musicians; C. Bamberger; M. Hamlisch; Martinu; Herbert; Bamberger; Raskin; Poy; Stevens; Savall; and Shen.

5 5
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Strings, 1980s-1990s 
Strings, 1980s-1990s  

Encompassing the violin, viola, cello, guitar, lute, these photographs feature alumni Timothy Eddy; Lillian Fuchs; Shirley Givens; Annabel Gordon; John Graham; Gary Hoffman; Sharon Isbin; Young-Uck Kin; Yo-Yo Ma (a participant in the 1971 New York String Orchestra Seminar at Mannes); Melissa Meel; Christopher M. Morrongiello; Gilda Muehlbauer; Michael Newman; Karen Putscher; Aaron Rosaid; Dora Schwartzberg; Paul Tobias; Walter Trampler; and Nancy Wilson.

5 6
Winds, 1980s-1995 

Includes photographs of Per Brevig; Jeanne Galway; Gervaise de Paya; David Jolly; Peter Simenauer; David Palmer; and Eugeinia Zuckerman.

5 7
Faculty, 1929-2000s 
General, 1929-2000s 
General, 1929-2000s [2 Folders]  
General, 1929-2000s [2 Folders]  
General, 1929-2000s [2 Folders]  
General, 1929-2000s [2 Folders]  
General, 1929-2000s [2 Folders]  
General, 1929-2000s [2 Folders]  

Included in these folders are photographs of faculty members Elizabeth Aaron; Claus Adam; Edward Aldwell; Carl Bamberger; Nina Beilina; P. Berl; Ernest Bloch; Per Brevig; Nico Castel; Michael Charry; Alfred Cortot; Will Crutchfield; Robert Cuckson; Paul Echols; George Enesco; Sebastian Engelberg; Ruth Falcon; Vladimir Feltsman; Felix Galimir; Jean Fournet; Ralph Herbert; C. Kaufman; William Kroll; Rhoda Levine; Junior Mance; Bohuslav Marinu; Sylvia Marlowe; A. Mastello; Edna Mitchell; Philip Myers; Thomas Nyfender; Nadia Reisenberg; Aaron Rosand; Ned Rorem; Jerome Rose; Rise Stevens; George Szell; Paul Tobias; Walter Trampler; Theodore Uppman; Teddy Wilson; Hiroko Yajima.


5 8-9
Kaufman, Charles H., circa 1995 
Kaufman, Charles H., circa 1995  
Kaufman, Charles H., circa 1995  

Kaufman joined the Mannes faculty in 1974 to teach the history and theory of music. After 1979, Kaufman became one of the primary leaders of Mannes, serving as its president and dean. This file contains photographs focused specifically on Kaufman, although he appears in many other photographs in other series, sections, and folders throughout this collection.

6 1
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Salzer, Felix, memorial, 1986 
10 14
Faculty with students, circa 1973-circa 1985 
Faculty with students, circa 1973-circa 1985 [2 folders]  

Includes photographs focusing on faculty working with and instructing students in classes and in performances.

6 2-3
Fontainebleau program, 1955-1982 

The Fontainebleau Schools comprised a series of music and fine arts schools founded by Walter Damrosch (director of the New York Symphony Orchestra and brother of Clara Damrosch Mannes) at the request of the United States military in France in 1921, immediately after the First World War. Classes were held in the Louis XV wing of the Chateau of Fontainebleau.

These photographs show both the buildings of Fontainebleau as well as classrooms, rehearsals, classes, and Mannes students and faculty studying at Fontainebleau. Also included is a photograph of a 1971 50th anniversary party hosted by Nadia Boulanger.


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Master classes, seminars, recitals, and guest artists and conductors, 1970s-2004 

This section encompasses photographs related to master classes, performances, and lectures conducted by distinguished artists and ensembles. It contains photographs of performances, headshots, and portraits of musicians and ensembles featured in this series of events.

Box Folder
General, circa 1997 
General, undated [3 folders]  

Includes photographs of Elly Ameling; Phillippe Entremont; Hakan Hagegard.

6 6
7 1
Adzenyak, Abraham, 1993 
7 2
Badura-Skoda, Paul, 2004 
m_4 3
Christie, William, 1993 
Christie, William, 1993  
7 3
Chung, Myung-Whun, 1995 
Chung, Myung-Whun, 1995  
7 4
Comet, Catherine, 1990-1993 
7 5
Crespin, Regine, 1991 
7 6
Frank, Claude, 1980s 
7 7
Gallois, Patrick, 1994 
7 8
Levine, James, 1993 

Levine conducting the Mannes Orchestra. Includes press release.

7 9
Masur, Kurt, 1990s 
7 10
Menuhin, Yehudi, 1970s-1990s 
7 11
Neaman, Yfrah, 1970s-1990s 
7 12
Orgard/Michelle, 1970s-1990s 
7 13
Pavarotti, Luciano, 1980s-1990s 
10 15
Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth, 1982-1983 
7 14
Scotto, Renata, 1980s 
10 16
Starker, Janos, 1992 
7 15
Metropolitan Club performance, 2001 
10 17
Preparatory division, 1938-2000s 
Preparatory division, 1938-1990s [3 folders]  
Preparatory division, 1938-1990s [3 folders]  

The Mannes Prep Pre-College program provides pre-college training for children and adolescents. Photographs depict students in class, rehearsal, and during performances. Also included is an image of the Preparatory Program Orchestra featuring Mannes founders, faculty, and administrators Damrosch, Leopold Mannes, David Mannes, and Clara Mannes in the audience. Many of the photographs contained in this section seem to have been created for use in brochures and other promotional materials.

7 16-17
Students, 1941-2005 
Students, 1941-2005 [6 folders]  
8 1-6

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V. Mannes family 1914-1950s 

Link to selected images from this series.  

Photographs relating to the Mannes family--David, Clara, and their son, Leopold--can be found in this series. The section featuring David and Clara Mannes features photographs of them together and individually, as well as a number of images of them performing with various ensembles, including David conducting the Mannes Orchestra at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1938.

Additionally, this series contains several promotional photographs of quartets inscribed to "Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Pretzfeld." The archivist has been unable to determine the identity of the Pretzfelds, as well as their relation to the Mannes family and school--however, due to the dates and nature of the items, they have been included here.

This series is arranged primarily persons depicted, generally David and Clara or Leopold.


Box Folder
David and Clara, 1927-1949 
General, 1927-1940s 
General, 1927-1940s  
General, 1927-1940s   
9 1-3
David with the Orchestra at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1937-1938 
David with the Orchestra at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1937-1938 [2 folders]  
David with the Orchestra at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1937-1938 [2 folders]  
David with the Orchestra at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1937-1938 [2 folders]  
9 4-5
Inscribed to, 1949 

David Mannes with several other unidentified musicians. The photograph is inscribed to Mannes by "Jacques" ; however, we are unable to determine the last name.

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Performing music, 1930-1941 
Performing music, 1930-1941  
Performing music, 1930-1941  
9 6
Leopold, 1940s-1950s 
General, 1940s-1950s 
General, 1940s-1950s  
General, 1940s-1950s  
9 7
The Mannes, Gimpel, Silva Trio, 1940s-1950s 
10 18
Playing music, 1940s-1950s 
Playing music, 1940s-1950s  
9 8
Pablo Casals, probably 1950 

A single large format color photo of Pablo Casals, label found on matting noted that Leopold Mannes most likely took this photo at the 1950 Prades Festival.

m_4 4
Pretzfeld, Mr. and Mrs. Robert H., 1914-1937 

Inscribed to Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Pretzfeld from The Kneisel Quartet (1914)

9 9
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