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Henry Sandwith Drinker collection of musical autographs


Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

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Henry Sandwith Drinker was a lawyer and a musicologist who graduated from Haverford College, probably in 1900. He collected the autographs of musicians.

This collection includes the autographs of renowned musicians, including Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt, and Felix Mendelssohn. These autographs are found on letters and in one case, a calling card. Researchers will also find a photograph of Brahms which he sent to Friedchen Wagner, and two photographs of sculptures of the bust of Brahms.

The collection is arranged alphabetically by name of musician.

Gift of Sophie H. Drinker, 1965.

Die Schnur, die Perl an Perle by Brahms, holograph score, cataloged separately as Ms. Coll. 414.

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Finding Aid Author
Holly Mengel
Finding Aid Date
2015 June 25
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Brahms, Johannes, letter to Julius Otto Grimm (includes translation), 1860 May.
Box 1 Folder 1
Brahms, Johannes, letter to Camilla Meier (includes translations), 1865.
Box 1 Folder 2
Brahms, Johannes, letter to unidentified man (includes translation), 1874 February 11.
Box 1 Folder 3
Brahms, Johannes, autographed calling card and envelope addressed to Anton Door, 1876 December 5.
Box 1 Folder 4
Brahms, Johannes, letter to Mr. D. (includes translation), 1884.
Box 1 Folder 5
Brahms, Johannes, letter to unidentified recipient, undated.
Box 1 Folder 6
Brahms, Johannes, letter to Friedchen Wagner and photograph of Brahms; and envelope with instructions for returning the items to Immanuel Sauerman after the death of L. Dunker (includes translation) , 1917, undated.
Box 1 Folder 7
Brahms, Johannes, photographs of sculptures of bust of Brahms (sent to Drinker by F. T. [Callomon]), 1943 March 27.
Box 1 Folder 12
Liszt, Franz, letter to Herr B├╝rgermeister, 1874 February 9.
Box 1 Folder 8
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, letter to unidentified recipient, 1846 December 8.
Box 1 Folder 9
Schumann, Clara, letter to unidentified recipient, 1858 April 19.
Box 1 Folder 10
Smith, Carleton Sprague, letter to Henry S. Drinker regarding C.P.E. Bach's Magnificat, 1935 April 30.
Box 1 Folder 11

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