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Tibor Serly papers, 1905-1992

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Series II: Personal and Business Materials

Series II contains business documents, correspondence, a scrapbook, and personal effects of Serly's life and career. The series is arranged into four subseries: Correspondence, Business and Publicity Materials, Memorabilia, and Photographs.

Subseries 1: Correspondence, 1931-1992

Personal and business-related correspondence, mostly from the 1970s, arranged alphabetically. Among the correspondents are Geza Frid, Lawrence Gilman, James Laughlin, and Peter Bartók. Subseries also includes the correspondence of Miriam Serly concerning Serly's career with scholars, publishers, and the Bartók estate through the 1980s; and three folders of reproductions of Serly's brief correspondence with Bartók and Zoltán Kodály, and more extensive correspondence with the music critic Henry Pleasant. These copies were obtained by Serly from other archives.

Box 1 Arranged Correspondence, 1937-1978, (2 Folders)

Box 1 Carbons and Photocopies of Replies, 1931-1978

Box 1 Letters by Others, 1936-1985

Box 1 Letters to Miriam Serly, 1979-1992, (2 Folders)

Box 1 Serly/Bartók Letters, 1939-1944 (photocopies), 1939-1944

Box 1 Serly/Zoltán Kodály Letters, 1930s-1966 (photocopies), 1930s-1966

Box 1 Serly/Henry Pleasant Letters, 1931-1951 (photocopies), 1931-1951

Box 1 Unidentified Correspondence

Subseries 2: Business and Publicity Materials, 1925-1988

Serly thoroughly documented his performing and composing career, best represented in an oversized scrapbook spanning his career, from music school concerts in Budapest from 1925; through his active period in the 1930s and 1940s, playing under Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, and Arturo Toscanini; to his later years in the Pacific Northwest. Scrapbook includes an almost complete record in programs of performances of Serly's work, as well as clippings, reviews, and personal letters. Also, provides a record of Bartók's reception in New York during his exile and tributes to him after his death. Other notables in the scrapbook include Kodály, Ezra Pound, and Geza Frid. Subseries 2 also contains a file of newspaper clippings kept by Serly; a collection of clippings about Ezra Pound, mostly from the 1970s; a folder of orchestra programs from Serly's career; and original copyright forms and contracts for his published work.

Flat Box 749 Scrapbook, 1925-1978

Box 4 Copyright Forms and Contracts

Box 4 Orchestra Programs from Serly's Career, 1935-1988

Box 4 Newspaper Clippings about Serly

Box 4 Clippings on Ezra Pound, collected by Serly

Box 4 General business and publicity materials

Subseries 3: Memorabilia, 1911-1978

A small collection of personal items including: certificates, awards, and medals presented to Serly; membership cards; the 1911 naturalization certificate of Lajos Serly and his family; postcards and items collected by Serly in Hungary; and official documents pertaining to Serly's accidental death in London, including his death certificate.

Box 3 Memorabilia, 1911-1978

Subseries 4: Photographs, 1935-1978

Two folders of photographs and negatives: the first contains photographs related to Bartók and his family, including several excellent images of casual moments from Bartók's time in America, as well as the last photograph (and negative) of Bartók, standing in front of Columbia University with his family. The second folder includes professional, publicity, and personal photographs, arranged chronologically, of Serly throughout his career, from 1930s orchestra photos through a 1976 trip to Hungary that Serly took with his wife to visit Kodály, and personal photographs of Serly at the end of his life in Longview, Washington.

Box 4 Photographs related to the Bartók family

Box 4 Professional and personal photographs of Serly