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Inventory of the G. Theodore Wichmann Papers, 1904-1966
Inventory of the G. Theodore Wichmann Papers, 1904-1966
|Abstract:||Theodore Wichmann (1886-1966) founded the Charleston Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and taught music lessons in Charleston, South Carolina. This collection includes Wichmann's writings on Mozart, Bizet, Rossini, Beethoven, and Ambroise Thomas, printed programs, and business and personal correspondence for the Orchestra and Wichmann's school music lessons.|
|Title:||G. Theodore Wichmann papers|
|Creator:||Wichmann, G. Theodore, 1886-|
|Extent:||2.5 linear feet
(3 document boxes, 1 oversize box)
|Repository:||Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
|Call Number:||Mss 0075|
|Language of Material:||Materials in English|
Theodore Wichmann (1886-1966) graduated from the Chicago Musical College in 1922 and in 1925 he founded the Charleston Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. He organized the Charleston High School Orchestra, the Charleston High School Band, the Public School Orchestra, and the Brass and Reed Choir. He also gave private music lessons.
The collection consists of four approximately equal parts: writings on music and miscellaneous, correspondence, printed programs, and other materials including ephemera, clippings, receipts, photographs, and an oversize student folio.
The writings include short essays on Mozart, Bizet, Rossini, Beethoven, and Ambroise Thomas. An oversized folio lists private students, the dates of lessons, and payments from 1921-1928. The photographs are of the Symphony Orchestra, students at the Chicago Musical College circa 1922, and teachers at the Musical College. Wichmann's 1922 diploma and a 1942 playbill for the Symphony Orchestra are also oversized.
The correspondence consists mainly of letters from fellow musicians and letters with high praise from numerous supporters of the Symphony Orchestra. The principal correspondents include Carl Strehle, a teacher of harmony from Leipzig, Germany who taught Wichmann; Carl Behr, a conductor writing from Asheville, North Carolina; Donn Mills, conductor of the ballet orchestra in Winnipeg, Canada, and also writing from elsewhere; Herland W. Cleaveland, a music teacher at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana; Louis Levine, a Charleston supporter of the Symphonic Orchestra; and H. Leon Larisey of Meggett, South Carolina, a father determined to help Wichmann turn his reluctant son into a musician. A 1912 letter to the American Federation of Labor details problems encountered in trying to unionize Charleston's musicians (nearly 13 pages).
Most of the printed programs date from 1926-1931 with one from 1940. The earlier programs for performances for the Symphony Orchestra in Hibernian Hall are extensive.
Other materials include ephemera relating to Wichmann and his musical career (1915-1960), clippings regarding the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (1925-1929), notes and receipts for events and expenses (1924-1928), Philharmonic Society of Charleston photgraphs (1925), Wichmann's Chicago Musical College diploma (1922), and an award given to Wichmann by the Charleston Real Estate Board (1966). Also includes one oversize student folio (1921-1928), which lists Wichmann's private students, lesson dates, and payment schedules.
This collection is arranged in four series. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by author and then by date. Programs are arranged by date.
|2.||Correspondence, 1904, 1912-1965|
|3.||Programs, 1926-1931, 1940, 1942|
|4.||Other materials, 1913-1960, undated|
Search TermsThe following terms have been used to index this collection in the Library's online catalog. They are grouped by name of person, family, or organization, by topical subject, by place, and by types of material.
- Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791
- Bizet, Georges, 1838-1875
- Rossini, Gioacchino, 1792-1868
- Beethoven, Ludvig van, 1770-1827
- Thomas, Ambroise, 1811-1896
- Wichmann, G. Theodore, 1886-
- Charleston Symphony Orchestra (Charleston, S.C.)
- Music--South Carolina--Charleston
- School music--South Carolina--Charleston
- Charleston (S.C.)
Types of Material
- Theater programs
- Black-and-white photographs
- Holographs (autographs)
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1. Writings, undated
Materials include holographs and typescripts.
2. Correspondence, 1904, 1912-1965
Includes holographs and typescripts.
Written to the American Federation of Labor regarding the unionization of Charleston's musicians.
Also includes a recital program for Cleaveland's performance at Taylor University, 1922 October 11.
Wishing Wichmann a happy 18th birthday. Signed "George Nick Fitt[en?], Chris Fitt[en?], Midget, Lulu and George T. Also Tom Cat. Also the Cracker Boxes."
For performances, donations, and a small number of other topics.
Includes letters sent with payments for season tickets.
Regarding payment for lessons, scheduling for the orchestra, praise for his professional work.
Contains letter to Mrs. Wichmann from William H. McDaniel, president of the Charleston Rebel Honor Band Parents' Association and a program from a memorial concert for Wichmann.
3. Programs, 1926-1931, 1940, 1942
Primarily programs for the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of Charleston, with one for a concert Wichmann conducted for the Charleston Public School Orchestra (1926).
Includes typescript programs for "Concert Program Sunday night 6.30 to 9.30 Francis Marion Hotel" and "Wichman's Symphony Orchestra."
Include brief notes for Wichmann, possibly regarding performers' payment.
Water damaged programs for Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (1925-1928), Charleston Musical Society, and Memminger High School (1926).
Advertised as the final concert of the season.
4. Other materials, 1913-1960, undated
Envelopes, voter registration certificates, Charleston Lodge memorial service programs, blank Wichmann's Orchestra letterhead, and a small number of other items.
Primarily about the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.
Miscellaneous handwritten expense notes and receipts for use of the Music Hall Art Club, programs, music books, and instrument parts.
Original 1925 photograph.
1998 reproduction of original 1925 photograph and an annotated photocopy.
Letter from The St. John by C.R. Fegus, Mgr., recommending the Wichmann Orchestra after their performance at the St. John Hotel.
Distingushed service award given to Wichmann posthumously.
Lists Wichmann's private students, the dates of lessons, and payments.
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[Identification of item], G. Theodore Wichmann papers, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.
Donated by Emily Peterson Deluca, March 1998.
Originally processed by Special Collections staff, date unknown.
Reprocessed by Cara McHugh, March 2013.
Encoded by Cara McHugh, March 2013.
Reviewed and uploaded by Martha McTear, April 2013.