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Philip Gordon Scrapbook Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MG NWK Gordon-(Main)

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two scrapbooks containing clippings about the Newark Civic Symphony Orchestra. The clippings feature newspaper articles about performances, much of which include Philip Gordon’s participation with the orchestra. The clippings originate from publications such as the Newark Evening News, Newark Sunday Call, Newark Star Eagle, Newark Ledger, The New York Times, The New York World Telegraph, New York Herald Tribune, and the New York Daily News , and range from 1933 to 1936 with the bulk being in 1936. A letter from Henry F. Mutschler with the A.K. DeLemos Company is also included along with a photograph of the Beethoven Cycle display at the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company Auditorium.

Scrapbook 1: Clippings 1933-1936

Scrapbook 2: Clippings – 1936; Photo of Beethoven Cycle display in the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company Auditorium, 1936; Letter from Henry F. Mutschler from A.K. DeLemos and Company, 1937; Federal Music Project Second Preliminary Report, 1936.


  • 1933 - 1937
  • Majority of material found in 1936 - 1936

Conditions Governing Access

Open to the public.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

Biographical / Historical

Philip Gordon (1894-1983) was born in Newark and was the founder and composer of the Newark Civic Symphony Orchestra. Gordon was a Columbia University graduate and was a composer, arranger and music educator. He was also affiliated with the YM-YWHA Symphony in Newark and taught music at South Side High School in Newark. He later settled in Princeton New Jersey, with his wife Julia Weber.

Between 1933 and 1934, the Civil Works Administration (CWA), under the Works Progress Administration (WPA), funded the Newark Civic Symphony Orchestra.


.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Newark Public Library in 2005

Related Materials

Henry F. Mutschler Manuscript

A.K. DeLemos Scrapbook Collection

Philip Gordon Collections at other institutions:

University of Maryland

Rutgers University

Vanessa Castaldo
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, Newark Public Library Repository

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Newark Public Library
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