Formed in 1990 during the CSO’s centennial season, the Samuel R. and Marie Louise Rosenthal Archives of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra house an extensive collection of audio-visual materials, programs, photographs, newspaper clippings and administrative records documenting the activities of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Civic Orchestra and Orchestra Hall and Symphony Center events.


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    Through a project generously funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the majority of archival holdings are now fully searchable via THEODORE, the online database of the Rosenthal Archives. Included are corporate records, music manuscripts, selected photographs and recorded sound and moving image collections.

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    The Rosenthal Archives offers services for serious researchers of the CSO.

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