Digital Humanities at the New York Philharmonic

Abraham Lincoln's memorial concert program. Source:  NY Times via the New York Philharmonic Archives

Abraham Lincoln’s memorial concert program. Source: NY Times via the New York Philharmonic Archives

The NYPhil’s big concert release is here! Every concert program from 1842 to the present is now available and searchable online. There’s even a  writeup in the New York Times with the following comment from Harvard scholar Carol Oja:

Conducting research about musical, institutional, and cultural history is vastly enhanced by the Philharmonic’s ambitious and important digitization of its archives. Not only does it create open access to users around the globe, but digital searches can yield unexpected surprises, jostling longstanding historical narratives.

The Archives’ new Subscribers Project digitized the Gilded Age subscriber notebooks and address books from the Philharmonic. You can now check out who subscribed to the Phil a century ago and where they lived in the city. Lots of cool tools for anybody interested in the history of music or material culture in New York from the last 150 years.

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