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Henry Kimball Hadley-Inez Barbour programs and posters

Identifier: Midwest-MS-133

Scope and Content of the Collection

Collection of programs of performances and recitals of both conductor Henry Kimball Hadley and his wife soprano Inez Barbour. Also, six broadside posters reprinted from the Musical Courier (1920-1935) which contain reviews and announcements of Hadley’s performances.


  • Creation: 1919-1938



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Henry Kimball Hadley-Inez Barbour programs and posters are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Henry Kimball Hadley-Inez Barbour programs and posters are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at

Biographies of Henry Kimball Hadley and Inez Barbour

American composer and conductor; American soprano.

Henry Kimball Hadley was born near Boston, Massachusetts in 1871, and studied music there with his music teacher father and later with George Whitefield Chadwick. He found success as a conductor and then as a composer, both abroad and at home. He was the first conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, 1911-1915, associate conductor of the New York Symphony Orchestra, 1920-1927, founder and conductor of the Manhattan Symphony Orchestra, 1929-1932, and founder of the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood, Massachusetts in 1934.

Hadley married American soprano Inez Barbour in 1918, and together they founded the National Association of Composers, USA, to encourage friendly cooperation between composers and conductors. Barbour continued to support this organization after Hadley’s death in 1938, until her own in 1971.

Hadley was an effective and tireless advocate of American music. A prolific composer, he worked in many musical forms, including symphonies, operas, ballet music, chamber music, songs, and even a film score. During his lifetime Hadley’s romantic and expressive style was immensely popular, but it is as a conductor rather than as a composer that he is best remembered.


0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)


Programs and posters of performances by conductor Henry Kimball Hadley and his wife, soprano Inez Barbour, dating from Barbour’s 1919 Aeolian Hall recital to a memorial concert for Hadley in 1938.


Arranged in one folder.

Collection Stack Location

1 1 2


Gift, Barton Cantrell, 1974.

Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2008.

Inventory of the Henry Kimball Hadley-Inez Barbour programs and posters, 1919-1938
Virginia Hay Smith
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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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