Guide to the Cornish School of Allied Arts Records
1893-1989

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Cornish School of Allied Arts (Seattle, Wash.)
Title: Cornish School of Allied Arts records
Dates: 1893-1989
Quantity: approximately 39.5 cubic feet
Location of Collection: Materials are located in Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries. For more information about this collection, please connect to the finding aid on the University of Washington website.
Collection Number: 2654
Summary: Records of Seattle school of the arts
Repository: University of Washington Libraries
Special Collections

Box 352900
Seattle, WA 98195-2900

Languages: Collection materials are in English.  
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

The Cornish School of Allied Arts was founded by Nellie C. Cornish in 1914 as the Cornish School of Music, located in the Booth Building at Broadway and Pine Street in Seattle. Nellie Cornish wanted to educate artists through exposure to all art forms, and within the next few years, expanded the curriculum to offer courses in dance, visual arts, theater, and design. The school became the first in the western United States to offer comprehensive training in all of the arts.

Nellie Cornish recruited both famous and unknown artists for her faculty, including painter Mark Tobey, dancer and choreographer Martha Graham, and artists fleeing from the Russian revolution, such as Peter Merenblum. Her focus, however, was not to bring art to a privileged elite, but to nurture creativity in the average person and enrich the lives of all, not just the talented, by means of art.

After World War I, and faced with the Cornish School's impending financial crisis, a group of prominent, welthy women and their husbands formed a Board of Trustees to raise funds for a new facility. In 1921, the School moved to a new, picturesque building on East Roy Street, with Nellie Cornish living in an upstairs apartment.

While the School's programs flourished, Cornish faced repeated financial crises. In 1924, with the school unable to pay the mortgage on its property, a group of benefactors formed the non-profit Cornish School Foundation to manage finances, and named Nellie Cornish the lifetime director of educational programs, working in coordination with the Foundation's Board of Trustees and the Women's Advisory Committee. After 1939, with the resignation of Nellie Cornish, a Faculty governing Board directed the school until 1946. The Music and Art Foundation, a women's civic organization formed in 1923 to encourage young people to develop their creative and artistic talents, assumed ownership and administrative responsibility of the Cornish School in 1954.

In 1977, Cornish School of Allied Arts became Cornish Institute of Allied Arts, a fully accredited college offering Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees. In 1986, the college was renamed the Cornish College of the Arts. Cornish College opened a new campus in downtown Seattle in 2003.

Content Description

Correspondence, minutes, reports, subject files, clippings, scrapbooks, phonodiscs, film, catalogues; 1893-1989.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use :  

Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Preferred Citation :  

Cornish School of Allied Arts records. Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, Washington.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged in 8 accessions:

  • Accession No. 2654-001, Cornish School of Allied Arts records, 1893-1978 (bulk 1955-1973)
  • Accession No. 2654-002, Cornish School of Allied Arts records, 1893-1969
  • Accession No. 2654-003, Cornish School of Allied Arts records, 1929-1978
  • Accession No. 2654-004, Cornish School of Allied Arts records, 1975-1979
  • Accession No. 2654-005, Cornish Institute of Allied Arts records, 1977-1981
  • Accession No. 2654-006, Cornish School of Allied Arts records, 1937-1945
  • Accession No. 2654-007, Cornish School of Allied Arts records, 1953-1989
  • Accession No. 2654-008, Cornish School of Allied Arts records, 1918-1948

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Accession No.  2654-001:  Cornish School of Allied Arts records, 1893-1978,   (bulk 1955-1973)
approximately 26 cubic feet  ( 33 boxes plus scrapbook, phonodiscs and oversize materials)
Arranged in 4 series:
  • Cornish School of Allied Arts
  • Cornish School Of Allied Arts, Registrar
  • Miss Aunt Nellie: The Autobiography Of Nellie C. Cornish
  • Music and Art Foundation

Correspondence, minutes, reports, scrapbooks, phonodiscs, audio tape, film, photos, catalogues; 1916-1975, 1978.

The main body of the materials, Cornish School of Allied Arts series, documents the operations of the school, except for the functions administered by the Registrar. Records generated and accumulated by the latter have been arranged in a separate series.

The Miss Aunt Nellie series includes three drafts of Nellie Cornish's manuscripts. Most correspondence in this series relates to the Cornish Alumni Association, which, after Ms. Cornish's death, carried on the effort to get the manuscript published.

Materials in the Music and Art Foundation series document the Foundation's administration of Cornish since it assumed ownership in 1954.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Cornish School of Allied Arts
Box/Folder
1/1-3a Biographical and historical features
45 items
1921-1978, undated
Organizational materials
Box/Folder
1/4 Cornish School of Music
13 items
1921 September 23
1/5 Cornish School
30 items
1921-1922
1/6 Cornish School Foundation
1 item
undated
1/7 Cornish School Foundation, Board of Trustees
9 items
1932-1938
1/8 Cornish School, Board of Trustees and Board of Directors
5 items
1968
1/9 Cornish faculty, staff, and committees
11 items
1958-1961, undated
1/10 Cornish faculty
5 items
1958, 1966, 1970
Incoming letters
Box/Folder
1/11 A, Miscellaneous
6 items
1935, 1959-1964
1/12 Bernac, Pierre
7 items
1958-1959
1/13 B, Miscellaneous
9 items
1940, 1957-1972
1/14 Cornish, Nellie C.
2 items
1945
1/15 C-D, Miscellaneous
13 items
1927, 1958-1966, undated
1/16 E, Miscellaneous
2 items
1960, 1965
1/17 Fonaroff, Nina
6 items
1934-1935
1/18 F, Miscellaneous
6 items
1958, 1965-1969
1/19 G, Miscellaneous
5 items
1956-1962, undated
1/20 Holman, Mickelwait, Marion, Black, & Perkins
9 items
1954-1965
1/21 H, Miscellaneous
10 items
1956-1967, undated
1/22 I-J, Miscellaneous
7 items
1956-1964
1/23 Kerry, Olive
5 items
1959-1963, undated
1/24 K-L, Miscellaneous
6 items
1960-1969, undated
1/25 Music and Art Foundation
21 items
1956-1972, undated
1/26 M, Miscellaneous
10 items
1922, 1956-1961, undated
1/27 New York Life Insurance Company
16 items
1921, 1933-1945
1/28 N, Miscellaneous
7 items
1962-1971
1/29 O-P, Miscellaneous
15 items
1941, 1943, 1958-1969, undated
1/30 Riddell, Williams, Voorhees, Ivie & Bullitt
3 items
1968-1969
1/31 R, Miscellaneous
6 items
1958-1969
1/32 Sackett, Martha
5 items
1964, 1967
1/33 Schultz, Willard
4 items
1969-1972
1/34 Seattle Fire Department
6 items
1956, 1962-1965
1/35 S, Miscellaneous
31 items
1945, 1950-1969, undated
1/36 T, Miscellaneous
4 items
1958, 1964-1965
1/37 United States State Department
1 item
1964
1/38 United States Treasury Department
2 items
1923-1924
1/39 United States Veterans Administration
12 items
1951-1956
1/40 Washington Public Instruction Superintendent
6 items
1954-1955
1/41 University of Washington
3 items
1962-1972
1/42 U-Y, Miscellaneous
18 items
1929, 1935, 1947-1971, undated
1/43 Unidentified
4 items
1953, 1957, undated
21/1-3/18 Outgoing letters
1454 items
1925-1973, undated
4/1-5/4 General correspondence
366 items
1943, 1956-1971
5/5-11 Interoffice correspondence
177 items
1931-1943, 1956-1972, undated
5/12-19 Intraorganizational correspondence
159 items
1928-1972, undated
Minutes
Box/Folder
5/20 Cornish School, Stockholders Meeting
1 item
1924
5/21-6/12 Cornish School Foundation, Board of Trustees
270 items
1924, 1926-1948
6/13-14 Cornish School, Board of Directors
38 items
1968-1973
7/1 Cornish Women's Committee (Cornish Committee)
36 items
1958-1965
7/2-6 Cornish faculty meetings
251 items
1959-1972
7/7 Cornish School Advisory Committee
4 items
1956-1957
7/8 Joint meeting, Cornish Men's and Women's Committees
1 item
1959
7/9 League of Community Theaters
1 item
1961
7/10 Agendas and meeting notices
39 items
1932, 1956-1973, undated
7/11 Resolutions
2 items
1937, undated
Financial records
Box/Folder
7/12-18 Miscellaneous
94 items
1922, 1930-1938, 1956-1973
7/19 Postage meter
8 items
1962-1963
7/20 Insurance records
35 items
1925-1947, 1960
Ledgers
20 volumes
All ledgers are missing
1927-1961
box:oversize
Accounts payable 1940-1944
Accounts payable 1942-1944
Accounts payable 1953-1958
Accounts receivable 1934-1944
Accounts receivable 1941-1943
Cash book 1927-1929
Cash book 1929-1933
Cash book 1933-1934
Cash receipts 1944
Cash receipts 1944-1945
Cash receipts 1945-1946
Cash receipts 1946-1948
Cash receipts 1951-1952
Cash receipts 1952-1953
Journal 1936-1943
Operating accounts ledger 1940-1943
Register roll record 1953-1955
Registration journal 1960-1961
Scholarships 1931-1935
Various outside activities 1937-1940
Legal documents
Box/Folder
8/1 Articles of Incorporation, Cornish School Foundation
16 items
1923-1940, undated
8/2 By-laws and miscellaneous
10 items
1924, 1932, 1940, 1960, undated
8/3 Lease agreements
5 items
1964-1967
8/4 Licences
11 items
1955-1959
8/5 Oaths of Office, Cornish School Foundation Board of Trustees
15 items
1924-1930
8/6 Resolutions of Corporate Authority
29 items
1929-1946, undated
8/7 Sale Contract of Cornish School to Cornish School Foundation
1 item
1924
8/8 Satisfaction of Mortgage and Trust Deed
1 item
1935
Reports - Cornish
Box/Folder
8/9-22 Financial
270 items
1923, 1935-1973, undated
9/1 Cornish School Foundation, Board of Trustees
3 items
1936-1947
9/2 Cornish School Foundation, President
1 item
1938
9/3 Cornish Director's Annual Reports
11 items
1961-1969
9/4 Cornish Director to Cornish School Foundation Board of Trustees
2 items
1934, 1948
9/5 Cornish Director to Cornish Committee
42 items
1956-1966, 1969
9/6 Cornish Director to Music and Art Foundation
1 item
1958
9/7 Reports for Music and Art Foundation Yearbooks
3 items
1968-1972, undated
9/8 Cornish Committee
1 item
undated
9/9 Cornish Preschool
43 items
1962 January
9/10 Enrollment
14 items
1937-1943
9/11 Reports to Internal Revenue Service
21 items
1925-1939
9/12-13 Audit Reports to Veterans Administration
2 items
1952-1953
9/14 Miscellaneous
26 items
1942-1972
Reports - Others
Box/Folder
9/15 United States Veterans Administration Audit Report
33 items
1951
Speeches and writings
Box/Folder
9/16 Browne, Maurice: "The Mother of Gregory," a ballad-play
1 item
undated
9/17 Patterson, Frederick
34 items
1959-1969, undated
9/18 Sackett, Martha
4 items
1962, undated
9/19 Miscellaneous speeches
4 items
undated
9/20 Miscellaneous writings
10 items
1959, 1972, undated
10/1-9 News releases
412 items
1945, 1957-1975, undated
Notes
Box/Folder
10/10-11 Annual and budget reports
28 items
1960-1972
10/12-13 Miscellaneous
78 items
1930-1971, undated
11/1-13/5 Programs 1922-1975, undated
13/6-15/12 Catalogues 1914-1975, undated
16/1-5 Curriculum materials
117 items
1932, 1949-1972, undated
Newsletters - Cornish
Box/Folder
16/6 Cornette
1 item
1933 April
16/7 Cornish Bulletin
1 item
1922 December
16/8 Cornish Courier
2 items
1927 November-December
16/9 Cornish Newsletter
9 items
1966-1975
16/10 Faculty Bulletin
5 items
1956-1958, undated
16/11 Miscellaneous
4 items
1957, 1975
16/12 Newsletters - Others
6 items
1950-1974
16/13 Calendars of events
17 items
1955, 1957-1967, undated
Lists
Box/Folder
16/14 Alumni and graduate students
27 items
1959-1969, undated
16/15 Mailing lists
18 items
1956-1964
16/16 Miscellaneous
21 items
1960-1973
17/1-3 Mimeographed material 1957-1972, undated
17/4 Ephemera - Cornish undated
17/5-6 Ephemera - Others undated
17/7 Miscellany
5 items
1936-1937, 1957-1958, undated
17/8 Memorabilia
1 item
1956
17/9 Diplomas and certificates
7 items
1932, 1940, 1942, 1957
17/10 Drawings and graphic materials
6 items
1933, undated
Box
18, 19 Clippings 1921-1975
Box
18, 19 Scrapbooks
30 items
1893-1869
Posters
tube
44 Positive and negative prints of newspaper clippings circa 1933-1934
44 Concert poster undated
package
45 Miscellaneous 1964, undated
Box
46 Phonodisc and tape dub: Interview of Nellie Cornish
Missing
1938
Box
47 Film: KOMO-TV broadcast on Cornish history
Missing
undated
Subject series
Box/Folder
20/1 Accreditation
3 items
1965-1966
20/2-12 Advertising
264 items
See also: Folders 25/4, 25/8
1942-1964, undated
20/13 Allied Arts of Seattle, Inc
36 items
1961-1966, undated
20/14 Anderson, Gordon
41 items
1970-1972, undated
Arts for Youth Council
Box/Folder
21/1 Organization
4 items
1963-1964, undated
21/2 General correspondence
15 items
1962-1964, undated
21/3 Minutes and agendas
15 items
1962-1964
21/4 Miscellaneous
26 items
1962-1964, undated
21/5 Bloedel-Brechemin Scholarship
22 items
1968, undated
21/6 Bonnelli, Richard
46 items
1961-1962, undated
21/7-10 Building supplies and maintenance
117 items
1952-1971, undated
21/11-15 Concerts - Faculty
141 items
See also: Folders 25/9, 26/10
1956-1968, undated
Cornish Alumni Association
See also: Folders 24/13-15, 40/6, 40/16-17
Box/Folder
21/16 Organization
2 items
1959, undated
Incoming letters
Box/Folder
21/17 Beck, Edward N
6 items
1957-1958, undated
21/18 A-D, Miscellaneous
26 items
1956-1965, undated
21/19 Foster, Winifred
8 items
1957-1964, undated
22/1 F-J, Miscellaneous
22 items
1958-1965, undated
22/2 Kerry, Olive
13 items
1957-1964, undated
22/3 K-P, Miscellaneous
27 items
1927-1965, undated
22/4 Moore, Elena Miramova
23 items
1956-1959, 1963, undated
22/5 Patterson, Fred
2 items
undated
22/6 Sackett, Martha
2 items
195?, 1965
22/7 R-Y, Miscellaneous
28 items
1957-1965, 1971, 1973, undated
22/8 Unidentified
7 items
1957, 1964-1965, undated
22/9 Outgoing letters
9 items
1957, 1967-1968, undated
22/10 Speeches and writings
3 items
1960, undated
22/11 Newsletters - Cornish Alumni-Notes
24 items
1954-1965, undated
22/12 Notes
12 items
1967, undated
22/13 Lists
8 items
1961, undated
22/14 Ephemera undated
22/15 Clippings undated
22/16 Cornish Junior Symphony
13 items
1956-1957
22/17 Cornish Luncheon
49 items
1955
22/18 Cornish Patronage Committee
43 items
1960-1961
Cornish Sustaining Fund
Box/Folder
22/19 Organization
3 items
1960, 1970
22/20-21 General correspondence
57 items
1959-1964, undated
22/22 Miscellaneous
20 items
undated
23/1 Custodian
4 items
1962, undated
23/2 Edmonds Branch, Cornish School
20 items
1964-1965
23/3 Edwards, Thorne
29 items
1965-1970, undated
23/4 Exhibits on loan to Cornish
5 items
1959-1960
23/5 Exhibit - "Image of the City"
52 items
1961-1962
Faculty data and information
See also: Folder 26/3
Box/Folder
23/6-8 General correspondence
67 items
1957-1971, undated
23/9 Hourly rate study; Comparative salary survey
29 items
1965-1970
23/10-12 Miscellaneous
124 items
1948-1949, 1958-1972, undated
23/13 Fashion illustration data
1 item
1958-1959
23/14 Fencing data
11 items
1958
23/15 Funding survey trip
24 items
1963
24/1 Golden Anniversary Year (50th Anniversary)
35 items
1964-1965
24/2 Highline Public Schools
4 items
1957-1958
24/3 Kerry (Olive) Public Relations Fund
4 items
1959
Library (Jane Givan Johnston Memorial Library)
Box/Folder
24/4 General Correspondence
31 items
1961-1971
24/5 Miscellaneous
10 items
1962, 1969, undated
24/6 McDowell, John H.
32 items
1930-1933
Matsumoto, Hozan
Box/Folder
24/7 General correspondence
16 items
1965-1966, undated
24/8 Miscellaneous
37 items
1965-1966, undated
24/9 Music for Youth
11 items
1959-1962
24/10 Musical instruments
24 items
1954, 1961-1967, undated
24/11 National Foundation Work
29 items
1955-1960, undated
24/12 National Society of Interior Designers, Cornish Student Chapter
16 items
1968, 1970, undated
24/13-15 Nellie Cornish Day
92 items
1957-1959
24/16 Nellie Cornish Memorial Service
8 items
1956
24/17 Pacific Northwest Arts & Crafts Association
31 items
1967
24/18 Personnel
35 items
1958-1971, undated
25/1-3 Policies, rules, and regulations
64 items
See also: Folder 26/7
1958-1968
25/4 Press and publicity
40 items
See also: Folders 20/2-12, 25/8
1955-1965, undated
25/5 Projector (slide)
4 items
1966, undated
25/6 Projects to report
29 items
1970-1973
25/7 Publications
15 items
1950, undated
25/8 Radio - TV
18 items
See also: Folders 20/2-12, 25/4
1965-1966
25/9 Recitals
86 items
See also: Folders 21/11-15, 26/10
1967, undated
25/10 Sackett, Martha
19 items
1959, undated
25/11-12 Scholarships
76 items
See also: Folder 21/5
1955-1960, undated
25/13 Schultz, Willard
30 items
1966-1968, undated
25/14 Seattle Repertory Theater
39 items
1962-1969, undated
Shoreline Branch, Cornish School
Box/Folder
26/1-2 General
63 items
1957-1961, undated
26/3 Faculty
53 items
1958-1959
26/4 Registration, procedures, etc.
5 items
1958, undated
26/5 Curriculum materials
59 items
1957-1958, undated
26/6 Miscellaneous data
33 items
1958-1959, undated
26/7 Students (rules, etc.)
11 items
1963-1964, 1969-1970, undated
26/8 Surplus Property Program
9 items
1971-1972
26/9 Tea matinees
23 items
1964-1965, undated
26/10 Trio Pix
17 items
See also: Folders 21/11-15, 25/9
1969-1973, undated
26/11 Tutorial program
3 items
undated
26/12 Veterans
43 items
1959-1961, undated
26/13 Washington Arts Commission
9 items
1972-1973, undated
26/14 Washington Arts & Crafts Association
11 items
1957-1958, undated
Cornish School Of Allied Arts, Registrar
Incoming Letters
Box/Folder
27/1-7 A-Y, Miscellaneous
164 items
1957-1965, 1970, undated
Box/Folder
27/8-28/13 Outgoing letters
972 items
1941, 1955-1970, undated
28/14-22 General correspondence
150 items
1956-1957, 1960-1970
29/1-30/9 Transcripts
499 items
1940, 1943-1967
30/10 Miscellany
52 items
1957, 1960, undated
Subject series
Box/Folder
30/11 Class Grades
6 items
1945-1958 , undated
30/12 Registration statements
11 items
1955-1958
30/13-19 Summer school
139 items
1959-1965
United States Veterans Administration
See also: Folder 26/12
Box/Folder
30/20 General correspondence
1 item
1955
30/21-22 Certifications
34 items
1954-1980
30/23 Contracts
4 items
1954-1957, undated
30/24 Educational records
5 items
1958-1959
30/25 Overpayments
10 items
1956-1960
30/26 Students -- dropped
6 items
1967
30/27 Miscellaneous
5 items
1955, undated
30/28 Washington Public Assistance Department
35 items
1956-1960
Miss Aunt Nellie: The Autobiography of Nellie C. Cornish
General correspondence
Box/Folder
40/1 A, Miscellaneous
2 items
1958, 1965
40/2 Beck, Edward
94 items
1958-1984
40/3 Beck, Eleanor M. (Mrs. B.C.)
5 items
1958-1959
40/4-5 Brown, Ellen Van Volkenburg ("Natasha," "Nellie B.")
64 items
1956-1964, undated
40/6 Cornish Alumni Association
9 items
See also: Folders 21/16-22/15, 40/16-17
1958-1960, 1964
40/7 C, Miscellaneous
3 items
1958, 1964
40/8 Gates, Charles M.
1 item
1963
40/9 Graham, Martha
1 item
1964
40/10 Green, Joshua
1 item
1964
40/11 G, Miscellaneous
2 items
1957, 1965
40/12 Johnson, Lockrem
1 item
1959
40/13 H-L, Miscellaneous
3 items
1959, 1984, 1965
40/14 McGraw-Hill Book Company
2 items
1955, 1959
40/15 Moore, Elena Miramova
9 items
1959-1961, 1964, undated
40/16-17 Ramhorst, Ella (Mrs. Frederick H)
42 items
See also: Folder 40/6
1957-1965, undated
40/18 Ross, Nancy
2 items
1964
40/19 Sackett, Martha
1 item
1959
40/20 Savage, George
9 items
1959-1960, 1964
40/21 S, Miscellaneous
3 items
1961, 1964
40/22 Tobey, Mark
11 items
Copies. Originals in Special Collections Manuscripts safe.
1959
40/23 Wagenknecht, Edward
2 items
1959
40/24 University of Washington Press
11 items
1961-1965
Speeches and writings
Box/Folder
40/25 Browne, Maurice: Reminiscence of Nellie Cornish
2 items
undated
40/26-42 Cornish, Nellie C. Miss Aunt Nellie
3 items
Draft manuscripts
undated
42/1 Farnsworth, Charles H.: "Calvin Brainerd Cady: A Reformer in Music Education"
1 item
undated
42/2 Miramova, Elena: "What Cornish Means to Me"
1 item
undated
42/3 Ross, Nancy Wilson: Introduction to Miss Aunt Nellie]
1 item
undated
42/4 Smith, Patsy: Jacket copy for Miss Aunt Nellie"
1 item
undated
42/5 Soelberg, Louise: Reminiscence of Nellie Cornish
1 item
undated
42/6 Tobey, Mark: "Miss Aunt Nellie"
1 item
Copy
1959
Box/Folder
42/7 Notes
22 items
undated
42/8 Miscellany undated
42/9 Clippings undated
Music and Art Foundation
Box/Folder
43/1 Organization
18 items
1955-1956, undated
43/2 Outgoing letters
2 items
1964-1965
43/3 General correspondence
2 items
1960-1961
43/4-5 Intraorganizational correspondence
60 items
1956-1968, undated
43/6 Minutes
1 item
1966
43/7 Annual reports
8 items
1951-1962
43/8 Speeches and writings - Baillargeon, Mrs. John A
1 item
1962
43/9 Bulletins
43 items
1956-1957
43/10 Lists undated
43/11 Notes undated
43/12 Ephemera undated
43/13 Miscellany
8 items
1956-1965
Subject series
Box/Folder
43/14 Breakfast programs
9 items
1958-1967
43/15-16 Reorganization
36 items
1967-1969
43/17 Seminars
24 items
1968-1972

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Accession No.  2654-002:  Cornish School of Allied Arts microfilmed scrapbooks, 1893-1969
2.16 cubic feet  ( 9 reels positive microfilm, 9 reels negative microfilm)

Microfilm of scrapbooks, 1893-1969. These films include all of the Cornish scrapbooks in Accession No. 2654-001 in roughly chronological order.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Reel
1 circa 1893-1918 circa 1893-1918
1 1916-1939 1916-1939
1 1918-1937 1918-1937
2 1920-1922 1920-1922
2 1921-1922 1921-1922
3 1922-1923 1922-1923
3 1923-1925 1923-1925
4 1925-1926 1925-1926
4 September 1926-September 1927 September 1926-September 1927
5 1927-1928 1927-1928
5 1928-1929 1928-1929
5 1928-1933 1928-1933
6 September 1929-August 1930 September 1929-August 1930
6 1930-1931 1930-1931
6 1930-1938 1930-1938
6 1931-1932 1931-1932
7 September 1932-August 1933 September 1932-August 1933
7 1933-1934 1933-1934
7 1934-1935 1934-1935
7 1935-1936 1935-1936
7 1936-1938 1936-1938
7 May 1937 May 1937
8 Merenblum Quartette 1933-1935
8 Cornish School Parent-Teacher Association 1936-1938
8 1938-1939 1938-1939
8 1939-1941 1939-1941
8 1954-1955 1954-1955
8 Miss Aunt Nellie 1955-1965
8 1957-1963 1957-1963
8 1964-1967 1964-1967
8 1967-1969 1967-1969
8 Cornish Players undated
8 Photographs undated
9 Concert and recital programs 1900-1933
9 Martha Sackett 1904-1964

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Accession No.  2654-003:  Cornish School of Allied Arts records, 1926-1978
.42 cubic feet  ( 1 box plus 1 oversize volume)

Minutes, catalogs, brochures, ephemera, guestbooks, clippings, film; circa 1926-1978.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
1/1 Organization 1938-1975, undated
1/2 General correspondence 1958
1/3 Financial records 1959
box:oversize
Guestbook 1976
1/4 Programs 1936-1977
1/5 Programs 1977-1978
1/6 Clippings 1926-1974, undated
1/7 Film: Ted Howard
Alumni Association
Box/Folder
1/8 Related papers 195 7-1960
1/9 Newsletters 1957-1965
Cornish Committee
Box/Folder
1/10 Interoffice Correspondence 1958-1959
1/11 Minutes, Reports 1958-1959
Cornish Women's Committee
Box/Folder
1/12 Minutes 1959

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Accession No.  2654-004:  Cornish School of Allied Arts records, 1947-1979,   (bulk 1975-1979)
3 cubic feet; plus oversize scrapbooks

Subject files, clippings, catalogs, scrapbooks; 1947-1979 (bulk 1975-1979)

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
1 Catalogs 1974-1979
1-2 Clippings 1947-1948, 1975-1979
2 Unsorted material circa 1975-1979
3 Subject files circa 1954-1979
Box
3 Advertising 1954-1958
3 Argus Extracts circa 1970-1979
3 Arts for Youth circa 1970-1979
3 Bellevue School circa 1970-1979
3 Capitol Hill Festival circa 1970-1979
3 Catalog material circa 1970-1979
3 Children's Theater Conference circa 1970-1979
3 Cleveland Ballet circa 1970-1979
3 Cornish Bulletin circa 1970-1979
3 History of Cornish Institute circa 1970-1979
3 Invitations circa 1970-1979
3 Joffrey before 1970
3 Joffrey 1970 and after
3 Kennedy Center circa 1970-1979
3 Cornish Music Department
Notices, news clippings, miscellaneous.
circa 1970-1979
3 Music and Art Foundation circa 1970-1979
3 Nutcracker circa 1970-1979
3 Open House - Cornish Institute circa 1970-1979
3 Pacific Northwest Ballet Association 1986, 1970-1972
3 Pacific Northwest Dance circa 1970-1979
3 Pennsylvania Ballet circa 1970-1979
3 Poncho circa 1970-1979
3 San Francisco Ballet circa 1970-1979
3 Scholarship correspondence circa 1970-1979
3 School of American Ballet scholarships circa 1970-1979
3 Seattle Arts Commission circa 1970-1979
3 Seattle Theater Arts circa 1970-1979
3 Seattle Times circa 1970-1979
3 Sunset Club circa 1970-1979
3 University of Washington performances, general circa 1970-1979
box:oversize
Scrapbooks
1975-1977

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Accession No.  2654-005:  Cornish Institute of Allied Arts records, 1977-1981
2 cubic feet

Historical features, correspondence, minutes, memoranda, financial records, reports, project/planning files, questionnaires, ephemera, programs, lists, photographs, clippings, subject series; 1977-1981.

Description
Dates
Records

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Accession No.  2654-006:  Cornish School of Allied Arts records, 1937-1945
4 sound discs

Sound recordings on phonodiscs; 1937, 1941-1945.

Content unknown. Presumably recordings are of recitals at Cornish, which had a recording studio, but no broadcasting facility. Not certain these are Cornish recordings. Includes one disc labelled "Class of 1948-1949"; no indication if recording is of music or what. Other labels are "Balog-Neumann Recital", "Rendezvous - Tribute to BR", and "Side 1 Ralph Turner Hamlet - Announcement Reading, Side 2 Music".

Description
Dates
Records

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Accession No.  2654-007:  Cornish School of Allied Arts records, circa 1953-1989
2.82 cubic feet  ( 4 boxes)

Minutes, interdepartmental correspondence, program, clippings, and related files; circa 1953-1989.

Entire accession consists of records of the Cornish Dance Department. These records date from Karen Irvin's association with the school as teacher and choreographer, from the mid-1950s to the late 1980s.( Additional general files on Cornish were accessioned as Karen Irvin papers.)

Description
Dates
Records

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Accession No.  2654-008:  Cornish School of Allied Arts records, 1918-1948,   (bulk 1932-1944)
2.10 cubic feet  ( 5 boxes)

Correspondence, personnel files, financial records, photographs, news releases and other material concerning the faculty, performances, management of the school and its support; 1918-1948 (bulk 1932-1944). Major correspondents include Nellie Centennial Cornish, Steven Balough, and Mrs. M.S. Bornstein, treasurer.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Organizational Records
Box/Folder
1/1 Historical features circa 1920
1/2 Organizational features 1918-1923
1/3 Incoming letters regarding endorsements 1935
General correspondence
Box/Folder
1/4 Beck, Eleanor Nordhoff 1939
1/5 Carnegie Corporation 1926-1939
1/6 Koiransky, Alexander 1942
1/7 Regarding Bellingham dance program 1938-1939
1/8-15 Regarding booking 1939-1940
1/16 Regarding building maintenance 1937-1939
2/1-2 Regarding faculty, miscellaneous 1935-1944
2/3-4 Regarding faculty searches 1938-1940
2/5 Regarding fundraising 1935-1942
2/6 Regarding King, Eleanor 1943-1944
2/7 Regarding Elsa Maxwell lecture tickets 1939
2/8 Regarding publicity 1939
2/9 Regarding royalties for music and plays 1935-1936
2/10 Regarding Walker, George 1942
2/11 Regarding Wegner, Evelyn 1942-1944
2/12 Regarding Wise, Willie 1942
2/13 General correspondence of Nellie C. Cornish 1938
2/14 General correspondence of Katherine Scruby 1942
Personnel files
Box/Folder
2/15 Amero, Emilio 1942-1943
2/16 Balogh, Stephen 1935-1942
2/17 Bird, Bonnie 1939
2/18 Bjorge, Edwin M. 1944
2/19-20 Bolm, Adolph 1933-1944
2/21 Cage, John 1938-1939
2/22 Cox, Lolo 1939
2/23 Dennison, Doris 1938
2/24 Esser, Wright 1941-1942
2/25 Gellendre, Gertrude 1939
2/26 Gerbert, Ernst 1940-1941
2/27 Gombosi, Annie Tschopp 1939-1941
2/28 Goode, Elizabeth 1944
2/29 Henle, Annemarie 1935-1938
3/1 Jennings, George 1937-1938
3/2 Keller, Kathryn (Bertha) 1935-1941, undated
3/3 Krumschmidt, Eberhard 1939
3/4 MacLean, Donald I. A. 1938-1941
3/5 McClellan, Gladys 1940-1941
3/6 Neumann, Fritz 1939-1940
3/7 Schoeni, Helen 1939-1940
3/8 Taeuber, Harry 1937-1938
3/9 Thiel, Serrata 1938-1944
3/10 Towbin, Cyril 1937-1940
3/11 Van Emdem, Harriet 1926, 1937
3/12 Walker, George 1942-1948
3/13 Wenger, Evelyn 1942, undated
3/14 Wise, Willie 1938
3/15 Miscellaneous faculty A-Z 1942, undated
Financial records
Box/Folder
3/16 Refunds 1939
3/17 Subscriptions undated
3/18 Gifts to Cornish 1932-1937
3/19 Bequest of Ingeborg MacFarlane 1932
3/20 Maxwell and Benes Events 1939
3/21-23 Miscellaneous 1924-1942
3/24 Contracts - Lease 1921
Event files
Box/Folder
3/25-26, 4/1-3 Eduoard Benes lecture 1939
4/4-5 Boake Carter lecture 1940
4/6 "Cornish Afternoons" at Frederick and Nelson 1939
4/7 Cornish national radio broadcast 1936
4/8 Irving Deakin lecture 1943
4/9 Randolph Hokanson concert 1940
4/10 Josephine Hutchinson performance 1929
4/11 Elsa Maxwell lecture 1938-1939
4/12 George Peckham concert 1942
4/13 Margaret Speaks concert 1940
Three Star Series
Box/Folder
4/14 Richard Bonelli concert 1939
4/15 Martha Graham performance 1938-1940
4/16 Alec Templeton concert 1939-1940
4/17-18 Miscellaneous 1939-1940
5/1 Ellen Van Volkenburg performance 1933
5/2 News releases 1938, undated
Subject files
Box/Folder
5/3 Catalog bids 1940
5/4 Dartington Hall, England - School of Dance and Mime 1931-1934, undated
5/5-7 "Dollar Drive" fundraiser 1936-1937
5/8 National Association of Schools of Music 1933-1936
5/9 Promotional program 1941
Lists
Box/Folder
5/10 "Active Lists" - recruitment 1942, undated
5/11 Alumni information 1931-1942, undated
5/12 "Plays Produced by Cornish School" 1918-1938 circa 1940
5/13-14 Photographs circa late 1930s
5/15 Programs 1931, 1942
5/16 Artifact - Metal "Cornish" Stencil undated
Board of Trustees
Box/Folder
5/17-19 Incoming letters 1937-1942
5/20-21 Outgoing letters 1936-1940
General correspondence
Box/Folder
5/22 Bird, Bonnie 1939-1940
5/23 Cage, John 1940
5/24 Van Emdem, Harriet 1940
5/25 Regarding Board nominations 1937
5/26 Regarding finances 1937
5/27 Intraorganizational correspondence 1921, 1937-1938
5/28-29 Minutes 1924, 1937-1940
5/30 Resolutions undated
5/31 Report undated
5/32 Contract 1940

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Bird, Bonnie--Correspondence
  • Browne, Ellen Van Volkenburg, 1882- --Correspondence
  • Cage, John--Correspondence
  • Cornish, Nellie Centennial, 1876-1956
  • Irvin, Karen, 1910?-1999
  • Tobey, Mark--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Cornish Institute of Allied Arts (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Cornish School of Allied Arts (Seattle, Wash.) Dance Department
  • Cornish School of Allied Arts (Seattle, Wash.) Registrar
  • Cornish School of Allied Arts (Seattle, Wash.)--Archives
  • Music and Art Foundation (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Acting--Study and teaching--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Art schools--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives
  • Art--Study and teaching--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Arts--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Conservatories of music--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives
  • Dance schools--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives
  • Dance--Study and teaching--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Music--Instruction and study--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Small colleges--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Universities and colleges--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Catalogs
  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Correspondence
  • Ephemera
  • Financial records
  • Minutes
  • Phonograph records
  • Programs
  • Reports
  • Scrapbooks

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