James B. Felton (October 9, 1927-October 12, 1999), a Philadelphia-based music critic and composer, gathered the material in this collection in anticipation of a biography of Leopold Stokowski, which he did not complete. This collection covers the period of 1916 to 1971, with the bulk of the materials from 1968 to 1971. It primarily consists of photocopies of newspaper articles, certificates, and correspondence relating to Stokowski. The notebooks contain abstracts of recorded interviews with musicians and various individuals who worked with Stokowski.
There are no restricted files in this collection.
Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please make an appointment with the curator: Tel: 301-314-7614, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
6.75 Linear Feet
The James Felton papers covers the period of 1916 to 1971, with the bulk of the materials from 1968 to 1971. The collection is arranged in alphabetical sequence. The materials are largely photocopies of newspaper articles, certificates and correspondence relating to Leopold Stokowski. The notebooks contain abstracts of recorded interviews with musicians and various individuals who worked with Stokowski. Among Felton’s correspondents are: Saul Caston; Sylvan Levin; Philip Kahagan; Manvel Zegler; John Orlando Northcutt; Henry Koster; Rafael Fliegel; Henry Schmidt; Lucien Caillet; Benjamin Kahon; Dane Rudhyar; Harvey Glantz; and Mimine Salzedo.
This collection is arranged in alphabetical sequence.
The original inventory found with this collection states: “The papers of James Felton were deposited with the University of Maryland Archives in 1978 by H. J. Harrar.” They arrived at what was the UMD Music Library at some time after that and were administered by the Music Librarian until Fall 2002, when they were turned over to the Curator of Special Collections in Performing Arts. No further documentation on the acquisition of this collection is on file.