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Helen E. Plinkiewisch Papers, 1888-1995

Scope and Content Note

The papers are organized into eleven series, most of which document the education and music teaching career and related activities of music educator Helen E. Plinkiewisch.

Series 1 contains personal information about Plinkiewisch, including vitae, articles, and a biographical sketch. Series 2, Diaries & Journals, includes a diary of her stay in Europe in 1929-1930. Series 3 contains correspondence between Plinkiewisch and her mother, Paul and Lillian Petri, and Oregon State College classmates. Series 4 contains materials from Plinkiewisch's education, including music textbooks from OSC and research materials and drafts of her Columbia University doctoral dissertation on the music of Charles Ives, Roy Harris and Aaron Copland. The dissertation materials include critiques of her project by various music educators and composers, including Copland.

Series 5, Teaching Records, primarily documents Plinkiewisch's efforts to incorporate opera into the grade school music curriculum. It contains programs and other publicity materials of the student operas put on by her students, as well as records from the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Inc., Education Department pertaining to students and opera. Series 6 contains several of Plinkiewisch's musical compositions. Several were published, including the "Song of the Train," and the piano accompaniment she wrote for a book of children's songs, A Merry Go Round of Songs (1946). Series 7 contains programs and announcements of student dances, balls, and awards ceremonies at OSC, and musical performances by Plinkiewisch, the Petris, and others. Series 8 documents musical and other organizations that Plinkiewisch was affiliated with. Series 9 includes diplomas, honors and awards given to her. Series 10 is a sketch book created by Plinkiewisch's mother Amy R. Hansen Plinkiewisch.

Series 10 is comprised of photographs. These include portraits and candid images of Plinkiewisch and her parents; a photo and postcard album containing images of Plinkiewisch's 1929/1930 trip to Europe, her friends, and Oregon scenes; photographs of Paul and Lillian Petri and their Corvallis home, "Casa Musica"; photos and slides of Stewart school student operas; and slide sets of Metropolitan Opera Guild performances.

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