The New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, has put online their entire historic archive going back to 1842. The archive has millions of pages of material on every aspect of the orchestra, including some 16,000 photographs of musicians who played for the orchestra over the years. If you had an ancestor who was a professional musician, you might find a reference in this collection. This is due to a $2.4 million grant from the Leon Levy Foundation. Eventually there will be 6 million pages of documents and 7,000 hours of audio and video, they are adding 1.4 million documents.
To search the archives go to: http://archives.nyphil.org/
To read more about the collection see: http://tinyurl.com/kro8hcw
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee