Jean Réti-Forbes papers

Jean Réti-Forbes papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Jean Réti-Forbes papers
Creator: Forbes, W. Stanton
Creator: Réti, Jean
Inclusive Dates: approximately 1905-1972
Bulk Dates: 1957-1972
Language(s): English
Extent: 13.25 Linear Feet (26 boxes)
Collection Number: ms912
Repository: Hargrett Library
Abstract: The collection consists of papers of Jean Réti-Forbes from 1957-1972 and includes correspondence, subject files, lecture notes, photographs, writings and printed material, musical compositions, and audio recordings.

Collection Description

Historical Note

Jean Réti-Forbes was a musician and musicologist. She was born in 1911 in Canada and died in 1972 in the United States. She married Austrian composer, Rudolph Réti, in 1943 and, after Réti's death, she married artist W. Stanton Forbes in 1963. She had a close relationship with Lucy Bates and her family, including her father, Goggin W. Sahlmark, and her second husband's family, especially his daughter Lucy, his mother Mrs. Walter Forbes, his sister Frances Heyn, his sister Martha Stanton, and his brother Frank Stanton. She worked at the University of Georgia in the Music Department for some time and donated the Olin Downes papers to the University of Georgia. She also toured Europe repeatedly, giving piano recitals in several countries, and was a member of numerous musical organizations, including the American Musicological Society and several symphonies.

Scope and Content

The Jean Réti-Forbes Papers consist of materials relating to world-renowned musician and musicologist Jean Réti-Forbes. The collection dates from 1957 to 1988 and contains correspondence with distinguished critics of this century including Lamar Dodd, Lillian Smith, and Werner Heisenberg, friends, and family; university lecture notes; audio tapes of Mrs. Réti-Forbes's works for piano, interviews, and lectures; personal and professional photographs; original compositions; and family and personal material.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged into three series: 1) Correspondence, 2) General Files, and 3) Audiotapes and printed materials. Majority of materials are listed roughly alphabetical within each series.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jean Réti-Forbes papers, ms912, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 October 16.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Related Collections in this Repository

See also related materials in W. Stanton Forbes papers, ms940.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Correspondence

11Adaskin, Murray
12Adler, Kurt
13American Musicological Society
14Angur, Helen
15Armstrong, Sir Thomas
16Athens Historical Society
17Bacon, Anna Lee
18Baeninger, Martin
19Baisden, Kay and Frank
110Baker, Dorothy
111Bamford, Francis
112Barrie Books
113Bax, Sir Arnold
114Bee, Dorothy
115Bell, G. & Sons
116Berlioz, Hector
117Bernheim, Alice and Rachel
118Bird, John
119Blair, Margaret
120Boulez, Pierre
121Bowers, Faubion
122Boyd, Helen
123Boyle, J.R. [Jean's uncle]
124Branion, Grace
125Branscombe, Gena
126Bredendieck, Joan
127Bresgan, Cesar
128Brittenbaw, Helen
129Broude Brothers Limited
130Brown, Hal and Mollie
131Brown, Malcolm
132Bryan, Morris
133Burge, Mary
134Burgess, Mildred
135Burnet, Duncan
136Burval, Nellie
21Calvin, J.B.
22Cameron, Dan
23Canada Council - grant application
24Canadian League of Composers - invitation
25Canadian Music Journal
26Carson, Virginia
27Carver, Mosco
28Case, Allen
29Cecilia, Sister and Madeleine Touhy
210Charlot, Jean
211Cherry, Evelyn
212Chorafa, Maria
213Christ-Janer, Albert and Virginia
214Christodulo, George and Marina
216Clarke, P.M.
217Clovis, Hall
218Clute, Frances
219Coffin, Marie
220Coleman, Frank
221Collier Books
222Converse College
223Cooke, Deryck
224Cope, Oliver and Alice
225Corporation of London - invitation
2225Copyright materials and correspondence - Rudolph Reti, 1943-1947, undated
226Cortese, Mary
227Couch, Annie Eileen
228Cowell, Henry
229Crabb, Eugene
230Curzon, Clifford
231Daugherty, Katherine
232Davis, Chester K.
233DelloJoio, Norman
234Devin Adair Company
235Dickson, Lovat
236Diercks, Thelma and John
237Dodd, Mary and Lamar
238Douglas, Charles
239Dow, Mary
240Downes-Williams, Dorothy
241Downes, Edward
242Downes, Irene
243Duncan, Shelbie
244Dunlop, Marjorie
31Eidson, John Olin
32Emanuel College and Mary Frances Ross
34Emetaz, Maurice Van Dyck
35Enters. Angna
37Faber & Faber Limited, 1950-1965
38Faber & Faber Limited, 1966-1972
39Falkner, Margaret, 1962
310Falkner, Margaret, 1971
311Ferguson, Peggy
312Fernandez, Justino
313Florida State University
314Fortson, Edwin
315Fox, Ruth and Henry
316Fradier, Mary
317Frank, Jonathan
318Frankenstein, Alfred V.
319Fulton, Maisie
41Forbes, Frances
42Forbes, Jean
Letters are to W. Stanton Forbes from Jean Reti-Forbes before their marriage and Jean's letters to others after Rudolph's death.
42AForbes, Lester
43-5Forbes, Lucy
46Forbes, Mrs. Walter (B-Mom)
51Gamble, Isabella
52Gelatt, Roland
53University of Georgia - employment
54University of Georgia - miscellaneous
55Gerrie, Percy [Jean's uncle]
56Glover, Robert
57Garber, Jerry
58Garber, Lynnie
59Garber family
510Garber family
511Gardner, William E.
512Geiringer, Otto to Rudolph Reti
513Georgia Museum of Art
514Georgia Review
515Gerschefski, Edwin
516Goldblatt, Rose
517Goodall, Anne
518Goodbody & Company
519Grasberger, Franz
520Green, Al and Kay
521Greenwich House Music School
522Groesbuk, Lue
523Hancock-Ofstie, Joy
524Hanson, Betty - Orpheus Club
525Harkins, Sister Barbara
526Harkness, Mechthild
527Harmel-Rubinstein, Julian
528Harrold, Thomas
529Hawkin, Edna
530Haynes, William G.
531Heisenberg, Werner
532Hendricks, Roy J.
533Henry, Corinne
534Heyn, Frances
535Highfield, Daisy
536Hollander, Clifford
61Jacobi, Frederick
62Jacobs, Alice
63James, Phillip
64Janiec, Henry
65Brother John
66Johnson, Joyce
67Jones, Edward
68Jordan, Marjorie F.
69Kahn, Emil
610Kalitinsky, Andrew
611Kendall, Raymond
612Kennedy, W.A.
613Kerr, Buck and Mary
614Key, Alice
615Kidwell, Ann
616Klein, Rudolf
617Knapp, William
618Koch, Dara
221Lachmann, Elizabeth to Jean Sahlmark
222-5Lachmann, Elizabeth to Rudolph Reti
226Lachmann, Elizabeth - miscellaneous
227-8Lachmann, Elizabeth - will and estate
229-11Lachmann, Norbert (Kegg)
620Lachmann, Keg
621Ladd, Valeria
622Lance, Francisco
623de Lange, Hendrik
624Lee, Ethel
625LeFann, Elizabeth
626Leinsdorf, Erich via Ann Coughlin
627Lit, Janice
628Loucks, Catherine
629Lowenbach, Jan
630Lund, Gagga
631Lundberg, Lizaveta
71MacGregor, Jean
72MacLanahan, Frances
74The Macmillan Company via Cecil Scott
75Mahan, Katie
77Masaryk, Herberta
78Mathison, George
710McAlpine, Martha
711McClelland and Stewart Limited
712McGill, Ruth
2223McLanahan, Alex and Frances
713McKay, Douglas
714McKeever, Florence
715McMillan, Constance
716de Meeus, Countesse
717Mellinger, Marie B.
718Menuhin, Yaltah
719A. Messina Company
721Miller, Alan
722Miller, Philip
724University of Mississippi
725Mitchell, Donald
726Moldenhauer, Hans
727Montgomery, Walter
728Morgan, Lillian D.
729Morse, Darwin S.
730Motchane, Martha
731Mumford, Lewis
732National Education Association, Education Travel Division
733National Library of Scotland
734Newman, William S.
735Newton, Virginia L.
736New York Times via Harold Schonberg
737Nikas, Mary
738Nin-Culmell, Joaquin
739Norton, Margaret
740Noyes, Morgan
741Offerdahl, John
742Ogburn, Dorothy
743O'Neill, Frank Q.
744Parmenter, Ross
745George Peabody College
746Pease, Eva
747Peeler, Caspen
748Personalities of the South book series
749Pertzoff, Olga
750Peterson, M.
751Piano Teacher's Club of Savannah, Georgia
752Pindar, George
753Pincherle, Marc
754Pinkerton, Ruth A.
755Pisk, Paul
756Pixler, Olive
757Placzek, Adolf
758Politoske, Daniel T.
81Jean Reti Forbes' University of Georgia Students, 1969-1972
82Jean Reti Forbes' University of Georgia Students, 1969-1972
83Ramsey family (Dotty, Becky, Julie, and Wayne)
84Randlett, Samuel
2224Regarding Tonality-Atonality-Pantonality copyright, 1957
85Reill, Van
86Reilley, Edward
87Reinke, Charlotte
88Renold, Marie
89Réti, Rudolph
2212Réti, Jean to Rudolph Réti, 1942
2213Réti, Jean to Rudolph Réti, 1943
2214Réti, Jean to Rudolph Réti, 1945
2215Réti, Jean to Rudolph Réti, 1947
2216Réti, Jean to Rudolph Réti, 1954
2217Réti, Jean to Rudolph Réti, undated
2218Réti, Rudolph to Jean Réti, 1942
2219Réti, Rudolph to Jean Réti, 1943-1944
2220Réti, Rudolph to Jean Réti, 1945
2221Réti, Rudolph to Jean Réti
2222Réti, Rudolph to Jean Réti, 1952-1954, undated
214Réti-Forbes, Jean to W. Stanton Forbes
94Richter, Rosemary
95Robinson, Geoffrey
96-7Robinson, Carol
98Rockliff Publishing Corporation Limited
99Ross, Gilbert
910Rossi Compostella, Irnerio
911Russia trip correspondence, Jean Réti-Forbes and Lucy Stanton Forbes to W. Stanton Forbes, 1970
101-2Sahlmark, Goggin W.
103Sahlmark, Kate
104Sanders, Marion Dwight
105Saporta, Nora
106Sargent, Betty
107Sarton, May
108Saskatchewan's Lt. Governor
109Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers' Association
1010Schlittler, Emil
1011Scott, Desmond
1012Sears, Edmund H.
1013Sharman, J. C. - invitation to meet British Consulate-General
1014Sharp, Hulda
1015Shevenell-Forbes, Lucy
1016Siegmeister, Elie
1017Smith, Lillian
1018Smith, C. Wallace
111Snelling, Paula
112University of South Carolina Music Department
113Spalding, Phinizy
114Sparks, Andy
115Spofford, Grace
116Spry, Graham
117Stallings, Edith
118Stanton, Frank
119Stanton, Martha
1110Steedman, Margot
1111Steiner, Stella
1112Stephenson, Geneva
1113St. Martin's Press, Incorporated
1114Strahl, Magaret
1115Stransky, Eugene
1116Stratford Composers Conference and Stratford Shakespearen Festival
1117Straus, Regina
1118Sturt, Lady Cecila
1119Szmolyan, Walter
1120Talmadge, Herman E.
1121Tawaststjerna, Erik
1122Teague, A. Dawson
1123Teresita, Sister
1124Terrillon-Mackay, Louise F.
1125Terry, Maria
1126Thomas, Helen
1127Thompson, Mildred
1128Titus, Joan
1129Todd, Pat
1130Toombs, Henry and William Creighton
1131Tucker, Lillian V.
1132Tuohy, Madeleine
1133Turner, Jean
1134Voulis, Aspasia
1135Wahl, Carol
1136Wahn, Janet
1137Warren, Pearl E.
1138Watson, Jean
1139Wedding; Jean & Stanton's - congratulations letters
1140Wellesz, Ejon
1141Westrup, J.A.
1142White, Barbara
1143Wigginton, Eliot
1144Wilcox, Louis B.
1145Wiley, Bert
1146Wolfe, Ann F.
1147Yeomans, Pat
1148Zipper, Herbert for National Guild of Community Music Schools
912Address and telephone book
211Bates, Lucy, 1949-1960
212Bates, Lucy, 1961-1963
213Bates, Lucy, 1964-1971
214Bates, Lucy - Postcards, 1964
215Bates, Lucy - Postcards, 1965
216Bates, Lucy - Postcards, 1966
217Bates, Lucy - W. Stanton Forbes
218Bates, Lucy - Postcards, 1967
219Bates, Lucy - Postcards, 1968-1969
2110Bates, Lucy, undated

2. General Files

131American Musicological Society; Athens meeting
132Appointment Book, 1957
133Atlanta Symphony
141Bates, Lucy - legal papers
142Bates, Lucy - photographs and newspaper clippings
143Biographies/obituaries of Jean Réti-Forbes
144Boston Symphony
149Olin Downes papers at the University of Georgia
1410Stanton Forbes papers (includes artwork, letters, exhibit programs, etc)
1412-13Writing - Jean Réti
1414"Child of the Prairie" by Jean Réti
151AFinancial papers of household expenses for Reti house at Montclair, NJ
151Edwin Gerschefski papers (programs, personal musical compositions, letters, etc)
152Guest book / W. Stanton Forbes diary re. Jean Reti-Forbes, 1960-1972
153Guest book / diary photocopy
154Hambidge Art Foundation correspondence, 1963
155Hambidge Art Foundation correspondence, 1964-1967
156Hambidge Art Foundation correspondence, 1968-1972
157Hambidge Art Foundation legal documents
158Hambidge Art Foundation miscellaneous
159Hambidge Art Foundation printed materials
161Lecture notes
162-3Legal papers
164Miscellaneous personal papers
165Musical compositions
166Musical composition - Kinderszenen
3Musical composition - The Greatest of All is Love by Rudolph Reti
3Musical composition - The Magic Gate by Rudolph Reti
3Musical composition - March of the Bewitched by Rudolph Reti
3Musical composition - Marsch zu Ehren der Besiegten by Rudolph Reti
167Musical composition - Musikbuch aus Osterreich
3Musical composition - Primeval Melody by Rudolph Reti
3Musical composition - Scenes from Childhood (Kinderszenen) of Robert Schumann (with motives and fingering inserted in the score) by Jean Reti
3Musical composition - Sechs Liebesgesänge, op. 5, heft I, II by Rusdolph Reti
3Musical composition - Soup in Alabaster by Jean Reti, partial
3Musical composition - Streichquartett in zwei Sätzen by Rudolph Reti
3Musical composition - Terrassen, op. 2 by Rudolph Reti
3Musical composition - Two Orchestral Pieces from the Ballet "David and Goliath," Rudolph Reti
3Musical composition - Winternacht by Rudolph Reti
3Musical compositions - various partial scores and compositions
169-10Personal papers in notebooks
2Photographs, oversized
181-2Poems, prose, and related publications
186-7Typescript - Child of the Prairie
188Typescript - Notes on Playing the Piano
191Typescript - To Dwell in Sound
192Typescript - Very Personal Notes on Rudolph Réti
193Receipts/business papers
194Rudolph Réti publications, papers, and clippings
195Sahlmark family history
196Dr. Sahlmark (obituaries, newspaper clippings, legal papers, etc)
197Clara Boyle Sahlmark (invitations, newspaper clipping, and letter)
198Saskatchewan Archives Board
199Season music programs
1911Stanton family
1912Lucy M. Stanton
1913-14Sympathy letters
1915Tax returns

3. Audio tapes and printed material

20Audiotapes (reel-to-reel)
23Audiotapes (reel-to-reel)
134-5Concert music programs
138Concert music programs
136Miscellaneous (includes receipts and obituaries)
137Lillian Smith publications

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