Scope and Content
Title: Stockton Symphony League and Association Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1924-
Collection number: Mss172
Extent: 12.5 linear ft.
University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
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Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Stockton Symphony League and Association Papers, Mss172,
Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
Silva, Manlio (d. 1958)
Stockton Symphony (Calif.)
Stockton Symphony Association (Calif.)
Stockton Symphony League (Calif.)
Musicians -California -Stockton
Stockton (Calif.) -Social life and customs -20th century
Symphony orchestras -California -Stockton
The Stockton Symphony Orchestra was founded by Manlio Silva, a Genovese immigrant
violinist (1924). Silva served as the group's music director, conductor and business
manager until his retirement (1957). Subsequent conductors have included: Horace Brown,
Fritz Berens, Ralph Matesky, Kyung-Soo Won (1966-1993)and Peter Jaffee. The Stockton
Symphony Association was founded (1959) to assume the fund raising and business
management aspects of the Symphony's existence. A women's fund-raising group, the
Stockton Symphony League, was also founded at this time for the additional purpose of
promoting an interest in classical music in San Joaquin County. The League created this
collection in 1980.
Scope and Content
The Stockton Symphony Papers consist of: scrapbooks (1930-); programs (1925-); publicity
flyers and biographies; reviews; correspondence and memorabilia pertaining to the
activities of the Stockton Symphony. The collection also contains programs of the
Stockton Symphony Ballet (1928-1988) and some personal papers of Manlio Silva. Additions
to the collection are expected as new materials are generated.