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Finding Aid for the Slee Family Collection, 1893-1981

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Mus. Arc. 12.2

State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library


112 Baird Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260-4750
United States
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Finding aid prepared by John Bewley.
Finding aid encoded in EAD by John Bewley, March 2010.
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid prepared using DACS ( Describing Archives: A Content Standard ).

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Collection Overview

Title: Slee Family Collection, 1893-1981
Collection Number: Mus. Arc. 12.2
Creator: Slee family
Extent: 3 boxes (90 items)
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library
Abstract: Collection contains clippings, obituaries, correspondence, eighteen photographs of Alice and Frederick Slee, family, and friends, writings by Frederick Slee, documents about the Slee Bequest to the University of Buffalo, concert programs, and a log of a twenty-one day sailing trip undertaken by Frederick Slee and two friends in 1914. The log details their adventures along the northern shore of Lake Ontario.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Specified item], Slee Family Collection, 1893-1981, Music Library, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

Acquisition Information

The collection was given to the library by faculty member, Stephen Manes, who received it from Ansie Baird (Mrs. Brent Baird). Mrs. Baird received the collection from Charles G. Beaudette. Some clippings and programs were added by Music Library staff subsequent to the receipt of the collection.

Terms of Access

Materials can be examined by qualified researchers in the Music Library during hours of operation during which Music Librarians are present. In order to insure access, researchers are advised to contact the Music Library in advance of visits.

Copyright

Copyright for the materials in the collection does not reside with the Music Library. Therefore, patrons wishing to publish any item, or part of an item from this collection for any purpose, are responsible for securing requisite permissions.

Alternate Forms

Entire collection digitized and available in UBdigit .

Processing Information

Processed by John Bewley, 2006.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.


Biographical Note

Frederick Caldecott Slee (1870-1954), was a successful corporate lawyer in Buffalo, N.Y. His two passions in life were sailing and Beethoven. While at Harvard pursuing his law degree, Mr. Slee also studied music theory and composition. He later furthered his music education at the Sorbonne, in Paris. Mr. Slee and his wife Alice were devoted fans of chamber music and the music of Beethoven, especially the string quartets. They built a special music room in their Saybrook Place home with a raised platform for performers. The room was used most Sundays for recitals with friends. Mr. Slee was an accomplished musician, playing viola, violin, piano and the cello.

Alice Slee, née McDonald, was born August 20, 1875 in East Aurora, NY. She moved to Buffalo to attend business school. It was there that Alice met and married Frederick Slee in 1905. Mrs. Slee was active in many worthy causes, serving the Red Cross through the two World Wars. Mrs. Slee was honored as one of Western New York's outstanding citizens by the Buffalo News in 1952. Mrs. Slee was also devoted to the music of Beethoven and sponsored concerts for all of Buffalo to enjoy. Mrs. Slee passed away exactly two years after her husband on May 19, 1956.

The Slee Bequest at the University at Buffalo provides for the annual performance of all of Beethoven's string quartets in an order prescribed by Frederick Slee. The concert series dates to 1955 and has featured some of the most renowned string quartets, including the Budapest, Guarnieri, Juilliard, Cleveland, Tokyo, Emerson, and Concord quartets. The Music Department at The State University of Buffalo administers the Slee Bequest and the annual series of concerts are held in Slee Concert Hall located at the University. The endowment also funds the Slee professorship in the Music Department.


Scope and Content Note

The collection contains various documents pertaining to the lives of Frederick Caldecott Slee and his wife, Alice, including music-related writings by Frederick Slee, correspondence, clippings about the Slees, documents concerning the Slee Bequest to the University of Buffalo, and concert programs. The collection contains eighteen photographs of friends and family. The majority of the family photographs are of Frederick C. Slee and his wife, Alice. There are two photographs of Slee's Sunday morning string quartet, taken in his music room, and a photograph of the Slee home at 59 Saybrook Place in Buffalo.

One of the highlights of the collection is a typewritten daily log of a sailing trip taken in 1914, by Frederick C. Slee and his friends, George T. Moseley and Louis Wright Simpson. The log includes 46 leaves, with 30 photographs taken during their three week journey. The author of this log was also the purser, Louis Wright Simpson. Frederick Slee signed on as Captain, and Mr. George Moseley was the yacht's Mate. Mr. Slee and his companions left the Buffalo Yacht Club, beginning their trip on Lake Erie. The second day they traveled through the Welland Canal to Lake Ontario. Most of their time was spent sailing the northern shoreline of Lake Ontario. Many of the photographs show life aboard the Althea: hoisting the sails, cleaning up after cooking, and taking turns behind the wheel. The sailing trip commenced on July 11, 1914 and ended on August 1, 1914. The first world news they saw after twenty-one carefree days was the newspaper headline, "Germany Declares War", the beginning of World War I.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged in seven series:

I. Log of the Good Yacht Althea on the Summer Cruise of 1914
II. Photographs
III. Writings of Frederick Slee
IV. Correspondence
V. Clippings
VI. Slee Bequest Documents
VII. Programs

Container List

Box Item Contents
1 1 Log of the Good Yacht Althea on the Summer Cruise of 1914, July 11-August 1, 1914
46 typescript leaves ; 28 cm.

Contains thirty 2 x 3 inch snapshots taken during the voyage. Participants were Frederick Slee, George T. Mosley, and Louis Wright Simpson. The logbook was written by Simpson.

The entire logbook is available online in UBdigit . All of the thirty photographs in the logbook are individually described and available in the Slee Family Collection in UBdigit.

II.    Photographs, circa 1900-1910
Item 2-19

Eighteen photographs of Slee family and friends.

Box Item Contents
1 slp002 Frederick Caldecott Slee, undated
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1 photograph
Photographer Beach, Howard
1 slp003 Frederick Caldecott Slee, 1910
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1 photograph
Photographer Nussbaumer
1 slp004 Alice Slee, undated
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1 photograph
Photographer Freres, Leon
1 slp005 John P. Seymour and Grace Gratten Collins, undated
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1 photograph
1 slp006 Charles Gus Augustus Collins and Frederick Caldecott Slee, undated
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1 photograph
1 slp007 Katie Simpson, undated
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1 photograph
1 slp008 Grace Cotton Collins and Alice Slee, March 1908
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1 photograph
1 slp009 Alice Slee, March 1908
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1 photograph
1 slp010 Grace Gratten Collins, March 1908
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1 photograph
1 slp011 Alice Slee, March 1908
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1 photograph
1 slp012 Saybrook String Quartet: Isabelle Workman Evans, violin, Nicholas D'Addio, violoncello, Frederick Slee, viola, and George Kogler, violin, undated
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1 photograph
1 slp013 Saybrook String Quartet: Isabelle Workman Evans, violin, Nicholas D'Addio, violoncello, Frederick Slee, viola, and George Kogler, violin, undated
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1 photograph
1 slp014 Flooding river, unidentified location, undated
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1 photograph
Photographer Collins, Charles Augustus?
1 slp015 Canal lock (possibly Lockport, N.Y.), undated
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1 photograph
Photographer Collins, Charles Augustus?
1 slp016 Frederick Caldecott Slee in automobile, undated
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1 photograph
1 slp017 Group of eleven boys, undated
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1 photograph
1 slp018 Building, possibly in Buffalo, N.Y., undated
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1 photograph
1 slp019 Interior view of room, possibly in Slee home, undated
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1 photograph
Box Item Contents
2 20 From Wagner to Schoenberg 1914
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Typescript (15 leaves)
2 21 Untitled reminiscences, after 1924
Typescript with ms. additions ([26] leaves; numbered 4-6, 6 ½, 7-9, 9 ½, 9 1/2A, 10-19, 22-28)
2 22 Concerts of Saybrook String Quartet, [programs and notes for concerts], November 1931-May 30, 1937
Typescript ([38] leaves; title page, 36 numbered leaves, with leaf 33 repeated)
2 23 Saybrook String Quartet program, May 1938
Typescript (1 leaf)
2 24 Saybrook String Quartet program, September 1938
Typescript (1 leaf)
2 25 Saybrook String Quartet program, April 2, 1939
Typescript (1 leaf)
2 26 Saybrook String Quartet program, April 30, 1939
Typescript (1 leaf)
2 27 Saybrook String Quartet program, May 30, 1939
Typescript (1 leaf)
2 28 Summary of Saybrook String Quartet repertoire, undated
Typescript (1 leaf)
Box Item Contents
2 29 Original letter from Mrs. Alice Slee concerning repertoire of the Saybrook String Quartet, sent to audience members to solicit recommendations for future seasons. Marked with answers by unknown recipient, undated
Typescript with ms. additions (1 leaf)
2 30 Capen, Grace, undated
Manuscript (3 leaves)
2 31 Perry, Elizabeth(?), undated
Manuscript (1 folded leaf)
2 32 Silverman, Oscar, undated
Manuscript (1 leaf)
2 33 Unidentified correspondent, undated
Manuscript (1 folded leaf)
2 34 Apthorp, William F. to Frederick Slee, concerning program notes for Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts, October 29, 1896
Typescript (1 leaf)
V.    Clippings, 1954-1981
Item 35-41

Arranged in chronological order.

Box Item Contents
3 35 Obituary for Frederick Caldecott Slee, 1954
3 36 Obituary for Frederick Caldecott Slee, 1954
3 37 Buffalo Evening News November 12, 1954

Report of Slee Bequest to the University of Buffalo (photocopy)

3 38 Buffalo Evening News October 1, 1955

Article about first cycle of Beethoven string quartets performed by the Budapest Quartet.

3 39 Buffalo Evening News obituary for Alice Slee (photocopy), May 21, 1956
3 40 Buffalo Evening News article by John Dwyer about Frederick and Alice Slee and the twentieth anniversary of the Slee Beethoven String Quartet Cycle series, January 24, 1976
3 41 Buffalo Evening News, article by John Dwyer about Frederick and Alice Slee and the upcoming twenty-fifth season of the Slee Beethoven String Quartet Cycle series (photocopy) , July 19, 1981
Box Item Contents
3 42 Last Will and Testament of Frederick C. and Alice Slee, October 1952
3 leaves
3 43 Letter to Alice Slee from Claude E. Puffer, Treasurer of the University of Buffalo, thanking Mrs. Slee for receipt of funds to cover expense of concert by the Budapest String Quartet, September 20, 1955
1 leaf
3 44 “The proper usage of the Slee Bequest and its integration with other departmental resources”, written by James McKinnon, The Music Department, SUNY at Buffalo, 1981
14 leaves
VII.    Programs, 1894-2005
Item 45-90

Arranged in seven subseries by location.

VII. A.    Slee Beethoven Quartet Series, 1955-2005
Item 45-48
Arranged in chronological order.
Item Item Contents
3 45
Program for performance of Beethoven string quartets by the Budapest String Quartet, February 22, 1955
2 leaves (photocopy)
The concert was performed in memory of Frederick C. Slee.
3 46
Program for concerts at Samuel P. Capen Hall at the University of Buffalo of Beethoven string quartets by the Budapest String Quartet, the first two concerts presented in the continuing Slee Beethoven String Quartet Cycle series, September 23 1955 and September 24, 1955.
2 leaves (photocopy)
3 47
Program note booklet for twentieth consecutive playing of the Slee Beethoven Quartet Cycle, 1976
7 pages
With notes written by John Dwyer.
3 48
Fifty years of Beethoven, 1955-2005. Program booklet for Slee Beethoven Quartet Cycle, 2005-2006
13 pages
With notes by Paul Katz.
VII. B.    Boston, Cambridge, and Northampton, Massachusetts, 1894-1895
Item 49-70
Alphabetically arranged by organization and then chronologically.
Item Item Contents
3 49
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University October 18, 1894
1 leaf
3 50
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University October 19, 1894
1 leaf
3 51
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University November 2, 1894
1 leaf
3 52
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University November 16, 1894
1 leaf
3 53
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University January 4, 1895
1 leaf
3 54
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University February 15, 1895
1 leaf
3 55
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University March 8, 1895
1 leaf
3 56
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University April 6, 1895
1 leaf
3 57
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University April 26, 1895
1 leaf
3 58
Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Music Hall December 18, 1893
5 pages
3 59
Handel and Haydn Society, April 18, 1894
1 leaf
3 60
Pierian Sodality of Harvard University, Radcliffe College May 10, 1894
1 leaf
3 61
Harvard Glee Club, Pierian Sodality, Harvard Banjo Club, and Harvard Mandolin Club, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University May 17, 1894
1 booklet (12 pages)
3 62
Pierian Sodality and Mandolin Club of Harvard University, Assembly Hall, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts May 23, 1894
1 folded leaf
3 63
Pierian Sodality, Harvard Banjo Club, and Harvard Mandolin Club, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University December 18, 1894
1 booklet (12 pages)
3 64
Pierian Sodality, Harvard Banjo Club, and Harvard Mandolin Club, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University May 23, 1895
1 booklet (11 pages)
3 65
Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.), Mechanics Hall Auditorium (Boston, Mass.) February 27, 1894
1 leaf
3 66
Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.), Mechanics Hall Auditorium (Boston, Mass.) March 2, 1894
1 leaf
3 67
Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.) : Concert program of selections from various operas, Mechanics Hall Auditorium (Boston, Mass.) March 4, 1894
1 leaf
Performers include Nellie Melba.
3 68
Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.), Mechanics Hall Auditorium (Boston, Mass.) March 9, 1894
1 leaf
3 69
New York Symphony Orchestra, Walter Damrosch, conductor, Boston Theatre April 11-12, 1894?
1 leaf
3 70
Sherwood, William H., b. 1854, Boston, 1895?
1 booklet (6 pages)
VII. C.     Buffalo (N.Y.), 1897-1933
Item 71-76
Arranged in chronological order.
Item Item Contents
3 71
Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, Music Hall (Buffalo, N.Y.), January 7, 1897
1 booklet (16 pages)
3 72
Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, Music Hall (Buffalo, N.Y.), February 4, 1897
1 booklet (14 pages)
3 73
Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, Music Hall (Buffalo, N.Y.), February 3, 1898
1 booklet (16 pages)
3 74
Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, Music Hall (Buffalo, N.Y.), March 10, 1898
1 booklet (16 pages)
3 75
Twentieth Century Club (Buffalo, N.Y.): Song recital by Mr. and Mrs. Georg Henschel, November 26, [1897?]
1 booklet (8 pages)
3 76
Twentieth Century Club (Buffalo, N.Y.): String quartet concert, March 24, 1933
1 leaf
VII. D.    London (England), 1924
Item 77-80
Arranged in chronological order.
Item Item Contents
3 77
Café Parisien, Hotel Savoy Menu, July 4, 1924
1 folded leaf
3 78
Worshipful Company of Musicians, Stationers Hall July 8, 1924
1 leaf
3 79
Worshipful Company of Musicians, Stationers Hall, July 8, 1924
1 leaf
Diagram of banquet seating.
3 80
Worshipful Company of Musicians, Stationers Hall: Concert program, July 8, 1924
1 booklet (5 pages)
VII. E.     New York (N.Y.), April 11-May 1910
Item 81
Item Item Contents
3 81
New Theatre (New York, N.Y.): Program for performance of Beethoven, a dramatic biography by René Fauchois, April 11-May 1910
1 folded leaf
VII. F.     Paris (France), May 1924-February 1925
Item 82-89
VII. G.    Rome (Italy), December 24, 1924
Item 90
Item Item Contents
3 90
Busch, Adolf, 1891-1952: Accademica di Santa Cecilia, December 24, 1924
1 booklet (16 pages)

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog.

Contributors

Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954
Simpson, Louis Wright
Slee, Alice, 1875-1956

Subjects

Yachting--Erie, Lake--Photographs
Buffalo (N.Y.)--Photographs
Logbooks--1911-1920
Slee family--Photographs
Yachting--Ontario, Lake (N.Y. and Ont.)--Photographs
Yachts--New York (State)--Buffalo--Photographs

Genres

Logs (records)
Photographs
Portraits

Associated Material

Related Resources

The collection contains scores and parts of original compositions and arrangements by Frederick Slee . It also includes transcriptions of works by composers such as J.S. Bach, Mozart, and Haydn, as well as a lesson for recorder.