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Michael Costa correspondence

Identifier: Costa

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes letters, contracts, receipts, and other documents, photographs and artefacts addressed to or otherwise related to Italian-born British conductor and composer Michael Costa (1808-1884) dating from 1846-1909.


  • 1846 - 1909



1 Boxes

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The Michael Costa correspondence collection is comprised primarily of letters to nineteenth-century Italian-born British conductor and composer Michael Costa (1808-1884) covering his personal and professional life from 1846-1884 and the years following his death until 1909. The collection also includes a few contracts, receipts, documents, photographs and artefacts related to Costa.


Correspondence is arranged first by correspondent and then chronologically within each folder. For correspondents identifiable only by partial names, folders are labeled with the known partial name and either bracketed names (likely name) or "unknown" (undecipherable) for the unidentifiable names. For unknown correspondents, letters have been arranged by date. Documents, photographs and artefacts have been grouped separated by item type.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were previously separated from the Moldenhauer Collection and combined with subsequent acquisitions of Michael Costa correspondence and other materials.

Related Materials

Other materials related to Michael Costa and his circle may be found in the Moldenhauer Collection– especially in relation to his professional relationship with the celebrated double-bassist Dominico Dragonetti. Additional letters written by or to Costa may also be found in the Musical Autograph Collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed August 2017 by Alan Akers and Nicholas Ritter.

Finding aid written by Alan K. Akers, August 2017.

Guide to the Michael Costa correspondence, 1846-1909
Alan Akers
August 2017
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Library Details

Part of the Music Library Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US