The Peter Christian Lutkin Papers include biographical material, some correspondence and several lectures and addresses that span the years 1889-1928. The biographical material (1859-1971) includes general material, i.e. memorabilia, and miscellaneous printed biographical sketches of and clippings relating to Lutkin. A small amount of material regarding Lutkin Memorial Hall, dedicated in 1941 at Northwestern, is included, but most material regarding Lutkin Hall is filed in a separate series.
The correspondence is comprised of letters written by Lutkin in his official capacity as Dean of the School of Music. Most of the letters are photocopies of the originals sent out by Lutkin to the university's business manager or treasurer concerning the financial business of the School. Also included here is a copy of Lutkin's resignation as Dean in 1928, taken from the minutes of the Board of Trustees. The Christmas cards in the collection were specially prepared for friends by the Lutkins and they include Christmas musical compositions by Lutkin.
The lectures and addresses are arranged according to a list filed at the beginning of Folder 5. Included are his essay on the history of Music at Northwestern and several other essays regarding music education in general. Not all titles on the list are extant.