Collection 73 - Arnold Walter collection of lantern slides

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Arnold Walter collection of lantern slides


  • [1952] (Creation)

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250 glass lantern slides

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Biographical history

Arnold Walter was a musicologist, educator, and administrator, born August 30, 1902 in Hannsdorf (Hanušovice), Moravia; died October 6, 1973 in Toronto, Ontario.

Following his music education in Brno, Moravia (now the Czech Republic), where he studied with Bruno Weigl, he attended law school at the University of Prague. He went on to study musicology at the University of Berlin with Hermann Abert, Curt Sachs, and Johannes Wolf; piano with Rudolf Breithaupt and Frederic Lamond; and composition with Franz Schreker. He briefly studied medicine at Masaryk University in Brno, before returning to Berlin, where he wrote for the music journal Melos. He was also an editor for Die Weltbühne and music critic for Vorwärts.

Walter emigrated to Majorca, Spain in 1933; then to England at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War (1936); and finally to Canada in 1937, where he became a prominent and influential player in Canadian music education. He introduced Carl Orff's teaching method to North America (1955), established the Senior School (1945) and the Opera School (1946) at the Toronto Conservatory of Music, and was director (1952-1968) of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto.

Walter also served as chairman of the editorial board of The Canadian Music Journal (1956-1962); president of the International Society for Musical Education (1953-1955); president of the Canadian Music Centre (1959, 1970); president of the Canadian Music Council (1965-1966); president of the Inter-American Music Council (1969-1972); founding president of the Canadian Association of University Schools of Music (now Canadian University Music Society, 1965-1967); and founding member on the board of trustees of the National Arts Centre, Ottawa.

In 1974, the concert hall in the Edward Johnson Building at the University of Toronto was named Walter Hall in his memory. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1971.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Unknown date and method of acquisition. Like transferred to the Music Library by Arnold Walter.

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Scope and content

Collection consists of glass lantern plates of musicians, cathedrals, opera houses, theatres, instruments, opera productions, and musical notations, likely created for use in Arnold Walter's lectures and classes. The slides include reproductions of paintings, caricatures, photographs, manuscripts, and copies of images from contemporary monographs. Some of the slides were manufactured by Newton & Co., London.

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System of arrangement

Following the arrangement [by Arnold Walter?], the collection consists of 6 series: (A) Musicians; (B) Cathedrals; (C) Notation; (D) Instruments; (E) Opera houses and theatres; and (F) Opera stagings.

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The glass lantern slides were previously stored in 13 cardboard boxes and 2 specially-made wooden boxes. Each cardboard box was labelled in pencil or coloured pencil by topic (translated into series arrangement above). Boxes from Ilford, Special Lantern Plates; Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester; and Canadian Kodak Co., Limited, Toronto. Most boxes also bear Arnold Walter's name or initials (A.W., Prof. Walter, Mr. Walter). Some of boxes were stamped from National Revenue Canada, Toronto, Canada, April 22, 1952.

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Also see the Arnold Walter fonds at Library and Archives Canada.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created April 28, 2022. RS.




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