The personal papers of music critic Paul Hume comprise this collection. Highlights include correspondence from illuminati of the music world such as Marian Anderson, Pearl Bailey, Leonard Bernstein, Rudolph Bing, Nadia Boulanger, Antal Dorati, Alberto Ginastera, Serge Koussevitsky, John La Montaine, Lotte Lehmann, John Mauceri, Gian Carlo Menotti, Eugene Ormandy, Rosa Ponselle, Ned Rorem, Mstislav Rostropovich, Bidu Sayao, Beverly Sills, Gerard Souzay, George Szell, Virgil Thomson, Alan Titus, and Justine Bayard Ward.

An impressive series of black-and-white publicity stills form another remarkable component with photographs of many of the foregoing, as well as Samuel Barber, Daniel Barenboim, Maria Callas, Pablo Casals, Van Cliburn, Vladimir Horowitz, Charles Ives, Riccardo Muti, Itzhak Perlman, Andre Previn, Leontyne Price, Rosa Raissa, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Artur Rubinstein and Arnold Schoenberg.

Hume's own work comprises an important part of the collection. These include his scripts for programs he hosted at WGMS-FM radio (Washington, D.C.), as well as both manuscripts and clippings files of articles he wrote as music critic for the "Washington Post."

The collection also includes several files of research material amassed by Hume and his wife Ruth during the writing of their book on the famous Polish pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski. These include copies of correspondence by Paderewski as well as by notable individuals in his circle.

The collection is organized by series as delineated in the table of contents to the printed finding aid.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Paul Chandler Hume was born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 13, 1915. His father was Robert Woolsey Hume and mother was Katherine English Rockwell. Hume was graduated with a degree in music from the University of Chicago in 1937. His career as both teacher and critic included many years as professor of music at Georgetown University (1950-77); as adjunct professor of music at Yale University (1975-83); and as music editor for the "Washington Post" (1946-82).

Hume has also been host to long-running classical music programs at WGMS-FM radio in Washington, D.C. Some of these are still broadcast including "Comment on the Arts," "Guest Conductor," and "Music After Hours." Hume was also guest commentator for the New York Metropolitan Opera intermission broadcasts.

Hume is a member of the American Association of University Professors; Music Critics Association (member of executive committee, 1962-63); and Cosmos Club. Recognized for outstanding achievement in music criticism, he received a Peabody Award (1977) and the University of Chicago Outstanding Alumnus Achievement Award (1978). Hume also received honorary degrees from Thiel College (1968), Rosary College (1977), and Georgetown University (1979).

Published works by Hume include "Catholic Church Music," (Dodd, 1956); "The Lion of Poland: the Story of Paderewski," co-authored with wife Ruth Hume (Hawthorne, 1962); "King of Song: the Story of John McCormack," co-authored with wife Ruth Hume (Hawthorne, 1964); "Verdi: the Man and his Music," (Dutton, 1977); and "Puccini: the Man and his Music," jointly with William Weaver (Dutton, 1977). He was also co-editor with Clifford Bennett of "Hymnal Christian Unity," (1964).

Paul and Ruth Hume were married in 1949. Their children are Paul, Michael, Ann, and Peter. Paul Hume currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Ruth Fox Hume was born in New York in 1922. She taught chemistry at Dunbarton College and Latin at the Catholic University of America. She was also author of several mystery books for Dodd, Mead & Co., including "Bitter Ending," (1946), "Deadline," (1947), and "Symphony in Two Time" (1948).

A former student of medicine, she wrote a number of books on medical history including "Milestones of Medicine," (New York: Random House, 1950); "Florence Nightingale," (New York: Random House, 1960); and "Medicine in Maryland," (1976). She also collaborated with her husband, music critic Paul Hume, on biographies of pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski and tenor John McCormack. Ruth Hume died March 1, 1980.

ACCESSION DATA: Acknowledgment: Thanks to Scott S. Taylor who meticulously sorted newspaper clippings and concert programs. Provenance: Gift of the Hume family, 1997. Size: 11 boxes + 1 small flat; 17.50 linear feet total. Processed by Lisette C. Matano, September 1997. Status: Open. Finding aid available.

BULK DATES: 1950 - 1990
SPAN DATES: 1871 - 1997

EXTENT: 12 boxes


SERIES: 1. Individual Correspondence

SERIES: 2. Chronological Correspondence

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Includes correspondence from listeners in response to Hume's radio broadcasts on music.

SERIES: 3. Miscellaneous Correspondence

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Undated, unidentified correspondence. Includes poison-pen letters to Paul Hume re articles he wrote.

SERIES: 4. Subject Files: Individuals

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Contains related material on notable individuals. Includes notes for articles by Paul Hume; newspaper clippings; other printed matter including copies of libretti, performance programs, memorial cards; and photographs.

SERIES: 5. Subject Files: Organizations

SERIES: 6. Subject Files: General

SERIES: 7. Works by Hume

SERIES: 8. Honors and Personal Files

SERIES: 9. Hume Family

SERIES: 10. Radio Programs: WGMS

SERIES: 11. Radio Programs/Scripts/Stations (Miscellaneous)

SERIES DESCRIPTION: The material in this series does not necessarily pertain to Hume's work for WGMS radio programs.

SERIES: 12. Printed Articles by Paul Hume - Miscellaneous

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Clippings of articles by Paul Hume printed in newspapers and journals, including the "Washington Post" (see also Series 13 for "Washington Post" clippings files).

SERIES: 13. Printed Articles by Paul Hume - "Washington Post"

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Articles written by Paul Hume as music critic for the "Washington Post." From original chronological clippings files maintained by/for Hume. Some topics are described and indexed, however researchers should note that time and space limit the extensiveness of these. Most of the articles are concert reviews.

SERIES: 14. Printed Articles About Hume & Family

SERIES: 15. Articles re Individuals, Subjects, Organizations

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Clippings of printed articles about individuals, organizations and miscellaneous subjects relating to music.

SERIES: 16. Reprints, Libretti, Sheet Music

SERIES: 17. Music Related Printed Items (Misc.)

SERIES: 18. Concert Programs

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Includes printed programs for concerts given by Paul Hume; souvenir programs collected by Hume; and many programs (or fragments of programs) from concerts attended and reviewed by Hume in his capacity as music critic for the "Washington Post." The latter are arranged chronologically by year.

SERIES: 19. Photographs

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Includes publicity photographs of notable individuals in music including composers, conductors, musicians and singers. Also, photographs of Paul Hume and the Georgetown University Glee Club. All are black and white unless otherwise indicated.

SERIES: 20. Appointment Books

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Appointment books belonging to Paul Hume.

SERIES: 21. Oversized Items & Muniments