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Helen E. Plinkiewisch Papers, 1888-1995

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Plinkiewisch, Helen
Title
Helen E. Plinkiewisch Papers
Dates
1888-1995 (inclusive)
Quantity
2.75 cubic feet, (11 boxes, including 3 oversize boxes)
Collection Number
MSS Plinkiewisch
Summary
The Plinkiewisch Papers document the education, music teaching career, and related activities of music educator Helen E. Plinkiewisch and include diaries and journals, teaching records, musical compositions, a sound recording, and photographs. Plinkiewisch graduated from Oregon State Agricultural College in 1929 and had a long and successful career as a music educator in the public schools of Garden City (Long Island), New York.
Repository
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
97331-4501
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
scarc@oregonstate.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Helen Edwina Plinkiewisch, a 1929 graduate of Oregon State Agricultural College, had a long and successful career as a music educator in the public schools of Garden City (Long Island), New York.

She was born in 1908 in Portland, Oregon, and attended public schools in that city. After graduating from Jefferson High School in 1925, Plinkiewisch attended Oregon State Agricultural College, and received a diploma in music and theory in 1929. While at Oregon State, she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority; was president of Euterpe, the women's music honorary society; was a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society; and was the accompanist for the Madrigal Club. After studying piano in Vienna and Rome for a year, she earned a B.S. in Music Education in 1931 from New York University and an M.S. in Education from Columbia University in 1934. In 1955, Plinkiewisch earned a Doctorate in Education (Music Education major) from Columbia. In 1935, she began teaching music at the Stewart School in Garden City, New York; she taught there until her retirement in 1974. At Stewart School, Plinkiewisch began to introduce her students to opera. She had them design and perform an abbreviated version of an opera to be performed by the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Plinkiewisch received many accolades for her work in introducing opera to children.

She also taught part time at New Paltz State University (1953); Hofstra University (1953-1970); and Adelphi University (1972). Plinkiewisch wrote a number of musical compositions, a number of which were published, and wrote articles for several music magazines and journals. She served as an advisory member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild's Education Committee, and was a board member of several local music organizations. Helen Plinkiewisch died in 1994.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The papers are organized into eleven series, most of which document the education and music teaching career and related activities of music educator Helen E. Plinkiewisch.

Series 1 contains personal information about Plinkiewisch, including vitae, articles, and a biographical sketch. Series 2, Diaries & Journals, includes a diary of her stay in Europe in 1929-1930. Series 3 contains correspondence between Plinkiewisch and her mother, Paul and Lillian Petri, and Oregon State College classmates. Series 4 contains materials from Plinkiewisch's education, including music textbooks from OSC and research materials and drafts of her Columbia University doctoral dissertation on the music of Charles Ives, Roy Harris and Aaron Copland. The dissertation materials include critiques of her project by various music educators and composers, including Copland.

Series 5, Teaching Records, primarily documents Plinkiewisch's efforts to incorporate opera into the grade school music curriculum. It contains programs and other publicity materials of the student operas put on by her students, as well as records from the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Inc., Education Department pertaining to students and opera. Series 6 contains several of Plinkiewisch's musical compositions. Several were published, including the "Song of the Train," and the piano accompaniment she wrote for a book of children's songs, A Merry Go Round of Songs (1946). Series 7 contains programs and announcements of student dances, balls, and awards ceremonies at OSC, and musical performances by Plinkiewisch, the Petris, and others. Series 8 documents musical and other organizations that Plinkiewisch was affiliated with. Series 9 includes diplomas, honors and awards given to her. Series 10 is a sketch book created by Plinkiewisch's mother Amy R. Hansen Plinkiewisch.

Series 10 is comprised of photographs. These include portraits and candid images of Plinkiewisch and her parents; a photo and postcard album containing images of Plinkiewisch's 1929/1930 trip to Europe, her friends, and Oregon scenes; photographs of Paul and Lillian Petri and their Corvallis home, "Casa Musica"; photos and slides of Stewart school student operas; and slide sets of Metropolitan Opera Guild performances.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Helen E. Plinkiewisch Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Biographical and Personal Information, 1907-1995Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Vitae
circa 1952-1987
1
Biographical profiles and other articles
1962-1989
1
Biographical sketch by Mary Jacq Burck
1995
1
Passport
1929
1
Wedding certificate
1939
1
Parents' wedding invitation
1907
1
Address book
undated
1
1945 pocket calendar inscribed with prayers
1
Miscellaneous notes

Series II:  Diaries and Journals, 1929-circa 1960Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Europe trip
1929-1930
1
Day book
1947
1
Weekly calendar (1942) and address book with miscellaneous thoughts, financial information, lists, astrological information
1940s-1960s

Series III:  Correspondence, 1927-1989Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Paul and Lillian Petri
1947-1955 and undated
1
Oregon State College friends and organizations
1927-1988 and undated
1
Amy R. Hanson Plinkiewisch (mother)
1927-1937 and undated
1
Letters of appreciation
1941-1989 and undated

Series IV:  Education Records, 1925-1956Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Oregon State College
Box
1
Paper, "The American Indian in American Music," undated Books
1
THE FRESHMAN GIRL: A GUIDE TO COLLEGE LIFE, by Kate W. Jameson
1925
1
MUSIC THE EDUCATOR, by Lillian Petri, (OAC Bulletin)
2 copies
1926 and 1928
2
MIND OVER MUSCLE: A TECHNICAL ECONOMY FOR PIANISTS, by Lillian Petri
1924
2
MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS CORRELATED, Vol. II, by Lillian Petri
1927
2
THE MATERIAL USED IN MUSICAL COMPOSITION, by Percy Goetschius
1923
2
THE THEORY OF MUSIC, by Louis C. Elson
1890
2
THE PHYSICAL BASIS OF PIANO TOUCH AND TONE, by Otto Ortmann, 1925 (inscribed to Helen Plinkiewisch from Lillian Petri
1931
Box
2
Correspondence and lesson notes, Kiriena Ziloti
1935-1936
Columbia University
1931-1956
Box
2
Personal information
1933 and 1950
2
Registration information
1934
2
Record book, Teachers College
1931-1947
2
Academic records
1933-1947
2
Degree plan
2
Graduate Record Exam
July 1950
2
Exams
1947 and 1951
2
Graduation and Commencement
1955-1956
2
Doctoral project, "A Contribution to the Understanding of the Music of Charles Ives, Roy Harris, and Aaron Copland"
Box
2
Proposal
1951
2
Outlines
2
Comments from prominent composers and music educators
1951
2
Correspondence
1953-1955
2
Oral exam schedule
1955
2
Register of D.Ed. reports
1956
2
Research & background materials
Box
2
Charles Ives compiled references (2 vol.)
2
" A Connecticut Yankee in Music" , unpublished manuscript by Lucille Fletcher
undated
2
General information on Charles Ives, Aaron Copland and Roy Harris
3
Drafts of sections
Box
3
Part I
3
Part II (Ives)
3
Part II (Harris)
3
Part II (Copland)
3
Part III
3
Bibliography
3
Final draft

Series V:  Teaching Records, 1932-1989Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Odessa, New York, schools
Box
4
Contract
1932
4
Programs and clippings
1932-1933
Stewart School, Garden City, New York
Box
4
Salary information and contract
1937-1957
4
PTA Summer Program appointment
1970
4
Student operetta, "Why Spring Was Late"
1939
Box
4
Script
4
Programs hand-colored by students
11
Script and music manuscript
apx 12x17 in.
11
Scenery and costume drawings
apx 12x17 in.
11
Write-up in EDUCATIONAL MUSIC MAGAZINE
apx 12x17 in.
1941
11
Children's musical plays, drafts of scripts and music
apx 12x17 in.
circa 1940s
4
" Our Songs" , created by students
circa 1940
4
Stewart School song
undated
4
Program, 1st Annual Music Festival, Garden City Public Schools
1937
4
Student operas -- programs, clippings and other publicity
1949-1989
4
Student opera (general)
Box
4
The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Inc., Education Department
Box
4
THEY SHALL HAVE OPERA
1959
4
Programs, brochures, booklets, and articles
1950-1988
4
" On Discovering Opera Early" , undated manuscript
4
Speech/lecture note cards
undated
4
Articles, clippings, etc., about Plinkiewisch's activities
1958-1983
Box
4
Hofstra University, contracts and teaching assignments
1953-1969
4
New Paltz (New York) State Teachers College
1953
4
Adelphi University
1959-1972
Papers, manuscripts and talks
Box
4
" Style in Music" , drafts of manuscript
circa 1951
4
" Singing, Grades 4-6" , manuscript
undated
4
Notecards, contemporary music project
4
Notecards, children and music
4
Notecards, piano practice
Box
4
Miscellaneous correspondence
1937-1958

Series VI:  Musical Compositions, circa 1929-1990Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
11
" Gavotte" for piano and chamber orchestra
apx 12x17 in.
circa 1929
11
A MERRY GO ROUND OF SONGS, piano accompaniment by Plinkiewisch
apx 12x17 in.
1946
11
" My Girl of Yesteryear"
apx 12x17 in.
1947
11
" A Salute to Delta Kappa Gamma"
apx 12x17 in.
undated
11
" Our Beautiful Portland"
apx 12x17 in.
undated
11
" Vagabond's Song"
apx 12x17 in.
undated
11
" Song of the Trains/Santa's Ho! Ho! Song" ,
apx 12x17 in.
large print edition of "Santa's Song in oversize box 7/1/2/k
1949
11
" Short Melodic Pieces"
apx 12x17 in.
undated
11
" Easter Carol"
apx 12x17 in.
undated
11
" Waltz Clog"
apx 12x17 in.
undated
11
" Morningside" ,
apx 12x17 in.
words by Ruth Cramer
undated
11
" Sonata" ,
apx 12x17 in.
incomplete
undated
11
Miscellaneous music manuscripts
apx 12x17 in.
11
Manuscript book with partial composition
apx 12x17 in.
6
" Song of the Trains" , audio cassette recording
5
" Six Melodic Miniatures"
undated
5
" Arioso for Clarinet with Strings"
undated
5
" Alpha Chi Omega Waltz"
1983
5
" The Oregon Trail" , undated
Correspondence and articles
Box
5
Delta Kappa Gamma Society
1978-1990
5
General
1939-1988

Series VII:  Programs and Announcements, 1926-1950Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
5
Oregon State College, dances, balls, banquets, awards ceremonies and commencement
1926-1929
5
Performances by Plinkiewisch at Oregon State College, and by Paul and Lillian Petri
1928-1950
5
Performances by Plinkiewisch (and her teachers) in Europe, New York University, Morningside Trio, and Garden City Public Schools
1928-1940 and undated

Series VIII:  Organizations, 1923-1991Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Alpha Chi Omega
Box
5
Songbook
1923
5
Chi Chapter (Oregon State College) newsletter
Aug 1956
Box
5
Delta Kappa Gamma Society
1961-1980
5
Friends of Adelphi University Library, Inc.
1974-1987
5
Community Club of Garden City & Hempstead, Inc.
1983-1991
5
Institute of the Arts, Hofstra University
1974-1975
5
Garden City Concerts, Inc.
1961-1964
5
Manhasset Bay Opera Association
1981
5
International Women's Year Forum, speech note cards
undated

Series IX:  Diplomas, Honors and Awards, 1922-1990Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
5
Diploma, Shaver School, Portland, Oregon
January 1922
5
Diploma, Jefferson High School, Portland
June 12, 1925
5
Initiation Certificate, Alpha Chi Omega, Chi Chapter
Feb 25, 1927
5
Fifty Year Member Certificate, Alpha Chi Omega
1977
5
Freshman Honors, Oregon State Agricultural College
1927
5
Diploma, Oregon State Agricultural College
June 3, 1929
5
Membership Certificate, National Geographic Society
January 1, 1951
5
Initiation Certificate, Delta Kappa Gamma Society
April 14, 1951
5
Hofstra University (10 year faculty honor)
certificate and plaque
1964
5
Retirement honors, Garden City Public Schools
1974-1975
5
Who's Who in Society
June 15, 1986
5
Certificate of Appreciation, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Song Book, January 15, 1990 VI
5
Pi State Honors, 25 year membership, Delta Kappa Gamma Society
May 5, 1990
5
Miscellaneous honors
circa 1974-1988 and undated
11
Diploma, Bachelor of Science in Music, New York University
apx 12x17 in.
October 1931
11
Message of thanks, Stewart School 4th grade class
apx 12x17 in.
1971
11
Certificate of Service (retirement), 39 years, Garden City Schools
apx 12x17 in.
1974
7
Diploma, Doctor of Education, Columbia University
apx 16x20 in.
August 23, 1955

Series X:  Drawing Book, Amy Rosina Hansen, circa 1905Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5

Series XI:  Photographs, 1888-1985Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
8
Portraits of Plinkiewisch and candid shots with family and friends
1908-1985
8
Portraits and candid shots of Amy R. (Hansen) and Arthur Plinkiewisch (Helen's parents
1888-circa 1935
Photo and postcard album
circa 1909-1932
Box
8
Portraits and candid shots of Plinkiewisch; photos of parents, the Petris, and friends; photos of travel to Europe; photos and halftone images of European cities; color and photo postcards of Oregon scenes; photos of skiing and camping
2 folders
Paul and Lillian Petri
Box
8
Portrait of Lillian Petri
inscribed to Helen Plinkiewisch
1927
8
Portrait of Paul Petri
Ball Studio, Corvallis (photographer)
Inscribed to Helen.
1929
8
Paul and Lillian Petri sitting in front of fireplace
1935
8
Candid shots of the Petris
circa 1930-1935
8
"Casa Musica," the Petri home
1930-1935
Box
8
Theta Chi (OSC) fraternity members
circa 1929
8
Unidentified group of men with wrapped books
circa 1930
Stewart School operas and other musical performances
Box
8
Small set for DIE GOTTERDAMERUNG
8
Frank LaVista painting puppets for THE MAGIC FLUTE
1951
8
Scenes from AIDA
5 color prints
1958
8
Helen Plinkiewisch preparing students for LA BOHEME, to be broadcast over the radio
Jan 1959
8
Stewart Singers
1966 and 1973
Slides of student operas
Box
8
CARMEN
17 color slides
1968?
8
LA TRAVIATA
9 color slides
1970?
8
LA BOHEME, undated (25 color slides) unidentified opera, Old West theme, undated (25 color slides)
Metropolitan Opera
Box
8
Stage crew
circa 1950
Slide sets
Box
8
"A Visit to the Met"
21 color slides
circa 1950
8
" Onstage at the Met" , featuring THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
23 color slides
circa 1960
8
"Onstage at the Met," unidentified opera
20 color slides
undated
Box
9
Portraits of Helen and Amy Plinkiewisch
apx 12x17 in.
1924-1935
10
Candid shots of Helen Plinkiewisch at Alpha Chi Omega house (prints available for 5 negatives
6 nitrate negatives