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Slee Family Collection,

State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library

112 Baird Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260-4750
United States
Phone: 716 645-2924
Fax: 716 645-3906

Slee family

3 boxes

(90 items)

English.

Collection contains clippings, obituaries, correspondence, eighteen photographs of Alice and Frederick Slee, family, and friends, writings by Frederick Slee, documents about the Slee Bequest to the University of Buffalo, concert programs, and a log of a twenty-one day sailing trip undertaken by Frederick Slee and two friends in 1914. The log details their adventures along the northern shore of Lake Ontario.

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Collection Details

Processed by John Bewley, 2006.

The collection was given to the library by faculty member, Stephen Manes, who received it from Ansie Baird (Mrs. Brent Baird). Mrs. Baird received the collection from Charles G. Beaudette. Some clippings and programs were added by Music Library staff subsequent to the receipt of the collection.

Frederick Caldecott Slee (1870-1954), was a successful corporate lawyer in Buffalo, N.Y. His two passions in life were sailing and Beethoven. While at Harvard pursuing his law degree, Mr. Slee also studied music theory and composition. He later furthered his music education at the Sorbonne, in Paris. Mr. Slee and his wife Alice were devoted fans of chamber music and the music of Beethoven, especially the string quartets. They built a special music room in their Saybrook Place home with a raised platform for performers. The room was used most Sundays for recitals with friends. Mr. Slee was an accomplished musician, playing viola, violin, piano and the cello.

Alice Slee, née McDonald, was born August 20, 1875 in East Aurora, NY. She moved to Buffalo to attend business school. It was there that Alice met and married Frederick Slee in 1905. Mrs. Slee was active in many worthy causes, serving the Red Cross through the two World Wars. Mrs. Slee was honored as one of Western New York's outstanding citizens by the Buffalo News in 1952. Mrs. Slee was also devoted to the music of Beethoven and sponsored concerts for all of Buffalo to enjoy. Mrs. Slee passed away exactly two years after her husband on May 19, 1956.

The Slee Bequest at the University at Buffalo provides for the annual performance of all of Beethoven's string quartets in an order prescribed by Frederick Slee. The concert series dates to 1955 and has featured some of the most renowned string quartets, including the Budapest, Guarnieri, Juilliard, Cleveland, Tokyo, Emerson, and Concord quartets. The Music Department at The State University of Buffalo administers the Slee Bequest and the annual series of concerts are held in Slee Concert Hall located at the University. The endowment also funds the Slee professorship in the Music Department.

The collection contains various documents pertaining to the lives of Frederick Caldecott Slee and his wife, Alice, including music-related writings by Frederick Slee, correspondence, clippings about the Slees, documents concerning the Slee Bequest to the University of Buffalo, and concert programs. The collection contains eighteen photographs of friends and family. The majority of the family photographs are of Frederick C. Slee and his wife, Alice. There are two photographs of Slee's Sunday morning string quartet, taken in his music room, and a photograph of the Slee home at 59 Saybrook Place in Buffalo.

One of the highlights of the collection is a typewritten daily log of a sailing trip taken in 1914, by Frederick C. Slee and his friends, George T. Moseley and Louis Wright Simpson. The log includes 46 leaves, with 30 photographs taken during their three week journey. The author of this log was also the purser, Louis Wright Simpson. Frederick Slee signed on as Captain, and Mr. George Moseley was the yacht's Mate. Mr. Slee and his companions left the Buffalo Yacht Club, beginning their trip on Lake Erie. The second day they traveled through the Welland Canal to Lake Ontario. Most of their time was spent sailing the northern shoreline of Lake Ontario. Many of the photographs show life aboard the Althea: hoisting the sails, cleaning up after cooking, and taking turns behind the wheel. The sailing trip commenced on July 11, 1914 and ended on August 1, 1914. The first world news they saw after twenty-one carefree days was the newspaper headline, "Germany Declares War", the beginning of World War I.

The collection is arranged in seven series:
I. Log of the Good Yacht Althea on the Summer Cruise of 1914
II. Photographs
III. Writings of Frederick Slee
IV. Correspondence
V. Clippings
VI. Slee Bequest Documents
VII. Programs

No further accruals are expected to this collection.


Collection Access & Use

Materials can be examined by qualified researchers in the Music Library during hours of operation during which Music Librarians are present. In order to insure access, researchers are advised to contact the Music Library in advance of visits.

Copyright for the materials in the collection does not reside with the Music Library. Therefore, patrons wishing to publish any item, or part of an item from this collection for any purpose, are responsible for securing requisite permissions.

[Specified item], Slee Family Collection, 1893-1981, Music Library, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

Collection Subjects & Formats

Series I.: Log of the Good Yacht Althea on the Summer Cruise of 1914,

Size: Item 1

Box: 1

Item: 1

Extent: 46 typescript leaves ; 28 cm.


Date: July 11-August 1, 1914

Scope and Content

Contains thirty 2 x 3 inch snapshots taken during the voyage. Participants were Frederick Slee, George T. Mosley, and Louis Wright Simpson. The logbook was written by Simpson.

Series II.: Photographs,

Size: Item 2-19

Eighteen photographs of Slee family and friends.

Box: 1

Item: slp002

Extent: 1 photograph


Date: undated

Box: 1

Item: slp003

Extent: 1 photograph


Date: 1910

Box: 1

Item: slp004

Extent: 1 photograph


Date: undated

Box: 1

Item: slp005

Extent: 1 photograph


Date: undated

Box: 1

Item: slp006

Extent: 1 photograph


Date: undated

Box: 1

Item: slp007

Extent: 1 photograph


Date: undated

Box: 1

Item: slp008

Extent: 1 photograph


Date: March 1908

Box: 1

Item: slp009

Extent: 1 photograph


Date: March 1908

Box: 1

Item: slp010

Extent: 1 photograph


Date: March 1908

Box: 1

Item: slp011

Extent: 1 photograph


Date: March 1908

Box: 1

Item: slp012

Extent: 1 photograph


Date: undated

Box: 1

Item: slp013

Extent: 1 photograph


Date: undated

Box: 1

Item: slp014

Extent: 1 photograph


Date: undated

Box: 1

Item: slp015

Extent: 1 photograph


Date: undated

Box: 1

Item: slp016

Extent: 1 photograph


Date: undated

Box: 1

Item: slp017

Extent: 1 photograph


Date: undated

Box: 1

Item: slp018

Extent: 1 photograph


Date: undated

Box: 1

Item: slp019

Extent: 1 photograph


Date: undated

Series III.: Writings of Frederick Slee,

Arrangement: Roughly in chronological order.

Size: Item 20-28

Box: 2

Item: 20

From Wagner to Schoenberg

Extent: Typescript (15 leaves)


Date: 1914

Box: 2

Item: 21

Extent: Typescript with ms. additions ([26] leaves; numbered 4-6, 6 ½, 7-9, 9 ½, 9 1/2A, 10-19, 22-28)


Date: after 1924

Box: 2

Item: 22

Extent: Typescript ([38] leaves; title page, 36 numbered leaves, with leaf 33 repeated)


Date: November 1931-May 30, 1937

Box: 2

Item: 23

Extent: Typescript (1 leaf)


Date: May 1938

Box: 2

Item: 24

Extent: Typescript (1 leaf)


Date: September 1938

Box: 2

Item: 25

Extent: Typescript (1 leaf)


Date: April 2, 1939

Box: 2

Item: 26

Extent: Typescript (1 leaf)


Date: April 30, 1939

Box: 2

Item: 27

Extent: Typescript (1 leaf)


Date: May 30, 1939

Box: 2

Item: 28

Extent: Typescript (1 leaf)


Date: undated

Series IV .: Correspondence,

Size: Item 29-34

Box: 2

Item: 29

Extent: Typescript with ms. additions (1 leaf)


Date: undated

Box: 2

Item: 30

Extent: Manuscript (3 leaves)


Date: undated

Box: 2

Item: 31

Extent: Manuscript (1 folded leaf)


Date: undated

Box: 2

Item: 32

Extent: Manuscript (1 leaf)


Date: undated

Box: 2

Item: 33

Extent: Manuscript (1 folded leaf)


Date: undated

Box: 2

Item: 34

Extent: Typescript (1 leaf)


Date: October 29, 1896

Series V.: Clippings,

Arrangement: Arranged in chronological order.

Size: Item 35-41

Box: 3

Item: 35


Date: 1954

Box: 3

Item: 36


Date: 1954

Box: 3

Item: 37

Buffalo Evening News


Date: November 12, 1954

Scope and Content

Report of Slee Bequest to the University of Buffalo (photocopy)

Box: 3

Item: 38

Buffalo Evening News


Date: October 1, 1955

Scope and Content

Article about first cycle of Beethoven string quartets performed by the Budapest Quartet.

Box: 3

Item: 39

Buffalo Evening News


Date: May 21, 1956

Box: 3

Item: 40

Buffalo Evening News


Date: January 24, 1976

Box: 3

Item: 41

Buffalo Evening News


Date: , July 19, 1981

Series VI.: Slee Bequest Documents,

Arrangement: Arranged in chronological order.

Size: Item 42-44

Box: 3

Item: 42

Extent: 3 leaves


Date: October 1952

Box: 3

Item: 43

Extent: 1 leaf


Date: September 20, 1955

Box: 3

Item: 44

The proper usage of the Slee Bequest and its integration with other departmental resources

Extent: 14 leaves


Date: 1981

Series VII.: Programs,

Arrangement: Arranged in seven subseries by location.

Size: Item 45-90

Subseries VII. A.: Slee Beethoven Quartet Series,

Arrangement: Arranged in chronological order.

Size: Item 45-48

Item: 3

Item: 45

Extent: 2 leaves (photocopy)

The concert was performed in memory of Frederick C. Slee.


Date: February 22, 1955

Item: 3

Item: 46

Extent: 2 leaves (photocopy)


Date: September 23 1955

Item: 3

Item: 47

Extent: 7 pages

With notes written by John Dwyer.


Date: 1976

Item: 3

Item: 48

Extent: 13 pages

With notes by Paul Katz.


Date: 2005-2006

Subseries VII. B.: Boston, Cambridge, and Northampton, Massachusetts,

Arrangement: Alphabetically arranged by organization and then chronologically.

Size: Item 49-70

Item: 3

Item: 49

Extent: 1 leaf


Date: October 18, 1894

Item: 3

Item: 50

Extent: 1 leaf


Date: October 19, 1894

Item: 3

Item: 51

Extent: 1 leaf


Date: November 2, 1894

Item: 3

Item: 52

Extent: 1 leaf


Date: November 16, 1894

Item: 3

Item: 53

Extent: 1 leaf


Date: January 4, 1895

Item: 3

Item: 54

Extent: 1 leaf


Date: February 15, 1895

Item: 3

Item: 55

Extent: 1 leaf


Date: March 8, 1895

Item: 3

Item: 56

Extent: 1 leaf


Date: April 6, 1895

Item: 3

Item: 57

Extent: 1 leaf


Date: April 26, 1895

Item: 3

Item: 58

Extent: 5 pages


Date: December 18, 1893

Item: 3

Item: 59

Extent: 1 leaf


Date: April 18, 1894

Item: 3

Item: 60

Extent: 1 leaf


Date: May 10, 1894

Item: 3

Item: 61

Extent: 1 booklet (12 pages)


Date: May 17, 1894

Item: 3

Item: 62

Extent: 1 folded leaf


Date: May 23, 1894

Item: 3

Item: 63

Extent: 1 booklet (12 pages)


Date: December 18, 1894

Item: 3

Item: 64

Extent: 1 booklet (11 pages)


Date: May 23, 1895

Item: 3

Item: 65

Extent: 1 leaf


Date: February 27, 1894

Item: 3

Item: 66

Extent: 1 leaf


Date: March 2, 1894

Item: 3

Item: 67

Extent: 1 leaf

Performers include Nellie Melba.


Date: March 4, 1894

Item: 3

Item: 68

Extent: 1 leaf


Date: March 9, 1894

Item: 3

Item: 69

Extent: 1 leaf


Date: April 11-12, 1894?

Item: 3

Item: 70

Extent: 1 booklet (6 pages)


Person: Sherwood, William H., b. 1854


Date: 1895?

Subseries VII. C.: ,

Arrangement: Arranged in chronological order.

Size: Item 71-76

Item: 3

Item: 71

Extent: 1 booklet (16 pages)


Date: January 7, 1897

Item: 3

Item: 72

Extent: 1 booklet (14 pages)


Date: February 4, 1897

Item: 3

Item: 73

Extent: 1 booklet (16 pages)


Date: February 3, 1898

Item: 3

Item: 74

Extent: 1 booklet (16 pages)


Date: March 10, 1898

Item: 3

Item: 75

Extent: 1 booklet (8 pages)


Date: November 26, [1897?]

Item: 3

Item: 76

Extent: 1 leaf


Date: March 24, 1933

Subseries VII. D.: ,

Arrangement: Arranged in chronological order.

Size: Item 77-80

Item: 3

Item: 77

Extent: 1 folded leaf


Date: July 4, 1924

Item: 3

Item: 78

Extent: 1 leaf


Date: July 8, 1924

Item: 3

Item: 79

Extent: 1 leaf

Diagram of banquet seating.


Date: July 8, 1924

Item: 3

Item: 80

Extent: 1 booklet (5 pages)


Date: July 8, 1924

Subseries VII. E.: ,

Size: Item 81

Item: 3

Item: 81

Beethoven

Extent: 1 folded leaf


Date: April 11-May 1910

Subseries VII. F.: ,

Size: Item 82-89

Subseries VII. G.: Rome (Italy),

Size: Item 90

Item: 3

Item: 90

Extent: 1 booklet (16 pages)


Person: Busch, Adolf, 1891-1952


Date: December 24, 1924