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    I'm interested in getting photocopies (or digital images) of the concert program(s) - and any other related material - for the Second Annual Convention of the American Guild of Banjoists, Mandolinists and Guitarists that was held in Philadelphia in January 1903. Anybody know who might have this? I can provide more specifics. (I've already tried All Frets and other offshoots of the original American Guild.) Thanks.

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    Hey Jim: I wish I could help you. I have a panoramic photo of American Guild from their convention in Chicago in 1933. I guess I am just 30 years too late.
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    Would the info you are seeking be in either the Crescendo or the Cadenza periodicals? The Library of Congress (catalog.loc.gov) seems to have full runs of both Crescendo and Cadenza:

    You Searched: ALL: American Guild of Banjoists, Mandolinists and Guitarists
    Titles List: 1-5 of 5
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    Fretted instrument news.
    Providence, R.I., Rhode Island Music Co.
    SELECT TITLE FOR HOLDINGS INFORMATION

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    Crescendo.
    Boston, Crescendo Pub. Co.
    Microfilm Music-2732
    Request in Performing Arts Reading Room (Madison, LM113)

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    Cadenza.
    Boston, Mass. : Walter Jacobs
    Microfilm 853
    Request in Performing Arts Reading Room (Madison, LM113)

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    Crescendo.
    Boston, Mass. [The Crescendo pub. co.] 1908-
    ML1 .C93
    Request in Performing Arts Reading Room (Madison, LM113)

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    Cadenza, a music magazine.
    Kansas City, Mo. [C. L. Partee co.; etc., etc.] 1894-1924.
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    Good suggestions, mandogio, thanks, but I've already looked through Cadenzas (Crescendo didn't start until 1908). I'm researching a Baltimore concert mandolinist named C. J. Levin. He performed at that 1903 American Guild convention. Cadenza had information about him, but I'm greedy -- always looking for more. I'm hoping that the concert program -- if I can ever get to see one -- has additional biographical information about him.

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    I was browsing earlier today and found Chas. Levin mentioned in a June 1906 concert reviewed with program in the "Cadenza" Vol. 13, No.1 (Sep. issue). see attached. BTW, I use the NYPL to access the magazine. They have issues starting in 1897 through 1922.
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    Thanks for the post, Mandophile. I had already seen that blurb in the Cadenza too. I never did get the American Guild program I was looking for though...*sigh*

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    Jim, you might try contacting Paul Ruppa. I think the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra might have been around then and I think they may have saved some of that material.I was librarian for the New York MO years ago and I think they had a scrapbook or files with programs but NYMO started much later around 1924.
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    Jim, I've been in touch with Paul too, but I don't believe I asked him about this particular thing. Thanks for thinking of it. It might be worth a try.

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    Sorry for the pokey responding - I found the concert program for and a review of that Guild convention in the February 1903 Cadenza on pages 37-39. Jim, there is even a little complimentary verbiage for Levin's performance of "Perpetuum Mobile." To get jpegs or photocopies of those pages, check with Gregg Miner at Harpguitars.net. Regards - Paul

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