Sargeant, Winthrop (1903-1986)

he Winthrop Sargeant collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, legal material, photographs, diaries and journals, and other items.

Manuscripts by Sargeant in the collection include drafts of book-length works, as well as articles and reviews written for a variety of magazines. Manuscripts for book-length works includeListening to Music (introduction only; Dodd, Mead & Co., 1958); In Spite of Myself (Doubleday, 1970); Divas (Coward, McCann, and Geoghegan, 1973); an unpublished work titled You Too Can Be a Symphony Conductor, or: How to Experience the Joys of Meastroship with Nothing Much but a Baton, a Score and a Phonograph Record ; and an unpublished autobiography, in two volumes.

Sargeant’s translation of the Bhagavad Gita (Doubleday, 1974) is present in multiple versions, including Sargeant’s first and second drafts, an intermediate version with corrections, and an uncorrected translation. There is also a handwritten draft translation and a typed “interlinear translation from the Sanskrit with word-for-word transliteration and translations” with handwritten corrections. Also included are Sargeant's notes regarding his translation work and scholarship of the Gita, along with correspondence from J. A. B. Buitenen (1971) regarding Sargeant’s translation.

Shorter works by Sargent in the collection consist of short articles and reviews (1930- late 1976) published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Saturday Evening Post, Time, Tomorrow, The Nation, Musical America, Musical Quarterly, The American Mercury, Newsweek, Travel, and other periodicals

Musical scores in the collection consist of a few popular songs, composed ca. 1932 for a show performed in Vermont.

Correspondence in the collection is extensive, and several of the letters have handwritten notations by Sargent. In total the letters date from 1919 to 1978. One group of correspondence consists of letters from figures in the music profession, mostly related to profiles written by Sargeant for The New Yorker between 1955 and 1974. Notable correspondents include Joseph Alsop, John Browing, James M. Cain, Aaron Copland, Danilo Dolci, Donald N. Ferguson, Indira Gandhi, Julius Gold, James McCracken, Jerry Mangione, Giovanni Martinelli, Yehudi Menuhin, Birgit Nilsson, Regina Resnik, Julius Rudel, Vittorio de Sica, Elie Siegmeister, Beverly Sills, Leopold Stokowski, and Joan Sutherland. Also present are several items from magazines and publishers.

Printed material in the collection consists of clipped articles about Sargeant, as well as reviews of three of his books; they date from 1938 to 1970.

Legal material consists of contracts contracts for Jazz: Hot and Hybrid ; a contract with Dodd, Mead & Co. for Selection of Music Criticism (1957); and a contract with Radio Corporation of America (1968).

Photographs in the collection consist of over one hundred images of Sargeant and others, dating from 1918 to 1978. Included are many portraits of Sargeant, a photograph of his wife, photographs of Sargeant and Aaron Copland at the Yaddo artist retreat, and many photos taken during a 1931 trip to Peru.

Diaries and journals in the collection are dated 1919, 1920, 1923-1925, 1927-1934, 1930 (European tour of the New York Philharmonic), 1931 (trip to the Andes), 1944-1945 (trip to Southeast Asia), and 1948-1949 (trip to India).

Other items in the collection include several awards, certificates of achievement, diplomas, programs and tour items collected throughout Sargeant’s career, a scrapbook of music criticism written for the Brooklyn Eagle between 1935 and 1937, and two genealogical charts tracing Sargeant’s family lineage.

Notable Figures
1. Sargeant, Winthrop
Associated Subjects
1. Music Collections Subject Guide
2. Translation Subject Guide
3. New Yorker Magazine Subject Guide
4. Criticism Subject Guide
5. Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi Collections Subject Guide