Hopeman Chimes and Carillon

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Hopeman chimes and carillon papers
Creator: University of Rochester. Hopeman Memorial Carillon
Call Number: UA217
Dates: 1926-2016
Physical Description: 5.25 linear feet, 3.78 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Related Materials
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Hopeman chimes and carillon papers
Creator: University of Rochester. Hopeman Memorial Carillon
Call Number: UA217
Dates: 1926-2016
Physical Description: 5.25 linear feet, 3.78 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Biographical/Historical Note
The Hopeman Memorial Chimes were presented to the University of Rochester in 1930 by Albert A. Hopeman, Bertram C. Hopeman, and J. Margaret Hopeman in memory of their father, the late Arendt Willem Hopeman. The seventeen bells were installed in the Rush Rhees Library tower by Meneely and Company of Watervliet, New York, with Harold Gleason of the Eastman School acting as music consultant.

The ringing of the chimes was an unpaid service provided by various members of the University community. In 1930, the year the River Campus opened for students, English professor John R. Slater was placed in charge of the chimes, which he rang regularly for the next twelve years. By the time he retired in 1942, Slater had composed several hundred pieces especially for the Hopeman Memorial Chimes.

Robert F. Metzdorf became assistant bellman in 1937 and was promoted to chief bellman in 1942. He was succeeded in 1949 by Arthur Frackenpohl. G. Marshall Abbey succeed him circa 1953. In May 1954 the Bellman's Society was organized to involve students in the ringing of the chimes. It consisted of a limited number of undergraduates selected through competition, with two senior bellman in charge. The Bellman's Society disbanded sometime in the mid-1980s.

Two additional bells, a middle F sharp and upper G, were made by the Dutch company Petit and Fritsen, Ltd. and added in 1956. All necessary expenses, along with a $10,000 maintenance endowment, were borne by the Hopeman Family in addition to their original gift. By 1973, however, an extensive study pf the proper care of the chimes determined that some were beyond repair or tuning. Repair costs were high enough to consider a replacement of the entire installation. Through Schulmerich Carillons, Inc. the University was put in touch with the Royal Eijsbouts Bellfoundry Ltd. of Asten, Holland, who conducted a thorough evaluation of the bells. It was their strong recommendation that a full carillon be installed to allow for a greater range of music.

The Hopeman Memorial Carillon was formally dedicated on December 9, 1973 with a concert on the Eastman Quadrangle. Its fifty bells cover four octaves and weigh a total of 6,668 pounds. Today, the Hopeman Memorial Carillon is one of only seven carillons in New York State. It is performed frequently throughout the year by Carillonist Doris Aman and her students. An electronic system is programmed to chime on the quarter hour.

Scope and Content
Box 1 of the Hopeman Chimes and Carillon Papers contains material from various bellfoundries related to the purchase of the original chimes from 1926 to 1929. Boxes 2 and 3 deal mostly with the purchase, installation, and dedication ceremony for the carillon, while boxes 4-8 include information on the Bellman Society, the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, and concerts, as well as objects, brochures, and audio recordings. Box 9 and Box 10 include ephemera and publications related to concerts performed on the Hopeman Memorial Carillon. Box 11 and Box 12 contain administrative material related to maintaining the carillon and planning concerts. The collection also contains oversize materials such as posters and signs.

Until February 2018, the title of this collection was Library: Hopeman Chimes and Carillon.

New York (State)--Rochester
Records (Documents)
University of Rochester. Hopeman Memorial Carillon
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Materials in boxes 2 and 3 were transferred in July 1986 by University Associate Treasurer Bruce D. Wolfanger. Materials in boxes 4-7 were transferred on July 29, 2011, by Doris Aman, with additions in April 2012 (materials in box 8) and September 2014 (materials in boxes 9-12).Access
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[Item title, item date], Hopeman chimes and carillon papers, UA217, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
The University Archives Museum Objects Collection contains a Bellman's Society slate (object #62) and a Bellman's Society decorative brass nameplate hanger (object #109).

Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: University of Rochester Archives
Address: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.
Rochester, New York 14627-0055

Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Gillett and Johnson
Box 1, Folder 2McShane
Box 1, Folder 3Mears and Steinbeck
Box 1, Folder 4Meneely (both companies)
Box 1, Folder 5Michiels
Box 1, Folder 6Paccard
Box 1, Folder 7Slegers-Causard
Box 1, Folder 8Townsend
Box 1, Folder 9Van Aerschodt
Box 2, Folder 1Bellman's Society
Box 2, Folder 2Carillon blueprints
Box 2, Folder 3Contracts and proposals (1969-1976) Delivery contract between University of Rochester and Royal Eijsbouts Ltd., bellfoundry of Asten, 1972 (pdf) .
Box 2, Folder 4Correspondence, 1968-1975
Box 2, Folder 5Dedication, 1973
Box 2, Folder 6Dedication invitation lists
Box 2, Folder 7Expenses, 1966-1975
Box 2, Folder 8Hopeman correspondence, 1973-1974
Box 2, Folder 9Hopeman family tree
Box 2, Folder 10Miscellaneous
Box 3, Folder 1North American carillons, 1972-1973
Box 3, Folder 2Photographs and contact sheets, 1974
Box 3, Folder 3Press, 1973-1974
Box 3, Folder 4Schulmerich brochures
Box 4, Folder 1Bell controversy, circa 1974
Box 4, Folder 2Bell installation, 1961-1966
Box 4, Folder 3National Netherlands Carillon Society certification of carillon bells (pdf) ., 1973
Box 4, Folder 4Bell purchase, 1955-1956
Box 4, Folder 5Bell purchase - Correspondence, 1952-1977
Box 4, Folder 6Bellman's Society constitution, 1957-1976
Box 4, Folder 7Bellman's Society membership, 1959-1974
Box 4, Folder 8Bellman's Society minutes, 1959-1970
Box 4, Folder 9Bellman's Society music
Box 4, Folder 10Budget: Bellman Society and chimes/carillon, 1975-1976
Box 4, Folder 11Bulletin of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, 1976-1982
Box 4, Folder 12Carillon News (GCNA), 1981-1987
Box 4, Folder 13Certificate of Authenticity, 1973
Box 4, Folder 14Clippings, 1957-2012
Box 5, Folder 1College Songs, late 1950s
Box 5, Folder 2Concerts and recitals, 1960-1980
Box 5, Folder 3Concerts and recitals, 1981-1990
Box 5, Folder 4Concerts and recitals, 1991-2008
Box 5, Folder 5Correspondence, 1950-1960
Box 5, Folder 6Correspondence, 1961-1970
Box 5, Folder 7Correspondence, 1971-2001
Box 5, Folder 8Dedication, 1973
Box 5, Folder 9Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, 1974-1980
Box 5, Folder 10Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, 1981-1985
Box 5, Folder 11Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, 1986-1988
Box 6, Folder 1Miscellaneous
Box 6, Folder 2North American carillons and recitals, 1964-1980, undated
Box 6, Folder 3North American carillons and recitals, 1981-1988
Box 6, Folder 4Original Bellman plaque, 1961-1963
Box 6, Folder 5Randschriften (GCNA), 1975-1978
Box 6, Folder 6Slater, John R.
"The Hopeman Memorial Chime" by John R. Slater, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 26 October 1930
"Thanksgiving for the Hopeman Chime" by John R. Slater (pdf) .
Box 7, Object 1Bellman Society nameplates
Box 7, Object 2Bellman Society pins
Box 7, Object 3Fuses (3)
Box 7, Object 4Westminster Chimes Mechanism plaque - Gift of the Class of 1951
Box 8, Folder 1CDs: Carillon Society (December 1, 2011); Robert Metzdorf plays the Hopeman Chimes (circa 1930-1949) - CD upgrade; photographs of the Hopeman Carillon (summer 2009-2011); Royal Eijsbouts Foundry (2009)
Box 8, Folder 2Builder's Bells exhibit brochure (2012) from exhibit in the Great Hall of Rush Rhees Library, January-September 2012
Box 8, Folder 3"The Builder's Bells: The Hopeman Memorial Chime and Carillon" booklet by the Carillon Society, 2012
Box 8, Folder 4Brochures: Hopeman Brothers (2010s) and Eijsbouts (circa 2011)
Box 8, Folder 5CDs: Josef Hanson and Tiffany Ng, October 2006
Box 8, Folder 6Guild of Carillonneurs in North America Bulletin: Companology Textbook, 2005
Box 8, Folder 7Carillon Cook Book (1982) and New Carillon Cook Book (1983)
Box 9, Folder 1Carillon History
Includes pamphlets about carillons around the world.

Box 9, Folder 245 RPM Record of a Concert Performed on "Carillon van Tiel" in the Netherlands
Box 9, Folder 3Images of Rush Rhees and Playing Room Floor Plans
Box 9, Folder 4Newspapers and Other Publications
Box 9, Folder 5Recitals: Ephemera
Box 9, Folder 6Repair Companies Booklets and Correspondence
Box 9, Folder 7Sheets of Music
Box 9, Folder 8Summer Recital Series Ephemera, 1981-1982
Box 9, Folder 9Summer Recital Series Ephemera, 1983
Box 9, Folder 10Summer Recital Series Ephemera, 1984
Box 9, Folder 11Summer Recital Series Ephemera, 1985-1986
Box 10, Folder 1Summer Recital Series Ephemera, 1987-1988
Box 10, Folder 2Summer Recital Series Ephemera, 1989-1990
Box 10, Folder 3Summer Recital Series Ephemera, 1991-1992
Box 10, Folder 4Summer Recital Series Ephemera, 1993-1994
Box 10, Folder 5Summer Recital Series Ephemera, 2000-2002
Box 10, Folder 6Summer Recital Series Ephemera, 2004, 2012-2014
Box 10, Folder 7Student Recital programs
Box 11, Folder 1Advisory Committee to the Bellman Society
Box 11, Folder 2-5Caldwell, David: Correspondence and Notes
Box 11, Folder 6Correspondence: Carillon Installation
Box 11, Folder 7Correspondence: Dowd, Frank J., Jr.
Box 11, Folder 8Correspondence: Endowment Fund and Budget
Box 11, Folder 9Correspondence: Security
Box 11, Folder 10Correspondence: Various Subjects
Also includes a membership roster of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America.

Box 11, Folder 11Recitals: Administrative Material
Box 11, Folder 12Recommendation for Extra Compensation Forms
Box 11, Folder 13Summer Recital Series: Administrative Material, 1986-1989
Box 11, Folder 14Summer Recital Series: Administrative Material, 1990-1992
Box 12, Folder 1Summer Recital Series: Administrative Material, 1993-1994
Box 12, Folder 2Summer Recital Series: Administrative Material, 2000
Box 12, Folder 3Summer Recital Series: Administrative Material, 2001
Box 12, Folder 4Summer Recital Series: Administrative Material, 2002
Box 12, Folder 5University Carillonist Applications
Box 12, Folder 6Rochester Carillon Composition Award: Alex Johnson (With Remembrance We Go On), 2017
Box 12, Folder 7Rochester Carillon Composition Award: Hanzhi Zhang (Forest in the Dark), 2018
Box 12, Folder 8Rochester Carillon Composition Award: Alex Johnson (Butterfly Fantasia), 2019
Flat Box 1, Folder 1The Hopeman Memorial Chime, 1930
Includes information about the Hopeman Memorial Chimes and the Bellman Society.

Flat Box 1, Folder 2Dedication Concert Posters, 1973
Flat Box 1, Folder 3Carillon Recital Series Posters, 1981-1982, 1984, 2005, 2007-2012, 2015-2016, 2018
Flat Box 1, Folder 4Carillon Society Sign; Senior Week Bell Tour Posters, 1999, undated
Flat folder 1Plan for Extension Chime of 17 Bells with 2 Bells, 1961
Flat folder 2Bellman's Society Activities Fair Materials

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