The Stockton Symphony Papers consist of: scrapbooks (1930-); programs (1925-); publicity
flyers and biographies; reviews; correspondence and memorabilia pertaining to the
activities of the Stockton Symphony. The collection also contains programs of the
Stockton Symphony Ballet (1928-1988) and some personal papers of Manlio Silva. Additions
to the collection are expected as new materials are generated.
The Stockton Symphony Orchestra was founded by Manlio Silva, a Genovese immigrant
violinist (1924). Silva served as the group's music director, conductor and business
manager until his retirement (1957). Subsequent conductors have included: Horace Brown,
Fritz Berens, Ralph Matesky, Kyung-Soo Won (1966-1993)and Peter Jaffee. The Stockton
Symphony Association was founded (1959) to assume the fund raising and business
management aspects of the Symphony's existence. A women's fund-raising group, the
Stockton Symphony League, was also founded at this time for the additional purpose of
promoting an interest in classical music in San Joaquin County. The League created this
collection in 1980.