Guide to the Papers of Jamie and Michael Kassler
National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record
Created: December 2017
Kassler, Jamie Croy
- Papers of Jamie and Michael Kassler
- Date Range
- 1829 - 2015
- Collection Number
- MS 10371
- 2.45 metres (6 ms box + 1 med folio box + 3 map folios)
- 3 map folios measured together as one map drawer of 1.1 metres[LJ]
- Language of Materials
- Special Collections (Manuscripts)
Scope and Contents
The collection features correspondence, music scores, artworks, manuscripts, printed and published works and related papers. The correspondence is primarily with composers, music scholars and musicologists, as well as scientists working in the field of robotics.
Correspondents include Aaron Copland, Alfred Durr, Malcolm Elwin, Joseph F. Engelberger, Reis Wenger Flora, Kerry Grant, Alfred D. Hagle, Olwen Hedley, Joyce Hemlow, Peter Isaac, Stella D. Jenkins, Slava Klima, Howard Chandler Robbins Landon, Douglas Leedy, Bohuslav Martinu, Arthur Mendel, Gian Carlo Menotti, Darius Milhaud, Maboth Moseley, Nils J. Nilsson, Claude V. Palisca, Walter Piston, Alois Podhajsky, Edmund Poole, Alvaro Ribeiro, Wallingford Riegger, Albi Rosenthal, William Sacksteder, Meredith Wooldridge Thring, Alan Tyson and Sir Jack Westrup.
Other material in the collection includes published music scores for works by Aaron Copland and Walter Piston; a manuscript by John Claudius Loudon; an extract from a sermon by Carleton M. Fisher; a translation of 'Treatise on Cryptography' by Andre Lange and E.A. Soudart; correspondence relating to new editions of writings by Charles Burney and his daughter, Frances Burney d'Arblay; a copy of 'Universal history of music, compiled from diverse sources, together with various original notes on Hindu music' by Raja Sir Sourindro Mohun Tagore; papers relating to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna; works by Stan Symonds; 'A bibliography of Thomas Holcroft' by Elbridge Colby; an undeciphered shorthand manuscript found inside book published in England in the 1890's; a dry point etching by Charles Wells of the composer Alban Berg; a watercolour cartoon entitled 'Kentucky Colonel', inscribed by the artist 'Jeff'; and a copy of William Hogarth's print 'Credulity, Superstition and Fanaticism'; Centenary Medal to Dr Jamie Kassler
Conditions Governing Access
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (https://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn5977647).
Conditions Governing Use
Please note that copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. Further information about copyright and the use of manuscript material is available from the Library's website.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item],Papers of Jamie and Michael Kassler, National Library of Australia, MS 10371, [class/series/file/items number(s)]
The collection has been acquired from Jamie and Michael Kassler in instalments received in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Related material in the Library's Manuscript Collection:
Material donated by Jamie and Michael Kassler is also held in the Library's Published, Maps and Pictures Collections.
Michael Kassler is an Australian musicologist and computer consultant. Research interests include: computers and music; the English composer Samuel Wesley; the English Bach awakening; Heinrich Schenker's theories of tonality; and music entries at Stationers' Hall, 1710-1818. Also involved with the Australian Robot Association and has published a guide to the Australian robot marketplace.
Jamie C. Kassler was elected a fellow (1991) of the Australian Academy of Humanities for contributions to musicological theory and received the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and the humanities in the study of philosophy. Her interests include the use of musical models in the history of science; physical theory and metaphysics in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries; and the writings of the polymath, Roger North.
Bound manuscript written by John Claudius Loudon in Paris
Bound manuscript entitled 'On the establishments for public education in Bavaria, Wurtemburg & at Baden...', written by John Claudius Loudon in Paris, 1829, with remarks on educational improvements made in Germany with a view to their adoption in France, England and other countries. Loudon was a Member of the Society for Elementary Instruction in Paris, and of the Linnaen Horticultural, Zoological & Geological Societies in London. Inscription on preliminary page 'John F.M. Dovaston, Westfelton, 30 January 1830'.
Correspondence and papers
Correspondence of Jamie and Michael Kassler with several persons involved in the preparation of new editions of writings of the Burney family, particularly Charles Burney (1726–1814), Mus.Doc. and his daughter Frances Burney d'Arblay (1752–1840). The correspondents include Joyce Hemlow (1906–2001), Slava Klima (1922–1999), Alvaro Ribeiro (1947–2013) and Kerry S[cott] Grant (b1945)
Signed programme, dated 25 November 1962, and typed letter, dated 9 November 1962, to Miss Jamie Towle Croy (later Jamie C. Kassler), from Alois Podhasjsky, Director of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria, together with documents about the School
Autograph letter dated 2 March 1977 from Ernest A. Crome to Jamie and Michael Kassler ; Painting 'Morning Light'(oil on board) made by Ernest A. Crome in 1975, and inscribed on back to Jamie and Michael Kassler from the artist and his wife, depicting an area near Tugun, Queensland; Copy of the booklet Crossing the Paciﬁc (BibID 2795885), inscribed in 1978 by Ernest A. Crome to Jamie and Michael Kassler, with Mr Crome's manuscript note to them dated 9 June 1978 on inside front cover
Typed extract from a sermon delivered 26 February 1961 in Wausau, Wisconsin, USA entitled 'The spiritual nature of non-conformity', describing the visit by Australian composer Percy Grainger to that city. [Rev. Carleton Fisher was pastor of the First Universalist Church of Wausau from 1953 to 1963]
Typescript translation, from the French, of Treatise on Cryptography
Painted sketch and architectural drawings relating to 2 West Crescent Street, McMahons Point NSW, and the extension to Unit 2 (former residence of Jamie and Michael Kassler); also included are pictures of some other homes designed by this architect
Universal history of music, compiled from divers sources, together with various original notes on Hindu music, by Raja Sir Sourindro Mohun Tagore (File 6) - Box 2 (MS 10371)
Copy inscribed by the author's nephew Maharajah Pradyot Kumar Tagore (1873?–1942), although he calls himself the author's son
Watercolour cartoon entitled 'Kentucky Colonel – 75th Kentucky Derby – a Yankee up'. 'Kentucky Colonel' was the name of one of the horses that ran in the 75th Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky, on 6 May 1949; face of Abraham Lincoln (from a US banknote) shown as jockey; inscribed by the artist, 'Jeff', to Jamie Towle Croy (later Jamie C. Kassler); Lincoln was a 'Yankee', i.e., northerner; the artist was a southerner in Kentucky
Dry point etching of the composer Alban Berg, no. 18 of an edition of 210 copies; inscription by the artist below the etching; a catalogue of an exhibition in 1969 of the artist's works is held by the National Library of Australia.
Copy of Hogarth's satirical print entitled Credulity, Superstition and Fanaticism; original engraved in London, 1761; it seems likely that this copy is from The Works of William Hogarth from the original plates restored by James Heath, 2nd ed., c1837
Correspondence with composers and music scholars, together with published music scores for works by Aaron Copland and Walter Piston
Correspondence with composers Aaron Copland, Darius Milhaud, Bohuslav Martinu, Gian Carlo Menotti, Walter Piston and Wallingford Riegger, mostly concerning Michael Kassler's studies in the United States in the 1950s; correspondence with music scholars Reis Wenger Flora regarding Raja Sir Sourindro Mohun Tagore; and a letter from music scholar and dealer Albi Rosenthal. There are also published music scores of 'Piano Fantasy' and 'Piano Variations' by Aaron Copland, and 'Serenata for Orchestra' by Walter Piston.
Corrrespondence of Jamie and Michael Kassler
Michael Kassler with: musicologist and Haydn scholar Howard Chandler Robbins Landon and musicologist and editor Sir Jack Westrup regarding the discovery of how Haydn's 'Surprise' symphony got that name (1970); musicologist Alan Tyson regarding the 1805 London performance of a Beethoven symphony (1973); and robotics researcher Meredith Wooldridge Thring (1997). Letters to Michael Kassler from: computer scientist and robotics researcher Nils J. Nilsson (1982); musicologist and J.S. Bach scholar Alfred Durr (1988) and Olwen Hedley of the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, author of a biography of Queen Charlotte (1977).
From Joseph F. Engelberger, regarded as the 'father of robotics'.
Jamie Kassler with musicologist Claude V. Palisca. National Library of Australia holdings of books inscribed by Palisca: The Florentine Camerata : documentary studies and translations and Humanism in Italian Renaissance musical thought.
Book titled 'Memorials of the Wesley Family: including biographical and historical sketches of all the members of the family for 250 years', written by George J. Stevenson (London, 1876) (File 14) - Box 3 (MS 10371)
This collection comprises a book titled 'Memorials of the Wesley Family: including biographical and historical sketches of all the members of the family for 250 years', written by George J. Stevenson (London, 1876), with annotations by Rev. Louis Henry Wellesley Wesley (Anglican clergyman, 1844-1931). The book includes an additional autograph note by Wellesley Wesley. This copy was inscribed to Evelyn Katrine Gwenfra Wellesley nee Williams (1855-1939), Duchess of Wellington and wife of Henry Wellesley, 3rd Duke of Wellington, and it bears the bookplate of her brother-in-law Arthur Richard Wellesley (1849-1934), 4th Duke of Wellington from 1900. This copy lacks Preface pages vii-x, and is stamped 'The Wellesleys' in gold lettering on the spine and front cover.
Letter originally enclosed within the book has been removed and placed in mylar in a separate folder. Both the book and the folder have been placed in one large archival bag together. Book has been labelled volume 14 and letter folder 14A.
This instalment includes a copy of A bibliography of Thomas Holcroft (1922) by Elbridge Colby (1891–1982), together with correspondence and offprints of articles.
Colby, Elbridge (1891-1982). A bibliography of Thomas Holcroft. New York, New York Public Library, 1922, 1922 (File 15) - Box 4 (MS 10371)
The author's annotated copy, with loosely inserted notes and correspondence (including a 23 January 1922 letter from W. Clark Durant, editor of a 1927 edition of the Memoirs of Mary Wollstonecraft, held by the Library at https://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1754828).
Vol. 22, No. 4, Oct-Dec 2000. Includes an article entitled 'Allan Bromley explores [Charles] Babbage's Analytical Engline plans 28 and 28a'. Front cover inscribed by Allan Bromley to Jamie and Michael Kassler.
Letter to Michael Kassler from Waldemar Cordeiro (1924–1973, 'computer artist') and newspaper cuttings regarding the Brazilian exhibition Arteônica, which he organised in São Paulo, Brazil that year.
Comprises: letters to Michael Kassler from Alfred D. Hagle of the Library of Congress, Marjorie S. Hooper of the American Printing House for the Blind, and Stella D. Jenkins of the Perkins School for the Blind, regarding the potential development of a computer system to scan printed music and to convert it into Braille music notation, 1963; correspondence of Michael Kassler with the authors Maboth Moseley (1906–1975) and Malcolm Elwin (1902–1973) concerning references by Charles Babbage (1791–1871) or Ada Augusta King, Countess of Lovelace (1815–1852) to the use of Babbage's planned Analytical Engine to process musical data, 1966 ; correspondence of Michael Kassler with Alan Noel Latimer Munby (1913–1974) concerning his catalogue of book sales, 1974; letters from Arthur Mendel (1905–1979) to Michael Kassler regarding computers and music, 1974 and 1976; letters from Peter Isaac (1921–2002), 1975; and copy of a letter from Michael Kassler to Ivan Page, then First Secretary (National Library) at the Australian High Commission, London, suggesting that subscription lists in the National Library's holdings of 18th-century British books be included in a computer database being compiled at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the U.K., 1976.
Correspondence between Michael Kassler and Rudolf [Kh[aﬁzovich]] Zaripov (1921–1991) and Boris Bizjukov in the USSR, regarding research and publications relating to computers and music.
Comprises: letters from Olwen Hedley (author of biography of Queen Charlotte), 1977-1978; letter from Michael Kassler to The Editor, Times Literary Supplement, London, proposing computer storage of texts and editions, 1980; letter from Michael Kassler to The Editor, Times Literary Supplement, London, proposing computer storage of texts and editions, 1980; copy of form letter from Dr Graham Chataway, Manager, Technology Policy & Development, Queensland Department of Industry Development, requesting senior members of Queensland Government departments to meet Michael Kassler to discuss current and potential uses of robots in Queensland, 1986; and fax from Michael Kassler in Bordeaux, France to be sent to Joe Williams of the Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce, Canberra, regarding Australian membership in the International Advanced Robotics Programme, 1989.
Comprises: correspondence with Dr Jacob 'John' Rose (1917–2007), Director-General of the World Organisation of General Systems and Cybernetics, concerning robotics. In the 20 May 1982 letter Michael Kassler suggested the name Robotica for the journal of that name published by Cambridge University Press from 1983 (BibID 4388293), of which Dr Rose was the foundation editor and to which Michael Kassler contributed and edited special issues, 1981-1982; proposal prepared by Michael Kassler, then National Co-ordinator, Australian Robot Association, recommending that OECD conduct a study of existing or proposed national robotics/automation policies, 1990; and letter and certiﬁcate from William R. Low, Acting Manager, Business Assistance Branch, Queensland Department of Tourism, Small Business and Industry, certifying that Michael Kassler is approved as a specialist operations-improvement consultant, 1997.
Article 'Kinematic optics: a study of the wave theory of light in the seventeenth century' by Alan E. Shapiro (b1942), inscribed by the author to Jamie C. Kassler, 1973; article 'Aspects of the L'Homme arme tradition' by Lewis Lockwood (b1930), inscribed by the author to Michael Kassler, 1976; and article 'Was Galileo's father an experimental scientist?' by Claude V[ictor] Palisca (1921–2001), inscribed by the author to Jamie C. Kassler, 1992.
Undeciphered shorthand manuscript found inside book published in England in the 1890's. Written on laid paper (vertical lines) with the watermark 'van' - in the form of a gothic letter. Paper is machine made and was called SYLVAN. It was made in the UK by John Dickinson and Co. Ltd. throughout the 1880s and 1890s.
This consignment comprises Centenary Medal and accompanying diploma from the Commonwealth Government to Dr Jamie Kassler received in 2001; correspondence and papers of Michael Kassler relating to robotics, music and other topics, and correspondence between Jamie Kassler and several scholars including Edmund Poole, William Sacksteder and Douglas Leedy.
Correspondence and papers of Michael Kassler relating to a study funded by the Australia Council to investigate potential support for an Australian institute to study the world's musical languages. The study was carried out by Computer Music Company, a business name of Michael Kassler and Associates Pty Limited, and involved overseas visits by Michael Kassler to discuss the proposed institute with relevant persons. Includes: Article by Nicholas Rothwell (1950– ) describing the project, published in The Australian, 26 January 1982; Media release describing the project and November 1982 report of the study by Michael Kassler to the Australia Council; Research report by Dr (now Professor) Jacqueline Pugh-Kitingan describing publications relating to the proposed institute, and an article by her inscribed to Jamie and Michael Kassler; Correspondence with Professor Sir Frank Callaway (1919–2003) and others concerning the proposed institute; letter dated 6 August 1982 from Jacqueline Pugh-Kitingan to Michael Kassler (restricted)
Mostly by or to Jamie C. Kassler with Doreen Bridges (1918– )
Correspondence of Jamie and Michael Kassler with H[erbert] Edmund Poole (1912–1984), historian of printing, and his wife Anne Rosemary Dorothea ('Posy') Poole (1918–2015)
Correspondence of Jamie C. Kassler with Robert E. Crane (1919–2003), composer and professor of music in the University of Wisconsin
Correspondence of Jamie C. Kassler with William Sacksteder (1925–2000), professor of philosophy in the University of Colorado at Boulder
Correspondence of Jamie C. Kassler with Douglas Leedy (1938–2015), composer and musical scholar
Correspondence of Jamie C. Kassler with Ivor Grattan-Guinness (1941–2014), historian of mathematics and logic
Correspondence (1984–2001) of Jamie C. Kassler with Warren D Anderson (1920–2001), scholar of ancient Greek music
Correspondence (by or to Jamie C. Kassler) with Sam Bass Warner Jr (1928– )
Correspondence of Michael Kassler regarding publication of the report Music in Australia (Bib ID 484076) by Roger Covell (1931–2019)
Offprint of article 'Hippocrates' complaint and the scientiﬁc ethos in early modern England' (File 33) - Box 6 (MS 10371)
By Professor Richard Yeo of Grifﬁth University, inscribed by the author to Jamie C. Kassler
Correspondence of Jan Fullerton AO, Director-General of NLA, with Jamie and Michael Kassler
Correspondence of Francis Sevila (1950–2010) of the Centre National du Mechanisme Agricole du Génie Rural des Eaux et des Forêts, France, with Michael Kassler
Email from the English conductor and musicologist Christopher Hogwood (1941–2014) to Michael Kassler, regarding Michael Kassler's edition of The Memoirs of Charlotte Papendiek
Correspondence of Lesley A. Albertson of the Telecom Australia Research Laboratories with Michael Kassler, regarding an article he wrote published in Rydge's magazine
Letter from Professor Donald Burrows of The Open University, U.K., to Michael Kassler regarding a man in England named Handel
Email submission by Michael Kassler to the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy regarding regulatory reform of telecommunications
Letter from Michael Shenstone (1928–2019), earlier a Canadian ambassador, to Michael Kassler regarding Shenstone's ancestor, the author Lewis Engelbach
Letter from Takeo Kanade (1945-), Director, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, to Michael Kassler regarding a novel camera
Programme of 1994 workshop at the University of Sydney on An Automation Policy for Australia, at which Michael Kassler spoke on 'International Models of Automation Policies'
Correspondence of Michael Kassler concerning the English music theorist Alfred Day (1810–49), in connection with a planned article about him for the 6th edition of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, which ultimately was written by Patricia Collins Jones, from whom a 1975 letter is included. Correspondents include the music theorist Erwin R[euben] Jacobi (1909–79), John Tyrrell (1942–2018) and John [Hamilton] Warrack (b1928), as well as the British Homeopathic Association and other sources thought to have information about Day, who was a homeopathic physician in London
Letter by Michael Kassler to the Managing Editor of Creative Computing magazine, and 1979 letter by him to the editor of Computer Music Journal
Correspondence and other documents relating to Robo Foods Pty Limited, 1985-1999 (File 34) - Box 6 (MS 10371)
Correspondence and other documents relating to Robo Foods Pty Limited (initially Robo Foods Limited), a company of which Michael Kassler and Paul Charles Wong were directors and principal shareholders.The documents concern, amongst other projects, the Robosorter system developed with the CSIRO Division of Manufacturing Technology and delivered to Buderim Ginger Limited, the Robosandwich system proposed to Qantas Flight Catering, and several other proposals of this company, including the February 1985 concept description of Roboburger, a system for robotic ordering and preparation of hamburgers. Also included is a Collaborative Research and Development and Licence Agreement between the CSIRO and Robo Foods
Correspondence of Michael Kassler & Associates Pty Ltd regarding robots and mining, ethical aspects of robots, robots for the service industries, and other topics, including a proposed book about robots, which never eventuated. Includes the June 1996 quality manual of this company (such a manual was required by the Queensland Government)
Fax inviting Michael Kassler to participate in the French-Australian Industrial Research mission to France
Correspondence of Michael Kassler and Associates Pty Ltd relating to Australian opportunities in construction robotics
Correspondence and proposals of Michael Kassler and Associates Pty Ltd, 1981-1989 (File 36) - Box 7 (MS 10371)
Correspondence and proposals of Michael Kassler and Associates Pty Ltd relating to applications of robotics in agriculture and primary industries
Correspondence and papers relating to the Robotics for Health Care Seminar, 1992 (File 37) - Box 7 (MS 10371)
Correspondence and papers relating to the Robotics for Health Care Seminar organised by Michael Kassler and Associates Pty Ltd and held at the Marriott Surfers Paradise Resort. Correspondents include Professor Pierre Rabischong (1932- ), the neurosurgeon Dr Leigh Atkinson and Lee McLean, public relations consultant
Correspondence of Michael Kassler with Dr Stanley Sadie (1930–2005) and others regarding contributions to the 6th Edition of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians [renamed The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians] which Dr Sadie edited