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date: 18 November 2019

Cary, Mary Flagler locked

  • Gary Galván


(b New York, NY, Sept 15, 1901; d New York, NY, Dec 27, 1967). American private collector and philanthropist. An heiress to the Standard Oil fortune, she was the granddaughter of the company’s cofounder Henry Morrison Flagler. Her father was Henry Harkness Flagler, a founding member of the Walpole Society, president of the New York Symphony Society and its successor, the Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York, member of the American Administration Committee of the Fountainebleau School of Music, and a collector of musical memorabilia.

In 1930, along with conductor Leon Barzin and music professor Franklin Robinson, Cary established the National Orchestral Association (NOA), a training orchestra reorganized from the American Orchestral Society. She served as president of the NOA until her death in 1967.

Her expansive and private collection of musical memorabilia spanned six centuries and included such singular treasures as the earliest surviving printed score of an opera, Jacopo Peri’s ...

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