The Fort Worth Press, long since out of business, produced A Scrapbook of ... the Van Cliburn International Quadrennial Piano Competition for readers to keep and enjoy. Like other items on this page it can be viewed in the TCU/Special Collections digital repository; scroll down to "View/Open." The document is text-searchable except for the "Candid Extras" photographic section.
Variously referred to as "brochure," "booklet," "catalogue" or even "prospectus," the application brochure for the first competition was a strong advertisement for Fort Worth as a cultural entity. Its envelope showed a globe logo that was soon replaced by the stylized piano logo used for many years. View the complete application brochure and mailing envelopes in the TCU/Special Collections digital repository.
Persons appearing in the "Candid Extras" center section of the Fort Worth Press Scrapbook include Sam Cantey III, Mrs. Irl Allison Sr., Ralph Votapek, Mrs. Carl Butel, Laura Jane Musser, Van Cliburn, Serge Saxe, Leonard Pennario, Rudolf Gans, Motonari Iguchi, Robert Hull, Mikhail Voskresenski, Milton Katims, Sergio Varella-Cid, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. This section was scanned using a different method and is not text-searchable along with the rest of the document.
From the first competition onward the Van Cliburn Foundation commissioned piano works for the contestants to play during each of the contests. In 1962 the piece was Lee Hoiby's Capriccio on Five Notes.
The rules for the first few Cliburn Competitions allowed jurists to halt and redirect preliminary contenders. Presumably in the interests of time, the jury often interrupted pianists to request a different work. That practice continued for about two more competitions; later competitions featured only complete renditions of musical compositions.