Efrem Zimbalist Collection (MSS 32), 1908-1982

Preliminary finding aid

Summary Information

Repository
Curtis Institute of Music Archives
Title
Efrem Zimbalist collection
ID
MSS 32
Date [inclusive]
1908-1982
Extent
0.3 Linear feet (6 folders)
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains programs, photographs, memorabilia, and printed compositions, as well as as an early clipping scrapbook, and a scrapbook with letters from former students for his 75th birthday.

Preferred citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Efrem Zimbalist Collection (MSS 32), Series Number; Curtis Institute of Music Archives.

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Biographical note

The Russian-born violinist Efrem Zimbalist, a student of Leopold Auer, made his debut in the United States in 1911, where he settled and married the world-famous soprano Alma Gluck in 1914. In 1928 he was appointed to the violin faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he headed the violin department from 1931, and was the school’s director from 1941 to 1968. A widower from 1938, he married Curtis’s founder, Mary Louise Curtis Bok, in 1943.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following series: 1. Clipping scrapbook, 1908-1916; 2. Programs, 1915-1962; 3. Compositions, 1944 and n.d.; 4. Photographs, 1910-1982; 5. Tributes and memorabilia, 1963-64, 1982.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Curtis Institute of Music Archives 2016

1726 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
archives@curtis.edu

 

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

The collection is compiled from various resources. The programs in series 2 were a gift from Zimbalist’s granddaugher in 1993. The photographs in series 4 were moved from the Vladimir Sokoloff collection (MSS 22).

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Related Materials

Related archival materials

Additional photographs from Zimbalist’s personal archives are kept on display in Zimbalist’s former teaching studio at the Curtis Institute of Music, which was dedicated the “Zimbalist room” in 1978 (view the list of materials on display).

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Sokoloff, Vladimir, 1913-1997
  • Zimbalist, Efrem, 1889-1985

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Collection Inventory

Series 1. Clipping scrapbook compiled by Sadie Gottlieb 1908-1916

Box
MSS 4

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Series 2. Programs 1915-62

Box
MSS 2

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Series 3. Compositions 1944, n.d.

Box
Lullaby, oh Lullaby for voice and piano 1944 MSS 2
Concert fantasy on Rimsky-Korsakofff’s Le Coq d’Or, autograph for Roy Malan not dated MSS 2

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Series 4. Photographs c. 1910-c. 1982

Box
MSS 2
Box
Miscellaneous photographs c. 1910-c. 1982 MSS 2
Efrem Zimbalist Sr. and Jr. with Roy Malan (photo taken for the release of a CD) 1976 MSS 4
Drawing of Zimbalist with a violin after a photograph not dated MSS 4

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Series 5. Tributes and memorabilia 1963-64, 1982

Box
Scrapbook compiled by his students for his 75th birthday 1963-64 MSS 2
Tribute program by Roy Malan at the Reno Philharmonic 1982, Mar 9 MSS 2

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