Josef Hofmann Collection (MSS 50), 1906-98 (Bulk 1914-57)

Preliminary finding aid

Summary Information

Repository
Curtis Institute of Music Archives
Creator
Hofmann, Josef, 1876-1957
Title
Josef Hofmann collection
ID
MSS 50
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1914-1957
Date [inclusive]
1906-1998
Extent
0.5 Linear feet (2 archival boxes)
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains letters from Josef Hofmann to Mary Louise Curtis Bok prior to being director of the Curtis Institute of Music, as well as letters and postcards to her sons Curtis and Cary Bok, photographs, and publicity materials.

Preferred citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Josef Hofmann Collection (MSS 50); Curtis Institute of Music Archives.

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Biographical note

The Polish-born child prodigy Josef Hofmann was a concert pianist, composer, and inventor, who settled in the United States during the first World War. A close friend of Mary Louise Curtis Bok, founder of the Curtis Institute of Music, he became the head of the school’s piano department in 1924 and was director of the school from 1927 until 1938, when he left due to financial cutbacks at the school.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into the following series: 1. Correspondence with Mary Louise Curtis Bok; 2. Correspondence with Cary Bok; 3. Correspondence with Curtis Bok; 4. Photographs; 5. Programs, clippings, and commemorative materials.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Curtis Institute of Music Archives 2016

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

 

Access and restrictions

The collection is open for research, except for correspondence with Cary Bok in series 2, which is restricted at the request of the donor.

Provenance

The collection was a gift from A. Margaret Bok in 2002 and 2009. The 2002 accession (including two letters to Mary Louise Curtis Bok and Edward Bok (1914) and two letters to Curtis Bok (1956) and a Christmas card from Anton Hofmann to his parents (1929) was previously processed as MSS 17.

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Related Materials

Related archival materials

Additional correspondence between Mary Louise Curtis Bok as Curtis President and Josef Hofmann can be found among the Founders Papers under Hofmann, Josef (1924-1942); Directors Office (1933-1938); and Director’s Reports–Josef Hofmann (1927-1935).

Clippings concerning Joseph Hofmann are to be found in the Vertical files collection. Additional photos of Joseph Hofmann can be found in the Photograph collection. For correspondence between Hofmann and William Strasser see the William Strasser papers (MSS 38)

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Zimbalist, Mary Louise Curtis Bok, 1876-1970

Subject(s)

  • Hofmann, Josef, 1876-1957–Correspondence

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Collection Inventory

Series 1. Correspondence with Mary Louise Curtis Bok 1906-1925

Scope and content

The correspondence includes letters from Hofmann’s first wife Marie Hofmann.

Box
1

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Series 2. Correspondence with Cary Bok (RESTRICTED) 1929-1936, 1951-1955

Scope and content

The correspondence includes postcards and telegrams cosigned by Hofmann and his second wife Betty Hofmann, and one letter to Helen Bok, Cary Bok’s first wife.

Box
2

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Series 3. Correspondence with Curtis Bok 1951, 1956

Box
2

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Series 4. Photographs, 1929-1933

Box
2
Photo of Josef Hofmann, inscribed to Carey Bok “To my friend Cary Bok, from Josef Hofmann, Aiken S.C. April. 1921.” (photographer: Mishkin, NY). 1921
Christmas card with photo of Anton Hofmann at “East and West Merion Pa,” dedicated to his parents 1929
Postcard of Hans Zippert, Lea Lubushutz, Betty and Josef Hofmann in Kissingen 1931, Jul
Photo of Josef Hofmann and Cary Bok, when Hofmann received an honorary degree from the University of Pennsylvania when Bok was Associate Trustee 1933, Jun 21

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Series 5. Prorams, clippings, and commemorative materials 1921-1998

Box
2

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