Shura Cherkassky Collection (MSS 18), 1887-1998 (Bulk 1923-95)

Preliminary finding aid

Summary Information

Repository
Curtis Institute of Music Archives
Creator
Cherkassky, Shura, 1909-1995
Title
Shura Cherkassky Collection
ID
MSS 18
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1923-1995
Date [inclusive]
1887-1998
Extent
1.8 Linear feet (1 archival box and 1 photo box)
Language
English
Abstract
The collection consists of programs, scrapbooks and clippings that document Cherkassky’s career as a pianist, as well as personal and family papers, memorabilia, and photographs.

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Biographical note

The Russian-born pianist Shura (Alexander) Cherkassky studied at the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Josef Hofmann and received his diploma in 1935. Known as a romantic pianist, he made numerous recordings and toured worldwide.

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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 was a gift from Cherkassky’s family.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1. Programs (see list of programs) 1923-1995

Box
1

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Series 2. Scrapbooks and clippings 1923-1998

Box
Miscellaneous clippings 1923-1998 1
Aukland tour scrapbook 1928, Oct-Nov 2
Hong Kong scrapbook 1961 2
Japan scrapbook 1971 2

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Series 3. Personal and family papers 1921-1982

Box
Letter from B. Zeltman to Isaac Cherkassky’s brother in the United States to obtain help in getting the family out Odessa (typescript, translated) 1921, Sep 18 1
Personal documents concering Isaac and Lydia Cherkassky 1924-1961 1
Typescript biography of Cherkassky by Loudon Charlton c. 1925 1
Passports 1928-1982 2

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Series 4. Memorabilia and miscellaneous materials 1887-1991

Box
Announcement of Hofmann’s recital on June 9, 1887, Princes’ Hall, Piccadilly, framed with a pencil sketch of Hofmann at the keyboard, presented to Cherkassky on his 80th birthday by Peter Wadland 1887, Jun 9 2
Steinway Salon concert program of Joseph Hofmann 1925, Oct 27 1
Letter from Josef Hofmann to John Barbirolli recommending Cherkassky as “prize pupil” (photocopy) 1940, Apr 2 1
Foreign programs and publications 1974, 1981 1
Miscellenous memorabilia 1928-1991 1

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Series 5. Photographs 1920-c. 1985

Box
1

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