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MS Mus 234.2

Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928. Eugene Gruenberg papers: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Mus 234.2
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928.
Title: Eugene Gruenberg papers,
Date(s): 1865-1984 (inclusive), 1873-1928 (bulk).
Quantity: 1 collection (4 boxes (2 linear ft.).)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and German.
Abstract: Papers of the violinist and teacher Eugene Gruenberg collected by his pupil Louis Krasner, including materials for a biography of Gruenberg's friend the conductor Arthur Nikisch.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*89M-63. Gift of Louis Krasner, 1501 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02148, and Mrs. Naomi Orenstein, 72 Nonantum St., Newton, MA 02158; received: 1981.

Processing Information:

Processed by: J. F. Coakley.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is mostly not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Eugene Gruenberg Papers (MS Mus 234.2). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Eugene Gruenberg (1854-1928) was a graduate of the Vienna Conservatory where he was a close friend of the later celebrated conductor Arthur Nikisch (1855-1922). In 1878 he joined the orchestra of the Leipzig opera under Nikisch, and in 1889 followed him to Boston to play in the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After Nikisch left the BSO to return to Germany in 1895, Gruenberg became head of the violin department at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he remained for the rest of his life.


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Scope and Contents

Gruenberg planned to write a life of Nikisch, perhaps in combination with his own memoirs, but he died suddenly leaving only some working papers. Part of these were recovered by his pupil Louis Krasner and make up the present collection. Papers of Gruenberg probably intended for his memoirs and a life of Nikisch, never published.


This collection is mostly shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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