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From the Collection:

Dr. Robert Strassburg's extensive research material (dating back to the late 1950s) on the career of Ernest Bloch (as well as his own career) is now housed in the Belknap Collection for the Performing Arts. This important collection of notes, articles, research sources, published and photocopied scores, drafts, galley proofs, photographs, correspondence with friends and family of Ernest Bloch and vinyl recordings was donated by Robert Strassburg's son, Dr. Marc Strassburg in October 2003. The Strassburg family chose the University of Florida, as the repository for this material, as a result of their contact with and respect for Dr. David Z. Kushner, the Head of Musicology and Music History in the University of Florida School of Music. Dr. Kushner is also a noted expert on the music of Ernest Bloch having published two respected works on the composer (ERNEST BLOCH: A GUIDE TO RESEARCH and THE ERNEST BLOCH COMPANION). Marc Strassburg wrote of Dr. Kushner: "...from your wonderful accomplishments and leading position as an academician in this area, I am positive that my father would be thrilled on my making this contact with you."

We are grateful to Dr. Marc Strassburg for his generosity and we thank Professor Kushner for his tireless negotiations during this transaction with the Strassburg family. Their efforts on behalf of the University of Florida resulted in a treasure trove of material for the Belknap Collection and the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections. The preservation of the work of Dr. Robert Strassburg provides invaluable material for future scholars and researchers at the University of Florida and we are proud to add this resource to the collections.

The collection is divided into 8 series:

STRASSBURG: PUBLISHED WORKS - Three copies of ERNEST BLOCH: VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS (Trident Shop, California State University, 1977) and ERNEST BLOCH: A BIOGRAPHICAL STUDY (Dissertation)

STRASSBURG: MISCELLANEOUS BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION - Includes correspondence, lecture notes, photographs, musical compositions, etc. relating to the life and career of Dr. Robert Strassburg - Filed alphabetically by subject.

STRASSBURG: ERNEST BLOCH RESEARCH MATERIAL AND SOURCES - Includes Ernest Bloch biographical material researched and gathered by Robert Strassburg in preparation for his various publications - Filed alphabetically by subject.

STRASSBURG: ERNEST BLOCH RESEARCH MATERIAL AND SOURCES: TRIBUTES AND CELEBRATIONS - Includes programs, heralds, articles and miscellaneous materials documenting the many tributes honoring Ernest Bloch during his lifetime and after his death in 1959 - Filed alphabetically by subject.

STRASSBURG: ERNEST BLOCH RESEARCH MATERIAL AND SOURCES: IMAGES, PHOTOGRAPHS and NEGATIVES - Includes Ernest Bloch publicity and private photos used by Robert Strassburg for ERNEST BLOCH: VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS - Filed alphabetically by subject.

STRASSBURG: PRE - PUBLICATION DRAFTS, GALLEY PROOFS and MISCELLANEOUS MATERIAL - Includes research notes, correspondence, drafts and galley proofs for Robert Strassburg's various Ernest Bloch publications - Filed chronologically.

STRASSBURG: ERNEST BLOCH RESEARCH MATERIAL AND SOURCES - MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS - Robert Strassburg's research notes, articles and sources on most of Ernest Bloch's compositions gathered in preparation for his many Ernest Bloch publications - Filed alphabetically by composition title.

STRASSBURG: ERNEST BLOCH RESEARCH MATERIAL AND SOURCES - 33 1/3 RPM RECORDINGS - Robert Strassburg's collection of recordings of Ernest Bloch compositions conducted and performed by Ernest Bloch and various artists - Filed alphabetically by artist.


  • Creation: 1880 - 2005



The collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 6.97 Linear Feet (17 Boxes)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America