- [ca. 1970-1991] (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
60 cm of textual records and other materials (5 boxes)
Name of creator
Prof. Ezra Schabas was born in New York and received his Diploma in Clarinet (1943) and Bachelor of Science (1948) from the Juillard School. In 1949, he received his Master of Arts from Columbia University. He also studied at the Conservatoire de Nancy, and the Fontainebleau School for the Arts in France between 1945 and 1950. After several appointments at American universities (1948-1952), he joined the staff of the Royal Conservatory of Music as Director of Concerts and Publicity where he arranged concerts for leading young artists across Canada. During the 1950s he was active as a clarinetist and conductor and managed music at the Stratford Festival (1958 and 1961). In 1960 he joined the staff of the Faculty of Music as Special Lecturer, becoming Associate Professor in 1961 and Professor in 1968. From 1978 to 1983, he was Principal of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Prof. Schabas retired as Professor Emeritus in 1985. Prof. Ezra Schabas passed away on October 12, 2020 at the age of 96.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Acquired by the Music Library in 1991.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Collection contains correspondence, copies of sources, notes, illustrations, photographs, microfilms, and other working papers for Ezra Schabas's book Theodore Thomas : America's conductor and builder of orchestras, 1835-1905 (University of Indiana Press, 1989). The collection also contains articles and lecture notes for presentations written by Schabas about Thomas.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Original file-order and organization has been maintained. File titles transcribed from original folders.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
The Theodore Thomas collection is stored offsite at Downsview. To access this collection, please contact the Music Library at least 2 weeks in advance of your visit.
Conditions governing reproduction
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Uploaded finding aid
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Previously titled "Archives Collection 09: Theodore Thomas." Reference code (09) removed from the title of the collection July 30, 2019.