Collection 09 - Theodore Thomas collection

Zone d'identification




Theodore Thomas collection


  • [ca. 1970-1991] (Production)

Niveau de description


Étendue matérielle et support

60 cm of textual records and other materials (5 boxes)

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Nom du producteur


Notice biographique

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.

Histoire archivistique

Source immédiate d'acquisition ou de transfert

Acquired by the Music Library in 1991.

Zone du contenu et de la structure

Portée et contenu

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.

Évaluation, élimination et calendrier de conservation


Mode de classement

Original file-order and organization has been maintained. File titles transcribed from original folders.

Zone des conditions d'accès et d'utilisation

Conditions d’accès

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 de reproduction

Langue des documents

Écriture des documents

Notes de langue et graphie

Caractéristiques matérielle et contraintes techniques

Instruments de recherche

Instrument de recherche téléversé

Zone des sources complémentaires

Existence et lieu de conservation des originaux

Existence et lieu de conservation des copies

Unités de description associées

Extensive Theodore Thomas collections are held by the Library of Congress, The Chicago History Museum, and The Newberry Library. Also see the Sir Ernest MacMillan collection (CA OTUFM 15), which contains materials relating to Schabas's work on his book Sir Ernest MacMillan: The importance of being Canadian. The Edward Schabas fonds (UTA 1747) is held at the University of Toronto Archives.

Descriptions associées

Zone des notes


Previously titled "Archives Collection 09: Theodore Thomas." Reference code (09) removed from the title of the collection July 30, 2019.

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Mots-clés - Sujets

Mots-clés - Lieux

Mots-clés - Noms

Zone du contrôle de la description

Identifiant de la description

Archives Collection 09

Identifiant du service d'archives


Règles et/ou conventions utilisées

Dates de production, de révision, de suppression

Revised November 15, 2019.




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