Collection 15 - Sir Ernest MacMillan collection

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Sir Ernest MacMillan collection


  • 1890-1996, predominant 1991-1994 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1.3 m of textual records (10 boxes) + 35 audio cassettes (2 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator


Biographical history

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.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Acquired by the Music Library in 1996.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Collection includes correspondence, notes, transcripts, and other working papers for Ezra Schabas's book Sir Ernest MacMillan: the importance of being Canadian, published by the University of Toronto Press in 1994.

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System of arrangement

Files are listed in alphabetical order.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

The Sir Ernest MacMillan collection is stored offsite at Downsview. To access the collection, please contact the Music Library at least 2 weeks in advance of your visit.

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Uploaded finding aid

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Related units of description

Also see the Theodore Thomas collection (CA OTUFM 09), which contains materials for Ezra Schabas's book Theodore Thomas: America's conductor and builder of orchestras, 1835-1905. The Ezra Schabas fonds (UTA 1747) is held at the University of Toronto Archives. The Sir Ernest MacMillan fonds is held at Library and Archives Canada (R10863-0-5-E).

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Notes area


Previously titled "Archives Collection 15: Sir Ernest MacMillan." Reference code (15) removed from the title of the collection July 30, 2019.

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Archives Collection 15

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