Albert Goldberg papers, 1908-1986

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Finding aid last updated 31 May 2016.


Title: Albert Goldberg papers
Collection number: PASC-M 10
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 8.8 linear ft. (20 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1908-1986
Abstract: This collection holds the scrapbooks, clippings and printed ephemera of conductor and music critic Albert Goldberg. The bulk of the collection consists of his own writing as well as materials about the Works Progress Administration Federal Music Project for which he was the Illinois State Director.
Language of Materials: Materials are in English. Some materials in Series 2: Sheet Music contain German and Italian materials.
Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Creator: Goldberg, Albert Levi, 1898-1990

Restrictions on Access

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Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Albert Goldberg Papers (Collection PASC-M 10). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

This collection was originally acquired from Albert Goldberg's estate.

Biography

Albert Levi Goldberg was born on June 2, 1898 in Shenandoah, Iowa. Along with studying music privately, Goldberg attended the University of Nebraska from 1915-1916 and the Chicago Music College from 1920-1922. He received his Masters degree in Music from the Gunn School of Music in 1923. Shortly afterwards, Goldberg started his lengthy career in music review and criticism at the Chicago Herald and Examiner between the years of 1925 and 1936. He then took on the role of Illinois State Director of the Federal Music Project in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) at the beginning of the program in 1935 until the program termination in 1943. He often conducted the orchestras that played within this program. After his experience in the WPA, he continued his music criticism writing for the Chicago Tribune (1943-1947) and the Los Angeles Times (1947-65). Goldberg often lectured in the music department at UCLA beginning in 1948 until the mid 1950s. Goldberg wrote his column The Sounding Board in the Los Angeles Times for 18 years. He became the music staff writer in 1965 and critic emeritus the following year at the Los Angeles Times. He continued to write for other publications after his retirement as well. Goldberg died on February 4, 1990 in Pasadena, CA.

Scope and Content

This collection holds the writings, scrapbooks, clippings and printed ephemera of conductor and music critic Albert Goldberg. The bulk of the collection consists of his own writing as well as materials about the Works Progress Administration Federal Music Project for which he was the Illinois State Director. Other materials include Goldberg's personal collection of sheet music booklets from various classical musicians.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection has been arranged into the following series:
  • Series 1: Personal, 1916-1975
  • Series 2: Sheet Music, 1908-1976
  • Series 3: Works Progress Administration Federal Music Project, 1933-1975 (bulk 1933-1943)
  • Series 4: Writings, 1910-1986

Related Oral History

The following oral history is available through the UCLA Library Center for Oral History Research:

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233084 

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Federal Music Project (U.S.).
Goldberg, Albert Levi, 1898-1990 --Archives.
Music critics--California--Los Angeles--Archives.

Container List

 

Series 1. Personal. 1916-1975.

Scope and Content

The personal files of Albert Goldberg include primary materials he collected about Los Angeles’ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, newspaper clippings on his father’s death from surgery, articles and flyers featuring Goldberg, and correspondence between friends.
Box 1

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Book. 1943.

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence. 1955-1975.

Box 1, Folder 2

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 1961-1964.

Box 1, Folder 3

Events. 1930-1934, 1965.

Box 1, Folder 4

Father's Death. 1916.

Box 1, Folder 5

Programs. 1938-1941.

Box 1, Folder 6

Publicity. 1956-1964.

 

Series 2. Sheet Music. 1908-1976.

Language of Materials: Some of the materials in this series are in German and Italian.

Scope and Content

This series is comprised of Albert Goldberg’s personal sheet music and opera book collection of various composers. Some of the records in this series pertain to a specific iterance of the score or opera. Some of the production houses involved in these specific renditions were the Chicago Civic Opera Company (Beethoven’s Fidelio and Alfano’s Resurrection), USC School of Performing Arts (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), the Metropolital Opera Association (Wozzeck). Publisher’s in this collection include Ernst Eulenburg, John F. Huber, Fred Rullman, Boosey & Hawkes, Westminster Recording Co., Oliver Ditson Company, Ricordi, Edizioni Suvini Zerboni, M. Baron Inc., and Editions Max Eschig. Some of the books have handwritten annotation by Goldberg.
Box 2, Folder 1

Alfano, Frank: Resurrection. 1925.

Box 2, Folder 2

Bach, Johann Sebastian: Six Partitas. undated.

Box 2, Folder 3

Bartok, Bela: 3rd Piano Concerto. 1947.

Box 2, Folder 4

Bartok, Bela: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. 1942.

Box 2, Folder 5

Beethoven, Ludwig van: Concerto No. 1 in C major Op. 15. 1935.

Box 2, Folder 6

Beethoven, Ludwig van: Concerto No. 4 in G major op. 58. undated.

Box 2, Folder 7

Beethoven, Ludwig van: Klavier-Trio in B flat major Op. 97. 1945.

Box 2, Folder 8

Beethoven, Ludwig van: Fidelio. 1930, 1959.

Box 2, Folder 9

Bizet, Georges: Carmen. undated.

Box 3, Folder 1

Boito, Arrigo: Mefistofele. 1908.

Box 3, Folder 2

Brahms, Johannes: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor Op. 15. undated.

Box 3, Folder 3

Brahms, Johannes: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat Major Op. 83. undated.

Box 3, Folder 4

Britten, Benjamin: A Midsummer Night's Dream. 1960, 1976.

Box 3, Folder 5

Buchner, Georg: Wozzeck. 1952.

Box 3, Folder 6

Catalani, Alfredo: Loreley. 1955.

Box 3, Folder 7

Charpentier, Gustave: Louise. Circa 1920.

Box 3, Folder 8

Cherubini, Luigi: Portuguese Inn, The. 1954.

Box 3, Folder 9

Grieg, Edvard: Piano Concerto in A Minor Op. 16. undated.

Box 3, Folder 10

Liszt, Franz: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major. undated.

Box 3, Folder 11

Liszt, Franz: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major. undated.

Box 4, Folder 1

Liszt, Franz: Totentanz. undated.

Box 4, Folder 2

Ljadow, Anatoli: The Enchanted Lake Op. 62. 1934.

Box 4, Folder 3

Mozart, Amadeus: Piano Concerto No. 537 in D Major. undated.

Box 4, Folder 4

Mozart, Amadeus: Piano Concerto No. 488 in A Major. undated.

Box 4, Folder 5

Mozart, Amadeus: Piano Concerto No. 365 for Two Pianos in E Flat Major. undated.

Box 4, Folder 6

Szymanowski, Karol: Symphony No. 4 Op. 60. 1933.

Box 4, Folder 7

Tschaikowsky, Pyotr Ilyich: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor Op. 23. undated.

 

Series 3. Works Progress Administration Federal Music Project. 1933-1975 (bulk 1933-1943) .

Scope and Content

This series includes correspondence, reports, photographs, clippings, and ephemera. Correspondence documents the progress of the orchestras under Goldberg’s supervision; correspondents include composer Frederick A. Stock, New Deal era arts administrator Florence Kerr, the Library of Congress’ Chief of Music Division Harold Spivacke, and FWA Director Evelyn S. Byron. Also present is the final report back on the Illinois Music Project in 1943 as well as the official WPA style sheet for typographical uniformity in programming music compositions. Concert programs, flyers and reviews for the various orchestras Goldberg managed and conducted are also found in this series. Photographs included depict Goldberg and his colleagues posing with their orchestras as well as candid shots together. The scrapbook in this collection consists of an arrangement of programs and reviews of concerts. The Works Progress Administration file includes newspaper clippings about Roosevelt putting an end to the WPA.
The title Illinois Music Project refers to the general WPA program under which Goldberg worked as State Director and conductor. The orchestra initially took on the name Illinois Symphonic Ensemble. The orchestra then adopted the name Illinois Symphony Orchestra which was maintained throughout its existence.
Box 7, Folder 1

Correspondence. 1940-1943.

Box 7, Folder 2

Illinois Music Project. 1941 March-1943 February.

Box 7, Folder 3

Illinois Symphonic Ensemble: Large Programs. 1942 June 17.

Box 4, Folder 8

Illinois Symphonic Ensemble: Small Programs. 1941 May 5-1943 January 14.

Box 1, Folder 4

Illinois Symphony Orchestra: Large Programs. 1936 August 12-1942 August 11.

Box 5, Folder 1

Illinois Symphony Orchestra: Small Programs, First Season. 1936 October-1937 June .

Box 5, Folder 2

Illinois Symphony Orchestra: Small Programs, Second Season. October 1937 - June 1938.

Box 5, Folder 3

Illinois Symphony Orchestra: Small Programs, Third Season. 1938 October-1939 June .

Box 6, Folder 1

Illinois Symphony Orchestra: Small Programs, Fourth Season. 1939 December-1940 August.

Box 6, Folder 2

Illinois Symphony Orchestra: Small Programs, Fifth Season. 1940 October-1941 April .

Box 6, Folder 3

Illinois Symphony Orchestra: Small Programs, Sixth Season. 1941 November-1942 June .

Box 6, Folder 4

Illinois Symphony Orchestra: Other Programs. 1936 June-1937 November .

Box 7, Folder 5

Other Federal Music Project Programs. 1933-1936.

Box 8, Folder 1

Photographs. 1939-1942.

Box 6, Folder 5

Photographs, small. circa 1936-1940s.

Box 7, Folder 6

Publicity. 1936-1942, 1975.

Box 8

Scrapbook. 1936-1940.

Box 7, Folder 7

Works Progress Administration. 1940-1943.

 

Series 4. Writings. 1910-1986.

Scope and Content

This series is mostly newspaper articles written by Albert Goldberg as a music critic for several publications such as The Chicago Herald and Examiner, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Musical America, Music Digest, and Opera News amongst others. Most of his reviews and critiques are for opera and classical music.
Box 17, Folder 3

Subseries 1. Early drafts. circa 1910s-1927.

 

Subseries 2. Clippings. 1910-1986.

Scope and Content

Consists of loos newspaper clippings, arranged chronologically. The 1963-1965 folder titled "Los Angeles Times The Sounding Board and Calendar" includes a column titled “The Music Critic Versus the Avant-Garde” to which two follow up articles were written due to the overwhelming written responses Goldberg received after publishing the original article. Goldberg includes a long quote from a letter written by former UCLA faculty member Leonard Stein in which he attacks Goldberg’s negative opinion of avant-garde musical compositions.
Box 9, Folder 1

Musical America. 1927-1937, undated.

Box 7, Folder 8

Music Digest, Chicago Herald and Examiner. 1928-1935.

Box 7, Folder 9

Chicago Sunday Tribune. 1943.

Box 9, Folder 2

Chicago Tribune. 1944-1947.

Box 9, Folder 3

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board. 1947.

Box 10, Folder 1

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board. 1948.

Box 10, Folder 2

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board. 1949.

Box 7, Folder 10

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board. 1949-1956.

Box 10, Folder 3

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board. 1950.

Box 7, Folder 11

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board. 1959 - 1960.

Box 11, Folder 1

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board and Calendar. 1963 -1965.

Box 11, Folder 2

Chicago Sun Times, Opera News, Washington Post. 1965 - 1985.

Box 11, Folder 3

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board. 1966-1968.

Box 7, Folder 12

Opera News, San Jose Mercury. 1966 - 1968.

Box 7, Folder 13

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board. 1969.

Box 7, Folder 14

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board. 1970.

Box 11, Folder 4

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board. 1971.

Box 13, Folder 1

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board. 1972.

Box 13, Folder 2

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board. 1973-1976.

Box 13, Folder 3

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board. 1978-1979.

Box 14, Folder 2

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board. 1980-1981.

Box 11, Folder 5

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board. 1982.

Box 14, Folder 3

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board. 1983-1984.

Box 11, Folder 6

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board. 1985-1986.

Box 17, Folder 1

Los Angeles Times. undated.

Box 17, Folder 2

Chicago Tribune. undated.

Box 11, Folder 7

Other Writers' Clippings. 1930-1985.

 

Subseries 3. Scrapbooks. 1925-1966.

Scope and Content

Scrapbooks consist of newspaper articles of Goldberg's and are arranged chronologically. Duplications may exist between articles included in scrapbooks and those that are loose as clippings.
Box 12

Musical America, Music Digest, Herald Examiner. 1925-1931.

Box 13

Chicago Sunday Tribune. 1943-1947.

Box 14

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board. 1947-1954.

Box 14, Folder 1

Guide to arrangement of scrapbook. undated.

Box 15

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board. 1947-1950.

Physical Description: This item has been water damaged.
Box 16

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board. 1950-1953.

Box 16

Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Saturday Review. 1953-1956.

Box 17

Los Angeles Times: The Sounding Board. 1956 - 1958.

Box 18

Los Angeles Times, Musical America, Opera News. 1958-1960.

Box 19

Los Angeles Times, The Piano Teacher, Bravo!, Opera News, The School Musician. 1963-1965.

Box 20

Los Angeles Times, Montreal Star, The Union Teacher, Opera News, Pavilion. 1965-1966.

Box 18, Folder 1

Subseries 4. Full publications. 1929-1964.

Scope and Content

Full publications with Goldberg's writing.