Guide to the Robert A. Fantus Collection ARS.0093

Finding aid prepared by Franz Kunst
Archive of Recorded Sound
Braun Music Center
541 Lasuen Mall
Stanford University
Stanford, California, 94305-3076
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The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert A. Fantus Collection
Dates: 1954-1980
Collection number: ARS.0093
Creator: Fantus, Robert A.
Collection size: 5 boxes : 142 7" open reel tapes
Repository: Archive of Recorded Sound
Abstract: Opera and classical music performances on open reel tape, all recorded from radio broadcasts by Robert A. Fantus.
Language of Material: Multiple languages


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Preferred Citation

Robert A. Fantus Collection, ARS-0093. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


The Robert A. Fantus Opera Collection was donated to the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound by Herta Fantus in 1994.


This finding aid was produced with generous financial support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Scope and Contents

Robert Fantus was a medical doctor in Menlo Park, California who recorded San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, and Oakland Symphony performances from radio broadcasts from 1966 to 1978. He organized his collection in two series of numbers, SY (Symphony) and OP (Opera). There are many gaps in the numerical sequence which are noted in the contents list. Notes, clippings, and programs are inserted in tape boxes, and several boxes of index cards accompany the tapes. There are also unnumbered tapes, the earliest of which is a Rodgers and Hammerstein radio program from 1954. The collection was donated to ARS by his widow, Herta Fantus. A handwritten list of complete contents is available.

Indexing Terms

Oakland Symphony Orchestra.
San Francisco Opera.
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
Radio programs


1. Symphony Series 1967-1978

Physical Description: 56 7" open reel tapes

Scope and Contents

San Francisco Symphony (1967-78) ; Oakland Symphony Orchestra (1966, 1975) ; Stanford Chamber Orchestra (1973)
Box 1


Box 2



2. Opera Series 1971-1978

Physical Description: 75 7" open reel tapes

Scope and Contents

San Francisco Opera (1971-1978)
Box 2


Box 3


Box 4


Box 5

3. Unnumbered Tapes

Physical Description: 11 7" open reel tapes

Scope and Contents

San Francisco Symhpony, Oakland Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, 78 and LP transfers, Rodgers and Hammerstein Show 3/28/54 (brittle, curling tape, probably original), etc.
Box 5

4. Notes, index cards, correspondence, contents list