Scope and Content
Title: Ernest Bloch Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1892-1958
Date (bulk): (bulk 1919-1958)
Collection number: ARCHIVES BLOCH 1
Bloch, Ernest, 1880-1959
Extent: Number of containers: 19 document boxes and 2 shelves
Linear feet: 11.5
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Jacob and Rosa Stern, 1950s (music manuscripts), Ernest Bloch estate, 1962 (music
manuscripts), Lillian Hodgehead, 1962 (Hodgehead/Clement and other correspondence,
newspaper clippings), Winifred Howe, 1986 (Howe correspondence, closed until 2000),
Joseph Lewinski 1989 and 1990 (Bailey, Barjawsky, Glass, Menuhin and Pochon
Some of the music manuscripts were acquired through the Jacob and Rosa Stern Fund, and
some from the estate of Ernest Bloch in 1962. The Winifred Howe correspondence was
donated by her in 1986. Dr. Joseph Lewinski of Paris, France donated photocopies of
correspondence by Bailey, Barjawsky, Glass, Menuhin, and Pochon. These copies were made
from originals at the Bibliotheque Cantonale et Universitaire Lausanne; originals have
subsequently been donated to the Ernest Bloch Society, Gualala, CA, by the directory of
the Bibliotheque Cantonale et Universitaire.
Collection is open for research, with the following exception:
The collection and register of Ernest Bloch's autograph letters addressed to Winifred
Howe are sealed to any public or private access until after Jan. 1, 2000.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in
writing to the Head of the Music Library.
Ernest Bloch collection, ARCHIVES BLOCH 1, Music Library, University of California,
Scope and Content
The main body of correspondence, donated by Lillian Hodgehead to the University in 1962
spans the years 1919-1958. It consists of letters written by Bloch to Lillian Hodgehead
(initials LH) and Ada Clement (initials AC) or both of them (joint). Lillian Hodgehead
and Ada Clement were Bay Area musicians/teachers/ administrators long connected with the
San Francisco Conservatory and were instrumental in bringing Bloch to the Bay Area as a
teacher/administrator at the Conservatory in the 1930s. There are 595 letters in this
Other correspondents include Albert Elkus, head of the Music Department during Bloch's
professorship at U.C. Berkeley; correspondence with Alfred Hertz, Frank Jacobi, Boaz
Piller, Rabbi R. Rinder regarding the Sacred Service, and others. The archive also
includes Bloch's correspondence with the U.C. Berkeley Music Department, his notes on the
Sacred Service, newspaper articles (including press criticisms) on performances of his
compositions, original program notes, periodical articles about Bloch and his work, music
publishers' promotional flyers, tapes of summer lectures at UCB 1957-1958, photographs of
Bloch, medals and his doctoral hood.
The Key to Arrangement uses initials of correspondents to identify the letters. Most of
the correspondence is written by Bloch to the cited correspondent, unless otherwise
indicated, e.g. 2 by M. Bloch. Under the heading By Addressee the numbered in
parenthesis, e.g. 28 (15 fr) AC, indicates that 15 of the 28 letters to Ada Clement are
written in French.