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Earl Wild Collection

 Collection 0012-IPAM

Earl Wild (1915-2010) was one of the great virtuoso pianists of the 20th Century, in addition to being a composer of original compositions and a prolific transcriber of works by other composers which he arranged for solo piano. He was best-known for his all-Chopin and all-Liszt concerts and his piano transcriptions of Rachmaninoff and Gershwin pieces. Wild also was active as a teacher and adjudicator. The collection consists of correspondence, programs, reviews, articles, flyers, recordings, photographs, scores, and souvenirs related to Wild’s career, the events he attended, the people and ensembles he performed with, and his relationships with his colleagues.


  • 1924-2010
  • Majority of material found within 1972-1995

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.


12.75 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Earl Wild Collection covers the period from 1931 to 2010, with an emphasis on materials dating from 1972 to 1995. The collection consists of concert programs, reviews, articles, interviews, photographs, recordings, awards, flyers, lists, letters, scores, and notes related to Wild’s work as a performer, composer, transcriber, and music educator. In addition to documenting Wild's extensive concert career, the collection contains files relatiing to his teaching activities at Carnegie Mellon University, Ohio State University, the Julliard School, at various festivals, and in Korea.


This collection is organized into seven series.

  1. Series 1: Performance Files
  2. Series 2: Subject Files
  3. Series 3: Correspondence
  4. Series 4: Compositions by Earl Wild
  5. Series 5: Teaching Activities/Adjudication
  6. Series 6: Photographs
  7. Series 7: Oversized Materials

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Materials were received October 19th, 2011. Donation to the IPAM Collection was made possible by Michael Rolland Davis.

Related Material

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.

Processing Information

An item-level inventory of the Earl Wild Collection is available upon request.

Earl Wild Collection
Max Brown
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Finding aid written in English
Donation to the IPAM Collection was made possible by Michael Rolland Davis.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States