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Sylvia Rabinof Collection

 Collection 0030-IPAM
A pianist, composer, and music educator, Sylvia Rabinof (aka Sylvia Smith) (1913-2001) performed many classical and contemporary pieces around the world with her husband, violinist Benno Rabinof. Sylvia Rabinof also wrote music improvisation books, composed piano and chamber music, and taught at SUNY Fredonia and Brevard Music Center. The collection consists of 22.00 linear feet of programs, reviews, advertisements, recordings, scores, articles, notebooks, manuscripts, catalogues, books, photographs, and correspondence related to Rabinof’s career, the music organizations she was involved in, and her relationships with her close friends and colleagues, including her first husband, violinist Benno Rabinof; her nephew, Peter M. Smith; her niece, Patricia Smith; and her second husband, lawyer and music lover Charles Rothenberg.

Dates

  • 1913-2001
  • Majority of material found within 1935-1994

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research use.

Extent

22.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Sylvia Rabinof Collection covers the period from 1913 to 2001; the bulk of the materials date from 1935 to 1994. The collection consists of 22.00 linear feet of programs, reviews, advertisements, recordings, scores, articles, notebooks, manuscripts, catalogues, books, photographs, and correspondence related to Rabinof’s work as a performer, author, composer, and teacher, including her performances with her husband, violinist Benno Rabinof, the summer classes she taught at Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, her piano and chamber music compositions, and her involvement with various music organizations, including the Musicians Club of New York and the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into eight series.
  1. Series 1: Performance Files
  2. Series 2: Teaching Files
  3. Series 3: Subject Files
  4. Series 4: Recording Files
  5. Series 5: Composition
  6. Series 6: Writing
  7. Series 7: Photographs
  8. Series 8: Miscellaneous

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Peter M. Smith, nephew of Sylvia Rabinof, received in September 2001. Additional materials were received by Patricia Smith, niece of Sylvia Rabinof, by Peter M. Smith in October 2001, and by Patricia Smith on August 13, 2003.

Related Material

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

Processing Information

An item-level inventory of scores and recordings is available upon request.
Title
Sylvia Rabinof Collection
Status
Completed
Author
This collection was processed by Xiaolong Gao and Haimin Jin.
Date
2001-11-15
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English
Sponsor
Gift of Peter M. Smith,brother of Sylvia Rabinof, received in September 2001. Additional materials were received by Patricia Smith, sister of Sylvia Rabinof, and Peter M. Smith in October 2001.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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