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George Sturm correspondence collection

 Collection 0394-SCPA

George Sturm (b. March 13, 1930) is a German-born American music publisher and author. The George Sturm correspondence collection covers the period from 1965 through 1997 and consists of 45 pieces of correspondence received by Sturm from numerous notable Americans and Europeans from the worlds of music and art.


  • 1965–1997
  • Majority of material found within 1975–1990

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room during SCPA’s operating hours. Please contact the curator for an appointment or if you have questions related to digital access of the materials.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Copyright was not transferred to the University of Maryland with the gift of any copyrighted materials. All rights remain with the creators and rights holders. The University of Maryland Libraries is granted permission for the use in scholarly research by the Libraries’ patrons under fair use in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act.

To inquire about duplication of materials for research or for publication, please contact SCPA’s curator.


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Scope and Contents

The George Sturm correspondence is a collection of 45 pieces of correspondence with notable Americans and Europeans from the worlds of music and art dating from 1965 through 1997. Sturm received the correspondence in his role as a publisher, author, and Executive Director of Music Associates of America (MAA). The collection also includes a 176-page book self-published by Sturm in 2013, titled "Ago: Snapshots of Musicians" and "Me. What they said. What I thought."

Biographical Note

George Sturm (b. March 13, 1930) is a German-born American music publisher and author. A naturalized citizen, he earned a B.A. (1952) from Queens College in New York, followed by an M.F.A. from Princeton University (1955). Sturm studied composition with Luigi Dallapiccola in Florence, Italy on a Fulbright grant for 1955 through 1957. Upon his return to the United States, he entered the music publishing industry, first with G. Schirmer from 1958 until 1977, and then as Vice President of European American Music from 1977 until 1979. Starting in 1980, Sturm began his post as Executive Director for Music Associates of America, including editing and contributing to their journal, MadAminA!


This collection is arranged into two series:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Publications

Custodial History

This collection was purchased from a manuscripts dealer with support from the Robert Smith Fund for the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library.

George Sturm correspondence
Vincent Novara
November 2016
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Revision Statements

  • August 24, 2020: Finding aid uploaded to ArchivesSpace; Scope and Contents and Related Materials composed by Rachel Ruisard

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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