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Robert Sherman Collection

 Collection 0081-SCPA
Son of pianist Nadia Reisenberg, and nephew of thereminist Clara Rockmore, Robert Sherman (b. 1932) is a renowned radio broadcaster, author, and educator whose noteworthy career spans from the 1950s to today. At radio station WQXR in New York, Sherman worked as the Music Director and Program Manager, and he is best known for hosting numerous programs, including "Woody's Children" and the nationally broadcast "The Listening Room." As an author, Sherman has written columns for The New York Times as well as several books about music, including those co-authored with Victor Borge. The Robert Sherman Collection covers the period from 1932 to 2013; the bulk of the materials date from 1960 to 2008. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including scripts, recordings, writings, correspondence, event programs, clippings, photographs, and awards related to Sherman's work as a broadcaster, author, and educator. Among the most significant holdings include recordings of his programs "Woody's Children," "The Listening Room," and "Young Artists Showcase," and correspondence with numerous renowned artists such as Clara Rockmore, Pete Seeger, Aaron Copland, Henry Cowell, and Leopold Stokowski.

Dates

  • 1932-2013
  • Majority of material found within 1960-2008

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Extent

41.00 linear_feet, 4,089 Recordings, 10 Videos

Scope and Content of Collection

The Robert Sherman Collection covers the period from 1932 to 2013; the bulk of the materials date from 1960 to 2008. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including scripts, recordings, writings, correspondence, event programs, clippings, photographs, and awards related to Sherman's work as a broadcaster, author, and educator. Among the most significant holdings include recordings of his broadcasts, "Woody's Children," "The Listening Room," and "Young Artists Showcase," and correspondence with numerous renowned artists such as Clara Rockmore, Pete Seeger, Aaron Copland, Henry Cowell, and Leopold Stokowski.

Biography

Son of pianist Nadia Reisenberg, Robert Sherman (b. 1932) began his career in broadcasting as the Music Director and Program Manager for radio station WQXR in New York. In 1969, he began hosting the popular folk music program, "Woody's Children," on WQXR, followed in 1970 by the nationally broadcast program, "The Listening Room." He then expanded to television, hosting "Vibrations" on PBS in 1972 and appearing as a commentator for CBS's "Camera Three." He continued his work at WQXR, hosting the "Young Artists Showcase" program, which began in 1978, as well as several other programs through the 2000s. Sherman continues to broadcast today on Sirius XM Radio.

As an author, Sherman became a regular columnist for The New York Times starting in 1964 and also published several books on music. He began lecturing at New York University in 1969, the start of his active career as an educator.

In recent years, Sherman has devoted much of his energy to preserving the legacy of his mother and his aunt, thereminist Clara Rockmore, through memorial events, overseeing the production of biographical works, and writing program notes for their recordings. With his brother Alex Sherman, he compiled the materials for the book, Nadia Reisenberg: A Musician's Scrapbook, published in 1986 by the International Piano Archives at Maryland, home to Reisenberg's collections. Most recently, Sherman participated in the release of Clara Rockmore's Lost Theremin Album on Bridge Records in 2006.

Sherman, who celebrated his 75th birthday in July 2007, is still active today as a broadcaster, narrator, lecturer and author.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into fifteen series.
  1. Series 1: Shows
  2. Series 2: Recordings
  3. Series 3: Writings
  4. Series 4: Victor Borge
  5. Series 5: Festivals
  6. Series 6: Academic Material
  7. Series 7: Correspondence
  8. Series 8: Chronological Files
  9. Series 9: Press
  10. Series 10: Photographs
  11. Series 11: Awards and Posters
  12. Series 12: Scores
  13. Series 13: Programs
  14. Series 14: Sheet Music
  15. Series 15: Books

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The collection is a gift of Robert Sherman, which was received in multiple shipments between August 2006 and December 2013. Additional materials are anticipated in the future.

Related Material

Reisenberg, Rockmore, books, CDs with liner notes:
  1. Nadia Reisenberg's collection is located in the International Piano Archives at Maryland (IPAM). The finding aid may be accessed here. For more information, please contact Donald Manildi, IPAM curator, at (301) 405-9224 or godowsky@umd.edu.
  2. Clara Rockmore's collection is located in Special Collections in Performing Arts. The finding aid may be accessed here.
Copies of Victor Borge and Robert Sherman, Victor Borge's My Favorite Comedies in Music (New York: Franklin Watts, 1980), are found in the following locations:
  1. University of Maryland, College Park, Hornbake Library, Broadcasting Archives, Reference. Call number: ML65 .B677 1994.
  2. University of Maryland, College Park, Performing Arts Library, International Piano Archives at Maryland (IPAM). Books in the Lowens Room; other materials, ask at the circulation desk. Call number: ML65 .B677.
Copies of Victor Borge and Robert Sherman, My Favorite Intermissions (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1971), are found at the following locations:
  1. University of Maryland, College Park, Hornbake Library Broadcasting Archives, Reference. Call number: ML65.B675 M9.
  2. University of Maryland, College Park, Performing Arts Library, International Piano Archives at Maryland (IPAM). Books in the Lowens Room; other materials, ask at the circulation desk. Call number: ML65.B675 M9.
Copies of recordings with liner notes by Robert Sherman in the UMCP PAL catalog:
  1. Robert Sherman, Liner Notes, A Chopin Treasury: Studio andamp; Concert Recordings (1947-1957), Nadia Reisenberg, perf., Bridge 9276A/D, 2008, located in University of Maryland, College Park, Performing Arts Library, International Piano Archives at Maryland (IPAM). Call number: MBRIDGE 9276A/D.
  2. Robert Sherman, Liner Notes, Sonata for Cello andamp; Piano [Borodin], Dorothy Lawson and Steven Blier, perf. Koch International Classics 3-7324-2H1, 1998, located at the University of Maryland, College Park, Performing Arts Library. Call number: MCD 5393.
  3. Robert Sherman, Liner Notes, Nadia Reisenberg: An Album of Chamber Music, IPAM Records 1201, located in University of Maryland, College Park, Performing Arts Library, Paged Collections Room. Call number: MCD 218.
  4. Robert Sherman, Liner Notes (contributor), An American Celebration, Vols. 1 and 2, New York Philharmonic, perf. New York Philharmonic NYP 9902 and 9903, 1999, located in University of Maryland, College Park, Performing Arts Library, Paged Collections Room. Call numbers: MCD 5207, MCD 5206.
For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
Robert Sherman Collection
Status
edited-full-draft
Author
Lindsey Carlson, February 2010.
Date
2010-02-01
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2010-06-24: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie Levine Knies, June 2010.
  • 2010-07-21: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie Levine Knies, July 2010.
  • 2015-05-06: EAD markup checked and verified using Oxygen software by John Davis, May 2015.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library Library

Contact:
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