Skip to main content
Use the right side menu to identify relevant boxes and place requests.

Ephraim Goldberg collection on Benny Goodman

 Collection 0100-SCPA

This collection is comprised of sound recordings and other materials related to American jazz and swing clarinetist Benny Goodman (1909-1986), collected by Ephraim Goldberg. Benny Goodman had a notable career lasting from the 1920s into the 1980s. The collection contains over 800 LP Records, as well as cassettes, CDs, open reel tapes, and VHS videotapes. There are also several books, posters, discographies, recording catalogues, and assorted Benny Goodman memorabilia.


  • 1927-2000
  • Majority of material found within 1927-1982

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.

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:


18.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Ephraim Goldberg collection contains materials pertaining to the career of Benny Goodman spanning from as early as 1927 to the mid-1980s. This collection includes recordings on LPs, CDs, cassettes, open reel tapes, and VHS videotapes. This collection also includes extensive discographies of both live and studio Benny Goodman recordings, as well as seventeen books, three magazines, several posters, record dating guides, and a medal.


Ephraim Goldberg was a World War II veteran and accountant who worked and lived in Long Beach, New York. A Benny Goodman enthusiast, he amassed a comprehensive collection of Benny Goodman recordings and other memorabilia.

Benny Goodman (1909–1986), the American clarinetist and bandmaster, was an influential musician during the twentieth century. Known also as "The King of Swing," Benny Goodman was born into a poor family of immigrants in Chicago. He began his performing career early, establishing himself as a leading performer and session musician by his late teens. He neglected his education to work full time as a musician. Goodman performed at notable venues such as Carnegie Hall – the first time jazz had ever been performed there. He is credited as helping to bring jazz and swing, formerly seen as an underground art form, to the mainstream American public.

Over the course of his life, Goodman became increasingly interested in classical music. He began taking lessons from the British clarinetist Reginald Kell. Kell required that Goodman change his embouchure, permanently changing his sound. As a result, Goodman lost some of his former popularity. He put out several recordings of classical pieces and also commissioned works to perform, including Belá Bartók’s Contrasts for clarinet, violin, and piano. Though his popularity had declined in his later years, he continued practicing until his death in 1986.


This collection is organized into seven series.

  1. Series 1: Discographies
  2. Series 2: Biographical Materials
  3. Series 3: Clippings
  4. Series 4: Memorabilia
  5. Series 5: Subject Files
  6. Series 6: Books
  7. Series 7: Recordings

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

A gift in April 2010 coordinated by Ephraim Goldberg’s daughter, Judith Goldberg-Strassler, and her husband Robert; the gift was also made by another daughter of Goldberg, Hollis Stein and her husband, Howard Stein, as well as his son, Michael Goldberg and his wife, Paula Goldberg.

Related Material

Benny Goodman: A Supplemental Discography/ David Jessup. … 2010.

Ephraim Goldberg collection on Benny Goodman
Processed by Adam Gallob, June 2011.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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