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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Mus 234.2

Eugene Gruenberg papers


Papers of the violinist and teacher Eugene Gruenberg collected by his pupil Louis Krasner, including materials for a biography of Gruenberg's friend the conductor Arthur Nikisch.


  • Creation: 1865-1984
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1873-1928

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

This collection is mostly not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine retrieval policies and times.


2 linear feet (3 boxes)

Gruenberg planned to write a life of Nikisch, perhaps in combination with his own memoirs, but he died suddenly leaving only some working papers. Part of these were recovered by his pupil Louis Krasner and make up the present collection. Papers of Gruenberg probably intended for his memoirs and a life of Nikisch, never published.

Biographical / Historical

Eugene Gruenberg (1854-1928) was a graduate of the Vienna Conservatory where he was a close friend of the later celebrated conductor Arthur Nikisch (1855-1922). In 1878 he joined the orchestra of the Leipzig opera under Nikisch, and in 1889 followed him to Boston to play in the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After Nikisch left the BSO to return to Germany in 1895, Gruenberg became head of the violin department at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he remained for the rest of his life.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence.
  2. II. Compositions.
  3. III. Concert programs.
  4. IV. Photographs.
  5. V. Clippings and other printed material.
  6. VI. Correspondence of Krasner about Gruenberg and Nikisch.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*89M-63. Gift of Louis Krasner, 1501 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02148, and Mrs. Naomi Orenstein, 72 Nonantum St., Newton, MA 02158; received: 1981.

Processing Information

Processed by: J. F. Coakley.

Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928. Eugene Gruenberg papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
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Repository Details

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