Josef Hofmann collection (MSS 50)
Scope and Contents
Letters from Hofmann to Mary Louise Curtis Bok prior to his appointment as director of Curtis as well as letters and postcards to Bok's sons Curtis and Cary, photographs, and publicity materials.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research with the exception of Hofmann's correspondence with Cary Bok (series 2), per donor request.
Polish-born child prodigy Josef Hofmann was a concert pianist, composer, and inventor who came to the United States during the First World War. Through his close friendship with Mary Louise Curtis Bok, founder of the Curtis Institute of Music, he was appointed head of the school's piano department in 1924. In 1927 he was elevated to the position of director of Curtis, a position he held until 1938 when financial cutbacks at Curtis caused him to depart.
0.5 Linear feet (2 archival boxes)
Language of Materials
The collection is arranged into the following series: 1. Correspondence with Mary Louise Curtis Bok 2. Correspondence with Cary Bok 3. Correspondence with Curtis Bok 4. Photographs 5. Programs, clippings, and commemorative materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection is comprised of two gifts of A. Margaret Bok in 2002 and 2009.
- Josef Hofmann collection (MSS 50)
- Kristina Wilson
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- Edition statement
- revised 2017