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Harry Ben Gronsky collection (MSS 74)

Identifier: MSS 74

Scope and Contents

(2) South Pasadena HS yearbooks (1927-1928); (2) Curtis Catalogues (1928-1930); photograph of HBG with Zimbalist, Philip Frank and one other; inscribed photograph of Efrem Zimbalist; (4) composition books; (1) counterpoint workbook; homemade violin history scrapbook; court transcript, Smith v. Zimbalist


  • 1925-1931


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Biographical / Historical

Harry Ben Gronsky (1913-1931) studied violin under Efrem Zimbalist at Curtis. A prodigious talent, Gronsky played a J.B. Guadagnini violin (dated 1779, though crafted at a later date). During his time as a student at Curtis, Gronsky fell ill with tuberculosis of the kidney, from which he passed away in 1931 at age 18.


1.45 Linear feet

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Louise Litwack, Gronsky's niece

Harry Ben Gronsky collection
Kristina Wilson
April 2021
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