Guide to the Julius J. Spector Collection

Ray Heigemeir
Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound
Stanford University Libraries
Braun Music Center
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Stanford, CA 94305-3076
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The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Julius J. Spector Collection

Collection number: ARS-0013

Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California
Processed by:
Ray Heigemeir
Date Completed:
April 2006
Encoded by:
Ray Heigemeir
© 2006 The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Julius J. Spector Collection
Dates: 1934-1968
Collection number: ARS-0013
Creator: Julius J. Spector
Collection Size: .5 linear feet
Repository: Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound
Stanford University Libraries
Stanford, California 94305-3076
Abstract: Consists of correspondence from and signed photographs of musicians, and misc. papers.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


Collection is open for research. Listening appointments may require 24 hours notice. Contact the Archive Operations Manager.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

Julius J. Spector Collection, ARS-0013. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by the Spector family in 2004.

Biography / Administrative History

Julius J. Spector attended Fordham University and studied art at Cooper Union, later finding employment in New York-based advertising agencies; he later gained prominence in the direct marketing industry. Spector once worked as an extra in New York City Opera productions, played the clarinet, and in the course of his lifetime befriended many prominent musicians.

Scope and Content of Collection

Collection includes typed or handwritten correspondence and signed photographs from persons prominent in the classical music world, a typed script for a speech on Toscanini, and a limited-edition copy of Arthur Schnabel's "Reflections on music," signed by the author. A significant number of sound and video recordings of broadcast music performances have been trqansferred to the Archive's Broadcast Recordings Collection.


The arrangement scheme was imposed during processing, in the absence of any indication of original arrangement.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Spector, Julius J.
Toscanini, Arturo, 1867-1957

Separated Material

75 audiocassettes, 45 videocassettes, and 428 reel-to-reel tapes of broadcast music performances transferred to the ARS Collection of Performance Recordings.

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1


Physical Description: 7 typescript or handwritten letters

Scope and Content Note

Typescript or handwritten letters from Willem Mengelberg, Olga Samaroff Stokowski, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, "Arthur or Artur" Rubinstein, C. H. Clemens, Walter Toscanini.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Mengelberg, WillemSamaroff Stokowski, OlgaCastelnuovo-Tedesco, MarioRubinstein, ArturClemens, C. H.Toscanini, Walter
Box 1, Folder 2


Physical Description: 12 photographs : chiefly black and white

Scope and Content Note

12 signed photographs (chiefly black and white) of John Barbirolli, Thomas Beecham, Phyllis Diller, Kirsten Flagstad, Glenn Ford, Giovanni Martinelli, Lauritz Melchior, Willem Mengelberg, Luciano Pavarotti, Friedrich Schorr, Jean Sibelius, and Bruno Walter. An additional signed portrait of Mengelberg is located in the ARS Posters/Prints Box #1.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Barbirolli, JohnBeecham, ThomasDiller, PhyllisFlagstad, KirstenFord, GlennMartinelli, GiovanniMelchior, LauritzMengelberg, WillemPavarotti, LucianoSchorr, Friedrich,Sibelius, JeanWalter, Bruno
Box 1, Folder 3

Schnabel: Reflections on Music1934

Physical Description: 1 v. (63 p.) ; 19 cm.

Scope and Content Note

Copy no. 30 of a limited edition of 200. Signed by the author.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Schnabel, Arthur
Music History and Criticism
Box 1, Folder 4

Chotzinoff speech

Physical Description: 25 leaves (typescript)

Scope and Content Note

Typescript of speech, "Our need for Toscanini," composed for the America-Italy Society.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Chotzinoff, SamuelToscanini, Arturo
America-Italy Society
Box 1, Folder 5

Misc. papersca. 1940-1960

Physical Description: [20?] leaves + 1 booklet

Scope and Content Note

Copies of newspaper reviews; list of Toscanini recordings available on full track tapes; program for Rigoletto, presented by the San Carlo Opera Co. at the Center Theater (NY) signed by John Barrymore and Elaine Barrie.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Toscanini, ArturoMarsh, Robert C.Kupferberg, HerbertBarrie, Elaine
San Carlo Opera Co.