Piatigorsky Archives consists of 19,000 items documenting the life and career of cellist Gregor
Piatigorsky (1903-1976). The collection includes musical scores and manuscripts, papers, correspondence, clippings, concert programs,
photographs, sound and video recordings, books, and ephemera. The majority of the materials in the archives consists of
Piatigorsky’s personal collection, but it also includes items collected by or given to him by composers, colleagues, and friends. The
collection was donated to the Colburn School, a music conservatory in Los Angeles, in 2014.
Piatigorsky was among the most celebrated cellists of the twentieth century. At age 15 he was principal cellist of the Bolshoi Orchestra
in Moscow and at 18 he was principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic. From the mid-1920s through the 1950s he toured as
a soloist and recorded extensively. In the 1960s he performed often with his close friend, the violinist Jascha Heifetz.
154.90 Linear Feet
151 boxes, approximately 19,000 items:
30 boxes of published and unpublished scores;
3 boxes of handwritten music manuscripts;
6 boxes of personal and work papers;
5 boxes of correspondence;
1 box of book manuscripts;
6 boxes of clippings;
1 box of ephemera;
5 boxes of concert programs;
10 boxes of photographs;
29 boxes of sound recordings in 7", 10", and 12" sound discs and reel tapes;
4 boxes of video recordings in film and reel tapes;
16 boxes of books, journals, and catalogs;
17 boxes of supplemental collection materials;
2 boxes of realia and textiles;
5 boxes of presentation materials;
4 boxes of duplicate materials;
1 box of 'treasure box' materials
39 storage cartons, 31 periodical boxes, 19 record boxes (12"), 16 document boxes, 14 print boxes, 9 CD boxes, 6 newspaper
boxes, 4 multipurpose boxes, 2 record boxes (45 rpm), 1 record box (10"), 2 textile storage boxes (40")
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Open for research by appointment. Material must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use. Contact
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