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Guide to the Robert A. Fantus Collection ARS.0093
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Source
  • Sponsor
  • Scope and Contents
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Robert A. Fantus Collection
    Dates: 1954-1980
    Collection number: ARS.0093
    Creator: Fantus, Robert A.
    Collection size: 5 boxes : 142 7" open reel tapes
    Repository: Archive of Recorded Sound
    Abstract: Opera and classical music performances on open reel tape, all recorded from radio broadcasts by Robert A. Fantus.
    Language of Material: Multiple languages


    Open for research; material must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use. Contact the Archive for assistance.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with repository. Publication and reproduction rights reside with the creators or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Head Librarian of the Archive of Recorded Sound.

    Preferred Citation

    Robert A. Fantus Collection, ARS-0093. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    The Robert A. Fantus Opera Collection was donated to the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound by Herta Fantus in 1994.


    This finding aid was produced with generous financial support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

    Scope and Contents

    Robert Fantus was a medical doctor in Menlo Park, California who recorded San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, and Oakland Symphony performances from radio broadcasts from 1966 to 1978. He organized his collection in two series of numbers, SY (Symphony) and OP (Opera). There are many gaps in the numerical sequence which are noted in the contents list. Notes, clippings, and programs are inserted in tape boxes, and several boxes of index cards accompany the tapes. There are also unnumbered tapes, the earliest of which is a Rodgers and Hammerstein radio program from 1954. The collection was donated to ARS by his widow, Herta Fantus. A handwritten list of complete contents is available.

    Indexing Terms

    Oakland Symphony Orchestra.
    San Francisco Opera.
    San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
    Radio programs