American Society for the Advancement of Violin Making - Correspondence

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Corresp: (1971-1975) between CMH and Ray H Abrams, Eric Chapman, Edward Durnall, Sidney Fox, Albert J Kaplan and Elizabeth McGilvray. The corresp is from the early years of the ASAVM before it changed name to Violin Society of America.


Type of resource mixed material
Date created 1971 - 1975
Language English
Digital origin reformatted digital

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Biographical note The idea for this society came from Dr Albert Kaplan, a retired psychologist, who had contacted a group of his friends, including Mr Sidney Fox, an engineer with Bethlehem Steel and an avid chamber music player. It is reported that their initial meeting was in the shop of William Moennig & Son. Fox, who had purchased one of Hutchins violas, wrote to her in 1971 at the Catgut Acoustical Society suggesting that we meet with Kaplan to discuss the need for such a society. This meeting at 112 Essex Avenue resulted in Fox and Hutchins making a survey of the violin making schools in both the USA and abroad. Hutchins felt that such a school should be connected with a broader education than just violin making as is the case in both Cremona and Mittenwald. Kaplan wanted a separate school. After several more discussions and efforts to locate possible sources of funds, Kaplan and his group decided to found the American Society for the Advancement of Violin Making. The information in this file gives a brief survey of this development and the subsequent change in name to the Violin Society of America.
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Location M1711
Repository Stanford University. Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives

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