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Ephraim Goldberg Collection on Benny Goodman


Ephraim Goldberg Collection on Benny Goodman
Goldberg, Ephraim
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18 linear feet, 838 items
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Special Collections in Performing Arts
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator:

This collection is comprised of sound recordings and other materials related to American jazz and swing clarinetist Benny Goodman (1909-1986), collected by Ephraim Goldberg. Benny Goodman had a notable career lasting from the 1920s into the 1980s. The collection contains over 800 LP Records, as well as cassettes, CDs, open reel tapes, and VHS videotapes. There are also several books, posters, discographies, recording catalogues, and assorted Benny Goodman memorabilia.

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Historical Note

Ephraim Goldberg was a World War II veteran and accountant who worked and lived in Long Beach, New York. A Benny Goodman enthusiast, he amassed a comprehensive collection of Benny Goodman recordings and other memorabilia.

Benny Goodman (19091986), the American clarinetist and bandmaster, was an influential musician during the twentieth century. Known also as The King of Swing, Benny Goodman was born into a poor family of immigrants in Chicago. He began his performing career early, establishing himself as a leading performer and session musician by his late teens. He neglected his education to work full time as a musician. Goodman performed at notable venues such as Carnegie Hall the first time jazz had ever been performed there. He is credited as helping to bring jazz and swing, formerly seen as an underground art form, to the mainstream American public.

Over the course of his life, Goodman became increasingly interested in classical music. He began taking lessons from the British clarinetist Reginald Kell. Kell required that Goodman change his embouchure, permanently changing his sound. As a result, Goodman lost some of his former popularity. He put out several recordings of classical pieces and also commissioned works to perform, including Belá Bartóks Contrasts for clarinet, violin, and piano. Though his popularity had declined in his later years, he continued practicing until his death in 1986.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Ephraim Goldberg Collection contains materials pertaining to the career of Benny Goodman spanning from as early as 1927 to the mid-1980s. This collection includes recordings on LPs, CDs, cassettes, open reel tapes, and VHS videotapes. This collection also includes extensive discographies of both live and studio Benny Goodman recordings, as well as seventeen books, three magazines, several posters, record dating guides, and a medal.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

A gift in April 2010 coordinated by Ephraim Goldbergs daughter, Judith Goldberg-Strassler, and her husband Robert; the gift was also made by another daughter of Goldberg, Hollis Stein and her husband, Howard Stein, as well as his son, Michael Goldberg and his wife, Paula Goldberg.

Processing Information

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Processed by Adam Gallob, June 2011.

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EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Nicole Horstman, October 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Discographies, 1972-1994 (.50 linear feet)

This series contains discographies, record store catalogues, and receipts/order forms pertaining to Benny Goodman recordings. These materials are arranged by record store.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Receipts, order forms, McCoys Recordings Catalogue, 1972-1990 series 1box 1folder 1
Golden Age Radio discography, 1972-1973 series 1box 1folder 2
McCoys Recording catalogue supplements, 1972 series 1box 1folder 3
Two discographies, 1994 series 1box 1folder 4
Radio Reruns catalogues, order forms, receipts, and correspondence, 1972-1977 series 1box 1folder 5
Stereo review discography, order forms, and receipts, 1972-1979 series 1box 1folder 6

Series 2: Biographical Materials, 1985-2002 (2 folders)

This series contains assorted Benny Goodman biographies and online record store catalogues. These materials are arranged in their original order.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Biographical Materials: Benny Goodman, 1998-2002 series 2box 2folder 1
Benny Goodman biographical information found inside Series V books. Labeled by book name, 1985-1998 series 2box 2folder 2

Series 3: Clippings, 1957-1981 (1 folder)

This series contains assorted Benny Goodman clippings from magazines and newspapers.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Clippings, 1957-1981 series 3box 2folder 1

Series 4: Memorabilia, 1973-1982 and undated (2 folders)

This series contains assorted Benny Goodman memorabilia including posters, programs, postcards, and a medal.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Memorabilia, 1973-1982 and undated series 4box 2folder 1
Benny Goodman Posters, undated series 4box 4folder 1

Series 5: Subject Files, 1970-1999 and undated (.50 linear feet)

This series contains subject files about various musicians and performers. The files do not contain information about Benny Goodman.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Subject File: Harold Arlen, 1977 series 5box 2folder 1
Subject File: David Allyn, undated series 5box 2folder 2
Subject File: Frank Sinatra, 1981 and undated series 5box 2folder 3
Subject File: Jonathan Schwartz, 1981-1983 series 5box 2folder 4
Subject File: Rod McKuen, 1970 series 5box 2folder 5
Subject File: Judy Holliday, 1982 series 5box 2folder 6
Subject File: Jane Harvey, 1988 and undated series 5box 2folder 7
Subject File: Roy Eldridge, 1985 series 5box 2folder 8
Subject File: Sweeney Todd, 1979 series 5box 2folder 9
Subject File: Leonard Bernstein, 1997 series 5box 2folder 10
Subject File: Sunday in the Park with George", 1983-1991 series 5box 2folder 11
Subject File: Marry Me a Little, 1993-1999 series 5box 2folder 12
Subject File: The Stephen Sondheim Reference Guide, undated series 5box 2folder 13
Subject File: Anyone Can Whistle", undated series 5box 2folder 14
Subject File: Anita Ellis, 1979 and undated series 5box 2folder 15
Subject File: Tony Bennett, undated series 5box 2folder 16
Subject File: Bill Evans, 1980 series 5box 2folder 17
Subject File: Bobby Hackett, 1977 series 5box 2folder 18
Subject File: Shirley Horn, 1982 series 5box 2folder 19

Series 6: Books, 1961-1996 (3 items)

This series contains books pertaining to Benny Goodman. These materials are organized alphabetically by author.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Books, 1961-1996 series 6box 3folder 1
Baron, Stanley, ed. Benny: King of Swing. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1979. Benny Goodman autograph on cover page., 1979 series 6box 3folder 1item 1.0
Connor, D. Russell. The Record of a Legend. New York: Lets Dance Corporation.. Marked heavily by Ephraim Goldberg., 1984 series 6box 3folder 1item 2.0
Connor, D. Russell and Warren W. Hicks. BG on the Record: A Bio-Discography of Benny Goodman. New York: Arlington House. Marked heavily by Ephraim Goldberg, 1969 series 6box 3folder 1item 3.0

Series 7: Recordings, 1927-1984 (838 items)

This series contains over 800 recordings of Benny Goodman. These recordings include both live and studio performances. There are recordings on open reel tapes, LPs, cassettes, CDs, and VHS. An inventory of these items is available upon request.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Related Material

Benny Goodman: A Supplemental Discography/ David Jessup. 2010.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.