Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Max Rabinoff papers, 1908-1961

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1039
Bib ID 4079244 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Rabinoff, Max
Title Max Rabinoff papers, 1908-1961
Physical Description 2.25 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language(s) English .

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Cataloged and arranged.



Papers and correspondence of Rabinoff. Part of the collection relates to Rabinoff's endeavors in opera in Chicago, New York, and Boston and to his founding the American Institute of Operatic Art. The second part of the collection concerns his career as an economic advisor to the republics of Estonia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan, his work on the development of the Export Import Bank, and his interest in trade with Russia. Included in the collection are many photographs, clippings, and programs. Many of these pertain to the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova who was introduced to American audiences by Rabinoff.

  • Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

    The series contains the cataloged correspondence of Max Rabinoff, and is organized by last name of correspondent. Contracts, news articles, calling cards, and photographs of or about the correspondent are included . Correspondents include Lee de Forest, Otto Kahn, Leopold Stokowsky, and Vera Tchaikovsky.

  • Series II: Arranged Correspondence

    The series contains correspondence arranged in alphabetical order by last name of correspondent. The series includes letters to Rabinoff from Lyn Stiebel-Hunt (professionally known as "Saharah") and New York Times music critic Howard Taubman.

  • Series III: Artifacts/Ephemera

    The series contains material related to Rabinoff's activities as a music impresario. It is arranged chronologically and consists of correspondence, musical programs, photographs, and clippings.

  • Series IV: Business

    The series contains clippings, correspondence, speeches, and photostats relating to Rabinoff's work as economic adviser to Estonia and Georgia, and as a promoter of trade with Russia.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Max Rabinoff papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.

Revision Description

2010-02-24 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
American Institute of Operatic Art Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Azerbaijan -- Economic conditions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ballerinas -- Soviet Union Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Economists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Estonia -- Economic conditions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Export-Import Bank of the United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Georgia (Republic) -- Economic conditions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Impresarios Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
International economic relations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
International trade Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Opera -- Illinois -- Chicago Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Opera -- Massachusetts -- Boston Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Opera -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pavlova, Anna, 1881-1931 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Soviet Union -- Commerce Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Soviet Union -- Economic conditions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Musical impresario, international economist.