Zimbalist, Mary Louise Curtis Bok, 1876-1970

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Mary Louise Curtis Bok was a music patron, philanthropist, founder of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Wife of Edward Bok (d. 1930); married violinist Efrem Zimbalist in 1943.

From the description of Letter, 1950 February 11, New Hartford, Conn. [to] John Bitter, Florence, Italy / Mary Zimbalist. (Curtis Institute of Music). WorldCat record id: 37323801

Mary Louise Curtis was born 6 Aug. 1876 in Boston, Mass. She was the daughter of the wealthy Cyrus Hermann Kotchmarr Curtis of Pennsylvania, publisher of the Ladies Home Journal and other magazines. She married Edward William Bok on 22 Oct. 1896, and later married Efrem Zimbalist on 6 July 1943. A patron of the arts, especially music, she was the founder of the Curtis Institute of Music. She was also the donor of the land and funds for the construction of the Camden Public Library (1928) and Amphitheatre. This was done to give local residents work during the Depression. She and her father both resided in Rockport, Me., until his death in 1933. She died 4 Jan. 1970 in Philadelphia, Pa.

From the description of Correspondence between Mary Louise Curtis Bok and the Town of Camden, Me., ca. 1930-ca. 1959. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 701549203

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Mary Louise Curtis Bok, founder of the Curtis Institute of Music, served as patron to George Antheil throughout much of his career. Antheil first made the acquaintance of Bok in 1921 through former theory and composition teacher Constantin von Sternberg. Despite her generous financial support, Bok was not, as she wrote in a letter to Antheil dated April 13, 1931, "in sympathy with the so-called modern trend," and generally disapproved of Antheil's music. Antheil dedicated a number of his musical works to Bok, including Night Piece, Six Little Pieces for String Quartet, and Symphonie in Fa .

From the guide to the George Antheil Correspondence with Mary Louise Curtis Bok, 1921-1940, (Music Division Library of Congress)

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creatorOf Zimbalist, Mary Louise Curtis Bok, 1876-1970. Correspondence to Franklin Baldwin Wiley, 1905. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Thomas, George H. (George Harvey), 1892-1963. George H. Thomas awards, 1932-1934. Camden Public Library
referencedIn Braun, Edith Evans, 1887-1976. Edith Evans Braun collection, 1916-1976. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn George Antheil Papers, 1919-1959. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Penniman, James Hosmer, 1860-1931. James Hosmer Penniman collection, 1653-1944 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Vera Zorina papers, 1910-2001 (inclusive), 1933-2001 (bulk). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Bok, Nellie Lee,. Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, June 12, 1979 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Zimbalist, Mary Louise Curtis Bok, 1876-1970. Letter, 1950 February 11, New Hartford, Conn. [to] John Bitter, Florence, Italy / Mary Zimbalist. Curtis Institute of Music, John de Lancie Library
referencedIn Bird, Alan L. Abstract of title to properties in Camden, Maine, given by Mary Louise Bok to the Town of Camden, 1932 Sept. 30. Camden Public Library
referencedIn Johnny Green additional papers, 1923-1989. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Bok family. Curtis and Bok families photograph albums, 1900-1963. Camden Public Library
referencedIn Bok, Curtis, 1897-1962,. William Curtis Bok and Nellie Lee Holt Bok papers 1836-1991 1905-1984. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Weigl, Karl, 1881-1949. The Karl Weigl Papers. 1894-1986 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn N. W. Ayer & Son. Correspondence from Eugene Ormandy, 1960. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Edith Evans Braun collection, 1916-1976 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf George Antheil Correspondence with Mary Louise Curtis Bok, 1921-1940 Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Zimbalist, Mary Louise Curtis Bok, 1876-1970. Correspondence between Mary Louise Curtis Bok and the Town of Camden, Me., ca. 1930-ca. 1959. Camden Public Library
referencedIn James Hosmer Penniman collection, 1653-1944 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn De Lancie, John, 1921-2002,. Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Nov. 8, 1978 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. Correspondence with Eugene Ormandy, 1957-1963. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Benko, Greg,. Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Dec. 28, 1976 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Hammer, William C., Mrs,. Interview [sound recording] : conducted by Oliver Daniel, Sept. 3, 1979. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Bennett, Albert B.,. Scrapbook of the yacht Lyndonia, ca. 1990s. Camden Public Library
creatorOf Antheil, George, 1900-1959. George Antheil correspondence with Mary Louise Curtis Bok, 1921-1940. Library of Congress
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correspondedWith Antheil, George, 1900-1959. person
associatedWith Benko, Greg, person
associatedWith Bennett, Albert B., person
associatedWith Bird, Alan L. person
associatedWith Bitter, John, 1909- person
associatedWith Bok, Curtis, 1897-1962, person
associatedWith Bok, Nellie Lee, person
associatedWith Braun, Edith Evans, 1887-1976. person
associatedWith Camden (Me. : Town) corporateBody
associatedWith De Lancie, John, 1921-2002, person
correspondedWith Friede, Donald person
correspondedWith Green, Johnny, 1908-1989 person
associatedWith Hammer, William C., Mrs, person
associatedWith N. W. Ayer & Son. corporateBody
associatedWith Penniman, James Hosmer, 1860-1931. person
correspondedWith Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972 person
correspondedWith Sternberg, Constantin von, 1852-1924 person
correspondedWith Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971 person
associatedWith Thomas, George H. (George Harvey), 1892-1963. person
associatedWith Weigl, Karl, 1881-1949. person
correspondedWith Zorina, Vera. person
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Maine--Camden
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Women philanthropists
Composers--United States--Correspondence
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Birth 1876-08-06

Death 1970-01-04

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