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Albert F. Moglie Violinists and Violin-Making Collection, ca. 1917-1985

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Donor:
Moglie, Albert F. 1890-1988
Moglie, Loretta
Photographer:
Scavelli, Ramon
Mishkin
Photographers:
Harris & Ewing
Rembrandt photo studio
Subject:
Casals, Pablo 1876-1973
Rogers, Will 1879-1935
Knox, Emily Rose violinist
Dumbois, Maurice cellist
Parrouchi, Bernard cellist
Brody, Saul violinist
Mulwig, J. J. violinist
Jacobson, Sasha violinist
Rubinoff violinist
Kreisler, Fritz violinist
Seidel, Sasha violinist
Hamer, Sidney cellist
Schumsky, Oscar violinist
Lewister, Joseph S. cellist
Taylor, Millard violinist
Mitchell, Howard violinist
Koffman, Carl W
Kindler, Hans Director, National Symphony Orchestra
Budapest String Quartet
Joachim Quartet
Sayn-Sevely Trio
Moglie, A. F., & Co
Culp Quartet
Violinist:
Gibbons, Mary Fulton
Physical description:
Silver gelatin paper prints, various sizes, both mounted and unmounted
1 cu. ft.: 5 boxes
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Notebooks
Tear sheets
Certificates
Date:
1917
1985
ca 1917-1985
1910-1960
20th century
Notes:
Moglie, master violin repairman, operated a violin repair business in Washington and other cities for many years. Born Rome, Italy, Dec. 16, 1890. Mother was a concert pianist. Studied violin but became more interested in making and repairing instruments than playing; soon became expert in this field and at 24 (in 1914), was brought to the U.S. to care for the Stradivarius collection of Rudolph Wurlitzer in Cincinnati. Later sent to New York by Wurlitzer, he opened a shop near Times Square; then tended the Henry Ford violin collection, Detroit. 1922: to Washington, where he opened a shop, 519 13th St., N.W. 1926: married his wife Loretta, whom he had met in Cincinnati. Besides operating his Washington shop for over fifty years, he was conservator for the Stradivarius violins in the Library of Congress. His third shop occupied a cluttered third-floor space in the Franklin Building, 1329 F St., N.W., since 1941, which closed July 1, 1987, and Moglie retired. Died Washington, D.C., June 9, 1988.
Summary:
Photographs and manuscript items related to the career of Moglie, master violin-maker. Largest number of items are publicity portrait photoprints, autographed by the subjects and presented to Moglie--primarily professional musicians for whom Moglie did repair and restoration work, mostly violinists, such as Fritz Kreisler and Rubinoff, and some cellists, such as Pablo Casals. Their comments on the photographs attest to confidence in Moglie's work. Photographers and studios include Harris & Ewing, Ramon Scavelli, and Mishkin. Also photographs of Moglie at work in his shop, and a large group photograph of the Washington, D.C. National Symphony Orchestra (1933-34 season). Includes more than 58 photoprints. Some musicians' signatures are illegible and subjects are unidentified. Manuscript materials include certificates, tear sheets from MUSIC TRADE, a notebook on auctioned instruments, 1981-1985, etc. Includes damaged photograph of humorist Will Rogers, holding a violin with Rubinoff (1942).
Cite as:
The Albert F. Moglie Violinists and Violin-Making Collection, ca. 1917-1985, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Loretta and Albert Moglie
Topic:
Repairing--Musical instruments
Musical instruments
Violins
Violinists
Local number:
87-8533 (OIPP Neg., Will Rogers and Rubinoff)
87-8544 (OPPS Neg.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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