Seroff, Victor (1902-1979)
Scope:
The Victor Seroff collection contains manuscripts, correspondences, professional files, books, musical scores and printed materials related to this musical biographer.

Manuscripts in the collection are comprised of several fragments, drafts, revisions, and holograph notes pertaining to Seroff’s many novels, short stories, articles and plays. These include several biographies of Russian musical figures including Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Modeste Mussorgsky, as well as American dancer Isadora Duncan.

Correspondence in the collection includes both professional and personal letters, dating from 1950 to 1980.  Notable correspondents include Theodore Steinway, Renata Tebaldi, Edward A. Craig, Alexis Weissenberg, Francis Steegmuller, Katherine Seroff, Poldi Mildner, Eugene Ormandy, Theodore Komisarjevsky, Alfred Knopf, Charles Munch, Leopold Stokowski, and Isadora Duncan among others.

The archive contains a substantial collection of printed materials regarding the work of Seroff, including newspaper clippings, magazine articles, book reviews, research material, and publishers' proofs all concerning Seroff’s works. The printed materials also includes several music scores from various composers including Debussy, Liszt, Stravinsky, Mendelssohn, Bach, Brahms and Tchaikovsky among others. Many of these scores have extensive handwritten annotations by Seroff.

Other materials in the collection include legal documents (including passports, drivers licenses and I.D. cards); financial material; a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings; an open reel audio tape of “Sergei Prokofiev: A Soviet Tragedy”; a recording of Seroff in conversation with Walter Sheppard; and numerous photographs depicting several vacations and trips and Seroff and his family with various musicians and composers.  
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Notable Figures
1. Seroff, Victor, 1902-1979
Associated Subjects
1. Music Collections Subject Guide