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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

MUS 25

Hambourg family fonds.  - [ca.1879-1889], 1934-1972. - 16 cm of textual records. - 13 photographs.

Biographical sketches

Michael (1855-1916): A piano teacher born in Russia, he began a music teaching career in Russia and England before moving in 1910 to Toronto, Ontario. In 1911, along with two of his sons, he founded the Hambourg Conservatory, of which he was the principal until his death.

Clement (1900-1973): Son of Michael, he debuted as a concert pianist in Toronto in 1925. The artist also performed with the Hambourg Trio and taught music at the Hambourg Conservatory. In 1946 he opened the jazz club the House of Hambourg with his wife.

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to the activities of members of the Hambourg family: scrapbook which belonged to Michael Hambourg (father of Clement) when he lived in Russia; personal correspondence; press clippings and promotional material of Clement Hambourg and his wife Ruth; financial records, correspondence and press clippings pertaining to the House of Hambourg jazz club; photographs of members of the Hambourg family.

Immediate source of acquisition: acquired from Clement Hambourg in 1972. Photograph postcard acquired by La Scala Autographs Inc. in 1979.

Restrictions: none.

Finding aids:  detailed numerical list.

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