Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments
Stearns Collection display, Earl V. Moore building
|Established||1898 by Frederick Stearns|
|Field of research||Musical Instruments|
|Director||Prof. Steven Ball|
|Staff||Eric Hartz, Curator|
|Address||Earle V. Moore Building|
|Location||Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States|
|Campus||University of Michigan|
The Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan holds over 2,500 historical and contemporary musical instruments from around the world. The basis of the Collection is a gift made to the University by pharmaceutical businessman Frederick Stearns in 1898. Known internationally as a unique research collection, its holdings include the trumpet collection of Armando Ghitalla, former principal trumpet player of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and University of Michigan faculty member; a collection of violin bows from Jerry Tetewsky; as well as Robert Moog's first commercially produced Moog synthesizer from 1964 and the RCA theremin used during the WXYZ broadcasts of the Green Hornet from 1936-1952. A Catalog documenting the Collection's holdings was published in 1918  by Albert A. Stanley, with a second edition published in 1921. In 1988, Professor James M. Borders published a catalog featuring the Collection's European and American wind and percussion instruments.
The collection is presently exhibited in the lower lobby of the University's Hill Auditorium on the Central Campus and at the Earl V. Moore Building on the North Campus.
- "Gift to Michigan University - Collection of Musical Instruments Presented by Frederick Stearns", The New York Times, November 29, 1898
- Coover, James. Musical Instrument Collection Catalogues and Cognate Literature, Information Coordinators, 1981
- Stanley, Albert A., "Catalogue of the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments", 1918.
- Stanley, Albert A., "Catalogue of the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments", 1921.
- Borders, James M., "European and American Wind and Percussion Instruments: Catalogue of the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, University of Michigan, 1988
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- The Stearns Collection Website, The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
- Digitized 1918 Catalogue of the Stearns Collection
- Digitized 1921 Catalogue of the Stearns Collection
- "In the Stearns Collection, forgotten musical artifacts find a home", Michigan Daily, October 4, 2009.
- "The Baroque Recorders in the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments", The Galpin Society Journal, August 1970.
- BobMoog.com Stearns Collection Home to First Commercial Moog