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E. A. Fleisher Gives Music Collection to Library

June 3, 1929
See Original Daily Bulletin From This Date

A collection of rare and valuable musical scores, worth $500,000, has been presented to the Free Library of Philadelphia by Edwin A. Fleisher, music patron and founder of the Symphony Club of this city.

The collection represents nineteen years of work. It is expected that it will be augmented following Mr. Fleisher’s return from Russia. He sails next Thursday from New York, on the “De Grasse.”

The collection which is now on display in the library building, includes works of old masters, strange scores from distant parts of the world, concertos and orchestrations which are virtually unprocurable in the present day.

Formal acceptance of the gift has not yet been made, and will not be made until the meeting of the Library Board in July. Full ownership of the collection is to be vested in the library upon the death of Mr. Fleisher, until which time the library is to be the custodian.

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