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Archive of Samuel Kutcher


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The archive comprises private papers and photographs as well as concert posters and programmes with promotional material for orchestral, ensemble and solo performances by the violinist Samuel Kutcher. The collection also encompasses engagement agreements with various music agencies, the BBC, charitable organisations and individuals. Letters of appriciation and press cuttings of concert reviews are also present.


  • Creation: 1908-1991, n.d.


1.7 Linear metres (11 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 12674/1].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 12674/1-10; MS. 12674 Photogr. 1

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12674


Collection of material kept by the solo, ensemble and orchestral violinist Samuel Kutcher (1898-1984), comprising his personal papers, promotional material for concerts he performed in and their press reviews.

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Kutcher (1898-1984) was a solo violinist, leader of the Kutcher String Quartet and other ensembles, and leader in various British orchestras under conductors such as Henry Wood and Malcolm Sargent. Details of his professional life can be found on a website created by his great nephew, Jeff Kutcher and dedicated to Samuel Kutcher and his Quartet. According to the 5th edition of the Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the Kutcher String Quartet 'was especially noteworthy for its interest in modern works and its readiness to give them very carefully studied performances.'

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Jeff Kutcher, October 2017.

Catalogue of the Samuel Kutcher archive
Finding aid prepared by Margaret Czepiel
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom