Julius Bloom was born September 23, 1912 in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from South Side High School, Newark, New Jersey in 1929 and went on to receive a B.A from Rutgers University in 1933. In 1935 he married Emily Spicer, a bacteriologist. They had two sons, Joseph and David.
Bloom did not seek a career in music after he graduated from Rutgers. Although classical music was always one of Bloom's interests, philosophy and literature were his intended career paths. He was associate editor of a monthly magazine entitled The Literary World and in 1936 became a teacher of Philosophy at Rutgers University.
In 1936, upon advice from his doctor, he took a break from teaching to allow his eyes to recover from stress. During this time he was asked to assist the director of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, which also included the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In 1941 he took over as director and was responsible for presenting cultural and educational programs. He continued at this post for 17 years.
In 1959 Bloom had wanted to retire to concentrate on writing, editing, and translating. However, this retirement was short-lived because he took a job as director of concerts and lectures at Rutgers University. 1960 was the year that Carnegie Hall was saved from demolition and the non-profit Carnegie Hall Corporation was born. Julius Bloom became the first Executive Director of Carnegie Hall on September 1, 1960.
Before 1960 Carnegie Hall was privately owned and run as a rental hall. After the City of New York bought Carnegie Hall and the Corporation was created to manage the halls and studios, the idea emerged to begin sponsoring events. This was a slow process, beginning with one event for the 1960-61 season. Today the Carnegie Hall Corporation presents approximately one third of all the events in Isaac Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Zankel Hall, and Weill Recital Hall.
Julius Bloom was also Executive Director of the Corporation's four affiliates. One of these, the Carnegie Hall Society, which raises funds for the Hall, is still in existence. The other three no longer exist. They were: Carnegie Hall International, which initiated cultural projects abroad; Carnegie Hall Jeunesses-Musicales, which was affiliated with comparable organizations in 34 other countries and worked on behalf of youth and music; and the Carnegie Hall Institute for Advanced Musical Studies, which sponsored seminars and workshops.
From July 1977, when he resigned as Executive Director, until his full resignation on June 30, 1979, he was Director of Corporate Planning and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Julius Bloom died at his home in Brooklyn on July 6, 1984 at the age of 71.
The Julius Bloom Collection measures 14.2 linear feet and covers the years 1960 to 1982 (with one document from 1957). The bulk of the collection spans the years 1965 to 1978. Records include correspondence, minutes and reports, and memoranda. Photographs have been removed from the collection if they have relevance to the Photograph Collection. Any other photographs have been placed in Mylar sleeves and remain in the appropriate file.
There are four series in the Bloom Collection: The Carnegie Hall Corporation (with sub-series Board of Trustees); Carnegie Hall International; The Carnegie Hall Society (with sub-series Board of Trustees); and Carnegie Hall Jeunesses-Musicales. The Carnegie Hall Corporation series encompasses administrative and programming details. These records are important because they are the first administrative records of the Carnegie Hall Corporation. The growth of the Corporation can be seen in the changes that took place over the course of Julius Bloom's tenure as Executive Director. The Corporation began in 1960 with less than 15 employees and did not present any concerts. The creation of various departments, such as Public Relations, Development and Subscription can be traced in this series.
Carnegie Hall International promoted, alone or in cooperation with governmental agencies, performances of foreign orchestras and artists at Carnegie Hall and countrywide. While Carnegie Hall International no longer exists, the series provides insight into the importance of outreach in Carnegie Hall's artistic programming.
The Carnegie Hall Society series deals with fundraising, an essential activity for the non-profit Carnegie Hall Corporation, and includes the earliest records from the Bloom Collection. The records in this series reflect the work taken to organize fundraising events, such as the files regarding the efforts to organize a benefit concert to help refurbish Carnegie Recital Hall (now Weill Recital Hall) in 1962-63.
The Carnegie Hall Jeunesses-Musicales series documents the process of presenting young musicians from abroad in concerts in the United States, as well as sending young American musicians to perform and study in foreign countries. Jeunesses-Musicales is a world-wide movement, founded in Belgium in 1945, that provides performance and educational opportunities to young musicians. The Carnegie Hall affiliate of Jeunesses-Musicales (1962-63) was the first in the United States and helped provide the ground work for the formation of additional affiliates in this country. Carnegie Hall Jeunesses-Musicales sponsored musicians such as Ruth Laredo, Pinchas Zukerman and Radu Lupu at the beginning of their concert careers. The Carnegie Hall affiliate was disbanded in 1979 because of financial concerns.
Open for research.
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Phone: (212) 903-9629
The Carnegie Hall administrative offices were located on the 10th floor of 881 Seventh Avenue (the south tower of the Carnegie Hall building) from 1960 until 1979 when they moved to the 7th floor. In 1986 Gino Francesconi transferred half of the collection from a 7th floor storage area to the newly established Carnegie Hall Archives, Joseph Bloom donated the remainder of his father's records to the Archives in 1987.
[The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.]
Series I: CHC
Series II: CH International
Series III: CH Society
Series IV: CH Jeunesses Musicales