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Ernest Bloch archive

Identifier: AG 11

Scope and Contents

The first series contains biographical materials on Ernest Bloch, including correspondence, publications, writings by Bloch, clippings, exhibitions, photo albums and other miscellaneous information.

The second series, audiovisual materials, contains one box of video and audio tapes.

The third series, photographic materials, holds contact prints, glass plate negatives, transparencies, stereo positives and negatives, film-based negatives, and storage enclosures/ envelopes. Nitrate film has been isolated from the collection and frozen.

The fourth series, memorabilia, contains Bloch’s death mask (extremely fragile and is restricted; must obtain permission from the archivist to view) as well as photographic equipment and memorabilia.

There is a detailed guide available in the Volkerding Study Center (Guide Series Number One, 1979) which provides an itemized list of the glass plate negatives, positive transparencies, small stereo positives and negatives stereo negatives, film-based negatives, and prints. Please see the archivist for access to this guide.


  • 1897 - circa 1980s


Language of Materials

Material in English

Conditions Governing Access

Access to Bloch's death mask is restricted due to extreme fragility. Permission from the Archivist is necessary to view.

To access materials from this collection, please contact

Conditions Governing Access

The negatives in boxes 1 through 6 are currently inaccessible due to renovations in CCP's cold storage facility. Negatives will be accessible once the renovation is complete and the negative boxes have been transferred to the new frozen storage space. The estimated date of availability is mid-year of 2023, although not guaranteed. Please be sure to email with any questions or for updates.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission from the copyright owner (which could be the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates or literary executors) prior to any copyright-protected uses of the collection.

The user agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents, the University of Arizona, Center of Creative Photography, including its officers, employees, and agents, from and against all claims made relating to copyright or other intellectual property infringement

Biographical Note

Ernest Bloch was born July 24, 1880 in Geneva, Switzerland. He began composing music after receiving a violin at the age of 9. He studied music and composition in Brussels, Germany, and Paris before settling in the United States in 1916 and becoming an American citizen in 1924. Bloch is celebrated as one of the most renowned 20th century composers, and received many honors, including the Coolidge Prize (1919), the Musical American Prize (1928), the first Gold Medal in Music (1942), and the honor of Professor Emeritus of Music (1952) from the University of California at Berkeley. Bloch held multiple teaching positions throughout the U.S. He died in Portland, Oregon on July 15, 1959.

Bloch’s photography was discovered by Eric B. Johnson in 1970. Bloch became interested in photography at the age of sixteen. Bloch worked with black and white photography and produced small-format images mounted in albums as well as stereoscopic views. Johnson edited and printed hundreds of Bloch’s photographs which are now visible on his website.


19 Boxes (13.5 linear feet)

13.5 Linear Feet

Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.


Biographical information, correspondence, memorabilia, audio-visual materials, equipment, and photographic materials, 1897 - circa 1980, of Ernest Bloch (1880 - 1959), composer, teacher, and photographer. The bulk of the collection consists of more than 6,000 negatives and transparencies documenting Bloch's landscapes, cityscapes, and portraits from 1897 until 1951 as well as 2,000 prints.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Biographical materials (2 linear feet)
  2. Series 2: Audiovisual materials (.5 linear feet)
  3. Series 3: Photographic materials (8 linear feet)
  4. Series 4: Memorabilia (3 linear feet)

Custodial History

The bulk of this collection was acquired in 1978 from the Bloch family.


Additional materials were added to the collection in 1979.

Related Materials

The Ansel Adams archive (AG 33) contains correspondence between Adams and the heirs of Ernest Bloch regarding the Bloch archive.

Interview with Lucienne Bloch Dimitroff (Bloch’s daughter), conducted by former CCP Director James Enyeart, March 15, 1978.

Interview with Ivan Bloch (Bloch’s son), conducted by former CCP Director James Enyeart, on March 31, 1978.

There are additional prints in the Fine Print Collection at the Center.

Processing Information

Processed in 1985 by various archives staff. The finding aid was updated by Alexis Peregoy in December 2016.

Ernest Bloch archive 1897 - circa 1980
Finding aid updated by Alexis Peregoy
© 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

1030 N. Olive RD
Tucson Arizona 85721 United States