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Gui Mombaerts (1902-1993) Papers

Identifier: 19/3/1

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Scope and Contents

The Gui Mombaerts Papers, spanning the years 1922-1980, are contained in two boxes. They include biographical material, vitae, press releases, clippings, and interviews. Considerable additional biographical information is available in the newspaper reviews of Mombaerts' musical performances (Box 2, Folders 1-6). One folder of scattered correspondence consists primarily of notes of appreciation from individuals who attended concerts given by Mombaerts. A second folder of correspondence includes letters written by Mombaerts' students on the occasion of his retirement in 1971.

The bulk of the papers consist of concert programs and newspaper clippings of reviews of performances given by Mombaerts spanning the period 1922-1980. The programs are divided into sections announcing Mombaerts' European concerts and his North American concerts. The programs are for both concerts given by Mombaerts as a soloist and with other musicians; most notably William Primrose and the Belgian Piano-String Quartet. The newspaper reviews are similarly divided into European and North American sections. Programs and reviews detailing his European concert career are in a variety of foreign languages, including French, German, Italian, and Polish. Mombaerts' translations of some of the reviews are included with the reviews.


  • 1922-1980


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


2.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



Gui (Guillaume) Mombaerts toured Europe as a pianist after winning the 1926 Prix Gunther and ranking as finalist in the 1927 International Chopin Piano Competition. He joined the faculty of Northwestern University's School of Music in 1948, and served as Ralph Votapek piano instructor. The Gui Mombaerts Papers, spanning the years 1922-1980, are contained in two boxes. They include biographical material, vitae, press releases, clippings, and interviews.


The papers of Gui Mombaerts are organized into: biogrpahical material; correspondence (general; and tributes from students); European concert programs; North American concert programs; miscellaneous concert programs; European reviews; and North American reviews. Each group of programs and reviews is arranged chronologically.

Method of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the University Archives by Professor Gui Mombaerts in two installments on October 22, 1982 and December 9, 1982 as Accessions #82-149 and #82-165.

Separated Materials

In addition to the two boxes comprising the bulk the papers there are also twenty audiotapes (17 cassettes and 3 reels) of Mombaerts performing. Included are seventy separate pieces of classical music. For a complete list of the works performed see the Separations List, in the inventory file.

Processing Information

Thomas J. Dorst, December, 1982.

Guide to the Gui Mombaerts (1902-1993) Papers
Thomas J. Dorst
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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