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The Blake Stern Papers

Call Number: Misc. Ms. 307

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the career of tenor and Yale faculty member Blake Stern. The collection holds a large number of programs and clippings related to Stern's performances, as well as photographs, awards, posters, and a small number of letters.


  • 1938-1985


Language of Materials

Materials chiefly in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers by appointment. There are no restricted materials in the collection. Please contact the Special Collections staff to schedule an appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection is the physical property of the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library of Yale University. Copyrights belong to the composers and authors, or their legal heirs and assigns.


In 5 series as follows: I. Correspondence. II. Programs. III. Scrapbook and clippings. IV. Miscellaneous. V. Photographs.


3.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Programs, clippings, photographs, awards, posters, and correspondence by and about the American singer and teacher Blake Stern (1917-1987)

Biographical / Historical

The tenor Blake Stern was born in Iowa in 1917. In 1940 he earned a bachelor's degree from Grinnell College. He served in the Navy during World War II, and then continued his education at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Julius Herford and Mack Harrell, receiving the M.S. in 1950. After teaching at the University of Minnesota, he joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music in 1955; he remained there for 32 years. Stern was best known as an oratorio singer. He performed with many leading orchestras and conductors in America and around the world. He died Logan, Iowa on December 22, 1987, just six months after his retirement from Yale.

The Blake Stern Papers
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Finding aid written in English.

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