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William Andrews Clark, Jr., a talented violinist, not only was he a passionate admirer and collector of English literature of the 17th and 18 centuries, Shakespeare, and Oscar Wilde, he was equally passionate about music. In 1919, he founded the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and subsidized fifteen seasons up to death in 1934. At first, his private library did not include many music scores. After the Clark Library became a part of the University of California, purchases of rare first and early editions of printed music increased the holdings to hundreds of orchestra scores of operas, oratorios, and instrumentalist parts for chamber and vocal music.

William Andrews Clark, Jr. accompanied by Will Garroway, after 1919

William Andrews Clark, Jr. (standing on conductor's podium at right)
with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, after 1919

William Andrews Clark Library Archives