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Fiske (Kenneth G.) Papers

 Collection — Box: 7
Identifier: H-Mss-0310

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the personal papers of Kenneth G. Fiske. Materials include correspondence, committee papers, photographs, speeches, notes, writings, sheet music, teaching materials and student papers, audio tapes, newspaper clippings, magazines, records, and awards. Items of note include Bridges Auditorium event materials and Civil War music.


  • Creation: 1913-1989 and undated


Language of Materials

Languages represented in the collection: English.


Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

Biography / Administrative History

Kenneth G. Fiske was a violinist, Pomona College music instructor, and the conductor of the Pomona College orchestra. Born January 6, 1901 in Cresco, Iowa, he “began playing the violin at the age of five, and at 17 was performing on the Chautauqua series circuit playing 23 solos a day and 160 concerts a year…” and received his BA and MA in music from the American Conservatory of Music Chicago, before studying at the Bush Conservatory, University of Chicago, Julliard School of Music New York, and USC , as well as studying violin and chamber music under prominent European and American instructors. Fiske met his wife Gloria, a pianist, while attending the American Conservatory. He joined the faculty at Pomona College in 1936. While at Pomona, Fiske also curated the Janssen Musical Instrument Collection, containing 1,200 pieces that included rare and unusual international instruments, which was kept in the Kenneth G. Fiske Museum at the Claremont Colleges until its sale in 2008. He passed away in 1984 at the age of 83. A memorial endowed fellowship is given in his honor to a student enrolled in the music program.


Fiske, Burch. Times-Plains Dealer. “Fiske, Kenneth G. 1901-1984.” February 15, 1984. (Accessed March 12, 2018)

Gordon, Larry. The Los Angeles Times. “A departure sadly noted: Seldom shown for lack of funding, the Claremont Colleges’ rare musical instrument collection heads to Phoenix – and visibility.” April 21, 2008. (Accessed March 13, 2018).


5 Linear Feet (3 records boxes, 2 document boxes, 1 flat box)


This collection contains the personal papers of violinist Kenneth G. Fiske, who joined the Pomona College faculty in 1936. A musical prodigy, Fiske studied at many prestigious music programs and under prominent European and American instructors. At Pomona, Fiske taught the violin and was the conductor of the college's symphony orchestra. Materials include correspondence, sheet music, audio recordings, writings, and teaching materials.

Organization and Arrangement

Collection is arranged at the file level by type, and chronologically within each type.

Physical Location

Please consult repository.

Provenance / Source of Acquisition

Transferred by Albert Rice (CUC) and Graydon Beeks (Pomona College), 1993.


No additions to the collection are anticipated.

Processing Information

Order was established, items were arranged by type and chronologically within each type. Materials were housed in archival folders and boxes, metal fastenings were removed and replaced with plastic.

Kenneth G. Fiske Papers
Finding aid prepared by Sara Chetney, MA
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the 01 - Special Collections & Archives, The Claremont Colleges Library Repository

800 North Dartmouth Ave
Claremont CA 91711 United States