Arkatov (James) photographs Edit


Finding Aid Author
Rebecca Hirsch and Sarah Guidas
Finding Aid Date
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The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.


  • 1946-1990 (Creation)
  • bulk (Creation)


  • 1 Linear Feet (Whole)
    2 boxes



  • Abstract

    James Arkatov was a cellist who photographed famous concert soloists performing. This collection consists of black and white prints of the photographs he took between 1946 and 1990.

  • Scope and Content

    This collection contains approximately 200 black and white images of classical conductors and soloists photographed performing by James Arkatov. Most of these photographs appeared in the USC Libraries exhibition "Grace Notes" in 1995 and were published in Arkatov's book Masters of Music (Capra Press, 1990).

  • Conditions Governing Use

    The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], James Arkatov photographs, Collection no. 191, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

  • Biographical Note

    James Arkatov was born in 1920 and raised in San Francisco, where his father, Alexander Arkatov, owned a photography salon. James was a cellist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and NBC's orchestra and was a founder of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. While in Pittsburgh, James began to photograph famous soloists as they came through town and he continued to do so once he relocated to Los Angeles.

  • Arrangement

    Photographs are arranged chronologically.