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Ivan T. Gorokhoff Papers, 1903-1991
4 boxes (1.7 linear feet)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Music director at Smith College from 1918-1945. Contains documents related to family matters and Gorokhoff's musical career.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or quote from the documents must be obtained from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Ivan Timofeevich Gorokhoff was born in Leschinskaya, Russia on November 14, 1879. He was educated at a seminary in Kursk with the prospect of becoming a Russian Orthodox priest, but instead focused on choral conducting. He was Choirmaster at the Theological Seminary, Kursk (1904), of the Kursk Cathedral Choir (1904-1906) and at the Synod Choirmaster School (1906-1912) before coming to the United States in 1912. Upon arrival in New York he became the Choirmaster of the Russian Cathedral (1912-1918) and came to Smith College in 1918. At Smith College he conducted various choral groups until his retirement in 1945. Gorokhoff died in New Haven, Connecticut on January 24, 1949.

Ivan T. Gorokhoff was married to Raisa Alexandrovna (September 3, 1895-June 29, 1973) in Moscow, Russia in 1914.

Galina Ivanovna Gorokhoff, the daughter of Ivan and Raisa Gorokhoff, was born March 7, 1921 in Northampton, Massachusetts. She was a graduate of the Northampton School for Girls (1939) and Smith College (Class of 1943). From 1964 to 1979 she held positions at Yale University in the Library and Art Gallery. From 1979 to 1983 she was a research associate at the Department of Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and from 1983-1984 was a researcher at the Childs Gallery, Boston. Later she was an editor at the Archaeological Institute of America. She died in Waltham, Massachusetts on July 7, 1991. Ms. Gorokhoff wrote and co-authored articles and books on numerous American artists and curated numerous exhibitions of American artists for American galleries and museums.

Scope and Contents of the Collection
The Gorokhoff papers are divided into three series:
  • Series I.: Ivan T. Gorokhoff papers (1902 -1949) contain documents related to his life in Russia, a scrapbook of his career (1913-1932) in the United States, letters of appreciation to him upon his retirement from Smith College in 1945, correspondence from Sergi Rachmaninoff (1942), portraits and photographs, memorabilia and recordings of chorus he conducted.
  • Series II: Raisa Gorokhoff papers contain legal documents (1952-1973).
  • Series III: Galina Ivanovna Gorokhoff papers contain legal documents, curriculum vitae and memorabilia.

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or quote from the documents must be obtained from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Ivan T. Gorokhoff Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Ivan T. Gorokhoff family papers were created by Ivan T. Gorokhoff and Galina Ivanovna Gorokhoff and donated to the College Archives.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
Series I - Ivan T. Gorokhoff



Russian language documents including school certificates
19??-19??

Box 1: folder 1
Naturalization and death certificates
1925-1949

Box 1: folder 2
Newspaper clippings
19 -19

Box 1: folder 3
Biographical materials including a typescript of a biographical sketch of Ivan and Raisa
n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
Photographs of Ivan, Raisa and family members
19uu-1949

Box 1: folder 5
Legal documents on the settlement of the estate of Ivan
1949

Box 1: folder 6
Score with notations by Ivan of Missa O quam gloriosium, by Tomas Luis de Victoria
n.d.

Box 1: folder 7
Concert program for concert of the Russian Cathedral Choir at Springfield, Mass.
Mar. 3, 1916

Box 1: folder 8
Yearbook (1946) of the Northampton School for Girls dedicated to Gorokhoff
1946

Box 1: folder 9
Letters from Sergi Rachmaninoff, program of a concert conducted by Gorokhoff and newspaper clippings
1942-1943

Box 1: folder 10
Holograph letters of appreciation, typescripts of materials gathered by Smith College and documents from Gorokhoff's retirement
1945

Box 1: folder 11-32
Scrapbook of newspapers clippings, letters and memorabilia from Gorokhoff's career in the United States
1913-1932

Box 2
Yearbook from a Russian educational institution
1902-1903

Box OV
Recordings of works conducted by Gorokhoff: 1. Smith College Glee Club and Princeton University Chapel Choir in Byrd, Ave verum; Gibbons, Hosanna to the Son; Victoria, Missa O quam gloriosium; 2. Smith College Glee Club and Amherst Chapel Choir in Great vesper service, based on traditional melodies of the Russian Church by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
1940s

Box OV
Series II - Raisa Gorokhoff



Naturalization certificate
1952

Box 3: folder 1
Will and probate documents
1959-1976

Box 3: folder 2
Cemetery documents
1949?

Box 3: folder 3
Series III - Galina Ivanovna Gorokhoff



Curriculum vitae
1970s-1980s

Box 3: folder 1
High school and college items
1939-1943

Box 3: folder 2
Newspaper clippings and memorabilia
1943-1991

Box 3: folder 3
Birth, marriage and death certificates
1921-1991

Box 3: folder 4
Divorce documents
1963

Box 3: folder 5
Wills and probate documents
1967-1991

Box 3: folder 6
Passports, etc.
1976-1981

Box 3: folder 7
Letters to Galina Ivanovna Gorokhoff
1974-1990

Box 3: folder 8
Poster for a lecture by Erik Trinkaus (Galina's son) at the College de France
1985

Box 3: folder 9

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