Samuel Lopes Salzedo was born in London in 1872, the son of Sephardic Jews who had emigrated from Amsterdam. He had a gift for languages and, as well as working in Russia, and in Rome for the International Agricultural Institute, he worked for most of his life as a legal interpreter and translator in London, fluent in over 10 languages.
As a young man, he rejected religion, and joined the Fabian Society where he met George Bernard Shaw. He was also a keen amateur musician and published a book on Niccoló Paganini, which is the subject of one of the letters.
He died in London in 1957, and was survived by his son, composer Leonard Salzedo.
Archival History ↴
This collection was donated to UCC Library by Caroline Lopes-Salzedo (granddaughter of Salzedo) in June 2013.
Immediate Source Acquisition ↴
Content & Structure
Scope & Content: Salzedo, Samuel, 1872-1957 ↴
The collection consists of two letters from George Bernard Shaw to Salzedo on the topics of space/curvilinear universe, and the composer Paganini and opinions of violin virtuosos such as Sivori, Ole Bull, Eugène Ysaÿe, Joachim, Sarasate, Kreisler, Heifetz and Menuhin.
Appraisal Destruction ↴
The collection is listed in date order as follows:
BL/L/SLS/1 3 Nov 1930 Typed letter on headed notepaper from George Bernard Shaw to Samuel Salzedo
BL/L/SLS/2 2 Oct 1946 Typed letter on headed notepaper from George Bernard Shaw to Samuel Salzedo
Conditions of Access & Use
Available by appointment with the Archives Service to holders of UCC Readers tickets.
Conditions Governing Reproduction
By application to the Archivist only
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Descriptive Control Area
Emer Twomey, October 2013
ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottowa: International Council on Archives, 2000. National Council on Archives: Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names. Chippenham: National Council on Archives, 1997.