The collection consists of fifty boxes, mainly of the compositions and papers of Simon Bucharoff (1881-1955), along with materials related to Bucharoff's brother, Isadore Buchhalter, papers related to activities of Bucharoff's estate, one piece of realia, and the documentation that accompanied the collection from the University of Houston. Bucharoff's papers consist mainly of correspondence, but also include clippings, photographs, concert programs, promotional materials, and writings on non-musical subjects. The materials are predominantly from 1916 through 1967, with a smaller number of materials from before and after that period.
The scores comprise the most complete collection of Bucharoff's works that has yet been assembled and organized. His papers chronicle the his rise to prominence as a pianist, and then as a composer, the struggles of the 1920s and onward, his attempts to promote and publish his works, and reflect the personality, worldview, and spirituality that informed his works.
Series 1: Scores
Series 2: Oversized scores
Series 3: Published works by Simon Bucharoff
Series 4: Libretti and other writings
Series 5: Correspondence and papers
Series 6: Photographs, clippings, and publicity
Series 7: Works by other authors and composers
Series 8: Isadore Buchhalter
Series 9: Realia
Series 10: Documentation from the University of Houston