This collection was amassed over the years with significant help from Hyman Frankel (d. 1959), an amateur musician and an informed book and violin collector in New York City. His valuable collection of materials contained over 1,000 books including many rare titles on the violin from the seventeenth century through the twentieth century; over 1,500 scores for solo violin, violin chamber music, violin methods and treatises; prints and engravings; and violins and bows. Frankel asked Goodkind to handle the disposition of the collection in about 1959.
Herbert Goodkind spent a portion of his youth in an unassuming house in Columbia’s first suburb which has been nationally recognized for bridging the gaps across lines of race, religion, class and culture. This site in Historic Waverly, a National Register for Historic Places District, has proved to connect diverse lives with roots to Historically Black colleges, a Jewish synagogue, and famous musicians. This story of this private residence known as the Visanska-Starks House, and its hidden carriage house will be featured on the “Hidden Hideout” episode of HGTV’s “If Walls Could Talk”. The episode will air nationally on Monday, April 28, 2008 at 6:00 PM ET/PT.