Northwestern

Moldenhauer Collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
Moldenhauer Collection

Dates

  • 1683-1973 (Creation)
  • 1890-1950 (Other)

Extents

  • 29.00 Boxes (Whole)

Names

Subjects

Notes

  • Scope and Contents

    The Moldenhauer Collection is comprised of music manuscripts, sketches and quotations, correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, printed programs, manuscript texts and other materials which document composers and musicians active between 1683 and 1973. The majority of the materials date between 1890 and 1950. With the exception of a few letters written by the collection’s creator, Hans Moldenhauer (1906-1987), the collection is comprised entirely of the musical and non-musical works of others.

    While the collection represents much of the European continent, it is particularly strong in manuscripts, correspondence and other materials by or related to German, French and English composers. Manuscripts by Ernest Bloch (1880-1959), Max Bruch (1838-1920), Max Keller (1770-1855) Ferdinand Praeger (1815-1891), a substantial collection of letters by Jules Massenet (1842-1912), and a sketch by Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) are among some of the most notable items. Other prominent composers and musicians represented in the Northwestern holdings include: John Blow (1648/9-1708), Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Gustave Charpentier (1860-1956), Vincent d’Indy (1851-1931), Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848), Edward Elgar (1857-1934), Charles Gounoud (1818-1893), Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959), Anton Rubenstein (1829-1894), Camille Saint-Säens (1835-1921), and Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). Additionally, a significant number of late 19th and early 20th century British composers including Granville Bantock (1868-1946), Henry Bishop (1786-1855), Arthur Bliss (1891-1975), John Stainer (1840-1901), Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) and William Walton (1902-1983) are also represented.

  • Abstract

    The Moldenhauer Collection is comprised of music manuscripts, sketches and quotations, correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, printed programs, manuscript texts and other materials which document composers and musicians active between 1683 and 1973. With the exception of a few letters written by the collection’s creator, Hans Moldenhauer (1906-1987), the collection is comprised entirely of the musical and non-musical works of others. Representing much of the European continent, the collection is particularly strong in the works and correspondence of German, French and English composers.

  • Arrangement Note

    The majority of the materials were previously arranged by composer/author or subject person with all formats of materials housed together and catalogued at the item level. The present arrangement scheme divides materials by type into four series. Series organization is as follows: Series 1. Correspondence, Photographs, Autographs, and Scrapbooks (1700-1973), further divided into subseries: Sub-series 1. Correspondence, Autographs, Autographed Musical Quotations and Album Leaves (1700-1973), Sub-series 2. Photographs (1850-1930), Sub-series 3. Oversize Materials; Series 2. Music Manuscripts and Scores (1683-1961); Series 3. Books, Dissertations and Manuscript Texts (circa 1700-1969); and Series 4. Supplementary Materials (1970-2000).

    Within each series and subseries, materials are arranged by composer/author or subject person and are then described at the item level. Additional descriptive information has been taken from the inventory found in The Rosaleen Moldenhauer Memorial: Music History From Primary Sources: A Guide to the Moldenhauer Archives (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2000) when this guide provided additional descriptive information not readily discernable from an examination of the items themselves.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open and available to researchers without restrictions.

  • Source of Acquisition

    Hans Moldenhauer (1906-1987)

  • Method of Acquisition

    The collection was acquired in the early 1970s.

  • Related Materials

    The Moldenhauer Collection at Northwestern is one of nine parts of the Moldenhauer Archives, formerly housed in its entirely in Spokane Washington, which is now divided among nine institutions worldwide: in the United States, at the Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.), Harvard University (Boston, MA) Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), Washington State University, and Whitworth College; and in Europe, at the Paul Sacher Foundation in (Basel), the Zentralbibliothek (Zurich), the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Munich) and the Wienbibliothek im Rathaus, formerly the Wiener Stadt- und Landesbibliothek, (Vienna). An inventory to the Moldenhauer holdings of all nine institutions’ may be found under "Using this Collection" section of the Library of Congress's online finding aid: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.music/eadmus.mu003012

  • Related Publications

    The Library of Congress published a collection of essays and a comprehensive guide to the Moldenhauer Archives holdings distributed among all nine institutions, "The Rosaleen Moldenhauer Memorial: Music History from Primary Sources: A Guide to the Moldenhauer Archives" edited by Jon Newsom and Alfred Mann (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2000). It is also available in an online format at: [url=https://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/moldenhauer/]http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/moldenhauer/moldtoc.html[/url]

  • Separated Materials

    Materials related to Edward Clark (1888-1962) have been separated and form the Edward Clark Collection.

    Elisabeth Lutyen's (1906-1983) "Symphonies for Solo Piano, Wind, Harps, and Percussion," op. 45, 1961 has been placed with the General Manuscript Collection as MSS 423.

  • Preferred Citation

    Moldenhauer Collection, Northwestern University Libraries, Music Library.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Alan Akers with Grace Pechianu in 2016.

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