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Fritz Reiner correspondence

Identifier: Reiner

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes primarily personal and business correspondence to and from both Fritz Reiner and his wife, Carlotta Reiner. Mrs. Reiner often acted as Fritz's personal secretary, and much of her correspondence is in this vein, though some of her personal correspondence is included. Papers regarding the Curtis Institute of Music and the Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Chicago Symphony Orchestras are extensive and often include correspondence from various directors and managers to others outside their respective organizations. Materials include correspondence, financial records, notes, and some photographs. Most photographs are documented in folder descriptions.


  • 1916 - 1967
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1921 - 1963



75.00 Boxes

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Conductor Fritz Reiner's correspondence collection includes both personal and business correspondence, including letters to family, friends, and fans, and papers regarding his work with the Curtis Institute of Music and the Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. Carlotta Reiner's correspondence is also heavily represented.

Arrangement Note

Papers are arranged in five series, the first being correspondence of a personal or professional nature. Folders in this first series are arranged alphabetically by personal or corporate name.

The second series is comprised of correspondence between Carlotta Reiner and Fritz's children and their families, sent after Fritz's death.

The third series is made up of condolence letters sent to Carlotta after Fritz's death by correspondents whose names do not appear in the first series.

The fourth series is arranged by year and is made up of miscellaneous correspondence that reflects day-to-day issues, such as banking and travel confirmations and other household matters.

The fifth and final series is also arranged by year and includes all unidentified letters, primarily of a personal nature.

Method of Acquisition

The Music Library acquired this collection from Barton and Marion Hocker, executors of the Reiner estate, in November 1986.

Additional materials from Philip Hart and Art Helmbrecht added later.

Processing Information

Processed by Jill Waycie, 2015.

Guide to the Fritz Reiner correspondence
Jill Waycie
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Library Details

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