The Moldenhauer Archives at Harvard University: Correspondence, literary manuscripts, sound recordings, and other material
Conditions Governing Access
There is an 80 year restriction on access to the Aurelio de la Vega Class rosters containing student grades for music courses at California State University, Northridge, item (1678). [Shelved in vault]
The majority of this collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.
1 collection (50 linear feet (71 boxes and 1 temporary box [in Vault]))
Includes: correspondence between Hans and Mary Moldenhauer and musicians; correspondence between musicians and others; photographs of musicians, musicians' families, friends and colleagues; manuscript and printed compositions (not manuscript music) relating to musicians (literary texts, librettos, rhythm schemes, course materials, documents, reprints, and others); biographical miscellany such as clippings, musical programs, ticket stubs, biographical sketches; and recorded audio materials including phonograph records, cassette tapes, and CDs. There are Christmas cards, drawings, and Adolph Weiss's extensive postcard collection and some of his materials concerning the playing of the game of Contract Bridge.
This collection includes materials especially from Paul Amadeus Pisk, Roman Ryterband, Nicholas Van Slyck, Aurelio de la Vega, and Adolph Weiss, but also includes a variety of others such as: Leonard Bernstein, Radie Britain, Gloria Coates, Aaron Copland, Irene Hanna, Ernest Krenek, Eugene Ormandy, Boaz Piller, George Rochberg, Alexander Zemlinsky, and many others.
Sound recordings include audiotapes, audiocassettes, phonograph records, and compact discs. Also includes one VHS (TM) videocassette.
Biographical / Historical
Moldenhauer collected material on many musicians, but this collection derives especially from the following persons:
- Paul Amadeus Pisk (1893-1990). American composer and musicologist of Austrian birth.
- Roman Ryterband (1914-1979). American pianist, composer, conductor, and educator of Polish birth.
- Nicholas Van Slyck (1922-1983). American composer, performer, educator, and founder of the New School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- Aurelio de la Vega (1925- ). American composer, writer on music, and teacher of Cuban birth.
- Adolph Weiss (1891-1971). American composer, educator, and bassoonist. Weiss is especially known as the first American to study with Schoenberg (1926 in Berlin) and to use the 12-tone serial techniques in his own compositions.
- I. Correspondence with Hans Moldenhauer
- II. Other correspondence
- III. Images
- IV. Compositions
- V. Biographical miscellany
- VI. Sound recordings
- ___A. Audiotapes and audiocassettes
- ___B. Long-playing records, 45 rpm records, and compact discs
- ___C. Adolph Weiss collection of record albums
Special Equipment Required for Access:
Immediate Source of Acquisition
87M-114, 88M-77, 88M-78, 88M-79, 89M-65. Hans Moldenhauer via Trudi Van Slyck, 195 Lexington Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138; received: 1987-1989.
2015M-79. Gift of Clarissa Ryterband, 2015 November 9 (items 2124a, 2125a).
This collection was formerly under the temporary number of AM-18.
This material was sorted in the 1990s but was not fully cataloged until 2011. The bulk of this material came to Moldenhauer from a few donors mentioned below. The archives of each of these donors were broken up into various series in the 1990s sorting, and this order was retained in the final cataloging.
- Moldenhauer, Hans, collector. The Moldenhauer Archives at Harvard University: Correspondence, literary manuscripts, sound recordings, and other material, 1873-2001: Guide.
- Description rules
- Cataloging partially funded by the Francis P. Scully and Robert G. Scully Class of 1951 Fund.
- EAD ID
Part of the Houghton Library Repository
Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.
Cambridge MA 02138 USA