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Giacomo Meyerbeer Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 371

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains several letters written by Meyerbeer, 3 single-page music manuscripts, a small number of personal and family papers (some original, some photocopied), and a few short manuscripts about Meyerbeer.

Much of the correspondence consists of letters sent to his wife Minna, his daughters and other family members. A few of the letters deal directly with professional engagements or are directed to colleagues. Filed with the correspondence is an original photograph of Meyerbeer. Of the three music manuscripts, the shortest is dedicated to Doris Löwe, one is identified as "Fragment de la Tragédie Struensee," and the third is a reproduction of a page from the manuscript of "Die Afrikanerin." The third folder of personal and family papers, includes both original materials and photocopies. Among the original items are a signed customs declaration (1844), a poster with an advertisement for a performance of "Der Prophet" (Berlin, 1851), and a death notice for Meyerbeer's wife Minna (1886). In the same folder are photocopies of Meyerbeer's marriage contract, an excerpt from the register of the Jewish community of Berlin (1812), and other photocopied family documents. The final folder contains manuscripts on the importance of Meyerbeer and on the genealogy of his family, with data going back to circa 1500.

Dates

  • 1812-1978

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in German, French, and English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Part of the collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

Jakob Meyer Beer, better known as Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864), was a composer, remembered mainly for his grand operas. In 1842 he became the director of the Berlin Opera.

Extent

4 Folders

Abstract

This collection contains several letters written by Meyerbeer, 3 single-page music manuscripts, a small number of personal and family papers (some original, some photocopied), and a few short manuscripts about Meyerbeer.

Other Finding Aid

The original German-language inventory is available in folder 1.

Related Material

See also :

Separated Material

Clippings and copyrighted photoreproductions have been removed to the Giacomo Meyerbeer Clippings Collection AR 371 C .

Most Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.
Title
Guide to the Giacomo Meyerbeer Collection, 1812-1978  AR 371
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by LBI Staff and Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
Date
© 2011
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • March 2012: Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository