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Karl Adler Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 7276 / MF 572

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence of Karl Adler with individuals, including Theodor Baeuerle, Martin Buber, Alexander Dillmann, Theodor Heuss, Paul Hindemith, Otto Hirsch, Kurt Georg Kiesinger, Paul Rieger, and Hans Walz; correspondence with family members, including letters written as a soldier during World War I and the November Revolution.

Material on the career of Karl Adler as musician and music educator in Germany and the United States, including clippings, educational documents, programs, letters of congratulation and condolence, and obituaries.

Records of the Verein zur Foerderung der Volksbildung, including programs, by-laws, memoranda, reports, commemorative publications, and correspondence; material on the Stuttgarter Konservatorium, a division of the Verein, of which Adler was director; material on Adler's dismissal in 1933, and on the operation of the Verein from then until its dissolution in 1936.

Records of the Stuttgarter Juedische Kunstgemeinschaft and of the Juedisches Lehrhaus, Stuttgart, including programs, correspondence, clippings, and statutes; material pertaining to Adler's work as director of the Mittelstelle Stuttgart, the local Jewish emigration agency, including reports to the Nazi administration and individual case histories.

Material on the Jewish community of Buttenhausen in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including decrees, Schutzbriefe, wills, and other documents; clippings and other material on the fate of the community in the Nazi period, including the will of Naphtali Beringer, the town's last rabbi, and on memorials to them after the war.

AR 3734 (Box 1) Letters about Lerchenthal family.

See Inventory List

Addenda: documents from the Bosch Archives, concerning attacks against Karl Adler in 1933 and the liquidation of the Konservatorium fuer Musik (uncatalogues)

The following individuals are mentioned in this collection: Adler, Karl; B“uerle, Theodor; Beringer, Naphtali; Dillmann, Alexander; Hindemith, Paul; Hirsch, Otto; Lerchenthal, Heinz; Buber, Martin; Kiesinger, Kurt Georg; Lerchenthal, Paula; Rieger, Paul; Walz, Hans.

The following locations are mentioned in this collection: Buttenhausen; Stuttgart; Baden; Wuerttemberg

Dates

  • 1787-1975

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Collection is microfilmed; use MF 572.

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

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

Born in Buttenhausen, Wuerttemberg on January 25, 1890, Karl Adler studied music at the Stuttgart Conservatory, of which he became director in 1922. He was a cofounder of the Verein zur Foerderung der Volksbildung, an adult-education organization, and director of its music department. In 1926, he was a director of the Juedisches Lehrhaus Stuttgart. After his dismissal from his other positions in 1933, he became director of the Stuttgarter Juedische Kunstgemeinschaft, as well as leader of the music department of the Mittelstelle fuer juedische Erwachsenenbildung, a division of the Reichsvertretung der deutschen Juden. From 1938 until 1940 when he emigrated to the United States, he directed the local emigration program. He taught music at various institutions, including Yeshiva University, and died in New York on July 10, 1973.

Extent

1.75 Linear Feet

Overview

Correspondence of Karl Adler with individuals, including Theodor Baeuerle, Martin Buber, Alexander Dillmann, Theodor Heuss, Paul Hindemith, Otto Hirsch, Kurt Georg Kiesinger, Paul Rieger, and Hans Walz; correspondence with family members, including letters written as a soldier during World War I and the November Revolution.

Other Finding Aid

9-page inventory.

Microfilm

Collection is available on 4 reels of microfilm (MF 572).
  1. Reel 1: 1/1-2/2
  2. Reel 2: 2/3-3/7
  3. Reel 3: 3/8-4/11
  4. Reel 4: 4/12-4/20

Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.
Title
Guide to the Karl Adler Collection, 1787-1975 AR 7276 / MF 572
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by LBI Staff
Date
© 2009
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • March 2011: Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States