Letters, printed matter, personal documents, photographs, and memorabilia, relating to American military activities in World
War I, and to Ignace Paderewski. Includes typescript translation of official German military history of World War I.
Known affectionately by his youngest fans as "Uncle Ernest," Ernest Schelling was an American pianist and composer, the founder
and for sixteen years the conductor of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Young People's concerts until his untimely death
in 1939. Born in New Jersey in 1876 to a Swiss father and an English mother, Schelling was a child prodigy. His father, Dr.
Felix Schelling, a physician and a musician, was his first teacher. Ernest made his piano debut at the age of four-and-a-half
at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia; at the age of seven, he entered the Paris Conservatory, the youngest pupil ever accepted.
In 1896, Ignace Paderewski accepted the young American as his student. Schelling visited Paderewski during the summer months
in Zakopane, high in the Tatra Mountains of southern Poland, as well as in the Paderewskis' palatial villa of Riond-Bosson
in Morges, above Lake Geneva. Schelling's 1900 London and 1905 New York debuts brought him musical acclaim and fame, in no
small measure a tribute to Paderewski. The mentorship soon turned into a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Schelling had
a summer home on Lake Geneva, only a few miles from the Paderewskis', and they spent much time together. In fact, Schelling
and his wife were the organizers of the great pageant in honor of Paderewski on his name day of July 31, 1914, the eve of
the outbreak of World War I, an event movingly described in Paderewski's own memoirs.