Guide to the Ernst Bacon Papers, 1926-1990

Processed by Mara Holian; machine-readable finding aid created by Sean Quimby.
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The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Ernst Bacon Papers, 1926-1990

Collection number: M0943

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
  • Email: speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu
  • URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
Processed by:
Mara Holian
Encoded by:
Sean Quimby
© 2002 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Bacon, Ernst. Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1926-1990
Collection number: M0943
Creator: Bacon, Ernst, 1898-
Extent: .75 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Abstract: Primarily incoming correspondence, with only 4 retained carbons of Bacon's outgoing letters including one to Charles Ives. There is a high concentration of letters from the 1930s-1940s.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Preferred Citation:

Papers, 1926-1990. M0943. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1996.

Biography

This collection represents a compilation of correspondence received by Ernst Bacon, and a few carbons of letters by him, between 1910 and 1989. During this time Bacon was an active participant in the musical community of the U.S., while maintaining friendships and collaborations with a variety of artists and musicians, both domestically and in Europe. Bacon and his wife were also active in the late 1920s and early 1930s in assisting artists and musicians to escape the growing Nazi movement. Bacon worked as a conductor and composer, as well as a professor of music. He directed the San Francisco Federal Music Project from 1935-1937. The majority of the correspondence, however, postdates this period and is generally of a more personal than professional nature. Some of the letters involve either soliciting recommendations or forwarding copies of recommendations for various honors among Bacon and his colleagues. Bacon's own accomplishment of achieving a Guggenheim Fellowship is recorded in a letter from the Guggenheim Foundation included in the collection.

Scope and Content

Most of Bacon's correspondents were involved in the music community in some fashion, from composers, to musicians, to critics. Notable correspondents include Ernest Bloch, Eugene Goosens, Otto and Ethel Luening, and George Szell. However, Bacon fostered friendships with other artists as well, including author Henry Cowell and his wife, Sidney. The letters in this collection date from Cowell's incarceration in San Quentin. There are also letters from Tillie Olsen and Upton Sinclair. Since the collection is made up entirely of correspondence, it has not been divided into Series. Whenever possible, items have been processed by individual names, resulting in 93 folders arranged alphabetically by individual, and 2 remaining folders arranged by date.

Access Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Ameling, Amy.
Barnes, Matt.
Bauer, Harold, 1873-1951.
Bloch, Ernest, 1885-1977.
Boyle, Kay, 1902-
Bufano, Beniamino, 1898-1970.
Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968.
Corcoran, Thomas.
Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965.
Cowell, Sidney Robertson.
Curtain, Phyllis.
Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946.
Donat, Peter, 1928-
Downes, Edward, 1911-
Eloesser, Leo.
Erskine, John, 1879-1951.
Faurâe, Gabriel, 1845-1924.
Field, Sara Bard, 1882-1974.
Foldes, Andor, 1913-
Gautier, Eva.
Glenn, Carroll.
Goosens, Boonie.
Goosens, Eugene, Sir, 1893-1962.
Goldman, Maurice.
Gould, Morton, 1913-
Hanson, Howard, 1896-
Huntington, Hartford, 1911-
Horgan, Paul, 1903-
Houston, George F.
Hurd, Henrietta.
Hurd, Peter.
Ives, Charles, 1874-1954.
Jalowetz, Heinrich.
Kindler, Hans, 1892-1949.
Krasner, Louis, 1903-
Kurenko, Maria.
Lehmann, Lotte, 1888-1976.
Lee, Russel.
Lockwood, Normand, 1906-
Loesser, Arthur, 1894-1969.
Lomax, Alan, 1915-
Lorenz, Adolf, 1854-1946.
Lubin, Ernest.
Luening, Otto, 1900-
Luening, Ethel.
MacDowell, Edward, Mrs.
Martino, Donald, 1931-
Harrison, Guy Fraser, 1894-1986.
Harrison, Lou, 1917-
Moe, Henry Allen, 1894-1975.
Mumford, Lewis, 1895-
Newhall, Nancy Wynne.
Nies-Berger, Edouard.
Nordoff, Paul, 1909-
Nowak, Lionel, 1911-
Olsen, Tillie.
Piazzini, Gottardo.
Pinza, Ezio.
Pleasants, Henry.
Ross, Hugh, 1898-
Rowell, Margaret Avery, 1900-
Saben, Mowry.
Saminsky, Lazare, 1882-1959.
Schumann, Elisabeth.
Sebastian, John, 1944-
Sharp, Cecil, 1859-1924.
Shaw, Robert, 1916-
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968.
Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-
Sokoloff, Vladimir.
Sowerby, Leo, 1895-1968.
Stackpole, Ralph, 1885-1973.
Stock, Frederick, 1872-1942.
Szell, George, 1897-1970.
Szigeti, Joseph, 1892-1973.
Thompson, Randall, 1899-
Thomson, Virgil, 1896-
Tinayre, Yves, 1891-1972.
Toch, Ernst, 1887-1964.
Warfield, William.
Weigl, Karl, 1881-1949.
Whedon, Harriet.
Wood, Charles Erskine Scott, 1852-1944.
American literature--20th century.
Art, Modern--20th century--California.
Music--20th century--California.


Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Ameling, Elly - soprano (1979)

Box 1, Folder 2

Bacon, Ernst - photos and carbons of letters (1939)

Box 1, Folder 3

Barnes, Matt - artist (1944)

Box 1, Folder 4

Bauer, Harold - pianist (1931-44)

Box 1, Folder 5

Baumberger, Carl (1945-46)

Box 1, Folder 6

Bloch, Ernest - composer (1956)

Box 1, Folder 7

Boyle, Kay - American expatriate author (1962)

Box 1, Folder 8

Bufano, Ben - artist (1933)

Box 1, Folder 9

Chasins, Abram (1962, 1981)

Box 1, Folder 10

Corocan, Thomas - student of Paul Horgan (1972-73)

Box 1, Folder 11

Cowell, Henry - composer (1938-39, 1953)

Box 1, Folder 12

Cowell, Sidney [Mrs. Henry] (1952, 1983)

Box 1, Folder 13

Curtin, Phyllis - (n.d.)

Box 1, Folder 14

Dixon, Maynard - artist (n.d.)

Box 1, Folder 15

Donat, Peter - actor (1977)

Box 1, Folder 16

Downes, Edwin - music critic (1940-46)

Box 1, Folder 17

Eloesser, Leo - thoracic surgeon (1932-74, including some n.d.)

Box 1, Folder 18

Erskine, John - author & critic (1941, 1943)

Box 1, Folder 19

Fairbank, Janet - soprano (n.d.)

Box 1, Folder 20

Fauré, Gabriel - French composer - cover (1910)

Box 1, Folder 21

Field, Sara Bard - poet (1931-49, n.d.)

Box 1, Folder 22

Foldes, Andor - pianist (1946-63)

Box 1, Folder 23

Gautier, Eva - singer (1948, n.d.)

Box 1, Folder 24

Glenn, Carroll - violinist (1945, n.d.)

Box 1, Folder 25

Goldman, Maurice (1947, n.d.)

Box 1, Folder 26

Goldman, Richard Franko - bandmaster & composer (1966)

Box 1, Folder 27

Goossens, Boonie [Mrs. Eugene] - including photo (1926, n.d.)

Box 1, Folder 28

Goossens, Eugene - composer & conductor (1928-47)

Box 1, Folder 29

Gould, Morton - president of ASCAP (1987, 1989)

Box 1, Folder 30

Hanson, Howard - composer (1975)

Box 1, Folder 31

Harris, Roy - director of Int'l Institute of Music (1961)

Box 1, Folder 32

Harrison, Guy - musical director (1946, 1955)

Box 1, Folder 33

Harrison, Lou - composer (1987)

Box 1, Folder 34

Hartford, Huntington - critic (1964)

Box 1, Folder 35

Horgan, Paul - friend & colleague (1978, 1982)

Box 1, Folder 36

Houston, George - singer (1927, n.d.)

Box 1, Folder 37

Hurd, Henrietta [Mrs. Peter, sister of Andrew Wyeth] (n.d.)

Box 1, Folder 38

Hurd, Peter - artist (1980)

Box 1, Folder 39

Jalowetz, Heinrich - music professor (1942)

Box 1, Folder 40

Kindler, Hans - conductor (1941)

Box 1, Folder 41

Krasner, Louis - violinist (1926)

Box 1, Folder 42

Kurenko, Maria - singer (1946, 1953)

Box 1, Folder 43

Lang, Paul Henry (1950, 1981, n.d.)

Box 1, Folder 44

Lehman, Lotte - singer (1968)

Box 1, Folder 45

Lee, Russel - founder Palo Alto Clinic (1956, 1973-74, n.d.)

Box 1, Folder 46

Lockwood, Normand - composer (1948-81)

Box 1, Folder 47

Loesser, Arthur - conductor (1941)

Box 1, Folder 48

Lomax, Alan - musicologist (1945)

Box 1, Folder 49

Lorenz, Adolf - inventor (1921)

Box 1, Folder 50

Lubin, Ernest - music book editor (1968-72)

Box 1, Folder 51

Luening, Otto [composer & conductor] & Ethel [musician] (1930-91)

Box 1, Folder 52

MacDowell, Mrs. Edward - wife of composer (1936-55, n.d.)

Box 1, Folder 53

Martino, Don - composer (1952, 1972)

Box 1, Folder 54

Moe, Henry Allen - secretary, Guggenheim Foundation (1939, 1941)

Box 1, Folder 55

Mumford, Lewis - author (1963)

Box 1, Folder 56

Newhall, Nancy [Mrs. Beaumont] (1952-66)

Box 1, Folder 57

Nies-Berger, Eduoard - concert pianist (1948)

Box 1, Folder 58

Nordoff, Paul - composer & author (1971-72, n.d.)

Box 1, Folder 59

Nowak, Lionel - composer & pianist (1932-90)

Box 1, Folder 60

Olsen, Tillie - author (n.d.)

Box 1, Folder 61

Pattison, Lee (1937-58)

Box 1, Folder 62

Piazinni, Gottardo - painter (1939, photo 1938)

Box 1, Folder 63

Pinza, Ezio - opera singer (1945)

Box 1, Folder 64

Pleasants, Henry - composer (1963)

Box 1, Folder 65

Reis, Claire - chairwoman, League of Composers (1941, 1975, n.d.)

Box 1, Folder 66

Rethberg, Elizabeth (photo, n.d.)

Box 1, Folder 67

Ross, Hugh - organist & conductor (1938-1950)

Box 1, Folder 68

Rowell, Margaret [Mrs. Galen] (1985, n.d.)

Box 1, Folder 69

Saben, Mowry - writer (1935-40)

Box 1, Folder 70

Saminsky, Lazare - composer, conductor, & writer (1951)

Box 1, Folder 71

Schuman, Elizabeth - singer (1939)

Box 1, Folder 72

Sebastian, John - pianist (1948, n.d.)

Box 2, Folder 1

Sharp, Cecil - muiscologist (1954)

Box 2, Folder 2

Shaw, Robert - chorale director (1954-57, n.d.)

Box 2, Folder 3

Sinclair, Upton - author (1941)

Box 2, Folder 4

Slominsky, Nicholas - editor (1950, 1970, 1974)

Box 2, Folder 5

Sokoloff, Vladimir - director, Curtis Institute of Music (1962-87)

Box 2, Folder 6

Sowerby, Leo - organist & composer (1933-66)

Box 2, Folder 7

Stackpole, Ralph - artist (1952)

Box 2, Folder 8

Stock, Frederich - violinist, conductor, & composer (1939-40)

Box 2, Folder 9

Szell, George - conductor (1944, 1955)

Box 2, Folder 10

Szigeti, Joseph - violinist (1944-46)

Box 2, Folder 11

Thomas, John Charles - baritone (1939)

Box 2, Folder 12

Thompson, Randall - composer (1939)

Box 2, Folder 13

Thomson, Virgil - composer (1953)

Box 2, Folder 14

Tinayre, Yves - tenor, research scholar (1948-57)

Box 2, Folder 15

Toch, Ernst - composer & pianist (1954)

Box 2, Folder 16

Ussher, Bruno David - colleague through the San Francisco Federal Music Project (1939, n.d.)

Box 2, Folder 17

Warfield, William - bass singer (1950)

Box 2, Folder 18

Weigl, Karl - composer (1938-45, n.d.)

Box 2, Folder 19

West, Marie - poet (picture and poem from The Otherwise, published 1976)

Box 2, Folder 20

Whedon, Harriet - artist (1938-51, n.d.)

Box 2, Folder 21

Wood, Charles Erskine Scott - poet (picture 1928, poem "O! Alabama" n.d.)

Box 2, Folder 22

General Correspondence (1932-60)

Box 2, Folder 23

General Correspondence (1961-89, n.d.)