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Walter Jurmann papers, [1910]-1995
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement

  • Title: Walter Jurmann papers
    Collection number: 2271
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 5.0 linear ft. (6 document boxes, 3 small flat boxes, and 1 large flat box)
    Date (inclusive): [1910]-1995
    Abstract: Collection consists of material related to career of the composer Walter Jurmann, including scores, lyrics, business and personal papers, correspondence, photographs, and biographic items.
    Language of Materials: The bulk of material is in English, with numerous song scores and other items in German. Several scores are in French, one in Hungarian.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Jurmann, Walter, 1903-1971

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Audio materials in this collection are restricted and require advance notice for use.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Walter Jurmann Papers (Collection 2271). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1972939 

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Yvonne Jurmann, 1988.

    Biographical note

    Composer Walter Jurmann was born October 12, 1903, in Vienna, Austria. He began his career as a piano player in Austria and in 1927 moved to Berlin, where he became a pianist at the Eden Hotel. During his time in Berlin, Jurmann collaborated with the lyricist Fritz Rotter (1900-1984) and the Polish composer Bronislaw Kaper (1902-1983), creating a number of hit songs. In the early 1930s, Jurmann and Kaper also wrote songs for German and French films, and Jurmann wrote revues during a stay in Paris in 1933. He sometimes issued music under pseudonyms while working in Europe.
    In 1934, Louis B. Mayer recruited Jurmann and Kaper for MGM's film productions, bringing them to Los Angeles. The pair wrote songs for the Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera and A Day at the Races, and the films The Mutiny on the Bounty, Escapade, and San Francisco. Jurmann also composed music for several songs in the Judy Garland musical Presenting Lily Mars. By the mid-1940s, Jurmann had left the film industry, becoming a freelance composer. He later wrote a number of love songs, as well as songs for the cities of San Antonio, Houston, and Los Angeles. Jurmann died on June 17, 1971, while traveling in Budapest, Hungary.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of material related to the career of composer Walter Jurmann including scores, lyrics, business and personal papers, correspondence, and photographs. Scores are primarily songs for films and popular songs in English and German. Also included are posthumous articles, clippings, programs, and other items concerning Jurmann's music. Much of collection, especially biographic material and some scores, was compiled by Jurmann's wife Yvonne Jurmann after his death.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection is arranged into the following series:
    • Series 1. Scores
    • Series 2. Lyrics
    • Series 3. Business and personal papers
    • Series 4. Correspondence
    • Series 5. Photographs
    • Series 6. Biographic material
    • Series 7. Sound recordings
    • Series 8. Ephemera.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Jurmann, Walter, 1903-1971--Archives.
    Motion picture music.
    Popular music.