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  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Content
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Acquisition

  • Title: Hanns Eisler papers
    Collection number: 0207
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3.0 Linear feet 6 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1942-1948
    Abstract: This rich collection contains Hanns Eisler's personal and business correspondence from his years in Southern California (1942-48). In addition the archive contains a few biographical documents and photographs. The collection also contains several recordings for films on records by Hanns Eisler.
    creator: Eisler, Hanns, 1898-1962

    Biographical/Historical note

    Hanns Eisler (1898-1962) was a German composer. His family moved to Vienna in 1902, and Eisler grew up and studied there, most notably with Arnold Schoenberg in the early 1920s. He moved to Berlin in 1925. Due to his strongly Marxist political convictions Eisler left Nazi Germany in 1933, and travelled extensively for four years. He began teaching at the New School for Social Research in New York in 1938. Four years later he moved to Los Angeles, where he taught composition at UCLA, worked closely with Bertolt Brecht, wrote scores for motion pictures, and co-authored with Theodor Adorno, "Composing for the Films." He was expelled from the United States because of his Communist sympathies in March 1948, and settled in East Berlin for the rest of his life, where he was professor at the Berlin Hochschule fuer Musik and continued to write for films, compose songs and concert works.

    Scope and Content

    Collection contains Hanns Eisler's extensive personal and business correspondence from his years in Southern California (1942-48). In addition the archive contains a few biographical documents and photographs. The collection also contains several recordings for films on records by Hanns Eisler. The records have been digitalized and transfered to CDs.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Hanns Eisler papers, Collection no. 0207, Feuchtwanger Memorial Library, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Exile Studies Librarian at ullmann@usc.edu. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Acquisition

    Included in the Lion Feuchtwanger estate which was given to USC by Marta Feuchtwanger.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Eisler, Hanns, 1898-1962 -- Archives
    Feuchtwanger, Lion, 1884-1958 -- Archives
    Feuchtwanger, Marta -- Archives
    Mann, Heinrich, 1871-1950 -- Archives
    Anti-communist movements--United States--History--20th century--Archival resources
    Composition (Music)--Archival resources
    Correspondence
    Exiles--Germany--History--20th century--Archival resources
    Exiles--United States--History--20th century--Archival resources
    Germany--Emigration and immigration--History--1933-1945--Archival resources
    Photographs
    Sound recordings