Scope and Content
Title: Elise Stern Haas Papers,
Collection number: Archives Haas 1
Extent: 0.80 Linear Ft.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
The estate of Elise Stern Haas
[Identification of item], Elise S. Haas Papers, Archives Haas 1, The Music Library,
University of California.
Elise Stern Haas (c.1892-1989) was a prominent patron and
philanthropist in the San Francisco area, especially in the performing arts and Jewish
communities. Her family established the Ernest Bloch Professorshipin the Music Department at the University of California, Berkeley.The fund began as
The Jacob and Rosa Stern
established to provide financial support for
Ernest Bloch in his composing activities. In exchange, Bloch would
give 10 music manuscripts and lectures at the University. After Bloch's death, the fund
was established as the Ernest Bloch Professorship Fund.
(See folder 4,
16-18, for more details).
For more biographical details, see Elise Haas Collections in the Bancroft Library.
Scope and Content
This collection is part of a larger collection of Elise Haas's
papers housed at the Bancroft Library. Mrs. Haas had designated that
these materials go to the Music Library. The collection contains
mostly materials concerning Ernest Bloch, with one music manuscript
by Darius Milhaud. Most of the materials are personal correspondence
from Ernest Bloch, various members of the Bloch
family, and Ernest Bloch Society to Elise Haas
(Mrs. Walter). It also contains correspondence leading to the establishment of
the Ernest Bloch Professorship at the University. Other materials
include concert programs and reviews, sent to Mrs. Haas by various Bloch familymembers (also members of the Ernest Bloch Society).
Materials deaccessioned include duplicate commercial sound recordings already held in the
Music Library collection; the recordings were returned to the Haas
estate via Bancroft Library. Other commercial sound recordings were
included in the regular collection.
Some letters such as those concerning the Ernest Bloch professorship
were bundled with other personal correspondence labelled
from EB to ESH.
The letters were kept in the original order but were cross-listed
in the finding aid.
Programs and reviews sent to Mrs. Haas were mostly from Europe in the 1930s. In addition
to programs and reviews, articles and booklets about Bloch were also sent to Mrs. Haas at
different times. One copy of each is kept in the archive.
The Milhaud music manuscript of a vocal quintet was written for Mr. and Mrs. Haas's 50th