Guide to the Giacomo Meyerbeer Collection, 1812-1978 

AR 371

Processed by LBI Staff and Timothy Ryan Mendenhall

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Center for Jewish History

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Finding aid encoded in EAD 2002 by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall on 2011-08-03. Finding aid written in English.
March 2012 Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Creator:Meyerbeer, Giacomo, 1791-1864
Title:Giacomo Meyerbeer Collection
Dates:1812-1978
Abstract:This collection contains several letters written by Meyerbeer, 3 single-page music manuscripts, a small number of personal and family papers (some original, some photocopied), and a few short manuscripts about Meyerbeer.
Languages:This collection is in German, French, and English.
Quantity:4 folders.
Identification:AR 371
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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Biographical Note

Jakob Meyer Beer, better known as Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864), was a composer, remembered mainly for his grand operas. In 1842 he became the director of the Berlin Opera.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains several letters written by Meyerbeer, 3 single-page music manuscripts, a small number of personal and family papers (some original, some photocopied), and a few short manuscripts about Meyerbeer.

Much of the correspondence consists of letters sent to his wife Minna, his daughters and other family members. A few of the letters deal directly with professional engagements or are directed to colleagues. Filed with the correspondence is an original photograph of Meyerbeer. Of the three music manuscripts, the shortest is dedicated to Doris Löwe, one is identified as "Fragment de la Tragédie Struensee," and the third is a reproduction of a page from the manuscript of "Die Afrikanerin." The third folder of personal and family papers, includes both original materials and photocopies. Among the original items are a signed customs declaration (1844), a poster with an advertisement for a performance of "Der Prophet" (Berlin, 1851), and a death notice for Meyerbeer's wife Minna (1886). In the same folder are photocopies of Meyerbeer's marriage contract, an excerpt from the register of the Jewish community of Berlin (1812), and other photocopied family documents. The final folder contains manuscripts on the importance of Meyerbeer and on the genealogy of his family, with data going back to circa 1500.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Part of the collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

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Related Material

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Separated Material

Clippings and copyrighted photoreproductions have been removed to the Giacomo Meyerbeer Clippings Collection AR 371 C.

Most photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Giacomo Meyerbeer Collection; AR 371; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Other Finding Aid

The original German-language inventory is available in folder 1.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.Follow the links to access the digitized materials.

 

Container list:

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Correspondence and photographundated, 1835-1863
12Music manuscripts; undated, 1849
13Personal and family papers and documents1812-1886
14Short manuscripts about Meyerbeer and other secondary materialundated, 1958-1978
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