Finding Aid to the Albert Israel Elkus Papers, 1893-1976

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University of California, Berkeley
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Finding Aid to the Albert Israel Elkus Papers, 1893-1976

Collection number: BANC MSS 82/16 c

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Finding Aid Author(s):
Processed by Kristin Jacobsen, John Hawk
Date Completed:
August 1992; additions, March 1997
Finding Aid Encoded By:
GenX
© 2010 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Albert Israel Elkus Papers
Date (inclusive): 1893-1976
Collection Number: BANC MSS 82/16 c
Creator: Elkus, Albert I. (Albert Israel), 1884-1962
Extent: Number of containers: 4 boxes, 1 carton, 2 oversize folders, 6 volumes Linear feet: ca. 3.5
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: The collection consists primarily of correspondence files containing letters and related material documenting Elkus' career as an educator and a leader in the music and arts community of his time, in particular that of the San Francisco Bay Area. The collection also contains significant material pertaining to Cornel Lengyel, internationally known author and long-time personal friend of Elkus. Lesser amounts of other material related to Elkus' career, including some material on the University of California loyalty oath controversy, and scrapbooks and other memorabilia relating to the Elkus family, including his wife, Elizabeth Britton Elkus, and his father, Albert Elkus Sr., are found here as well.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Albert Israel Elkus papers, BANC MSS 82/16 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Related Collections

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
Elkus, Albert I. (Albert Israel), 1884-1962
Elkus, Elizabeth Britton
Lengyel, Cornel Adam
Lengyel, Teresa
University of California, Berkeley. Dept. of Music
University of California, Berkeley--Faculty
Loyalty oaths--California--Berkeley
Music--California--San Francisco Bay Area
Music--Instruction and study--California
Addresses
Faculty papers
Musical works
Poems
Scrapbooks
Scripts (documents)

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Albert (Elizabeth) Elkus, August 11, 1981. One additonal letter was given by Jonathan Elkus on July 16, 1991, and additonal material was transferred to The Bancroft Libary from the Music Library by Judy Tsou in March 1993.

Biography

Albert Israel Elkus came from a family outstanding in the musical, commercial, and public life of Sacramento. His mother, Bertha Kahn Elkus, was a distinguished pianist and patroness of music; his father, Albert Elkus, was a prominent businessman and several times mayor of the city.
Professor Elkus was born in Sacramento on April 30, 1884, and began there in 1896 his career as pianist and composer. His teachers were first his mother, then Hugo Mansfeldt and Oscar Weil in San Francisco, Harold Bauer in Paris, Hugo Kahn, Joseph Lhevinne,and Georg Schumann in Berlin, Carl Prohaska and Robert Fuchs in Vienna. He was a graduate of the University of California, receiving the degrees Bachelor of Letters in 1906 and Master of Letters of 1907.
From 1916 to 1928 he was conductor of choral societies in Sacramento and San Francisco, and in 1923 he began the long series of academic associations that were to continue until his death in Oakland on February 19, 1962. He was head of the Theory Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 1923 to 1925, and again from 1930 to 1937; Teacher of Music Theory and Composition at Dominican College, San Rafael, from 1924 to 1931; Lecturer in Music at Mills Collegefrom 1929 to 1933, and from 1933 to 1944 Instructor in Piano there; Lecturer at Stanford University in the summer of 1933.
Professor Elkus joined the faculty of the University of California in 1931 as Lecturer in Music, becoming Conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra in 1934. In 1935 he was appointed Professor of Music and in 1937, Chairman of the Department, in which post he continued until his retirement in 1951, a tenure of fourteen years.
For Professor Elkus it was a period of intense concentration and activity, during which he gave his energy to the realization of his own vision of a university music department, a vision larger in its scope than perhaps he himself realized.
During the decades immediately preceding this period, the position of the arts in American universities had become perceptibly ambiguous, with the creative aspects of the arts under considerable pressure from the more obviously and enticingly academic historical studies. The University of California became deeply involved in this issue and took a lead in resolving it. Professor Elkus aligned himself firmly with those bent on demonstrating that all aspects of an art are academically compatible and, indeed, mutually fructifying.
But, although his voice was strong in administrative councils of the University, Professor Elkus was not content to establish his point of view by argument alone. Within the Department of Music he secured the appointment of a series of men of international renown, but of very different casts of mind: Randall Thompson, Arthus Bliss, Manfred Bukofzer, Ernest Bloch, Roger Sessions. He encouraged younger colleagues to broaden their interests at the same time they cultivated their specialties. And he strove constantly toward an ideal curriculum that would offer not only maximum value to the students but also maximum opportunity to the faculty. So it was that a historian might teach a course in musical theory and a composer a course in history, For Professor Elkus believed implicitly in the value of the contribution that the one might make in the field of the other.
While beset with the increasing administrative burden in a rapidly expanding department, Professor Elkus continued as long as possible his activity as a performer and teacher. He reluctantly gave up the conductorship of the University Symphony Orchestra in 1946, after twelve years in which he had established his view of the threefold responsibility of such an organization: to the players, for the experience of great works in the mainstream of musical development; to the department, for works newly composed; and to the musical public for works they might otherwise not hear.
In Music 27, which he taught from 1938 to 1950, Professor Elkus presented to thousands of general students his own mature and balanced view of the art of music. In his later years, in places remote from Berkeley, people would approach him, identify themselves as former students, and express their gratitude for his instruction.
In 1951, reaching the University retirement age, Professor Elkus became Emeritus, and he immediately assumed the directorship of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a post he held for six years. He retired in 1957. Accepting the invitation of the Department of Music, he returned to active service on a part-time basis, and in the fall of 1958, in his seventy-fifth year, taught a course in counterpoint, a discipline in which he had taken abiding delight since his student days, and in which he has masterly skill.
On Charter Day, March 20, 1959, during ceremonies inaugurating Glenn T. Seaborg as Chancellor of the Berkeley campus, a grateful University conferred on him the honorary degree, Doctor of Laws.
Until his death, Professor Elkus continued to teach piano at the Conservatory and to lecture in University Extension.
During his whole professional life, Professor Elkus was active in the musical milieu of San Francisco and contributed greatly to forming it. He was from 1933 a member of the Board of Governors of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and served on an enormous variety of governing boards, executive boards, and advisory and administrative committees at all levels--campus, regional, state, and national. His friends in San Francisco were legion, and the confidence inspired by his presence on the Berkeley campus resulted in generous gifts to music at the University of California.
Professor Elkus was a commanding and beloved figure in the musical world of two continents. During his life a constant procession of young musicians sought him out for help and counsel, which they received from an open and untiring hand.
Professor Elkus came out of the Romantic Period of music, and remained deeply devoted to the music of that period. His gods were Beethoven, whose creative processes he studies throughout his life; Wagner; Chopin; Verdi; and Brahms. But he also had great love for the music of the Renaissance and Baroque composers and took a vigorous part in furthering the music of his own time. Whatever form his musical activity, as composer, performer, or teacher, he sought beauty as he understood it, and his understanding was neither restricted by shibboleths of idiom nor clouded by fad.
As a performer, whether pianist of conductor, he was a true poet, equally at home in concepts of grandeur, delicacy, or drama. Even after the demands of administration had made regular practice impossible, his skill as a pianist was such that he made the most casual classroom illustration an arresting experience and a brilliantly lighted glimpse into his musical world.
He virtually ceased to compose after he became Chairman of the Department of Music, channeling his creative energy into the tasks at hand. Of his works one, Impressions from a Greek Tragedy, received the Juilliard Award in 1935 and his found a place in the repertory of many orchestras throughout the world.
Professor Elkus is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Britton Elkus, whom he married in 1929, and two sons, Jonathan Britton Elkus and Benedict Britton Elkus.
Professor Elkus had a warm, generous nature, and a natural grace in all his human relationships. It would be hard to separate in his countless students the influence of the man from the influence of the musician and artist. A loyal and devoted friend, he evoked loyalty and devotion in his friendships. In a very real sense he survives in every student he taught, every colleague he worked with, and every friend he made, for there is not of them who has not been in some degree changed as a result of the association.
A paragraph from his official correspondence as Chairman of the Department of Music gives a quick insight into his whole personality, for it reveals him as he affirms ingratiatingly his secure faith in the intellectual dignity of the artistic processes:
I venture to emphasize a point of view of performance which, it seems to me, you have not estimated at its proper value--a serious and adequate production of a major work of musical literature involves certain professional techniques only as a means to an end. The end is highly creative, for the translation of a complex score (the notation of which is laid out with the care of an architectural plan) into sound involves an analytic and critical study of the work in relation to its character, time and period. Such interpretations of major works are properly to be considered as essays in criticism.
Taken from University of California, "In Memoriam," April 1963

Scope and Content of Collection

The Albert I. Elkus papers consist primarily of correspondence documenting Elkus' career as an educator and a leader in the musical and arts community of his day, in particular in the San Francisco Bay area. Exam files and other professional files also are included.
The collection also contains a significant quantity of material pertaining to Cornel Lengyel, internationally known author and longtime personal friend of the Elkus family, as well as lesser amounts of materials related to the University of California loyalty oath controversy, and the Elkus family.

Container Listing

 

Series 1: Correspondence. 1908-1975, undated

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent, with incoming and outgoing interfiled.

Content/Description

Contains correspondence (and related material) chiefly pertaining to Elkus' career. Correspondents include music educators, musicologists and scholars in related fields, including colleagues at the University of California, music critics, performers, composers and individuals and organizations involved in promoting music and the arts. Also includes a limited number of letters to his wife, Elizabeth.
Principal correspondents include Arthur Bliss, Leo Eloesser and Frederick Jacobi. Other significant correspondents include: Monroe Deutsch, Edwin Grabhorn, Dame Myra Hess, Werner Janssen, Luther Marchant, Moshe Menuhin, Pierre Monteux, Douglas Moore, Max Pirani, Paul Pisk, Roger Sessions, Isaac Stern, Virgil Thompson, Mrs. Benjamin Ide (Amay W.) Wheeler, Cedric Wright, and Harold Zellerbach.
Additional correspondence is located in Series 4 (re Cornel Lengyel) and Series 5 (re UC Loyalty Oath).
box 1, folder 1

A Miscellany. 1935-50

Physical Description: 8 letters
box 1, folder 2

Allen, Warren Dwight (1885-1964). 1944

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 1, folder 3

American Composers Alliance . 1941-44

Physical Description: 7 letters
box 1, folder 4

American Musicological Society . 1939-41

Physical Description: 5 letters
box 1, folder 5

American Scandinavian Review . 1943

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 1, folder 6

American Society for Aesthetics . 1941-44

Physical Description: 6 letters
box 1, folder 7

Amyx, Darrell A. (1911-). 1950

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 1, folder 8

Anderson, Katherine M. 1948

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 1, folder 9

Armsby, Leonora Wood. 1943

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 1, folder 10

Aschenbrenner, Karl. 1943

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 1, folder 11

B Miscellany. 1914-50

Physical Description: 19 letters
box 1, folder 12

Barkan, Hans. 1938-48

Physical Description: 7 letters
box 1, folder 13

Barryte, Maurice. 1939-42

Physical Description: 7 letters
box 1, folder 14

Bauer, Marian (1887-1955). 1947-50

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 1, folder 15

Beckett, Wheeler. 1938

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 1, folder 16

Berdahl, Arthur C. 1938-45

Physical Description: 5 letters
box 1, folder 17

Bertha K. Elkus Music Fund . 1948

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 1, folder 18

Bing, Rudolph, Sir (1902-). 1950

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 1, folder 19

Blanding, Gordon. 1939

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 1, folder 20

Blinder, Naoum (1889-1965). 1942

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 1, folder 21

Bliss, Arthur. 1942-49

Physical Description: 10 letters
box 1, folder 22

Blom, Eric (1888-1959). 1938-39

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 1, folder 23

Bonsack, Danie. 1947

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 1, folder 24

Boosey, Hawkes, and Belwin . 1940

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 1, folder 25

Bos, Coenraad Valentyn (1875-1955). 1943

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 1, folder 26

Boyden, David Dodge (1910-). 1940, undated

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 1, folder 27

Boyle, Edgar, Rev. 1938-39

Physical Description: 6 letters
box 1, folder 28

Brandenstein, M.J. (Mrs.). 1939

Physical Description: 1 letters
box 1, folder 29

Bremmer, Anne (1872-1923). 1914

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 1, folder 30

Brennan, Robert Edward (1897-). 1939

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 1, folder 31

Brescia, Domenico. 1939

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 1, folder 32

Broude Bros. . 1943

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 1, folder 33

Brunswick, Mark. 1941

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 1, folder 34

Buck, Barbara [to Elizabeth]. ca. 1930s

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 1, folder 35

Burk, John Naglee (1891-). 1945

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 1, folder 36

Bynner, Witter (1881-1968). undated

Physical Description: 2 poems
box 1, folder 37

C Miscellany. 1939-51

Physical Description: 10 letters
box 1, folder 38

The Carmel Cymbal . 1940

Physical Description: 5 letters
box 1, folder 39

Carruth, William W. 1913

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 1, folder 40

Chopin Centennial National Committee . 1949

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 1, folder 41

City College of San Francisco . 1950

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 1, folder 42

Commonwealth Club of California . 1939-47

Physical Description: 12 letters
box 1, folder 43

Composers' Forum . 1941-50

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 1, folder 44

Coop, Squire. [1939?]- 40

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 1, folder 45

Cooper, W.A. 1936-42

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 1, folder 46

Couper, Howard E. 1939

Physical Description: 5 letters
box 1, folder 47

Cowell, Henry. [1940?]

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 1, folder 48

D Miscellany. 1939-47

Physical Description: 7 letters
box 1, folder 49

Davison, Archibald T. (1883-1961). 1939

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 1, folder 50

Dayton, Clara. 1948

Physical Description: 7 letters
box 1, folder 51

Denny, William. 1940-44

Physical Description: 5 letters
box 1, folder 52

de Ridder, Allard. 1939-44

Physical Description: 9 letters
box 1, folder 53

Deutsch, Monroe E. 1943 Oct. 8

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 1, folder 54

Dickinson, G.S. 1938

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 1, folder 55

Dominic, Sister Mary. 1938-40

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 1, folder 56

Dutton, Charles. 1938-39

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 1, folder 57

E Miscellany. 1939-49

Physical Description: 8 letters
box 1, folder 58

Ehlers, Alice. 1939

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 1, folder 59

Einstein, Alfred. 1941-51

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 1, folder 60

Elkus, Charles and Marjary de Y. 1938-48

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 1, folder 61

Eloesser, Leo. 1936-75

Physical Description: 38 letters
box 1, folder 62

Eloesser, Leo. 1938-75

Physical Description: 21 items
box 1, folder 63

Engel, Carl. 1944

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 1, folder 64

Enos, Helen A. 1942-46

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 1, folder 65

Evans, Griffith Conrad. 1944

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 1, folder 66

F Miscellany. 1939-50

Physical Description: 8 letters
box 1, folder 67

Fallows-Hammond, Patricia. 1948

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 1, folder 68

Family Club (San Francisco) . 1950

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 1, folder 69

Federal Music Project (W.P.A.) . 1935-36

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 1, folder 70

Frankenstein, Alfred V. 1939-44

Physical Description: 5 letters
box 1, folder 71

Fredericks, Jessica. 1950

Physical Description: 5 letters
box 1, folder 72

Friedberg, Annie. 1941-44

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 1, folder 73

Friskin, James. 1948

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 2, folder 1

G Miscellany. 1939-49

Physical Description: 6 letters
box 2, folder 2

Gainsborough Music Foundation . 1945-46

Physical Description: 5 letters
box 2, folder 3

Goldberg, Bob. 1945

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 2, folder 4

Goldschmidt, Nicholas. 1942-46

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 2, folder 5

Gordon, Marcus. 1935-42

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 2, folder 6

Grabhorn, Edwin. 1939-43

Physical Description: 6 letters
box 2, folder 7

Grabhorn, Marjorie[to Elizabeth]. 1948

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 2, folder 8

Grout, Donald. 1942-43

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 2, folder 9

Guenther, Felix. 1944

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 2, folder 10

H Miscellany. 1935-51

Physical Description: 22 letters
box 2, folder 11

Hannas, Ruth. 1939

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 2, folder 12

Harcourt, Brace, and Company . 1941-45

Physical Description: 5 letters
box 2, folder 13

Harris, Roy (1898-). 1942

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 2, folder 14

Hayes, Harrison Olaf. 1945

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 2, folder 15

Heil, Walter. 1944

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 2, folder 16

Hess, Myra. 1936-41

Physical Description: 5 letters
box 2, folder 17

Hibberd, Lloyd. 1941-43

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 2, folder 18

Hindesmith, Paul. 1942

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 2, folder 19

Hodghead, Lilian King. 1938

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 2, folder 20

Hohfield, Edward. 1948

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 2, folder 21

Hollinrake, Horace. 1948-49

Physical Description: 7 letters
box 2, folder 22

Howe, Winifred. 1941-50

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 2, folder 23

Hughs, Anselm. 1935

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 2, folder 24

Huttenbach, Dorothy. 1938-48

Physical Description: 6 letters
box 2, folder 25

International Society for Contemporary Music . 1942

Physical Description: 5 letters
box 2, folder 26

J Miscellany. 1939-51

Physical Description: 11 letters
box 2, folder 27

Jacobi, Frederick. 1938-48

Physical Description: 15 letters
box 2, folder 28

Janssen, Werner. 1942-46

Physical Description: 7 letters
box 2, folder 29

Jorda, Audrey [to Elizabeth]. 1962

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 2, folder 30

K Miscellany. 1938-[56?]

Physical Description: 11 letters
box 2, folder 31

Kahn, Ivan. 1939-40

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 2, folder 32

Kanitz, Ernest. 1949

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 2, folder 33

Keane, Augustin C. 1939-42

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 2, folder 34

Kim, Earl. undated

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 2, folder 35

Kirchner, Leon. undated

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 2, folder 36

Kneucker, Alfred W. 1950

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 2, folder 37

Kohs, Ellis B. 1948

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 2, folder 38

Kosmos Club . 1938

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 2, folder 39

Krenck, Earnst. 1941

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 2, folder 40

Kuypers, John M. 1949-51

Physical Description: 11 letters
box 2, folder 41

L Miscellany. 1908-50

Physical Description: 23 letters
box 2, folder 42

Lamont, Corliss (1902- ). 1942

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 2, folder 43

Lange, Dorothea[to Elizabeth]. 1954-63, undated

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 2, folder 44

Legge, Rene Farjeon. undated

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 2, folder 45

Lehman, Henriette Goodrich Durham (nee Blandine) (1891-1973). 1957

Physical Description: 1 letter
 

Lengyel, Cornel

see: SERIES 4

box 2, folder 46

Leplin, Emanuel. 1938-44

Physical Description: 12 letters
box 2, folder 47

Lewis, Austin (1865-1944). undated

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 2, folder 48

Lifschey, Samuel. 1939-48

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 2, folder 49

Locke, Arthur Ware (1883- ). 1942

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 2, folder 50

Lomas Reciprocal Concerts, Inc. . 1942-43

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 2, folder 51

Lowinsky, Edward E. (1908-1985). 1944

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 2, folder 52

M Miscellany. 1936-49

Physical Description: 24 letters
box 2, folder 53

Mackay-Cantell, Lilia. 1948-49

Physical Description: 6 letters
box 2, folder 54

Mansfeldt, Mabel. 1948-49

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 2, folder 55

Marchant, Luther. undated

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 2, folder 56

Margen, Jeanne. 1943

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 2, folder 57

Mason, Daniel G. 1935-49

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 2, folder 58

Matthews, George. 1941

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 2, folder 59

May, Elizabeth. 1941-48

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 2, folder 60

McClatchy, Ellery. 1943-50

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 2, folder 61

McClatchy, V.S. 1927

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 2, folder 62

McManus, George S. 1939-44

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 2, folder 63

Meiklejohn, Alexander and Helen. 1952

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 2, folder 64

Menuhin, Moshe and Marutha. 1960, undated

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 2, folder 65

Meylan, Edward Ferdinand (1903- ). 1949

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 2, folder 66

Mitchell, William John (1906- ). 1948

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 2, folder 67

Montalvo Foundation . 1940-41

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 2, folder 68

Monteux, Pierre. 1939-49

Physical Description: 7 letters
box 2, folder 69

Moore, Douglas. 1939-51

Physical Description: 7 letters
box 2, folder 70

Morrell, Katherine. 1940

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 2, folder 71

Music Press, Inc. . 1940

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 2, folder 72

Music Teachers' National Association . 1943-49

Physical Description: 15 letters
box 2, folder 73

Musicians Club of San Francisco . 1939

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 2, folder 74

N-O Miscellany. 1940-50

Physical Description: 12 letters
box 3, folder 1

Nagin, Helen. 1947-48

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 3, folder 2

National Association of Schools of Music . 1940

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 3, folder 3

National Committee for Music Appreciation . 1939-40

Physical Description: 8 letters
box 3, folder 4

National Federation of Music Clubs. 1940

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 3, folder 5

Oldfield, Otis. 1940

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 3, folder 6

P Miscellany. 1936-50

Physical Description: 16 letters
box 3, folder 7

Pacific House . 1940-42

Physical Description: 7 letters
box 3, folder 8

Pacifica Foundation . 1949-50

Physical Description: 10 letters
box 3, folder 9

Parrish, Carl. 1950

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 3, folder 10

Pazmor, Radiana. 1948

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 3, folder 11

Pirani, Max. 1940-48

Physical Description: 8 letters
box 3, folder 12

Pisk, Paul. 1939-43

Physical Description: 9 letters
box 3, folder 13

Plaat, Otto. 1950

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 3, folder 14

Pochon, Alfred (1878-1959). 1942

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 3, folder 15

Poladian, Sirvart. 1939-43

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 3, folder 16

Popper, Jan and Beta. 1960-61

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 3, folder 17

Q-R Miscellany. 1938-49

Physical Description: 6 letters
box 3, folder 18

Quinan, Francis G., Father. 1947-49

Physical Description: 5 letters
box 3, folder 19

Reutinger, Joan (Mrs. Otto). [1939?]-1949

Physical Description: 6 letters
box 3, folder 20

Rinder, Reuben R. 1938

Physical Description: letters
box 3, folder 21

Rosen, Jerome (1921- ). 1949

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 3, folder 22

S Miscellany. 1935-50

Physical Description: 25 letters
box 3, folder 23

Sacramento Saturday Club . 1947

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 3, folder 24

Sadowski, Reah. 1945

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 3, folder 25

Salinger, Herbert H. 1944-45

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 3, folder 26

San Francisco Art Commission . 1945

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 3, folder 27

San Francisco Chronicle . 1940-43

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 3, folder 28

San Francisco Conservatory of Music . 1944-50

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 3, folder 29

San Francisco Musical Club . 1940

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 3, folder 30

San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department . 1939-51

Physical Description: 38 items
box 3, folder 31

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra . 1936-50

Physical Description: 12 letters
box 3, folder 32

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert . 1942-50

Physical Description: 22 letters
box 3, folder 33

Santa Barbara College . 1950-51

Physical Description: 46 letters
box 3, folder 34

Saxton, Earl. 1948-49

Physical Description: 5 letters
box 3, folder 35

Schmidt, Harold C. 1950

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 3, folder 36

Schmitz, E. Robert. 1940-48

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 3, folder 37

Schuessler, Selma. 1945-46

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 3, folder 38

Schweitzer Committee . 1940-42

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 3, folder 39

Seidel, Toscha (1899-1962). 1939

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 3, folder 40

Sessions, Roger. 1938

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 3, folder 41

Shepherd, Arthur (1880-1958). 1949

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 3, folder 42

Silva, Giulio. 1939

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 3, folder 43

Sparks, Edgar. 1939-48

Physical Description: 5 letters
box 3, folder 44

Spivacke, Harold (1904- ). 1941

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 3, folder 45

Standard School Broadcasts . 1939-50

Physical Description: 15 letters
box 3, folder 46

Stanford University . 1940

Physical Description: 6 letters
box 3, folder 47

Stassen, Harold Edward (1907- ). 1945

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 3, folder 48

St. Edmunds, John. 1939-41

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 3, folder 49

Stern, Isaac. 1943

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 3, folder 50

Stricklen, Edward G. 1938-45

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 3, folder 51

Symphony League . 1943

Physical Description: 2 letters
box 3, folder 52

T Miscellany. 1936-50

Physical Description: 7 letters
box 3, folder 53

Tansman, Alexander (1897- ). 1942

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 3, folder 54

Taylor, Ross. 1943

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 3, folder 55

Temple Emanu-El . 1947-48

Physical Description: 11 letters
box 3, folder 56

Thompson, Meredith. 1944-45

Physical Description: 12 letters
box 3, folder 57

Thomson, Virgil. 1944-45

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 3, folder 58

Toch, Ernst (1887-1964). 1945

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 3, folder 59

Tullis, Walter. 1945-48

Physical Description: 8 letters
box 3, folder 60

Turner, Bernice. 1940-44

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 3, folder 61

Turner, Godfrey B. [1939?]-1949

Physical Description: 7 letters
box 3, folder 62

Turner, Robert. 1938-50

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 3, folder 63

V-Z Miscellany. 1935-51

Physical Description: 15 letters
box 3, folder 64

Vincent, John Nathanial (1902- ). 1949

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 3, folder 65

Violin, Moriz. 1941-42

Physical Description: 4 letters
box 3, folder 66

Weitzner, Lillian [to Elizabeth]. 1967

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 3, folder 67

Wheeler, Amay W. (Mrs. Benjamin Ide Wheeler). 1929

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 3, folder 68

Whiton, Sherrill. undated

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 3, folder 69

Williams, Marie (Mrs. Homer L.). 1936-39

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 3, folder 70

Winchell, Anna Cora. [1938?]-44

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 3, folder 71

Wood, Charles Erskine Scott (1852-1944). 1939

Physical Description: 1 letter
box 3, folder 72

Wright, Cedric (1889-1959). 1939-49

Physical Description: 3 letters
box 3, folder 73

Young People's Symphony Orchestra . 1940-50

Physical Description: 5 letters
box 3, folder 74

Zellerbach, Harold L. 1950

Physical Description: 2 letters
 

Series 2: Papers. 1940-1945

Content/Description

Chiefly Papers presented at conferences, but including Elkus' foreword to the W.P.A. Federal Music Project's publication, Early Master Teachers of San Francisco, containing short biographies of Hugo Mansfeldt, Oscar Weill, and Henry Heyman. Some of the files include correspondence pertaining to the conferences or related subjects.
carton 1, folder 1

[Comparing music education in conservatories and colleges and universities]. 1941 May 3

carton 1, folder 2

Changing Values in Interpretation . 1945

carton 1, folder 3

Early Master Teachers of San Francisco, Introduction. 1940-45

carton 1, folder 4

Richard Wagner from a Contemporary Point of View . undated

carton 1, folder 5

The Teaching of Counterpoint from the Contemporary Point of View . 1940-41

carton 1, folder 6

[Tonality, influences of past styles on modern styles]. undated

 

Series 3: Exams. 1938-1961, undated

Content/Description

Exams for courses in music appreciation taught by Elkus at UC Berkeley from 1938-1945, and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 1960-61.
carton 1, folder 7

Exam dates (no course name). 1938-45

carton 1, folder 8

Exam (no course name). undated

carton 1, folder 9

Music 27A, 27B. 1938-40

carton 1, folder 10

Music 27A, 27B. 1941-42

carton 1, folder 11

Music 27A, 27B. 1942-43

carton 1, folder 12

Music 27A, 27B. 1945-46

carton 1, folder 13

Music 27A, 27B. 1947-48

carton 1, folder 14

Music 27A, 27B. 1948-49

carton 1, folder 15

Music 27A, 27B. 1949-50

carton 1, folder 16

Music 27C, 27D, 27E. 1943-45

carton 1, folder 17

Music Literature 1A. 1960-61

 

Series 4: Cornel Lengyel. 1937-1976, undated

Content/Description

Correspondence, letters of recommendation, reviews, resumes, articles, and programs concerning internationally known author Cornel Lengyel and his wife Teresa. Also includes typescripts and drafts of many of Lengyel's works, plays such as The Atomic Clock and Jonas Fugitive, as well as collections of poetry and prose.
 

Correspondence

carton 1, folder 18

Correspondence Lengyel-Albert Elkus. 1937-61

carton 1, folder 19

Correspondence Lengyel-Elizabeth Elkus. 1952-76

carton 1, folder 20

Correspondence Lengyel-Others. undated

 

Miscellany

carton 1, folder 21

Recommendations Elkus for Lengyel. 1939-61

carton 1, folder 22

Recommendations Others for Lengyel

carton 1, folder 23

Programs and Announcements

carton 1, folder 24

Reviews, Resumes, Articles

carton 1, folder 25

Teresa Lengyel, Articles

 

Writings

 

Plays

carton 1, folder 26

Miscellaneous

carton 1, folder 27

The Atom Clock

carton 1, folder 28

The Atom Clock, Book jacket

carton 1, folder 29

Deephaven

carton 1, folder 30

Doctor Franklin

carton 1, folder 31

Jonas Fugitive

carton 1, folder 32

Jonas Fugitive, Illustration

carton 1, folder 33

Olin Baal

carton 1, folder 34

The Master Plan

carton 1, folder 35

Prima Donna

carton 1, folder 36

S.O.S. From Easter Island

 

Poems

carton 1, folder 37

Collected

carton 1, folder 38

Four Dozen Songs

 

Prose

carton 1, folder 39

Uncollected

carton 1, folder 40

Prose

 

Miscellany

carton 1, folder 41

Published Selections

 

Poetry, prose, drama

carton 1, folder 42

Miscellany

 

Other correspondence, programs, notes, and more

 

Series 5: Miscellany. 1938-1952, undated

Content/Description

Various family and professional papers. These include an address by Monroe Deutsch; reports from the UC Berkeley Dept. of Music; information on the U.C. loyalty oath controversy; a eulogy for Nathan Firestone; material on various speaking engagements, etc. Additions to the collection have been incorporated here, and include family correspondence, scrapbooks, and other memorabilia, chiefly converning Albert Elkus, Jr. and Sr.

Additional Note

Additions are housed in box 4, v. 1-6, and oversize folders 1A-2A.
carton 1, folder 43

Clippings and letters re. Albert Elkus, Sr. (father)

carton 1, folder 44

U.C. Berkeley, Department of Music reports. 1938-49

carton 1, folder 45

Draft and typescript of eulogy for Nathan Fireston, written by Elkus. 1943

carton 1, folder 46

Typescript of nomination of Edwin Grabhorn for Honorary Degree, 1949 Feb. 19. 1949-02-19

carton 1, folder 47

Deutsch, Monroe.

Address: The Preservation of the University

Correspondence re. Deutsch eulogy

carton 1, folder 48

Speaking Engagements. 1941-50

carton 1, folder 49

U.C. Loyalty Oath, Letters. 1949-50

carton 1, folder 50

U.C. Loyalty Oath, Newspaper Clippings. 1949-51

carton 1, folder 51

U.C. Loyalty Oath, Published Materials. 1947-52

oversize-folder 1A

Klavierstuck, printed sheet music

written by Elkus

oversize-folder 2A

What herb will cure a melancholy,

autograph mss. score, signed:

To Elizabeth Elkus / with remorse /

Cornel Lengyel /.
June 1935

box 4, folder 1

Postcard written by Albert Elkus to his mother while he was travelling in Europe. 7 Aug. 1921

box 4, folder 2

Transcription of letter written by Albert Elkus to the U.S. Attorney in Billings, Mont., concerning his friend, T. Z. Shiota, a Japanese resident in San Francisco. 1 Jan. 1941

box 4, folder 3-6

Letters written to Albert Elkus by various family members and friends, while he was studying in Berlin. 1908 Mar.-May

box 4, folder 7-10

Letters written to and from Albert Elkus, Sr. by various family members and friends. 1896-1936

box 4, folder 11

School theme book. undated

box 4, folder 12

Time books, San Francisco [lessons?]. 1927-28

box 4, folder 13

Description of the Chicago World's Fair by Albert Elkus, Sr. 1893

box 4, folder 14-15

Log books of the Red Raven [boat of Albert Elkus, Sr.]. 1912-15

box 4, folder 16

Albert Elkus, Sr., Certificate of election as Director of 3rd ward, Sacramento Municipal Utility District. 1942 Dec. 11

box 4, folder 17

Train ticket from Sacramento, Calif., to Council Bluffs, Iowa. [1880s ?]

box 4, folder 18-24

Loose items removed from scrapbooks. undated

 

Scrapbooks relating to family activities. 1870s-1920s

Physical Description: Volumes 1-6, oversize-folder 3B.
volumes 1-2

1871-1905

Content/Description

Newspaper clippings, menus, greeting cards, programs, and other items.
oversize-folder 3B

The Sunday News, vol. 2 no. 22. 1895 Sept. 8

Note:

Removed from volume 2.
volume 3

1880-1896

Content/Description

Primarily related to the theater.
volume 4

1902-1921

Content/Description

Regarding Elkus ordinance regarding alcohol and other political issues in Sacramento.
volume 5

1918-1921

Content/Description

Regarding Elkus's campaign as mayor and other political issues.
volume 6

Circa 1880s.

Content/Description

Bertha Elkus scrapbook of greeting and advertising cards.
oversize-folder 1A

"Klavierstuck," printed sheet music, written by Elkus. undated

oversize-folder 1A

"What herb will cure a melancholy," autograph mss. score, signed: To Elizabeth Elkus / with re morse / Cornel Lengyel / June 1935. 1935

oversize-folder 1A

Issue of Emanu-El, with article on Sacramento Jews. 1903 Sept. 18

oversize-folder 1A

San Francisco Music and Drama, vol. 1 no. 40. 1884 Mar. 15

oversize-folder 2A

Masonic Certificate, Albert Elkus [Sr. ?]. 1907 Dec. 24