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Louis Moreau Gottschalk Collection

Call Number: MSS 245
Title: Louis Moreau Gottschalk Collection
Creator: Gottschalk, Louis Moreau, 1829-1869 (author)
Peterson, Clara Gottschalk, 1840-1910 (author)
Hawes, William L., 1862-1918 (author)
Date of Creation: 1842-1976
Predominant Dates: 1896-1910
Extent: 267 items
Object Name: correspondence
programs (documents)
sheet music
photographic prints
Collection Type: Archival & Special Collections
Documents & Correspondence
Biography/History: New Orleans-born pianist and composer; first American composer to write symphonic music, compositions for solo piano with orchestra, and vocal music.
Clara Gottschalk Peterson (1840-1910) was a musician and composer. The better known composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk was her brother.
William L. Hawes (1862-1918) was a music critic and devotee of Louis Moreau Gottschalk.
Scope and Content: The Gottschalk Collection consists of correspondence, programs, and other memorabilia concerning the life of Louis Moreau Gottschalk. The correspondence contains only two letters written by Gottschalk; the major correspondents are Gottschalk's sister, Clara Gottschalk Peterson and William L. Hawes, music critic and devotee of Gottschalk. Most of the correspondence deals with Peterson and Hawes' efforts to keep Gottschalk's music prominent. Also there is correspondence pertaining to the copyrights and editions of Gottschalk's "The Last Hope," probably one of Gottschalk's better known compositions. Several letters concern the donation of Gottschalk memorabilia to the Louisiana Historical Society and the donation of the Gottschalk bust to the City of New Orleans.
The programs in the collection are of concerts or recitals given by Clara G. Peterson and others featuring Gottschalk's music. There is a photostatic copy of a program from Gottschalk's concert with Adelina Patti. Photographs also appear in the collection as well as sheet music and manuscript music primarily composed by Clara G. Peterson.
Arrangement: Arranged in groups, generally chronological within groups, as follows: Letters from Louis Moreau Gottschalk (f. 1-2); Letters to Wm. L. Hawes, mostly from C. G. Peterson (f. 3-130); Letters from Wm. L. Hawes, mostly to C. G. Peterson (f. 131-213); Undated letters to Wm. L. Hawes (f. 214-216); Undated letters from Wm. L. Hawes (f. 217-218); Programs, photographs, and other documents (f. 219-235); Sheet music and music manuscripts (f. 236-244); Additions (f. 245-248).
Title Note: Previous title: Louis Moreau Gottschalk Collection, 1842-1911.
Notes: Louis Moreau Gottschalk Collection, MSS 245, Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Finding Aid: Unpublished finding guide is available in the Williams Research Center Reading Room. See MSS Finding Guide binders.
An item-level PDF finding aid is available online.
Restrictions: Researchers may be limited to consulting one or two items at a time, per the discretion of the Reading Room staff.
Reproduction of original documents, when permitted, must be performed by the Williams Research Center staff.
Requesting: Please provide the reference staff with the manuscript call number and folder number.
Collection Theme(s): Music and Performing Arts
Performers and Composers
Subjects: Gottschalk, Louis Moreau, 1829-1869 -- More information
Peterson, Clara Gottschalk, 1840-1910 -- More information
Hawes, William L., 1862-1918 -- More information
Patti, Adelina, 1843-1919 -- More information
Behrman, Martin, 1864-1926 -- More information
New Orleans (La.)
Music--Louisiana--New Orleans--19th century
Musicians--Louisiana--New Orleans--19th century
Related Artwork &
Locket with photo of Louis Moreau Gottschalk 1979.144.1
Glove worn by Louis M. Gottschalk 1979.144.3
Bust of Louis Moreau Gottschalk 2009.0255
Gold Pen used by L. M. Gottschalk 1979.144.2
Accession Number: 61-47-L