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Guide to the Dannreuther Family Papers, 1836-1988 (bulk 1875-1925)

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Dannreuther Family
Title: Dannreuther Family Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1836-1988
Bulk Dates: 1875-1925
Quantity: 6.75 cubic feet (16 boxes)
Abstract: Materials relating to the Dannreuther Family, especially the musical careers of Gustav and Nellie Dannreuther.
Forms of Materials: Correspondence, date books, sheet music, programs, clippings and scrapbooks.

Biographical Note

Gustav Dannreuther (21 July 1853 - 19 Dec 1923) was a violinist, instructor and founding member of the Dannreuther String Quartet. He was the son of Abraham Dannreuther and Sophie Fischbacker. His brother was the pianist Edward Dannreuther.

Ellen "Nellie" Morton Taylor Dannreuther (25 May 1858 - 3 July 1942), Gustav's wife, was also a noted musician. She was a pianist who performed on her own as well as with her husband. She was also an instructor, teaching privately and also for a period at Wells College. She was the daughter of Martin Taylor and Martha Gooding. Gustav and Nellie married 12 July 1882 and had three children: Walter Taylor Dannreuther, Martin Taylor Dannreuther, and Gustav Dannreuther, Jr.

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Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, date books, sheet music, programs, clippings and scrapbooks relating to the Dannreuther Family, especially the musical careers of Gustav and Nellie Dannreuther. Of particular note are the letters from Nellie Dannreuther to her parents while she was studying in Leipzig from 1875-1876. Related letters can be found in the correspondence of Nellie Morton, Nellie Dannreuther's aunt who served as chaperone for her and two other Buffalo girls during the trip.

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

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Related Material

  • The chamber music belonging to the Dannreuther String Quartet was given to Vassar College by Gustav Dannreuther in 1919-1920. Much of the practical performing material was absorbed into Vassar's George Sherman Dickinson Music Library collection.

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Subject Headings

Names:

  • Dannreuther, Ellen.
  • Dannreuther, Gustav.

Organizations:

  • Dannreuther String Quartet

Subjects:

  • Music -- Germany -- Leipzig -- 19th century.
  • Music -- Instruction and study -- Germany.
  • Musicians -- Correspondence.

Places:

  • Leipzig (Germany) -- Description and travel.

Document Types:

  • Scrapbooks.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Laura Finkel, August 2009.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dannreuther Family Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura Finkel, August 2009.

Acquisition Information

15 Dannreuther scrapbooks were transferred from the Vassar College Music Library in 2009. They were loaned to that library by Nellie Dannreuther, presumably after Gustav died in 1923. The rest of the collection was given by Susan Dannreuther, July 2009.

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Series List

Series I. Gustav Dannreuther's diaries and date books, 1871-1922 (Boxes 5-10)

The dates and the contents of the date books in this series overlap. One set is mostly personal while the other two are primarily professional.

Series II. Correspondence, 1858-1988 (Box 11)

Correspondence of significance in this series includes Nellie Dannreuther's letters home while she was studying in Leipzig, Gustav Dannreuther's letters to Nellie while he was away from home, and letters from "Auntie" Dickson, the Dannreuther's nanny, to Nellie as well as the children. Other correspondents include Nellie's aunt, Nellie Morton, and her granddaughter (Alice and Martin Taylor Dannnreuther's daughter) Susan Dannreuther.

Series III. Scrapbooks and Clippings, ca. 1865-1963 (Boxes 11-13)

Several volumes as well as loose material, most documenting the musical careers of Nellie and Gustav Dannreuther.

Series IV. Ephemera, 1878-1923 (Boxes 9-11)

Programs from musical performances as well as other miscellany.

Series V. Photographs, (Boxes 2-4, 10)

Series VI. Miscellaneous, (Boxes 1, 10-12)

Container List

Gustav Dannreuther's diaries and date books

Box 5 Diaries, 1905-1914 (8 volumes and 2 folders)
Box 6 Diaries, 1915-1922 (8 volumes)
Box 7 Date books 1901-1914 (5 folders of loose sheets)
Box 8 Date books, 1877-1901 (15 volumes)
Box 9 Date books, 1902-1912 (11 volumes)
Box 8 Notebook, ca. 1871-1872 (1 volume with enclosures)
Box 10 Notebook, ca. 1901 (1 volume)

Correspondence

Folder 11.1 Dannreuther, Alice Evans to Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Evans, 1918-1921
Folder 11.2 Dannreuther, Gustav to Nellie Dannreuther, 1881, 1889
Folder 11.3 Dannreuther, Gustav to Nellie Dannreuther, 1909-1910
Folder 11.4 Dannreuther, Gustav to Nellie Dannreuther, 1920
Folder 11.5 Dannreuther, Gustav to miscellaneous, 1889, 1904, 1920, 1923
Folder 11.6 Dannreuther, Gustav, Jr. to Gustav Dannreuther, 1920
Folder 11.7 Dannreuther, Martin Taylor to Nellie and Gustav Dannreuther, 1899-1904
Folder 11.8 Dannreuther, Martin Taylor to Nellie and Gustav Dannreuther, 1912-1923
Folder 11.9 Dannreuther, Martin Taylor to Susan Dannreuther, 1926-1933, n.d.
Folder 11.10 Dannreuther, Martin Taylor to Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Evans, 1916-1929
Folder 11.11 Dannreuther, Martin Taylor to and from miscellaneous, 1904-1965
Folder 11.12 Dannreuther, Nellie to Martha and Martin Taylor, 1870-1875
Folder 11.13 Dannreuther, Nellie to Martha and Martin Taylor, Jan - Feb 1876
Folder 11.14 Dannreuther, Nellie to Martha and Martin Taylor, Mar - May 1876
Folder 11.15 Dannreuther, Nellie to Martha and Martin Taylor, June - Aug 1876
Folder 11.16 Dannreuther, Nellie to Martha and Martin Taylor, 1878-1890
Folder 11.17 Dannreuther, Nellie to miscellaneous 1874-1875, n.d.
Folder 11.18 Dannreuther, Susan to Taylor and Alice Dannreuther, 1927-1966, n.d.
Folder 11.19 Dannreuther, Susan to and from miscellaneous, 1966-1988
Folder 11.20 Dickson, "Auntie" to Nellie Dannreuther, 1888, 1890 1892
Folder 11.21 Dickson, "Auntie" to Nellie Dannreuther, 1893-1894
Folder 11.22 Dickson, "Auntie" to Walter and Taylor Dannreuther, 1893-1906
Folder 11.23 Morton, Ellen "Nellie" to Nellie Dannreuther, 1882, n.d.
Folder 11.24 Morton, Ellen "Nellie" to Martha and Martin Taylor, 1864-1866
Folder 11.25 Morton, Ellen "Nellie" to Martha and Martin Taylor, 1867-1874
Folder 11.26 Morton, Ellen "Nellie" to Martha and Martin Taylor, 1875-1880, n.d.
Folder 11.27 Morton, Ellen "Nellie" to miscellaneous, ca. 1875-1876
Folder 11.28 Taylor, Martin to his family, 1858-1859, 1875-1880
Folder 11.29 Miscellaneous to Alice Dannreuther, 1950-1962, n.d.
Folder 11.30 Miscellaneous to Gustav Dannreuther, 1876-1922
Folder 11.31 Miscellaneous to Nellie Dannreuther, 1873-1896, 1907, n.d.
Folder 11.32 Miscellaneous Dannreuther Family concerning Gustav's death, 1923
Folder 11.33 Miscellaneous Evans/Dannreuther Family, 1916-1949
Folder 11.34 Miscellaneous Taylor Family, 1836-1891
Folder 11.35 Miscellaneous, 1914-1945, n.d.

Scrapbooks and Clippings

Box 12 Scrapbook of Gustav and Nellie Dannreuther family material, 1882-1963 (includes list)
Box 12 Scrapbook of Berkshire Gleaner clippings as well as earlier family-related clippings and ephemera, 1881-1910
Boxes 13-15 Scrapbooks of clippings and ephemera related to the Dannreuther's musical careers, including the Dannreuther Quartet and the Beethoven String Quartet, ca 1865 - 1922 (15 volumes)
Box 12 Scrapbook of Chamber Music Club material, 1889-1900
Box 12 Scrapbook of Yale University Chamber Music concerts, 1888-1896
Box 12 Loose scrapbook of material about Edward Dannreuther and other composers
Folder 11.36 Loose clippings regarding the Dannreuther Quartet - research photocopies
Folder 11.37 Loose clippings regarding the Dannreuther Quartet - originals

Ephemera

Folder 11.38 Programs, 1878-1912, 1940
Folder 11.39 Programs - laminated, 1908, 1923, n.d.
Box 10 Programs - oversized
Box 9 Gustav Dannreuther's calling cards (3 cards in a leather sleeve)
Folder 11.40 Booklets, etc.
Folder 11.41 Miscellaneous

Photographs

Boxes 3-4, 16 Gustav Dannreuther
Boxes 3-4 Nellie Taylor Dannreuther
Boxes 3-4 Dannreuther Children
Boxes 3-4 Other Family and Friends
Boxes 3-4 Musicians (inc Dannreuther String Quartet)
Box 10, 16 Dannreuther String Quartet
Box 2 Miscellaneous negatives ca. 1910-1940

Miscellaneous

Folders 11.42-11.44 Family and genealogical material
Folder 11.45 Nellie and Gustav Dannreuther
Folder 11.46 Nellie and Gustav Dannreuther - Finances
Box 10 Gustav Dannreuther - Publishing contract for his violin studies book, 1892
Box 12 Gustav Dannreuther - Bound, annotated sheet music ( 2 volumes)
Box 12 Gustav Dannreuther - Address book
Folder 11.47 Martin Taylor Dannreuther - Death
Folders 11.48 - 11.49 Martin Taylor Dannreuther - Business records
Folder 11.50 Edward Dannreuther
Folder 11.51 Dannreuther Quintet - Finances
Box 12 Dannreuther Quartet - Account book for "Orchestra Engagements," 1901-1910
Folder 11.52 Dannreuther piano sale
Box 10 William C. Cornwell's Book of the Programmes of the Buffalo Philharmonic Society for the Season of 1884-1885 (2 copies)
Box 1 Musical Mutual Protective Union directories, 1891-1918 (23 volumes)
Box 10 Philharmonic Society of New York 1890-1906 (1 folder)
Box 10 Painting of Walter Dannreuther's home in Lee, MA
Folder 16 Miscellaneous musical manuscripts
Folder 11.53 Miscellaneous

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