Scope and arrangement
The Eugene Weintraub papers primarily consist of correspondence between Weintraub and his clients. The letters of the composer George Antheil comprise the bulk of the collection (some of which are from his wife, Boski Marcus). Antheil's correspondence discusses his opera Volpone as well as his general frustration at the lack of his music's public acceptance. The 1980 folder contains correspondence related to Antheil's estate and royalties.
Other correspondents with significant content include Dmitri Shostakovich, Howard Swanson, and Virgil Thomson. The Shostakovich correspondence folders include an account of how scores of the Seventh Symphony were derived from the blurred microfilm of the original. Some of the Shostakovich correspondence is in Russian.
Many important figures have much smaller amounts of correspondence. These include writers Joseph Campbell and Ezra Pound, conductors Leonard Bernstein and Max Rudolf, and composers Marc Blitzstein, Henry Cowell, David Diamond, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Percy Grainger, Roy Harris, Jacques Ibert, Darius Milhaud and Walter Piston. The papers also include biographical information and writings by Weintraub about his business, publishing and musical matters. These can be found in the first two folders of the collection under Biographical File.
This collection is divided into biographical files and correspondence. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically.