Scope and arrangement
The papers of Fritz Mahler (1906-1973) consist of material documenting Mahler's musical career as a conductor, music teacher and radio personality. Clippings, programs, press releases and advertisement constitute the vast majority of the collection. This collection shows a strong emphasis on Mahler's time with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and on his tours abroad. Correspondence, photographs, ephemera and scrapbooks are also present.
Very little personal memorabilia is within this collection. One of the few items outside of this scope is the grammar book written by Ludwig Mahler, Fritz' father, in 1906 (Box 3, Folder 8). Still, some insight into his personal life may be gleamed from the material on his wife Pauline Koner found within this collection (Box 2, Folder 21-22).
The Fritz Mahler papers are arranged in seven series:
- 1928-1973.5 linear feet (1 box)
This series contains letters dealing with Fritz Mahler's career as a conductor in the United States, Europe and Eastern Asia. Of special note is Mahler's statement to the Symphony Society of Greater Hartford (Box 1, Folder 48) regarding the contract renewal process that led to his removal as conductor for the symphony.
- 1906-19731 linear foot (2 boxes)
This series contains the articles, radio broadcasts and journals written by Fritz Mahler found within the collection. Publicity material, as well as newspaper reviews on Mahler himself, can also be found in this series.
- 1933-19681 linear foot (2 boxes)
This series contains the newspaper clippings, programs, and photographs of the various organizations Mahler belonged to over the course of his career that were found within the collection.
- 1918-19691 linear foot (2 boxes)
This series contains the programs, newspaper clippings and photographs that relate to Mahler's conducting Tours across Europe, Eastern Asia and South America.
- 1929-19681 linear foot (2 boxes)
This series contains brochures, programs, newspaper clippings, photographs (very few), and music articles connected to Mahler's interest in music.
- 1921-1965.3 linear feet (1 box)
This series includes oversized advertisements, articles, scrapbooks, musical compositions and photographs.
- 1919-1937.3 linear feet (1 box)
This series contains the scrapbooks created by Fritz Mahler. The material covers his career as a conductor in the United States and Europe.