Scope and arrangement
The papers of Hugo Kaun (1882 - 1980 and undated) consist of correspondence, professional files (clippings, programs, and writings) and scores. Most of the letters within the collection are directed to Margaret (Putti) Weiss, Hugo Kaun’s 3rd child—both Clara (Klex) and Hugo (Hucksie) consistently wrote to her during the 1920s. The scrapbook, most likely created by Margaret Weiss, contained photographs of Kaun’s family and social life. Due to its perishable construction, the scrapbook was photocopied and its photographs deposited within subject related folders.
This collection does not provide items which delineate the development of Kaun’s compositions; nor does it contain many items from his time living in Wisconsin.
The Hugo Kaun papers are arranged in five series:
This series primarily contains the letters that Margaret Weiss (née Kaun) received from her family. All of the letters are written in German.
This series contains the clippings, ephemera and programs that reveal information on Kaun’s professional life as a composer. The documents, with the exception of one clipping, are written in German. For a fully documented list of Kaun’s compositions see the end pages of Aus Meinem Leiben (box 2 folder 8).
This series contains the personal photographs found within the collection. The sole production photograph is of Menandra (1925) contained within folder 28.
This series primarily contains the compositions of Hugo Kaun. The other artists whose work is represented within this series are: Bernhard Kaun (Hugo Kaun’s fifth child) and Erich Anders.
This series contains two oversized scores written by Hugo Kaun, as well as an oversized draft in ink of Kaun’s Harmonie—und Modulationslehre (ca. 1915).