Scope and arrangement
The bulk of this collection contains the scripts and librettos written by Alfred Grunwald. There include typescripts and printed revisions. Librettos in the collection include Amazona, Arizona Lady, Die Bajadera, Ball at the Savoy, The Circus Princess, Countess Maritza, Gay Street Live, Die Herzogin von Chicago, Mr. Strauss in Boston, Viktoria und Ihr Hussar among others. Also included in his writings are some short stories and adaptations for television by Grunwald’s father, as well as writings by his colleagues such as Das Veilchen von Motmartre by Gustave Beer, Calumny by Fred Granville, One Plus One is Four by Armin Robinson and others. His non-theater materials include History of Operetta and Theaterkritiken. This collection contains writings by Grunwald’s son Henry Grunwald, biographical materials, financial and legal documents, and autographs of Alfred Grunwald. The collection also includes scores, reviews, and programs.
The Alfred Grunwald papers are arranged in seven series:
- 1913-1950, undated
This Series of professional correspondence includes both incoming and outgoing letters of Alfred Grunwald’s friends and colleagues from 1913 to 1950. Of particular interest are the letters from Emmerich Kalman (1940-1949). There are two scrapbooks with the copies of the correspondence created by Henry Grunwald.
- 1908-1982, undated
Material in this series reflects a variety of writings by Alfred Grunwald and includes copies, typewritten and printed versions, of librettos, short stories and articles on drama criticism in German and English. Librettos included in the collection are Amazona, Arizona Lady, Die Bajadera, Ball at the Savoy, The Circus Princess, Countess Maritza, Gay Street Live, Die Herzogin von Chicago, Mr. Strauss in Boston, Viktoria und Ihr Hussar and many others. There are also writings by Grunwald’s father colleagues and his son (Das Veilchen von Montmartre by Gustave Beer, Emmerich Kalman by Julius Bistron, Saxophone by Henry Grunwald).
- 1910-2004, undated
This series is comprised of correspondence, clippings, photographs, biographical, legal and financial documents. There is also a memoir by Henry Grunwald and his correspondence with various people and organizations regarding arranging exhibitions in memory of his father. This Series includes a scrapbook Property of Confiscation - Reparation Attempts (1938-1941), photocopy of documents relating to the Grunwald’s property stolen in Paris.
- 1908-1983, undated
In this Series are the number of scores for which Alfred Grunwald served as the librettist. The scores include Roxy und Ihr Wunderteam by Paul Abraham, Hoheit Tanzt Walzer by Leo Ascher, Die Gold'ne Meisterin and Der Lachende Ehemann by Edmund Eysler, Die Rose vov Stambul by Leo Fall, Arizona-Lady, Die Bajadera, Grafin Maritza, Die Herzogin von Chicago and Die Zirkusprinzessin by Emmerich Kalman, Dann Geh' Ich Hinaus in Den Wienerwald and Das Sperrsechselr by Robert Stolz, Eine Frau, Die Weiss, Massie Will and Die Perlen Der Cleopatra by Oscar Straus and others.
This Series includes two scrapbooks with the copies of reviews collected and arranged by Henry Grunwald. The material also includes articles from the Karl Kraus Excerpts (1913-1932) and a radio interview.
- 1908-2002, undated
This Series contains operetta’s programs from 1908 to 2002. Many of the old programs are copies.
- 1924-1973, undated
The Oversized Materials include stage drawings by an unknown artist, copies of the programs (1924-1929), a photograph of Grunwald, a vinyl envelope of Viktoria und Ihr Hussar, and a scrapbook with the scores, collected and arranged by Henry Grunwald.