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Otto Harbach Papers

Title
Otto Harbach Papers, 1870-1990, (bulk 1895-1963).
Author
Harbach, Otto, 1873-1963.
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Oversized FolderMoving imageBy appointment only *T-Mss 1993-038 Oversized FolderPerforming Arts Research Collections - Theatre
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p1bc Otto Harbach papers, scores and sound recordings. (CStRLIN)NYPW94-A173.
Description
12 lin. ft. (37 boxes and 1 oversized folder)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Contracts.
  • Oral histories.
  • Photographs.
  • Scores.
  • Scripts.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Source (note)
  • William O. Harbach
Biography (note)
  • Otto Harbach, librettist and lyricist, was born Otto Hauerbach in Salt Lake City.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in repository and on Internet.
Linking Entry (note)
  • Forms part of the Otto Harbach Papers, Musical Scores and Sound Recordings.
Processing Action (note)
  • Accessioned
  • Processed
Call Number
*T-Mss 1993-038
Author
Harbach, Otto, 1873-1963.
Title
Otto Harbach Papers, 1870-1990, (bulk 1895-1963).
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Summary
The Otto Harbach Papers include correspondence, business papers, scripts, scores, lyrics, personal papers, photographs, and printed matter documenting his personal life and career, and also a particular period in the American musical theater, from ca. 1908-1938, when Harbach created most of his works. Correspondence is mainly between Harbach and his family in Salt Lake City, and later with his son William. Family members include his brothers, Arthur, James, Julius, and William Hauerbach, and his sister and brother-in-law, Sadie and Avern Poulton. Included in the small amount of correspondence from friends and colleagues are several interesting letters from Arthur Hammerstein, Oscar Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, and Carl Sandburg. The collection is particularly strong in covering the business aspects of Harbach's work, documented with contracts, copyright, and royalty information. Scripts form the largest series and include copies of most of Harbach's works. The scores are mostly for HAYFOOT-STRAWFOOT (music by Jerome Kern) and COUNTER MELODY (music by Peter De Rose) and are notable for the holographs that make up part of the scores for HAYFOOT-STRAWFOOT. There is also a good collection of photographs, including family, colleagues, ASCAP events, friends, and a selection of production photos. Personal papers include genealogical information, writings other than scripts, ephemera and a long oral history interview conducted by William Harbach shortly before his father's death.
Linking Entry
Forms part of the Otto Harbach Papers, Musical Scores and Sound Recordings.
Biography
Otto Harbach, librettist and lyricist, was born Otto Hauerbach in Salt Lake City. He was educated at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and went on to teach English at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Moving to New York in 1901, Harbach (who changed the spelling of his name in 1917) began writing for the theater. In 1908 he produced his first hit, THREE TWINS, in collaboration with Karl Hoschna. Over the course of his career, Harbach had over 50 works produced on Broadway; for most of them he wrote both the book and the lyrics. Among his collaborators were the composers Karl Hoschna, Rudolf Friml, Jerome Kern, Louis Hirsch, Herbert Stothart, Vincent Youmans and Sigmund Romberg, and the lyricists Oscar Hammerstein, Irving Caesar, Frank Mandel, and John Murray Anderson. Harbach's most well-known works include the songs Love Nest, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Indian Love Call, One Alone, Rose Marie, The Night Was Made For Love, and the plays THE FIREFLY, ROBERTA, ROSE MARIE, NO, NO, NANETTE, The DESERT SONG and THE CAT AND THE FIDDLE. Harbach was a charter member of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He was married to Ella Smith Dougall, with whom he had two sons, Robert and William.
Indexes
Finding aid available in repository and on Internet.
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Occupation
Librettists.
Lyricists.
Found In:
p1bc Otto Harbach papers, scores and sound recordings. (CStRLIN)NYPW94-A173.
Research Call Number
*T-Mss 1993-038
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