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Inventory of the Hugo Mansfeldt papers, 1871-1931
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    Title: Hugo Mansfeldt Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1871-1931
    Collection number: ARCHIVES MANSFELDT 1
    Creator: Mansfeldt, Hugo, 1844-1931
    Extent: Number of containers: 1 box (113 folders)
    Repository: The Music Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Gift from Mrs. Ellen Spaethling on July 5, 1985.


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Music Library.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Hugo Mansfeldt papers, ARCHIVES MANSFELDT 1, The Music Library, University of California, Berkeley.


    Dean of California Pianists Was Friend and Pupil of Liszt; Married Four Times
    San Francisco, Jan. 2.-Hugo Mansfeldt, 87, dean of California pianists, friend and pupil of the great Franz Liszt, and "teacher of teachers," is dead.
    Mansfeldt succumbed yesterday at his home, 233 Cole Strret, following an illness of several months. At his bedside when death came was his daughter, Miss Mabel Mansfeldt. Born in Germany, Mansfeldt came to this country when he was 15 years old, and first visited San Francisco in 1863. In 1884 he returned to Europe, to become one of Liszt's favorite pupils at Weimar. After two years of study under the master, he returned to California and achieved an international reputation as a concert pianist, instructor and authority on musical technique.
    He founded the Mansfeldt club, which became an important factor in bay region muscial circles. Many of his pupils became well known teachers of piano.
    Mansfeldt was married four times. His third wife, Elsie Loane Mansfeldt, who commited suicide in Tunis, Algeria, in 1913, was reported to have been the first white woman to explore the Sahara. She had become a convert to Mohammedanism, and was buried by her husband according to the ritual of that religion.
    Four months after the tragedy, Mansfeldt married Hazel Helma Hoss, beautiful San Jose society girl and one of his pupils. She was 50 years younger than Mansfedlt.
    This marriage lasted until last August, when Mrs. Mansfeldt secured a divorce on the grounds of cruelty, declaring Mansfeldt was extremeley jealous. Besides the daughter, Mansfeldt was the father of the late Theodore and Dr. Oscar Mansfeldt.
    Services and interment were to be private.

    Scope and Content

    Memorabilia, autobiography, recollections, press notices, recital and concert programs, musical compositions, pedagogical publications, and recital programs of his students and the Mansfeldt Piano Club.
    A revised version of this inventory was published by John A. Emerson in the Inter-American Music Review volume VII:2 (Spring-Summer, 1986), pp. 85-87. This issue also contains a lengthy article on Mansfeldt by the editor, Professor Robert Stevenson.