Finding Aid for the Morton G. Wurtele collection of Brechtiana, 1938-1960

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UCLA Library Special Collections
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Morton G. Wurtele collection of Brechtiana
Date (inclusive): 1938-1960
Collection number: 1962
Creator: Wurtele, Morton G., collector.
Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.) 1 oversize flat box.
Abstract: Collection of material by and about Bertolt Brecht, including typescripts of prose and poetry, books, recordings and a script for an adaptation of Brecht's play Galileo, collected by Morton G. Wurtele, professor emeritus of atmospheric science at UCLA.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Morton G. Wurtele, 1998.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Morton G. Wurtele collection of Brechtiana (Collection 1962). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6931115 

Scope and Content

Collection consists of material by and about Bertolt Brecht collected by Morton G. Wurtele, Professor in the UCLA Department of Atmospheric Sciences. It includes typescripts of Brecht's prose and poetry, recordings of Brecht songs, a copy of Charles Laughton's adaptation of Brecht's Galileo, and books inscribed to and by Bertolt Brecht.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956.
Playwrights --Archival resources.

Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

Wurtele, Morton G., collector.

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Various typescripts of prose and poetry (An Die Nachgeborenen, Kleines Organon Fur Das Theatre)

Box 1, Folder 2

Theatrical still from an unidentified play

Box 1, Folder 3

Galileo by Bertolt Brecht, adapted by Charles Laughton, mimoegraphed copy of text used in world premier performance. Los Angeles, 1947. Inscribed by playwright Bertolt Brecht.

Box 1, Folder 4

Bertolt Brecht singt, Zwei Songs Aus Der Dreigroschenoper - recording

Box 1, Folder 5

Portrait of Bertolt Brecht as a Chinese Scholar, inscribed by Bertolt Brecht, 1947

Box 1, Folder 6

Program for Galileo with Charles Laughton, Coronet Theatre 1947 Jul 14

Box 1, Folder 7

Die Verurteilung des Luikulllus, von Bertolt Brecht, musik von Paul Dessau, Aufbau Verlag, Berlin 1951

Box 1, Folder 8

Brecht, Bertolt. A Penny for the Poor, trans. Desmond I. Vesey, verses trans. Christopher Isherwood. Hillman-Curl, New York 1938

Box 1, Folder 9

Kaechele, Heinz. Bertolt Brecht, Sein Leben in Bildern. VEB Verlag Enzyklopaedie, Leipzig undated

Box 1, Folder 10

Tsiang, H.T. The Hanging on Union Square, published by the author, inscribed to Bertolt Brecht 1935

Box 1, Folder 11

Brecht. Der Gute Mensch von Sezuan. Aufbau Verlag, Berlin 1953

Box 2, Folder 1

Bertolt Brechts Dreigroschenbuch, Texte, Materialien, Documente. Suhrkamp, Berlin. 480 pp. 1960

Box 2, Folder 2

Theaterarbeit. 6Auffuhrungen des Berliner Ensembles, VVV Dresdener Verlag, Dresden. 434 pp. Inscribed by Bertolt Brecht and Helene Weigel. undated

Box 3, Folder 1

Helene Weigel liest Bertolt Brecht - recording

Box 3, Folder 2

Dessau, Paul. Im Memoriam Bertolt Brecht. Bach Variation, Phillips recording

Box 3, Folder 3

The Seven Deadly Sins, text by Bertolt Brecht, sung by Lotte, Lenya, Columbia Masterworks recording

Box 3, Folder 4

Brecht on Brecht by various performers, Columbia recording

Box 3, Folder 5

8 Lieder zu Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder, Bertolt Brecht/Paul Dessau, sung by Helene Weigel, 2 discs