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Inventory of the Elizabeth Elkus Papers, 1925-1994
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Elizabeth Elkus Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1925-1994
    Collection number: ARCHIVES ELKUS 2
    Creator: Elkus, Elizabeth Britton
    Extent: Number of containers: 2 cartons (63 folders and 3 pamphlet boxes)
    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


    From the estate of Elizabeth Elkus. Given to the Music Library over a period of time (1994-present).


    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], Elizabeth Elkus Papers, ARCHIVES ELKUS 2, The Music Library, University of California, Berkeley.


    Elizabeth Elkus (b. August 26, 1902; d. July 5, 1994) was born Florence Elizabeth Brittonin London, England. After her first fiancé died, she moved to the United Stateswhere she met and soon married Albert Elkus in 1929. She helped her husband shape themusical life of the Bay Area by hosting many musicians and by creating a hospitableatmosphere for young musicians, even after Albert's death in 1962. Elizabeth is mostremembered for befriending, housing, and aiding students when they first arrived inBerkeley, many of whom went on to achieve success in their respective fields. She and Albert have two sons--Jonathan and Benedict.

    Scope and Content

    Includes personal correspondence from and to Elizabeth Elkus, various articles on and byfriends of the Elkuses, photographs, date books, passports, and address books. There ismuch information on the UC Berkeley Music Department contained in the correspondence and other documents, and there are two historical recordings as well.

    Related Collections

    Title: Albert Israel Elkus Papers,
    Identifier/Call Number: ARCHIVES MUSIC 1
    Title: Albert Elkus Papers,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 73/18 c
    Title: Jonathan Elkus Papers,
    Identifier/Call Number: ARCHIVES ELKUS 3