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Inventory of the Elise Stern Haas 1927-1990
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Elise Stern Haas Papers,
    Date: 1927-1990
    Collection number: Archives Haas 1
    Extent: 0.80 Linear Ft.
    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


    June 1992


    The estate of Elise Stern Haas



    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Elise S. Haas Papers, Archives Haas 1, The Music Library, University of California.


    Elise Stern Haas (c.1892-1989) was a prominent patron and philanthropist in the San Francisco area, especially in the performing arts and Jewish communities. Her family established the Ernest Bloch Professorshipin the Music Department at the University of California, Berkeley.The fund began as The Jacob and Rosa Stern Musical Fund, established to provide financial support for Ernest Bloch in his composing activities. In exchange, Bloch would give 10 music manuscripts and lectures at the University. After Bloch's death, the fund was established as the Ernest Bloch Professorship Fund. (See folder 4, 16-18, for more details).
    For more biographical details, see Elise Haas Collections in the Bancroft Library.

    Scope and Content

    This collection is part of a larger collection of Elise Haas's papers housed at the Bancroft Library. Mrs. Haas had designated that these materials go to the Music Library. The collection contains mostly materials concerning Ernest Bloch, with one music manuscript by Darius Milhaud. Most of the materials are personal correspondence from Ernest Bloch, various members of the Bloch family, and Ernest Bloch Society to Elise Haas (Mrs. Walter). It also contains correspondence leading to the establishment of the Ernest Bloch Professorship at the University. Other materials include concert programs and reviews, sent to Mrs. Haas by various Bloch familymembers (also members of the Ernest Bloch Society). Materials deaccessioned include duplicate commercial sound recordings already held in the Music Library collection; the recordings were returned to the Haas estate via Bancroft Library. Other commercial sound recordings were included in the regular collection.
    Some letters such as those concerning the Ernest Bloch professorship were bundled with other personal correspondence labelled letters from EB to ESH. The letters were kept in the original order but were cross-listed in the finding aid.
    Programs and reviews sent to Mrs. Haas were mostly from Europe in the 1930s. In addition to programs and reviews, articles and booklets about Bloch were also sent to Mrs. Haas at different times. One copy of each is kept in the archive.
    The Milhaud music manuscript of a vocal quintet was written for Mr. and Mrs. Haas's 50th wedding anniversary.