Inventory of the Elise Stern Haas 1927-1990

Processed by Chun-Hyun Byun Revised by Judy S. Tsou; June, 1994; machine-readable finding aid encoded by Gabriela A. Montoya
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Inventory of the Elise Stern Haas Papers, 1927-1990

Collection number: ARCHIVES HAAS 1

The Music Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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  • Music Library
  • 240 Morrison Hall
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
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Processed by:
Chun-Hyun Byun
Revised by:
Judy S. Tsou; June, 1994
Encoded by:
Gabriela A. Montoya
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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.

Container Listing


Series I: Correspondence

Folder 1

Acquisition Correspondence -- includes permission form.

Folder 2

Correspondence from Ernest Bloch ( 5-1-27 to 12-23-28)

Folder 3

Correspondence from Ernest Bloch ( 5-15-29 to 12-2-29)

Folder 4

Correspondence from Ernest Bloch ( 1-30 to 11-26-30) -- includes letter to the Regents regarding the Bloch endowment

(see also folders 16-18)

Folder 5

Correspondence from Ernest Bloch ( 1-28-31 to 12-32)

Folder 6

Correspondence from Ernest Bloch ( 1-2-33 to 12-34)

Folder 7

Correspondence from Ernest Bloch ( 3-20-35 to 12-25-44)

Folder 8

Correspondence from Ernest Bloch ( 1-10-45 to 7-14-50)

Folder 9

Correspondence from Ernest Bloch ( 3-23-51 to 11-17-55)

Folder 10

Correspondence from Ernest Bloch ( 1-17-56 to 3-16-62)

Folder 11

Correspondence from Ivan Bloch.

Folder 12

Correspondence from Lucienne Bloch.

Folder 13

Correspondence from Marguerite Bloch.

Folder 14

Correspondence from Suzanne Bloch ( 7-31-59 to 12-15-63 )

Folder 15

Correspondence from Suzanne Bloch ( 1-20-64 to 1-14-90)

Folder 16

Ernest Bloch Professor of Music I

(see also folder 4)

Folder 17

Ernest Bloch Professor of Music II.

Folder 18

Ernest Bloch Professor of Music III.


Series II: Performance Materials

Folder 19

Programs, Reviews, etc. ( 1931-33)

Folder 20

Programs, Reviews, etc. ( 1934-39)

Folder 21

Sacred Service Performance, Temple Emanu-El, January 8, 1956. 16 photographs and 2 programs. Originally in gold embossed binder (no. 22)


Premier Performance Photograph.


Premier Performance Program, title page.

Folder 22

Leather gold embossed photograph album, originally held photographs of the performance of Ernest Bloch's Sacred Service at the Temple Emanu-El.


Series III: Miscellany

Folder 23

Darius Milhaud's manuscript ADAM, words by Jean Cocteau. A vocal quintet (STTBB) written for the 50th wedding anniversary of Walter and Elise Haas, 18 October 1964. The work was finished on 9 September 1964 at Mills College. (1 fol.)


ADAM, title page.


ADAM, score.

Folder 24

La Musica Moderna, 94. An issue that is entirely devoted to Ernest Bloch. Includes a recording of Bloch's Schelomo and Suite No. 1 for Violin Solo. In Italian.