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Homer Grunn papers, 1880-1984
PASC-M 92  
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  • Restrictions on Access
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  • Title: Homer Grunn papers
    Collection number: PASC-M 92
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 6.0 linear ft. (14 flat boxes and 1 document box)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1916-1942
    Date (inclusive): 1880-1984
    Abstract: This collection contains the sheet music compositions of American composer Homer Grunn. Included are manuscript scores for about 240 compositions, librettos and scripts for various operas and operettas, and a small collection of personal materials such as photographs, clippings, concert programs, correspondence, and documentation relating to the administration of Homer Grunn's estate, including his copyrights, royalties, and publishing contracts.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
    Creator: Grunn, Homer, 1880-1944

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Homer Grunn Papers (Collection PASC-M 92). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of John Feliciano, 19 December 1989.


    Homer Grunn, born 5 May 1880, was an American composer, teacher, and performer. Born in Salem, WI, he studied piano and composition in Chicago and at the Stern Conservatory in Berlin. After teaching at music schools in Chicago, from 1903 to 1907, and Phoenix, from 1907 to 1910, he settled in Los Angeles. Grunn encountered Native American music during visits to New Mexico and appropriated the melodies he collected in his ballets and in songs and piano pieces, harmonizing them in Romantic style. He also composed operettas, children’s operas, and ballets, most of which were produced locally. Grunn died in Los Angeles on 6 June 1944.

    Scope and Content

    This collection is mainly comprised of Grunn's manuscript scores for 240 musical works, many based on American Indian themes, with a small group of typescript librettos for Grunn's operas and operettas. Also included are photographs of Grunn with acquaintances and family, correspondence and postcards, concert programs, clippings and press notices, and documents relating to the administration of Grunn's estate.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Collection has been arranged in the following series: Series 1. Musical compositions; Series 2. Librettos and scripts; Series 3. Personal materials.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1551209 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Indians of North America--Music