Hermann Dossenbach Papers

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Hermann Dossenbach papers
Creator: Dossenbach, Hermann, 1868-1946
Call Number: A.D72
Dates: 1868-1946
Physical Description: 5 boxes, 2 Volumes, 1 package
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Content List
Series I: Correspondence, 1895-1944
Series II: Clippings, 1899-1946
Series III: Programs, 1868-1943
Series IV: Scrapbooks and memorabilia
Collection Overview
Title: Hermann Dossenbach papers
Creator: Dossenbach, Hermann, 1868-1946
Call Number: A.D72
Dates: 1868-1946
Physical Description: 5 boxes, 2 Volumes, 1 package
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Hermann Dossenbach was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., in 1868, one of four sons of Mathias Dossenbach, an immigrant from Germany. The family moved to Rochester to enable the eldest son, Otto, to study music with Henri Appy. Hermann became a violin teacher and formed a dance orchestra. In 1900, he organized the Dossenbach Orchestra, which consisted of thirty players and gave a series of three afternoon concerts. By 1906, the orchestra had sixty players, with additional guest musicians, and the season consisted of six concerts. Dossenbach formed the Dossenbach String Quartet in 1906, which performed for 15 years at musicales at George Eastman's home, and also provided music at services of the Lake Avenue Baptist Church. In 1912, the Dossenbach Orchestra was reorganized as the Rochester Orchestra, with the backing of an orchestra fund and the addition of notable soloists.

In 1913, Dossenbach, with Alf Klingenberg, opened a school of music on Prince Street. When Oscar Gareisson joined in 1914, it was named the D K G Institute of Musical Art; and in 1915, it absorbed the work of the Rochester Conservatory. George Eastman purchased the school in 1918, and presented it to the University of Rochester as the basis for the new School of Music.

The Rochester Orchestra was disbanded in 1919 to make way for the new Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, which was being formed in conjunction with the new Eastman Theater. Dossenbach,was offered the conductorship of the smaller theatre orchestra, which he declined. He entered the ice business with his son-in-law until the death of his brother, Theodore, in 1924. Theodore Dossenbach had conducted the Rochester Park Band, and Hermann Dossenbach was offered the position, which he held until 1945. He died in Rochester on January 28, 1946.

Biographical information: Vincent Lenti, "Hermann Dossenbach and the Rochester Orchestra," Rochester History (vol. 42, no. 3) July, 1980.

Scope and Content
The collection consists of correspondence, documents, clippings, music programs, photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia relating to the musical career of Hermann Dossenbach. Also present in the collection is Dossenbach's masonic Corinthian Temple Lodge pin.

New York (State)--Rochester
Concert programs
Albums (Books)
Newspaper clippings
Dossenbach, Hermann, 1868-1946
Scottish Rite (Masonic order)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The gift of Mrs. Paul James (Hazel Dossenbach) Smith, June, 1966.Access
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[Item title, item date], Hermann Dossenbach papers, A.D72, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055

Content List
Series I: Correspondence, 1895-1944
Correspondents include: Allen, Mary A. (Mrs. Leonard L.); Andrews, J. Sherlock; Angell, Florence M.; Angevine, Ward K.; Anthony, Susan B.; Averill, J. G.; Barbour, Clarence A. Florence Bausch, William; Beaven, Albert W. Mrs.; Beckley, John N.; Beebee, Alexander M.; Brett, Harvey; Brewster, Henry C.; Brickner, Issac M.; Broderick, Thomas E.; Burleigh, Robert W.; Carlson, Sidney H.; Cline, Grant; Clute, Sherman; Cogswell, Anna; Comadt, Van; Coulter, H. W. Jr.; Crapsey, Algernon S.; Cunningham, Edith Byrne; Curtice, Edgar N.; Curtice, Grace C.; Cutler, James G.; Danforth, Edwine; Dennebacq, C.; Denton, Eugene C.; Dicker, Samuel B.; Dietrich, George; Dinehart, Lucinda Leona; Doyle, J. Allan; Dryer, Margaretta E.; Dunning, Christine B. (Mrs. E.J.); Eastman, George; Edwards, Edgar F.; Farnam, Alfred S.; Ferrarese, F. M.; Ferris, David Lincoln; Fletcher, Alice R.; Fletcher, H. M.; Folmer, Walter; Foulkes, Thomas L.; Francati, Mrs.; Gallivan, James F.; Gannett, Caroline; Garner, Ruth; Gatti-Casazza, Alda; Gifford, William S.; Godowsky, Leopold; Gorton, Harry C.; Greene, VanRensselaer H.; Gubrilowitsch, Ossip; Guller, Mrs. Erastus I.; Hamilton, Arthur S. Jr.; Hartmann, Arthur; Hayes, Agnes Stone; Heink, Ernestine Schuman; Hess, Prof. Wiley; Hochstein, David; Hofheinz, Rudolf H.; Hofmann, Josef; Holbrook, Frederick S.; Hollister, Helen; Hoyt, Susan R.; Hubbell, Leora Adelaide (Mrs. W.S.); Hubbell, Minnie; Hubbell, Walter Sage; Jacobsen, J. C.; Jenne, Henry S.; Johnstone, John White; Judson, Mary Mack; Knox, Philander Chase; Kotzin, Ezra L.; Kurtz, Reina; LaForge, Frank; Lambiase, Charles; Lansing, Richard H.; La Rosa, Michael; Laurini, Peter M.; Leary, Dr. Montgomery E.; Link, Arthur C.; Lum, Milton S.; McAlpine, Charles; McConnell, Albert; McConnell, Carroll; MacDonald, Donald; MacFarlin, Harold S.W.; Mellina, John; Miller, Theodore A.; Mitchell, Frank; Moore, Gertrude H.; Morrow, Glenn C.; Mueller, Earl; Mulligan, Mary Durand; Newell, Albert S.; Nilson, Margaret W.; Parkes, Bert M.; Parkes, Mrs. Emily A.; Perkins, Marie L.; Potter, J. W.; Potter, W. B.; Rauschenbusch, Pauline (Mrs. Walter); Remington, Frederick B.; Remington, Harvey F.; Rhees, Rush; Ribitsch, Frank; Robinson, Mrs. Otis H.; Rochester Orphan Asylum; Rodenbeck, Adolf Julius; Sanger, Bert; Schirmer, G.; See, A. M.; Shebbeare, Elizabeth; Sheldon, Morton R.; Sherwood, Edgar H.; Sibley, Hiram W. Mrs.; Smith, Jenny Morris; Solbert, Oscar N.; Southgate, Harriet F.; Southgate, W. F.; Steele, Mary L.; Stone, Mrs, Jennie A.; Stone, Lauriston L.; Strang, William F.; Strong, Henry Alvah; Sugden, Walter S.; Swan, Daisy Beach; Taylor, W. R.; Tebor, Leonard; Theileg, E.; Thomas, Harry; Thoms, Helen D.; Watson, Mrs. Emily Sibley; Weis, Mrs.; Werner, Lillie Boller; Westbury, Raymond Grace; Westervelt, Adelia Fay (Mrs. Zenas F.); Wheeler, W. R.; Wilkinson, Steve; Willard, Marie L.; Wilson, Margaret; Worthington, Edna; Wyle, Armand; Yaeger, George; Yegudkin, Arcadie

Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, 1895-1903
Box 1, Folder 2Correspondence, 1904-1905
Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence, 1906-1909
Box 1, Folder 4Correspondence, 1910
Box 1, Folder 5Correspondence, 1911
Box 1, Folder 6Correspondence, 1912-1914
Box 1, Folder 7Correspondence, 1915-1929
Box 1, Folder 8Correspondence, 1930-1944
Box 1, Folder 9Correspondence, undated
Series II: Clippings, 1899-1946
Due to fragile condition, news clippings may not be available for researcher use.

Box 2, Folder 1Clippings, 1899-1903
Box 2, Folder 2Clippings, 1904-1905
Box 2, Folder 3Clippings, 1906-1920
Box 2, Folder 4Clippings, 1906-1932
Box 2, Folder 5Clippings, 1933-1939
Box 2, Folder 6Clippings, 1940-1942
Box 2, Folder 7Clippings, 1943-1946
Box 2, Folder 8-9Clippings, undated
Series III: Programs, 1868-1943
Box 4, Folder 2Programs, 1896-1901
Box 4, Folder 3Programs, 1902-1903
Box 4, Folder 4Programs, 1904
Box 4, Folder 5-6Programs, 1905
Box 4, Folder 7-8Programs, 1906
Box 5, Folder 1Programs, 1907
Box 5, Folder 3Programs, 1909-1912
Box 5, Folder 4Programs, 1913
Contains programs for: The Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (January 3), the Philadelphia Orchestra (2 copies- January 10-11), and the San Fransisco Orchestra (January 12)

Box 5, Folder 6Programs, 1914-1915
Box 5, Folder 7Programs, 1916-1929
Box 5, Folder 8Programs, undated
Box 5, Folder 9Programs, Performed by Dossenbach, 1873-1909
Box 5, Folder 11Programs, Performed by Dossenbach, 1911-1943
Series IV: Scrapbooks and memorabilia
Box 3Scrapbooks, documents, miscellaneous manuscripts, and memorabilia
Box 5, Volume 1-2Folio scrapbooks
Box 5, Package 1Large photographs
Box 6, Object 1H. Dossenbach Corinthian Temple Lodge Pin, undated

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