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The Arts in Louisville: University of Louisville Records

University of Louisville Records

Belknap Folk Festival, 1974-1975
1.25 linear feet
The Belknap Folk Festival was a four-day campus event that showcased outdoor concerts, arts, and crafts. These are reel-to-reel tapes of the festival.

Belknap Theater Records, 1916-1975
9.75 linear feet
Belknap Theater is the production arm of the Department of Theater Arts and Speech at the University of Louisville. Since 1925, this production arm has been located in the Playhouse on Belknap Campus. Over the years it has had a variety of names: the Dramatic Club (1910-1911), the University of Louisville Players (1914-1941), the University Players (1955-1960), and Belknap Theatre (1960-present). Closely connected with these groups have been the community oriented Alumni Players (1927-1932) and the Little Theater Company (1932-1960)This collection contains correspondence, staff meeting minutes, publicity material, office files (including Theater Arts and Speech Department records), business and legal records, programs, and photographs.
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Gerhard Herz Papers, 1911-2000
16.25 linear feet
Gerhard Herz, internationally recognized authority on Johann Sebastian Bach and University of Louisville professor of music history, was born in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1911. He and his family emigrated to the United States, with the assistance of humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, in the late 1930s. Here he began his forty-year career at the university and his involvement in Louisville's music community. Herz is often credited with creating the university's music history program and for establishing the Louisville Chamber Music Society. He served on the board of the Louisville Orchestra for twenty years as well as on the jury for the orchestra's famous commissioning project. During his career Herz managed to acquire photographic reproductions of almost all of Bach's manuscripts from 1704 to 1750, notably those in the Deutsche Staatsbibliothek, Berlin, and these remain the most significant documents for the study of the works of the great composer. Herz was married to Mary Jo Fink (1916-1995), who taught French at the University of Louisville from 1942 to 1979. Herz died at age 88 on September 3, 2000.
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Robert H. Miller Papers, 1960-2004
4.75 linear feet
Professor Robert Miller taught English at the University of Louisville and served as chair of the English Department. Born in Defiance, Ohio in 1938, he received his PhD from Ohio State University in 1968 and joined the faculty of the University of Louisville the same year. This collection contains student work from Miller's graduate education, literary production, correspondence, general teaching and research notes and files and Miller's research notes and files on Graham Greene (housed in Archives and Special Collections' Rare Books unit). Some materials are restricted.
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Robert D. Neill Papers, 1968-1975
10.5 linear feet
This collection contains a directory of eminent American educators, an individual work sheet, Henry Hardin Cherry. Also included is a bulletin of the Southeastern Institute for Black Studies, and articles by James E. and Barbara Conkin. There are correspondence and other materials relating to the publication and editing of The Selected Poems of Hortense Flexner, ed. by Dr. Harvey Webster. The papers also concern art therapy, the Louisville Council on the Hearing Impaired, TV Media and International Education program, a Senate Library Committee, Summer Institute for the Humanities, Dramatic Enrichment Study, Fellowships and Grants, School of Education and studies of Jefferson County schools, 1968-1974.
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John Jacob Weisert Papers, 1929-1983
7.875 linear feet
These papers document John Weisert's tenure as professor of German and the humanities. They highlight his research into Louisville's German heritage and Louisville theater and include correspondence and reference materials.
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