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The Karl Weigl Papers

Call Number: MSS 73
Scope and Contents

The Karl Weigl Papers consist chiefly of manuscript music, published music, and correspondence, with smaller amounts of writings and notebooks, concert programs, clippings, photographs, recordings, and other materials. The bulk of the collection dates from Weigl's years in the United States, documenting his work as a teacher and composer during 1939-1949. Also present are papers concerning his career in Vienna, the Weigl family's emigration to the United States, and programs and reviews of performances of Weigl's music after his death in 1949 and through the 1980s. Annotations on much of the music in the collection document use by Vally Weigl and other musicians after Karl's death. Also present are papers of Vally Weigl concerning her life and work, her involvement with the Karl Weigl Memorial Fund, and efforts by her and other musicians to preserve Karl Weigl's memory and promote his music.

Language of Materials

Materials chiefly in German and English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers by appointment. There are no restricted materials in the collection. Please contact the Special Collections staff to schedule an appointment. Some of the materials may be stored at the Library's off-campus shelving facility, so researchers should allow at least two business days to have the appropriate boxes paged.

Conditions Governing Use

The Papers of Karl Weigl are the physical property of the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library of Yale University. Copyrights belong to the composers and authors, or their legal heirs and assigns.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Karl Weigl Papers were established in the Music Library of Yale University by Etta Ruth Weigl and her sons Karl and Andrew in 1989-1993. Karl C. Weigl is President of the California-based Karl Weigl Foundation, and can be reached at (415) 526-2043 or


In 10 series as follows: I. Music. II. Correspondence. III. Writings. IV. Biographical Material. V. Programs and Publicity. VI. Reviews. VII. Photographs. VIII. Other Papers. IX. Vally Weigl Papers. X. Sound Recordings.

1894-1986 (inclusive)
15 Linear Feet (31 boxes)
Related Names
Weigl, Karl, 1881-1949
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