Eugene A. Kurtz papers
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Eugene A. Kurtz papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Kurtz, Eugene, 1923-2006
Title: Eugene A. Kurtz papers
Dates: 1931-1988, undated
Quantity: 2.75 linear ft. (6 document boxes, 1 oversize box)
Identification: ahc.MSS129

Biographical/Historical Note

Eugene Allen Kurtz was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 27, 1923. His father was artist and Civil War historian Wilbur G. Kurtz, Sr. Eugene earned a Bachelor of Arts from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Arts in Music from the University of Rochester. He left his studies at the Eastman School in 1943 to serve in World War II, arriving in France in 1944 as part of the 104th Infantry Division and returning in 1947 to finish his education. He settled in Paris in 1952 to study at the Ecole Normale de Musique. There he began teaching and writing for orchestras and chamber ensembles and composing pieces for film, theater, television, and radio. He returned to the United States twice to work as a guest professor in Music Composition at the University of Michigan School of Music. In 1983, he was awarded a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship grant. He received commissions from the Musical Arts Association of Cleveland, Radio France, the French Ministry of Cultural Affairs, and the University of Michigan. He lived in Paris until his death on July 7, 2006.


Scope and Content Note

This collection includes correspondence, educational records, military records, and printed materials such as booklets, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and promotional materials for concerts. Correspondence makes up the majority of the collection and contains information on Eugene Kurtz's life beginning in 1941 when he entered college, his time in the military, and his life as a composer in Paris. Correspondents include his father and stepmother, Wilbur G. and Annie Pye Kurtz; his brother, Wilbur, and sister Annie Laurie; and other notable Atlantans including Dr. and Mrs. Thad Morrison (members of the Atlanta Music Club), Helen Knox and Frank Daniel (music editors for the Atlanta Journal, Pittman Corry (founder of the Southern Ballet of Atlanta), and Robert Shaw (conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). Correspondence also includes letters from Olivia de Havilland regarding the death of Wilbur G. Kurtz. Other correspondence include the people he met and worked with in Paris including his teachers Max Deutsch, Arthur Honegger, and Darius Milhaud, as well as other musicians and those in the music industry. Much of his correspondence details opinions on his composition in the style of the Schoenberg School and having his music performed both on the stage and on radio, television, and in film. Kurtz also wrote autobiographies, resumes, and lecture notes which are contained in the collection. There are promotional materials, including posters and programs, for concerts where Kurtz's compositions were played as well as music scores and an audio record of one of Kurtz's works. Also included are school records comprised of letters, report cards, and loan notifications as well as military records that include letters from the War Department.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.


Index Terms

Atlanta Music Club (Atlanta, Ga.).
Coca-Cola Company.
Composition (Music)
Composition (Music)--Competitions
De Havilland, Olivia
Deutsch, Max
Eastman School of Music.
Great Locomotive Chase (Motion picture)
Ives, Charles, 1874-1954
Kurtz, Annie Laurie
Kurtz, Wilbur G., (Wilbur George), 1882-1967
Kurtz, Wilbur, 1912-1991
Music.
Paris (France)
Shaw, Robert, 1916-1999
Southern Ballet of Atlanta.
University of Michigan. School of Music.
World War, 1939-1945--France

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Audio recordings were made on a 33 1/3 rpm disc and can be made accessible only through conversion to digital audio. Patrons who request access to the audio content in this collection are responsible for digital conversion costs.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Eugene A. Kurtz papers, MSS 129, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1980

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2011.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.


Related Material

All visual arts materials have been separated from the collection and are unprocessed. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.


Container List

 

Box

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11Concert Promotions, 1941-1967
 
2Concert Promotions, 1968-1988
 

Box

Fldr

MSS OS 3.41Concert Promotions, 1983
 
3Correspondence, 1931January-1941October
 
4Correspondence, 1941November-1941December
 
5Correspondence, 1942 January-1942 February
 

Box

Fldr

21Correspondence, 1942 March-1942 December
 
2Correspondence, 1943 January-1943 July
 
3Correspondence, 1943 August-1943 September
 
4Correspondence, 1943 October-1943 December
 
5Correspondence, 1944 January-1944 February
 

Box

Fldr

31Correspondence, 1944 March-1944 April
 
2Correspondence, 1944 May-1944 December
 
3Correspondence, 1945 January-1945 March
 
4Correspondence, 1945 April-1945 September
 
5Correspondence, 1946-1947
 

Box

Fldr

41Correspondence, 1948-1950
 
2Correspondence, 1951-1952
 
3Correspondence, 1953-1955
 
4Correspondence, 1956-1957
 
5Correspondence, 1958-1959
 
6Correspondence, 1960
 

Box

Fldr

51Correspondence, 1961
 
2Correspondence, 1962-1963
 
3Correspondence, 1964-1965
 
4Correspondence, 1966
 

Box

Fldr

61Correspondence, 1967-1968
 
2Correspondence, 1969-1988
 
3Correspondence, undated
 
4Education Records, 1928-1949, undated
 
2Education Records, 1941
 
5Military Records, 1943-1947, undated
 
3Music Scores, 1965, 1966, 1968
 
6Newsletters and Booklets, 1940-1974
 
7Newspaper Clippings, 1941-1972, undated
 
8Personal Writing, Eugene Kurtz, 1952-1966, undated
 

Control

Location

AV 129.01AV 129.01Record, LP, The Chamber Symphony for the Fourth of July, 1958