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Collection The Heineman Foundation Collection

About this Collection

In 1948, American-born European industrialist and philanthropist Dannie Heineman (1872-1962) and his wife Hettie established the Heineman Foundation for Research, Education, Charitable and Scientific Purposes. Shortly after the foundation’s inception, the Music Division at the Library of Congress became the recipient of a series of monetary gifts. Beginning in the early 1960s the Music Division started using these funds to purchase a diverse body of musical materials ranging from the fifteenth through the twentieth century. These purchases have come to comprise The Heineman Foundation Collection.

Presented here are about 450 holographs, copyist's manuscripts, sketches, printed first editions, pieces of correspondence and ephemera. There are also bibliographic records for two undigitized correspondence collections within the collection.

A benefit of creating this collection through purchases has been the ability to select both particular groups and individual items. There is a large body of Franz Liszt materials, but neither Liszt nor the Romantic period are the focus of the collection. There are groups of correspondence of Mendelssohn, Wagner, Stravinsky and Alban Berg, but also individual examples from George Bernard Shaw, Jenny Lind and Benjamin Franklin. Every period from the Renaissance to the twentieth century includes works by better known and lesser known composers; of note are multiple works of turn-of-the-twentieth-century composers like Eugen d’Albert, Eugène Ysaÿe and Charles Tomlinson Griffes.