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Peter Paul Fuchs Papers

Identifier: MSS 0139

Scope and Contents

The collection includes approximately 90 different compositions by Peter Paul Fuchs in manuscript form. Several of these compositions are represented by multiple different versions. Sketches and different versions are especially prominent in the holdings of two of Fuchs' operas, The White Agony and The Heretic. The collection also includes 44 published scores by various composers and Fuchs' translations, most in draft form, for six different opera libretti.


  • 1891 - 2007
  • Other: Date acquired: 2009 January


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

Peter Paul Fuchs (1916-2007) was a conductor, composer, and teacher. Born in Vienna, Austria, he graduated from the Vienna Academy of Music in 1935. He went on to conduct with the Metropolitan Opera, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, and a number of other ensembles throughout the United States and Europe. He taught at Louisiana State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He composed more than 90 works for a wide variety of instrumental and vocal combinations. His extensive work with the genre of opera took many forms, from conducting opera performances around the world to composing three operas of his own to translating several opera libretti into English.


60.00 Linear Feet (38 boxes (1 oversized), 32 books)

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Peter Paul Fuchs (1916-2007) was a conductor, composer, and teacher. The Peter Paul Fuchs Papers spans manuscripts, including numerous sketches and different versions, of approximately 90 pieces by Fuchs. It also includes more than 40 published scores by various composers, with a special focus on operas, and Fuchs' translations and notes for the libretti of six different operas.

In addition to scores, the collection also includes sound recordings, personal papers, and a selection of Fuchs' conducting batons.

Arrangement Note

Series 1: Music Sheet music is arranged by genre as follows: Sub-eries 1: Manuscripts in Fuchs' Hand Sub-series 2: Published Scores Sub-series 3: Libretto Translations Sub-series 4: Oversize Manuscripts in Fuchs' Hand Sub-series 5: Oversize Published Scores Series 2: Personal Papers Personal papers are arranged by format, chronologically: Sub-series 1: Biographic material Sub-series 2: Writings Sub-series 3: Invoices, Contracts, Accounting Sub-series 4: Correspondence Sub-series 5: Concert Programs Sub-series 6: News Clippings Sub-series 7: Miscellaneous Subseries 8: Photographs Sub-series 9: Oversized Material

Source of Acquisition

Elissa Minet Fuchs

Method of Acquisition

The Peter Paul Fuchs Collection was donated by his widow, Elissa Minet Fuchs.

Accruals and Additions

Additions have been added from material annotated or signed by Fuchs from the Harold Schifmann Library circulating collections

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Processing Information

The collection was partially processed by SCUA staff in 2009. The music portion was re-processed by Sonia Archer-Capuzo, and the personal papers re-processed by Stacey Krim in 2014.


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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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