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Louis Hasselmans Papers

(Mss. 865)


Biographical/Historical Note

Subgroup and Series Descriptions



Dates: 1825-1940

Size: 4 linear feet (about 129 items)

Geographic Locations: France, New York, Chicago, Spain

Abstract: Collection of items (1825-1940) relating to the musical careers of Louis Hasselmans and his grandfather, Joseph Hasselmans. The papers of Louis Hasselmans consist of concert programs, newspaper reviews of opera and orchestral concerts, severalpersonal papers (1914-1945), and photographs of Metropolitan Opera singers. Papers of his grandfather, 1825, 1844-1896, consist of musicalprograms and concert announcements, congratulatory letters and poems, and other items relating to his musical career.

Citation: Louis Hasselmans Papers, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, Louisiana State University

Location: 11:10; U:156; Mss.Mf:H (Wagner letter on microfilm)

Biographical/Historical Note

Alphonse Hasselmans, and grandson of Joseph Hasselmans. He was born in Paris in 1878 and received his musical education at the Paris Conservatoire where he studied composition and conducting and, in 1893, won the First Prize in cello. From 1893 to 1909 he toured Europe as cellist with the Capet Quartet; his debut as a conductor occurred in 1905 with the Lamoureaux Orchestra inParis. In 1909 he began a conducting career which included seasons with the Opera-Comique in Paris (1909-1911) and Montreal (1911-1913), the Chicago Civic Opera (1918-1920), and the Metropolitan Opera as its director of French repertory (1921-1936). His wife, Minnie Egener, died during his tenure at the Met. In 1936, Hasselmans became a Professor of Music at Louisiana State University and remained there until 1948. Hasselmans died in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1957.

Joseph (Josef) Hasselmans, grandfather to Louis, was born in Antwerp in 1814. He was a conductor, violinist, and harpist; two major schools of harp playing arose from his teachings (one through his son, Alphonse). He conducted the Strasbourg Theatre Orchestra and the Strasbourg Conservatory, was involved in the Grand Theatre of Marseilles, and taught in the Marseilles Conservatory.

References: Baker's Biographical Dictionary (New York: Schirmer, 1980); International Cyclopedia of Music and Musicians (New York: Dodd, Mead, and Co., 1985); The New Grove's Dictionary of Music (London: Macmillan Publishing, 1980).

Subgroup and Series Descriptions

Subgroup I:Louis Hasselmans Papers, 1894-1940
3 linear ft. (111 items)

Series 1 Correspondence, 1921-1945

(5 items)

Correspondence to Hasselmans includes four letters written by Paul Dukas, Jaruslav Turek, Albert Huberty, and an unknown author. These letters are in reference to performances conductedby Hasselmans and are complimentary in nature. A fifth letter, written by Hasselmans, expresses thanks on receiving an honorary doctorate. Lettershave been filed chronologically. The original of the Huberty letter is found in the Photograph Series.


Series 2 Printed Material, 1914-1940

(66 items)

Materials include programs and newspaper reviews of programs conducted by Hasselmans, publicity items, a fraternity certificate, and four printed volumes containing the scores of "Pelleas et Melisande," "Louise," Paul Dukas's "La Peri," as well as a biography of Faure. Operas often encountered in the reviews include "Manon," "Pelleas et Melisande," and "Ariane et Barbe-Bleue." Of interest are several reviews of the Orquesta Pau Casals. Programs from the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago City Opera, and Orquesta Pau Casals are also included. An 1894 invitation to a concert with Hasselmans as cellist and a newspaper advertisement for opera training comprise the publicity. Two items are filed in oversize- these are the Kappa Gamma Psi fraternity certificate and the Paul Dukas score of "La Peri," which is in fragile condition.


Series 3. Photographic Material, 1917-1943

(40 items)

Photographs include autographed studio portraits of Metropolitan Opera singers, Lionel Barrymore, and several unidentified individuals. The following is a complete inventory of photographs:

   P865-1 OS:
Pasquale Amato in costume "as Columbus"
Angelo Bada, 1922 autographed, in costume in "La Savoie"
Lionel Barrymore autographed studio portrait
   P865-4 OS:
Michael Bohnen, 1925 autographed studio portrait
   P865-5 OS:
Lucrezia Bori, 1926 autographed studio portrait
   P865-6 OS:
Ana Bourskaya, 1926 autographed at Ravinia, full portrait in flapper garb
Mario Chamleeautographed studio portrait, in costume
Julia Claussen, 1927autographed studio portrait
Philine Falco, 1922 autographed studio portrait, at Ravinia
Yvonne Gallautographed studio portrait on postcard
   P865-11 OS:
Beniamino Gigli, 1923autographed studio portrait
   P865-12 OS:
Jeanne [Gordon], 1926 studio portrait, autographed to Minnie Egener
   P865-13 OS:
Nanette Guilford, 1923a utographed studio portrait
   P865-14 OS:
Hope Hampton, 1928 autographed studio portrait, New York
Albert Huberty, 1924 autographed studio portrait on postcard,letter on
reverse (photocopy in correspondence)
   P865-15 OS:
Sammuy Lee, 1926 autographed studio portrait
Marguerite Luft, 1943 autographed studio portrait
Jose Mojica, 1926 autographed photograph of a sketch, Ravinia
Grace Moore, 1929 autographed full studio portrait, in costume
G. Morera, 1933autographed studio portrait, Barcelona
Frances Peralta autographed studio portrait, in costume
Lilly Pons, 1931 autographed studio portrait, in costume
Rosa Ponselle, 1925 autogrphed full studio portrait, in flappergarb
Rosa Ponselle, 1928 autographed full studio portrait, in costume
[Rosa] Raisa autographed studio portrait, in costume
Sydney Rayner, 1943 autographed studio portrait, in costume as"Canio" in
"Pagliacci," New York
Elizabeth Rethberg, 1927 autographed studio portrait, in costume
Giacomo Riminiautographed studio portrait
Tito Schipa, 1925 autographed full studio portrait
   P865-28 OS:
Antonio Scotti, 1926 studio portrait in costume, autographed to  Minnie
Egener, New York
Marion Talley, 1927 autographed studio portrait, in costume
Georges Thill, 1932 autographed studio portrait
Ambrogio Thomas autographed studio portrait on postcard, in costume
Lawrence Tibbett, 1931 studio portrait, autographed to Minnie Egener
Armand Tokatyan, 1930 autographed studio portrait, in costume
Gertrud Wettergren autographed studio portrait
Clarence Whitehill, 1926 autographed studio portrait, in costume
Unidentified to Minnie Egener, 1917 autographed studio portrait
Unidentified to Louis Hasselmans, 1932 autographed studio portrait in
costume of"Ariane et Barbe-Bleue"
Unidentified, New York, 1927 postcard, autographed by (?)ervatuy


Series 4: Artifacts

(1 item)

A baton, used by Hasselmans, is housed in the vault.



Subgroup II Joseph Hasselmans Papers, 1879-1902
(18 items)

Series 1. Correspondence, 1851-1883 (1899?)

(8 items)

Letters in the group are mainly congratulatoryin nature and include three presentations written in honor of Joseph Hasselmans and signed by his studentsat Strasbourg and Marseilles. Of particular interest is a photostatic copy of a letter written by Richard Wagner (12 February 1858).


Series 2. Manuscripts, 1862-?

(4 items)

Papers include what appears to be a biographical sketch; the lyrics for a presumably unpublishedcantata, "Sebastopol, or, The Revenge of Moscow;" and,two poems of unknown origin, one of which is dedicatedto the Duc D'Orleans.


Series 3. Printed Material, 1825, 1844, 1858, 1885

(4 items)

Includes two broadside playbills for concerts given in Nantes and Baden-Baden, a prospectus for the 1825 season of the Strasbourg Theatre, and a citation naming Hasselmans an "Officier d'Academie."


Series 4. Legal Documents, 1884, 1896

(2 items) Group contains a contract dated 12 April 1884 and a French Treasury note of 1896.