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Harold Bauer papers, 1901-1934

Summary Information


Harold Bauer was a prominent American pianist of the early and mid-twentieth century. Most of the letters in this collection were written to Isabel Pelham Shaw Lowell (Mrs. Frederick) and Mrs. George R. Shaw during the first World War. They reflect his work as a founder of L'Aide Affectueuse aux Musiciens, an aid organization for French musicians, and his opinions about the war.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0086
Bib ID 4078414 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Bauer, Harold, 1873-1951
Title Harold Bauer papers, 1901-1934
Physical Description 0.42 linear feet (1 document box)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



This collection is arranged in two series.


Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of letters from Bauer to Isabel Pelham Shaw Lowell (Mrs. Frederick) and Mrs. George R. Shaw. There is also a small amount of printed material.

  • Series I: Correspondence, 1901-1934

    The correspondence series consists mostly of letters from Bauer to Isabel Pelham Shaw Lowell (Mrs. Frederick) and Mrs. George R. Shaw. Many of the letters were written during the first World War and concern Bauer's work with L'Aide Affectueuse aux Musiciens, a charitable organization he helped found, as well his opinions about the war. There are also letters from writer Roger Boutet de Monvel to Isabel Shaw Lowell, and one from her to Bauer

  • Series II: Printed Material, 1901-1917

    This series consists of a photograph of Bauer; a reprint of a biographical sketch of Bauer; some 35 programs of Bauer piano recitals in New York and Boston and 50 miscellaneous concert programs from New York and Boston.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Harold Bauer papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Jacques Barzun, 1964.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Processed BRC 03/72.

Papers reprocessed Bruce Shenitz 2010 June.

Papers cataloged Lea Osborne 2010 July.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2010-07-19 xml document instance created by Lea Osborne.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Personal correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Bauer, Harold, 1873-1951 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lowell, Isabel Pelham Shaw, 1877-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pianists -- United States -- Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shaw, Emily Mott, 1848-1927 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World War, 1914-1918 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Harold Bauer (1873-1951) was born in London in 1873. He began his musical studies on the violin, and gave his first public performance at the age of nine. In 1893 he went to Paris and began studying with pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski, and eventually shifted his focus to the piano. After his Paris debut the following year, he toured extensively in Europe. He made his American debut in 1900 and settled in the United States in the early part of the twentieth century. In addition to his performing career, he edited many editions of piano music for music publisher G. Schirmer, including the complete piano works of Schumann, and taught at the Manhattan School of Music and at the University of Miami. He also wrote extensively about music for both professional and general audiences. He died in Miami in 1951.