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Gerhard Herz papers

Identifier: 2001_046-UA

This collection includes correspondence dating from the early 1960s to 1990, materials from various music organizations, awards, research and lecture notes, information from auction houses, and manuscript material for Bach Sources in America.

Approximately 16.625 linear feet of materials have been processed, and are reflected in this finding aid.

See also Gerhard Herz papers and Music History administrative records 2020_399.


  • 1957-1990


Language of Materials

The materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers, with the exception of student work (boxes 8 and 9) that is restricted under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and UofL student records policy.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for some items has been transferred to the University of Louisville.


32 linear feet (11 records center boxes, 2 manuscript boxes, 1 half-manuscript box, 3 flats, and 2 cassette boxes; 1 commercial photo box; 3 slide carousel boxes; 15 odd boxes; oversized material in map cases)

Biographical Note

Gerhard Herz, internationally recognized authority on Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and University of Louisville professor of music history, was born in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1911. He and his family emigrated to the United States, with the assistance of humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, in the late 1930s. Here he began his forty-year career at the university and his involvement in Louisville's music community.

Herz is often credited with creating the university's music history program and for establishing the Louisville Chamber Music Society. Herz served on the board of the Louisville Orchestra for twenty years as well as on the jury for the orchestra's famous commissioning project. During his career Herz managed to acquire photographic reproductions of almost all of Bach's manuscripts from 1704 to 1750, notably those in the Deutsche Staatsbibliothek, Berlin and these remain the most significant documents for the study of the works of the great composer.

Herz was married to Mary Jo Fink (1916-1995), Ohio native and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio State University, who taught French at the University of Louisville from 1942 to 1979. Herz died at age 88 on September 3, 2000.

Gerhard Herz Papers
In Progress
Processed by Katherine Burger Johnson
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Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections Repository

Ekstrom Library, Lower Level Room 17
Louisville KY 40292
502 852-6752