Hidden Collections

Joseph A. Maurer Papers


Archival Description

Title: Joseph A. Maurer Papers
Quantity: 2 boxes
Identification: PP MJA
Language of Material: German; English
Location: Moravian Church Archives
Alternate View: View Moravian Archives Finding Aid

Scope/Contents

Registers of music performed at Central Church 1955-1958, correspondence about the purchase of a new organ 1953/1957, scrapbook about music at Central Church 1954-1955, records on the appointment of a new organist 1955, articles and notes on music in the Moravian Church.


Biography/History

Joseph A. Maurer was born in 1912. He lived in Bethlehem for the majority of his life. Maurer was a professor of classical languages at Lehigh University for 30 years. He was Associate Dean of the school of Arts and Sciences. In 1973 Maurer received the Lindback award for distinguished teaching and then was named Professor Emeritus of Classics upon his retirement in 1973. Maurer was also an active member of the Moravian Church. He served as the organist and director of music at Central Moravian Church for several years. In his free time Maurer wrote book reviews and other articles, most prominently about the history of Moravian music, and music in Bethlehem. Joseph Maurer passed away in 1987.


Restrictions

unrestricted


Custodial History

The Maurer collection was donated to the Moravian Archives sometime in the 1970's. The collection was organized and catalogued September 2011 by Fred Carter a Lehigh University student working for the CLIR grant.


Records

Joseph A. Maurer Papers
Records
1. Central Moravian Church music scrapbook created by Joseph Maurer
Date: 1954 - 1955
Physical Description: 1 item
2. A scrapbook containing material regarding a Moravian Central Church sponsored anthem contest
Date: 1955
Physical Description: 1 item
3. A scrapbook containing correspondence and papers concerning the appointment of a new organist for the Central Moravian Church
Date: 1955
Physical Description: 1 item
4. A scrapbook containing correspondence, papers, and inquiries about the purchase of a new organ for the Central Moravian Church
Date: 1953 - 1957
Physical Description: 1 item
5. Joseph Maurer's personal journal primarily pertaining to his duties as music director for the Moravian Church
Date: 1958
Physical Description: 1 item
6. Personal notes written on journal leaves bound together by string
Date: 1955 - 1958
Physical Description: 1 item
7. Copy of "Archaeology" magazine containing an article written by Joseph Maurer titled "Moravian Buildings in Bethlehem"
Date: 1950
Physical Description: 1 item
8. Copy of "The Historical Review of Berks County" containing an article titled "America's Heritage of Moravian Music" written by Joseph Maurer
Date: 1953
Physical Description: 1 item
9. Copy of "The American-German Review" containg an article written by Donald McCorkle, signed and sent to Joseph Maurer
Date: 1955
Physical Description: 1 item
10. Copy of "American Organist" containing an article written by Joseph Maurer titled "Central Moravian Church, Center of Moravian Music"
Date: 1958
Physical Description: 2 items
Scope/Content: Includes: typed draft
11. Copy of "The Historical Review of Berks County" containing an article written by Joseph Maurer titled "Marriage by Lot"
Date: 1959
Physical Description: 2 items
Scope/Content: Includes: typed draft
12. Newspaper article titled "Traditional Christmas Eve Vigils City's Oldest Tradition" that pictures Joseph Maurer
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
13. Original, and copy of sheet music titled "Lasst uns Heute" that was given out to the choir by Joseph Maurer
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
14. Lenten evening service program with notes written by Joseph Maurer regarding the service, and music
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
15. Program and German hymns for Christmas 1941, put together by Joseph Maurer
Date: 1941
Physical Description: 1 item
16. Article written about Joseph Maurer titled "Dr. Maurer New Central Music Head"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
17. Letter, received by Joseph Maurer from F. R. Weber
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
18. Paper written by Joseph Maurer titled "The Contributions of the Pennsylvania Moravians to the Musical Heritage of America" with footnotes
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
19. Bibliography created by Dr. Joseph Maurer in reference to his paper Music in Bethlehem
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
20. Joseph Maurer's historical notes on music in Bethlehem
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
21. Lehigh University exam booklet containing Maurer's footnotes on history of music in Philadelphia
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
22. Joseph Maurer's note cards
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
23. Review of Mabel Haller's book on "Early Moravian Education in Pennsylvania"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
24. Series of extracts from various papers, and books prepared by Joseph Maurer
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
25. Untitled paper written by Maurer
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
26. "Moravian Church Music" an article written by Joseph Maurer, reprinted from 1957 A.G.O. quarterly
Date: 1957
Physical Description: 1 item
27. Musical service organ recital program, with written critic by Joseph Maurer
Date: without date
Physical Description: 2 items
28. Speech and a paper about the Central Church's new Opus Moeller organ
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
29. Article written by Maurer titled "Early American Moravian Music"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
30. Untitled paper about the Moravians written by Joseph Maurer
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
31. Copies of original German songs
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
32. Miscellaneous documents
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder