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Jan Lowenbach Papers

Identifier: MS-0003

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, articles, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, manuscripts, books and photographs.


  • 1948-1973


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in the materials found in this collection have been transferred to San Diego State University.  Special Collections and University Archives can only grant permission to publish materials for which it is the copyright holder.  For further information, please consult the section on copyright in the rules for using the collections, or contact the United States Copyright Office at (202) 707-3000 or

Biographical Note

Dr. Jan Lowenbach (1880-1972) was a native of Czechoslovakia who resided in the United States from 1941 until his death in 1972. He was a Czech music critic, writer and attorney. The papers contain information on persons such as Bedrich Smetana, Antonin Dvorak, Leos Janacek, Max Brod, and Bohuslav Martinu. The papers also include newspaper clippings, autographed scores from composers, and personal papers of Lowenbach.


6.79 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

I. Correspondence

II. Biographies

III. Articles

    1. Unpublished Articles by Lowenbach

    2. Unpublished Articles by Other Authors

    3. Articles, Majority by Lowenbach

IV. Pamphlets

V. Various works by other authors

    1. Various Works by Frantisek Langer

    2. Programs and Flyers

VI. Lowenbach Works

    1. Pamphlets collected by Lowenbach

    2. Smetana

    3. Smetana Book Drafts by Lowenbach

    4. Smetana Book

VII. Added Material

    1. Manuscripts

    2. Typescripts

    3. Articles on Music and Musicians by Lowenbach

    4. Articles on Copyright by Lowenbach

    5. Articles, Notes, etc. About Lowenbach

    6. Articles and Publications containing Lowenbach’s name

    7. Material Not Related to Lowenbach

    8. Photographs and Postcards

    9. Typescripts of Smetana: Composer and Leader

Source of Acquisition

Vera J. Bala

Accruals and Additions

1979-007, 1988, 1998, 2017-038

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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