Wolfgang Jacobi Family Archive

Wolfgang Jacobi left a substantial and distinguished œuvre. His unsorted papers were taken in charge by his daughter Ursula Ullrich-Jacobi in 1972; the archive has since then remained in the possession of the family.

Archival contents:
• Published and MS scores of works by Jacobi
• Published writings on music theory (books) and manuscripts by Jacobi
• Visual works by Jacobi, who also painted and drew (sketchbooks, watercolours and oil
• Handwritten lists of his compositions
• Family documents (baptismal and marriage certificates etc.)
• References, certificates, documents etc.
• Publishers’ contracts
• Photographs (of Jacobi, the family, friends, performances etc.)
• Correspondence: letters from composers, musicians, scholars and friends (for instance Joseph
  Haas, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Paul Hindemith, Philippine Schick, Hans Zender, Sigurd Rascher,
  Eugen Jochum, Paul Collaer, Erich Valentin, Alfons Ott among others) and carbon copies of
  replies and letters from Jacobi, some in Italian or French
• Audio tapes with Jacobi works (long-playing records, singles, tapes, cassettes, and more
  recently CDs)
• Concert programmes and flyers, conference papers etc.
• Reviews of concerts, of score publications etc. and press reports (for instance on the
• Contemporary music journals (with articles on Jacobi)
• Jacobi’s library (books on music, other literature, scores of works of other composers,
• Recent publications: books, lexicon entries, articles on Jacobi and his works, new editions of
  his works etc.

The archive material has not yet been catalogued. About a hundred of Jacobi’s works have survived, either in published or in manuscript form. The correspondence is particularly extensive (several folders containing thousands of letters) as well as the collected programmes and press publications (in all several hundred documents). The names of around 100 lost Jacobi works are given in handwritten lists drawn up by the composer together with information about players and premieres.

Work has begun on the Jacobi archive in order to make the contents more easily accessible to the public. Large sections of the archive are to be gradually digitised so as to ensure their survival and to facilitate access.