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Hahn, Reynaldo, 1875-1947
Reynaldo Hahn Letters and Manuscripts
Manuscripts Division
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of letters and other materials of the Venezuelan-born French composer Reynaldo Hahn.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of letters written by Reynaldo Hahn. The largest body of letters is addressed to Hélène Vacaresco, totaling 42 distinct letters from Hahn. Also present are letters to Hélène's mother, Euphrosine Vacaresco (Eufrosina Fălcoianu). Other recipients include Alfred de Vigny, Albert Gavy-Bélédin, Sully Prudhomme, René Peter, Paul Hervieu, Daniel Halévy, Julia Alphonse Daudet, Lucien Daudet, Robert Brussel, and other unidentified individuals. Additionally, non-correspondence materials include a manuscript regarding César Franck, personalized calling cards annotated by Hahn, a title page of a musical composition titled, "Adieu", a manuscript signed by journalist René Brest, and a musical manuscript signed by Hahn, La Nuit.


Organized in the following series: Series 1: Correspondence, Series 2: Additional Materials.

Collection Creator Biography:

Hahn, Reynaldo, 1875-1947

Reynaldo Hahn was a French composer of the fin de siècle. Born in Caracas, Venezuela to Elena Maria Echenaguera and the German merchant Carlos Hahn, Hahn grew up in Paris from age three. He attained instant fame in 1888 with his musical version of Si mes vers avaient des ailes, a poem by Victor Hugo. Between 1894-1896 Hahn had a romantic relationship with Marcel Proust and maintained a close friendship until Proust death in 1922. During World War II, Hahn was forced into hiding during the Nazi occupation of Paris. He returned to the city in 1945 and died there two years later.

Hélène Vacaresco was a Romanian-French writer and laureate of the Académie française. She was a permanent delegate to the League of Nations in 1925-26 and the only woman to serve with the rank of ambassador (permanent delegate).

Collection History


Purchase, 2011 (AM 2011-32). Purchase, 2012 (AM 2012-94). Purchase, 2016 (AM 2016-60). Purchased by Rubén Gallo on behalf of PUL through Ader Nordmann, 2015 (AM 2019-83). Purchased by Richard Linenthal on behalf of PUL, 2019 (AM 2020-50).


Nothing was removed from the 2016 acquisition.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Regine Heberlein and Jill Baron in September 2010 and May 2012, respectively. Finding aid written by Regine Heberlein and Jill Baron in September 2010 and May 2012.

The Finding aid was updated by Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez in February 2016.

The Finding aid was updated by Armando Suarez in February 2019.

The Finding aid was updated by Armando Suarez in January 2020.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Reynaldo Hahn Letters and Manuscripts; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1