Ussher (Bruno David) collection of photographs Edit


Finding Aid Date
2010 October
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  • 1892-1957 (Creation)
  • bulk (Creation)


  • 2 Linear Feet (Whole)
    2 boxes

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  • Language of Materials


  • Abstract

    Celebrity photographs (classical music and films) autographed to Ussher in the 1930s; Ussher was a musicologist/music critic.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Bruno David Ussher collection of photographs, Collection no. 0034, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

  • Biographical note

    Bruno David Ussher was born in Germany, and studied musicology with Arnold Schering and Hugo Riemann and philosophy with Oswald Spengler. He spent some years in England, and then moved to Los Angeles in 1919 to write for the "Saturday Night" weekly. He received a D.Mus. from USC in 1934.

    Ussher was a Los Angeles music critic for many years for different Los Angeles newspapers (Evening Express, Examiner), magazines, and scholarly journals into the 1950s. During the years 1938-1941, his column appeared in the Los Angeles Daily News (not connected with the current Los Angeles Daily News) and regularly covered film music.

    Ussher taught at the Hollywood Conservatory of Music and Arts in the 1920s, was a lecturer in Aesthetics and the Criticism of Music and symphonic literature at the University of Southern California from 1931-1944, and also taught at Cal Tech. He was production manager of the Hollywood Bowl concerts from February 1935 to the summer of 1936 and wrote program notes for the concerts. He was project chief for eleven western states of the Federal Music Project from 1936-39. He died in Los Angeles in 1963.

  • Scope and Content

    Photographs of musicians and music celebrties given to Ussher in the 1920s and 1930s. Many are autographed and inscribed. Also included is a score by Edward MacDowell.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

  • Arrangement

    The material is arranged by type, size and alphabetically--small photographs in folder 1, medium photographs in folders 2-7, large photographs in folders 8-9, manuscript material in folder 10, and a poster in folder 11.