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Mary Münchhoff Music Collection

Identifier: MSS-0040

Scope and Contents

The collection includes a series of musical scores compiled into folios by Mary Münchhoff, with an index compiled by Robert Ruetz. A series of original and miscellaneous mostly appear to be original autographs by the composer, also compiled into a folio by Mary Münchhoff, with an index compiled by Robert Ruetz. Both of the former series have been cataloged and may be discovered by searching the library catalog. Finally, a series of about 3.8 cubic feet of music scores has not been further arranged or described. Many of these appear to be inscribed by Mary Münchhoff or one of her students. Other music scores originally collected by Münchhoff, which did not have distinctive inscriptions or markings, were presumably integrated into the Criss Library Music Score Collection.


  • 1850?-1925?


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09), and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Nebraska Omaha assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, Archives & Special Collections will provide information about copyright owners and related information. Securing permission to publish or use material is the responsibility of the researcher. Note that unless specifically transferred to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, any applicable copyrights may be held by another individual or entity. Further information about copyright policy is available at


11.3 Cubic Feet (22 boxes)

Language of Materials



Arranged into loose series: Series: Mary Münchoff [sic] Folio Collection; Series: Original and Miscellaneous Manuscripts; Series: Music Scores.

The Mary Münchoff Folio Collection and Original and Miscellaneous Manuscripts have been cataloged in the library catalog. The music scores have not been further arranged or described.

Custodial History

Professor Ruetz collected and organized this collection prior to donating it to University Archives.

Mary Münchhoff (1867-1942), an international singer renowned in Europe in the late 1800s and early 1900s, handed down her personal library of more than 2000 music scores (her performance repertoire) to her former student Mary Fitzsimmons Massie (1896-1987), who for many years had the reputation of being the finest voice teacher in Omaha, Nebraska. Massie bequeathed the Münchhoff collection to the University of Nebraska at Omaha upon her death in 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Robert G. Ruetz.

Related Materials

Robert G. Ruetz Papers

Separated Materials

Music scores which were not inscribed by Mary Münchhoff or her students were integrated into the general Criss Library Music Score Collection. They are cataloged and can be identified by the book plate inside the front cover.

Processing Information

Processed by Criss Library staff prior to 2014. Notably, some work was known to have been done by Robert Hallis, the humanities librarian at UNO from 1993/1994 until 1997/1998.

A memorial plate reading "University of Nebraska at Omaha University Library/Mary Münchoff Music Collection/In Memory of Mary Fitzsimmons Massie" has been placed inside the front cover of each score.

A print inventory of the collection from the time of donation is available in the donor file in Archives and Special Collections.

For more information, see Ruetz, R. (1994). "The Mary Münchoff Music Collection." The Library User 14(2), 3, 5.


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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Archives & Special Collections Repository

Archives & Special Collections
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States