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Soren Lura correspondence collection

Identifier: PIMS-0006

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Scope and Contents

The Soren Lura correspondence collection contains more than 20 letters, postcards, and autographs from several composers and musicians of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. These include letters from Johannes Brahms, Camille Saint-Saëns, Edouard Lalo, Louis Spohr, Richard Strauss, August Wilhelmj, Pablo de Sarasate, and Percy Grainger. Some items are addressed to members of the family of Lili Scholz, including a 1903 letter from Dr. Richard Fellinger to Bernhard Scholz about a set of letters in Brahms's estate.


  • Creation: 1829-1931 and undated


Language of Materials

Materials in German, French, English, and Italian.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for use at the Arthur Friedheim Library Archives of the Peabody Institute. Contact for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.

Biographical / Historical

Soren Lura was born in Norway in 1900 and immigrated to the United States in 1923. He was a cellist and a chorus and orchestra director. He worked at the Library of Congress from 1941 until his retirement. In 1950, Lura acquired the collection from pianist Lili Scholz in Frankfurt.


0.19 Cubic Feet (1 half-size letter box)


Soren Lura was a cellist and conductor who also worked for the Library of Congress. His collection consists of 22 letters by Brahms, Sarasate, Richard Strauss, Moscheles, Spohr, Grainger, Wilhelmj, Saint-Saëns, and others, collected by Lili Scholz and given to Lura in 1950. In 2007, Lura's daughters, Donna Fink and Dody Martin, donated the letters to Peabody in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Peabody Archives.


Alphabetically by author.

Custodial History

Lura acquired the collection from pianist Lili Scholz of Frankfurt-am-Main in 1950. Lili Scholz may be the granddaughter of Bernhard E. Scholz, a German conductor and composer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation of Lura's daughters, Donna G. Fink and Dody Martin, in 2007.

Existence and Location of Copies

Most of the collection has been digitized and is available online at

Processing Information

Processed by Elizabeth Schaaf in 2007, Isaac Greene in approximately 2013, and Matt Testa in 2018.

Guide to the Soren Lura correspondence collection
Matt Testa
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Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

Peabody Institute
1 E. Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore MD 21202 USA