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Benno Häupl, the dean among the collectors of (early) ethnomusicological 
sound documents and photographical images, has passed away in Riga, 
Latvia. The widow wishes that the collection should be left intact and 
will consider serious offers from institutions that can guarantee a 
permanent home. There is no detailed inventory. The collection is 
described as follows:


    THE HÄUPL COLLECTION


    OF


    EARLY VERNACULAR MUSIC RECORDINGS

*The Häupl Collection*encompasses ethnic, traditional and regional music 
on commercial 78 rpm discs ranging from early Berliners to post-WW2 
regional labels "from//Afghanistan to Zimbabwe", and more study 
material. It includes, mainly:

- *25* Edison cylinders 1892-1902 in original boxes

- *9,000* gramophone records (78rpm) from 1898 to 1970,many in their 
original company sleeves

- *2,100* photos 1860-1960 of traditional musicians worldwide, with 
their instruments

- *130* record catalogs, 1910-1960, of 78rpm ethnic series by commercial 
record companies worldwide

*- The Record Collection *covers traditional music from all over the 
world: 1,200 Indian/Pakistani/Ceylanese shellac discs, 900 Turkish,900 
Arabic & Maghrebian, 850 African, 600 Flamenco/Spanish, 500 Appalachian 
mountain music, 400 Greek. However, most sub-collections count lower 
numbers, e.g.: 150 Chinese, 130 French Antilles/Haïti/Guyana, 100 
Portuguese/ Fado, 90 Iranian, 85 Albanian polyphony, 80 Native American 
Indians, 70 Madagascan & Réunionnais, 70 French-Canadian,

70 Armenian, 60 Cretan lyra, 50 Yiddish/Cantorial, 50 Afghani/Pashto, 50 
Italian/Sardinian/Corsican, 50 Lemko-Ukrainian etc.

Other areas count less samples, e.g. Vietnam, Ethiopia, Burma, 
Kurdistan, Thailand, Yemen-Saudi-Oman, Mongolia, Malta, Uzbekistan, 
Japan... Yet, music of minorities is on hand, e.g. Aborigines, Inuit, 
Aramite-Assyrians, Tuareg, Khmer, Basques, Laz, Crimea-Tatars, Maori, 
Ilcano, Ladino-Sephardim, Criollos, Parsee, Rhaeto-Romansh, Azeri, 
Ruthenians, Andean Inca....

Or regional music styles like tex-mex, sacred harp singing, krontchong, 
trallaleri, khömei, gamelan gong & angklung, kwela, puirt-a-beul, 
huayno, highlife, klezmer, Berber 'aïta, piobaireachd, shangaan... Plus 
a batch of early recordings of European folk instruments:hardingfele, 
fujara, guzla, tárogató, ciaramella, dulzaina, jew's harp, nyckelharpa, 
kankliu; /kantele, biniou, fyell, hurdy-gurdy, launeddas... Only few 78s 
of indigenous and tribal music are there from places like Tibet, 
Amazonia, Laos, Sudan, Papua Niugini, Korea, Bahrain, Nepal, Surinam, 
Somalia, Cabo Verde, Sulawesi, Tonga, Iceland, French Polynesia...

Other important and focused parts of the Häupl Collection are:

*The Cajun Music Collection 1925-2012 *(from the first 78 to the last 
vinyl), a unique, 50 years lifetime collection, by far the largest of 
its kind (400 78s, 1,400 45s, 750 LPs). It comprises more than 99% of 
all discs ever published of the music of theautochthonous French and 
Creole speaking settlers in Louisiana, including many "only known 
copies", since there was often

a total of only 100 copies pressed. This is the only part of the Häupl 
Collection that includes both shellac and vinyl records.

*- The Bagpipe Collection 1898-1965 -*700 solo bagpipe 78s (and several 
cylinders) from many countries: France, India, Germany, Bulgaria, 
Ukraine, Albania, Spain, Morocco, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Egypt, Bohemia, 
Ireland, Hungary, Turkey, Croatia, Armenia, Iraq, Georgia, Romania, 
Tunisia- and yes, Scotland, too.

- *The Taksim Collection 1910 to 1950* - about 180 shellac records from 
Turkey, Arabia, Armenia and Greece with solo improvisations in 
Mid-Eastern modes on various string and wind instruments, including some 
rarely documented modes.

*- The shellac records from the estate of Prof. W. Heinitz *(1883-1963), 
until 1949 head of the "Phonetisches Laboratorium"

in Hamburg: about 100 discs made by the "Phonogramm-Archiv", the 
"Institut für Lautforschung" and "Deutscher Rundfunk".

- *The legacy of the personal shellac discs of Hans Helfritz 
*(1902-1995), the ethnomusicologist who worked with Erich von Hornbostel 
and Carl Orff and who recorded in Yemen, West Africa, Mexico, Brazil 
from the 1930's to 60's- some 80 discs.

*- Two Photo Collections 1860--1970*. 1)About 1,600 early photos of 
anonymous traditional musicians from all over the world with their 
instruments (again, "from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe") -- from 
daguerrotype, albumen prints and "carte de visite" to postcards and 
early archival photos. 2)Additionally, 500 such early photos of 
bagpipers from many countries, with their regional variety of bagpipes: 
Estonia, Armenia, Austria, Russia, Macedonia, India, Serbia, Libya, 
Poland, Sudan, Portugal...

*- The Record Catalog Collection 1910-1960*.130 catalogs of special 
series: "Polyphon Disques Arabes", "HMV East African Records", "Catálogo 
Numerical de Discos Victor Argentina", "Parlophone Javanese Records", 
"Zarzuelas Impresionadas por La Voz de Su Amo", "Odéon Katalaogy 
Malagasy", "Beltona Scottish & Irish Records", "Cairophon", "Victor 
Catalogue of all Languages", "Zonophone Numerical List - Gujarati, 
Marathi, Hindustani, Sindhi, Jain", "Odeon Repertório Portugués", 
"Greek, Turkish, Armenian, Spanish-Oriental Records", "Discos Mexicanos 
Vocalion", "Slovenskych Rekordov","La Voix de son Maître Disques 
Espagnols et Sardanes","Columbia Maori Records","Pathé Répertoire 
Tunisien","Columbia Punjabi, Bangri, Nepali"...


In case of interest contact (preferably in English or German):
Mrs Gundega Zeltina: *Kazarmu iela 6-11  Riga 1013, Latvia (Europe) 
  Home phone.: +371-6737-3782*

(or *Dr. Rainer E. Lotz: * *Rotdornweg 81         53177 Bonn (Germany) 
         Home phone: +49-228-352808*)