The Gertrude and Max Hoffmann Collection is enjoying the limelight once again. An article by ZSR Special Collections Librarian Megan Mulder about the collection is featured in the Winter 2014 issue of Performance!, the publication of the Performing Arts Section of the Society of American Archivists.
The entire publication is available in PDF format here. Don’t miss the cover photo of Max, Gertrude, and their photogenic cat!
Gertrude Hoffmann was a dancer, choreographer, and manager of her own dance troupe; her husband Max was a ragtime composer and musician. Their papers, now part of ZSR’s Special Collections, include music manuscripts, photographs, posters, correspondence, and other materials– many of which are now available as digital collections. The Performance! article describes the Hoffmanns’ colorful careers in early 20th century vaudeville and on international tours, and also explains how the collection came to reside at Wake Forest.
For more information about the Hoffmann papers at ZSR Library, please contact Special Collections and Archives.