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|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Musical Score, Archival Material, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Richard S Hill; Library of Congress Mission to Germany.
|Description:||21 linear ft. (39 boxes, ca. 1,500 items).|
At the end of World War II, the allied powers found themselves in possession of enormous quantities of materials including books, periodicals, phonograph records, films, paintings, sculpture, assorted documents and music produced by the German government and military, the Nazi Party, and high-ranking officials during the Weimar and Third Reich periods. In October 1944, the Association of Research Libraries suggested that the Library of Congress use its official status to obtain some of these materials that might be of significant research value for the Library's collections. With the assistance of the Department of War and the Department of State, the Library established the Library of Congress Mission in Europe with the primary purpose of obtaining publications that were unobtainable during the war years. Among those who were sent to Germany on the European Mission was Richard S. Hill of the Music Division. It was Hill who assembled most of the materials that now comprise this collection.