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Edwin Hughes Collection

Identifier: SCU-MUS-0013
The Edwin Hughes Collection, 1876-1965 includes correspondence, photographs, articles by and about Hughes, concert programs, teaching materials, and awards. Some of the articles and programs were formerly glued into notebooks arranged by Hughes. Correspondence and assorted documentation relating to various organizations comprises the bulk of the collection.


  • 1876 - 1965



12 Linear Feet

Biographical Sketch

Edwin Hughes (1884-1965) was a notable American student of Viennese-based piano teacher Theodore Leschetizky; he came to Leschetizky after studying with Rafael Joseffy in New York. Hughes worked as Leschetizky’s assistant from 1909 - 1910. After teaching for two years in Detroit, Hughes established a concert career in Europe (principally Vienna and Germany, where his home was Munich) from 1912-1916, remaining in Munich until conditions in World War I made that impractical. On returning home Hughes established a successful teaching and concert career, first alone, then in a two-piano format with his wife, Jewel Bethany Hughes, and made numerous notable (and sometimes eccentric) editions of standard piano repertory for G. Schirmer while piano editor for the firm from 1920 - 1925. Additionally, Hughes wrote extensively about problems of piano technique, and about his teacher Leschetizky.

Physical Location

This collection is housed in the Music Library, which is located in the School of Music at 813 Assembly Street in Room 208 (on the 2nd floor).

Additional Materials

An item level inventory of this collection is also available at the University of South Carolina Music Library.

Repository Details

Part of the Music Library Repository

813 Assembly Street, Room 208
School of Music, University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208 USA
803-777-1426 (Fax)

Under Revision
Mark Leach (2005), Jason Beever (2008), Nick Homenda (2012)
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Revision Statements

  • 2012: Included recently processed music manuscripts.