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Finding Aid of the Ernst Matray papers

Finding aid prepared by Jacqueline Morin and Michaela Ullmann, 2010

Summary Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
Matray, Ernst
Ernst Matray Papers
Collection no.
Date [inclusive]
14.0 Linear feet, 14 boxes
Language of Materials
The materials in this collection are in English and German.
The papers include personal correspondence and correspondence related to actor, director, mime, and choreographer Ernst Matray’s artistic life, as well as photographs, invoices & statements, press clippings, artwork by Ernst Matray, autobiographic manuscripts and creative writing, some audio/visual materials, and some correspondence and invoices & statements of Matray’s third wife Elizabeth McKinley Matray. The papers comprise materials from the years 1933-1984, the bulk beeing from Matray’s second stay in the US from 1955-1978.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], [Ernst Matray Papers], Collection no. [0237], Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biographical/Historical note

Ernst Matray (1891-1978) was born in Budapest, Hungary on May 27, 1891. He was an actor, director, producer, and choreographer.

In 1907, Max Reinhardt saw Matray as a dancer in Budapest and brought him to the Deutsche Theater in Berlin. Here, Matray became famous for odd roles which were written specifically for him. He worked at the Deutsche Theater as an actor, dancer, pantomime, and choreographer.

Matray also starred in film adaptations by Max Reinhardt and starred as a grotesque dancer in comedies during World War I. Matray made his film debut in Das Mirakel. He also starred in other films such as Die Insel der Seeligen, Die Erbtante, Weltbrand, and Nathan der Weise. He also directed some of these films.

In 1915, Matray founded the Malu-Film company together with Ernst Lubitsch.

Together with his first wife Greta Schröder, Matray also wrote screenplays.

In 1922, Matray became the artistic director of the Internationale Pantomimegesellschaft (International Pantomime Society). He toured with his ensemble nationally and internationally. In 1924 he divorced Greta Schröder, who later married Paul Wegener.

In 1927 Ernst Matray married the actress Maria Solveg. Maria and Ernst Matray closely developed new choreographies together.

After a last performance of the Matray-ballet at the Ufa-Palast am Zoo in Berlin, the couple emigrated via England to the United States in 1933. With the help of William Dieterle and Reinhold Schünzel the couple gained a foothold in Hollywood. Here, Matray, together with his wife, started a new career as choreographers for the movies. Movies for which Matray worked as a choreographer include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pride and Prejudice, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Matray also co-directed the film Adventure in Music.

In 1953 the Matrays returned to Europe and moved to Zurich, Switzerland. In Hamburg, Matray directed Molière’s George Dandin and Offenbach’s Pariser Leben for the Deutsches Schauspielhaus. At the same time he worked as a choreographer for TV shows.

In 1955, Matray left Maria Solveg and returned to the USA. After the divorce from Maria, he married his third wife Elisabeth McKinley, in 1962.

During his last years, Matray started to paint. He died in Los Angeles on November 12, 1978.

Credits: As actor: Das Mirakel (1912), Tangofieber (1913), Die Insel der Seligen (1913), Das Liebesbarometer (1914), Eine venezianische Nacht (1914), Die Erbtante (1914), Zucker und Zimt (1915, also screenplay & production), Die Direktion verlobt sich (1915), Die bösen Buben (1915), Marionetten (1915, also screenplay and production), Die Goldfelder von Jacksonville (1915), Hilde Warren und der Tod (1917), Ticky-Tacky (1918), Weltbrand (1920), O du Quetschfalte meines Herzens (1920), Kameraden (1921), Nathan der Weise (1922), Die wunderlichen Geschichten des Theodor Huber (1924) As choreographer: Dolly macht Karriere (1930), Pariser Leben (La vie parisienne) (1936), Balalaika (1939), Der Glöckner von Notre Dame (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) (1939), Ihr erster Mann (Waterloo Bridge) (1940), Stolz und Vorurteil (Pride and Prejudice) (1940), Die Frau mit der Narbe (A Woman's Face) (1941), Arzt und Dämon (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) (1941), Sieben junge Herzen (Seven Sweethearts) (1942), Gefundene Jahre (Random Harvest) (1942), ...und das Leben geht weiter (The Human Comedy) (1943), Bühne frei für Lily Mars (Presenting Lily Mars) (1943), Bezaubernd aber gefährlich (Delightfully Dangerous) (1945), Die Privataffären des Bel Ami (The Private Affairs of Bel Ami)(1947), Fräulein vom Amt (1954) As director: Ramara (1916), Das Phantom der Oper (1916), Adventure in Music (1944), Abschiedsvorstellung (1955), Musik, Musik und nur Musik (1955)

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of the personal papers of Hungary-born actor, director, and choreographer Ernst Matray. The collection includes personal correspondence and correspondence related to Ernst Matray’s artistic life, as well as photographs, invoices & statements, press clippings, artwork by Ernst Matray, autobiographical manuscripts and creative writing, some audio-visual materials, and some correspondence and invoices & statements of Matray’s third wife Elizabeth McKinley Matray. The papers comprise materials from the years 1933-1984, the bulk being from Matray’s second stay in the U.S. from 1955-1978.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Processing Note

Collection initially processed by Margaret Phung and Ranjanabh Bahukhandi.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Matray, Ernst
  • Reinhardt, Max -- Photographs


  • Choreographers--Archival resources
  • Choreography--Archival resources
  • Dance--Archival resources
  • Dancers
  • Exiles--Germany--20th century--Archival resources
  • Jews, German--California, Southern--Archival resources
  • Motion pictures--Germany--20th century--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Correspondence 1914-1977 

Scope and Content

The series correspondence includes private correspondence with family and friends as well as correspondence relating to Matray’s artistic life both, in Germany and the US.

Box Folder

 Correspondence undated 

1 1

 Correspondence 1914, 1915, 1917 

Scope and Content

Two letters from Matray's father.

Two telegrams about bad health and death of father, asking Matray to come.

One telegram mentioning the funeral of father.

One letter from notary saying that the estate will stay with Ernst Matray's mother.

1 2

 Correspondence 1927 

Scope and Content

Thank you letter from Max Reinhardt.

1 3

 Correspondence 1932 

Scope and Content

Documents for getting a patent for a choreography called "Der tanzende Fluegel," Reichspatentamt Berlin.

1 4

 Correspondence 28 April 1936 

Scope and Content

Letter by Kurt Weill to Ernst Matray.

1 5

 Correspondence - "Chaplin Viopis" 1952-1953 

Scope and Content

Exchange of letters between Ernst Matray and Grayce Smith discussing a copyright issue of a theatrical piece called "The Flea," as devised by Ernst.

A letter to Jennings Lang with a short biographical sketch.

A letter to John Darrow.

A letter to the William Morris Agency cancelling his and his (then) wife Maria Matray's contract with the same agency.

A letter in German.

1 6

 Correspondence - "Vertrag, Hamburg" 1954-1955, undated 

Scope and Content

Various contracts between Ernst Matray and Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg.

1 7

 Correspondence 1958-1959 

Scope and Content

A document in German.

A letter to Phoebe discussing the extra-marital affairs of his wife Maria with Victor.

1 8

 Correspondence 1961 

Scope and Content

Letter to Porsche-Werke.

Two letters to Kindler Verlag Munich regarding a manuscript.

Letter from Annemarie to Jinny (Ernst Matray).

Reviews of the play Abendgesellschaft by Maria Matray.

Letters to various publishers regarding Matray's planned autobiography .

1 9

 Correspondence - Maximilian Gruhl to Ernst Matray 1961-1965 

Scope and Content

Letters between Maximilian Gruhl (lawyer) and Ernst Matray re. compensation and retirement payments.

1 10

 Correspondence 1962 

1 11

 Correspondence 1963 

Scope and Content

Letters from Maria Matray to Ernst Matray.

1 12

 Correspondence 1964-1965 

Scope and Content

Letters between Maximilian Gruhl (lawyer) and Ernst Matray regarding compensation and retirement payments. Includes medical opinions and testimonies.

1 13

 Correspondence 1966 

1 14

 Correspondence 1967-1969 

Scope and Content

A letter of invitation from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

1 15

 Correspondence 1969-1972, undated 

Scope and Content

Letters between Matray and Ullstein Verlag regarding his memoirs.

1 16

 Correspondence - Business 1969-1972, undated 

Scope and Content

A handwritten note.

A letter from the L.A. Times for Mrs. Elizabeth McKinley.

A letter from "Berris, Seton and Birke", informing Mrs. Matray about the denial of a petition filed by them (on her behalf) for a car.

A letter (and documents) from State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company discussing payment details entailed in Mrs. Matray's car accident with Mr. and Mrs. Venkatesh.

A letter (and documents) from the Department of Motor Vehicles discussing payment details entailed in Mrs. Matray's car accident with Mr. and Mrs. Venkatesh.

1 17

 Correspondence 1970-1971 

Scope and Content

Correspondence with Ullstein Verlag.

1 18

 Correspondence 1970-1971 

Scope and Contents

Compilation of letters, documents, telegrams, and receipts for Mr. and Mrs. Matray - for planning their trip to Tokyo, Japan to cover EXPO 70.

Clippings of dogs for Mrs. Matray.

1 19

 Correspondence 1972-1973 

1 20-22

 Correspondence - Max Reinhardt Archive 1973-1974 

1 23

 Correspondence 1974-1975 

1 24

 Correspondence - Estate of Geza Matray 1977 

Scope and Content

Letter from the U.S. Consulate General, Sydney, Australia.

Letter from the public trust office. (Aerogramme).

Letter to L. Morris (Bank manager) - from Ernst Matray.

Letter from the public trust office (inventory of Geza Matray).

Letter from the U.S. consulate to Mrs. Matray about Geza Matray's belongings at the hospital.

Letter from Frank Dearn and Co. (solicitors).

1 25

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Series 2:  Invoices, Receipts, Statements 

Scope and Content

This series includes tax documents, medical bills and paperwork as well as bank statements.

Box Folder

 Escrow Statement 1966 

Scope and Content

Beneficial Escrow Service document issued for Mr. Ernst Matray and Mrs. Elizabeth Matray.

12 1

 Joint Committee of Operating Programs 1971 

12 2

 Checks, Registers and Deposits - Elizabeth Matray 1971-1973 

Scope and Content

Checks and receipts from the Bank of America and Security Pacific National Bank.

12 3

 Medical Documents 1972 

Scope and Content

Letter from Dr. Hans-Joachim Lindemann advising Mrs. Elizabeth Martray about an ongoing health issue.

Two reports from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles).

A series of medical insurance documents.

12 4

 Tax Documents 1972 

Scope and Content

Letter from "Kahan, Seltzer and Eckstein" with instructions for filing and payment of taxes for Mr. and Mrs. Matray.

A set of income tax forms filled out by the agency.

Letter from the county assessor, attesting to the receipt of the tax forms.

12 5

 Invoices and Receipts 1980 

Scope and Content

Letter from the "Book-of-the-Month Club, Inc."

Letter from Jeanne Rains (Mimi Styne & Associates).

A notice of payment past due from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Equitable General Insurance Group - homeowners installment premium notice.

12 6-7

 Notes - Business undated 

12 8

 Aerospace Industries related documents undated 

Scope and Content

Projections of industry manpower requirements.

Aerospace Industries Consortium - fact sheet.

An organizational structure/hierarchy.

12 9

 Brochures and Catalogs undated 

12 10

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Series 3:  Photographs 1905 - 1974 

Scope and Content

This series contains photographs of films and theater plays Matray worked on as well as photographs of Elisabeth Matray McKinley and the Matray home. Some photographs also show friends.

Box Folder

 Max Reinhardt 

Scope and Content

Various photographs of Max Reinhardt provided by the Max Reinhardt Archive, State University of New York.

2 1

 Sumurun Coliseum... 1925 - undated 

Scope and Content

Various photographs about the play Sumurun. Includes pamphlets for the show.

2 2

 Elizabeth A. McKinley 

Scope and Content

Assorted photographs of Elizabeth McKinley.

2 3

 Step Lively 

Scope and Content

Photographs of Ernst Matray with co-workers on the set of a film choreographed by Matray.

2 4

 Set of a Film 

2 5

 Photographs 1944-1968 

Scope and Content

Photographs of Mrs. Matray, the house, and some negatives.

2 6-9

 Photographs undated 

Scope and Content

Assorted photographs of Mr. and Mrs Matray - of friends, parties, outings, paintings, home, etc.

3 1-6

 Ernst and Maria Matray undated 

Scope and Content

Close up photographs of Ernst and Maria Matray during a play rehearsal.

3 7

 Friends and Family undated 

Scope and Content

Photographs with friends and family.

3 8

 Photographs from Herbert Luft undated 

Scope and Content

Photograph of Mr. Ernst Matray during plays and vacation.

3 9

 Photograph undated 

Scope and Content

Photograph of Ernst Matray with a girl.

3 18

 Ernst Matray and Marta Feuchtwanger 1974 

Scope and Content

Dated Oct. 12, 1974 (address from Kevin Starr, Los Angeles Times).

Box Folder

 Kevin Thomas to Ernst Matray 

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous photographs of Mr. Ernst Matray with a friend.

2 10

 Max Reinhardt Archives Presentation Folio 1973 

Box Folder

 Matray in Costume undated 

Scope and Content

Four photographs of Ernst Matray in costume.

3 10-11

 Movie Set undated 

Scope and Content

Several photographs of on-set, play rehearsals, costumes, friends, and co-workers of Ernst Matray.

3 12

 Album Photographs undated 

Scope and Content

Pictures of Mr. Matray and his friends and family on the beach and on vacation.

3 13

 Portraits undated 

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous portraits of Ernst Matray.

3 14-16

 Greta Matray 1924 

Scope and Contents

Photograph of Greta Matray.

3 17

 Negatives undated 

2 11-13

 Slides undated 

2 14

 Photo Albums   3 albums


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Series 4:  Clippings 1909-1978 

Scope and Content

This series includes various newspaper clippings.


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Series 5:  Artwork 

Scope and Content

The series includes drawings and illustrations for costumes and sets of Matray’s films, plays, and ballets. It also includes various other drawings and paintings.

Box Folder

 Illustrations undated 

Scope and Content

A watercolor drawing of a sad face.

8 1

 Illustrations undated 

Scope and Content

Black and white painting of boats and a valley.

8 2

 Charcoal Drawing undated 

Box Folder

 Illustrations - "Cyprien" 

Scope and Content

Illustration of dresses, costumes, and sets used in "Cyprien."

8 3

 Drawings undated 

8 4

 Illustrations (Prints) by Jacques Callot undated 

8 5

 Miscellaneous Sketches undated 

    Map-case Drawer
Drawings   8 5
    Box Folder
Drawings   8 5-8

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Series 6:  Creative Writing 1942 - 1954 

Scope and Content

The series contains various scripts as well as extensive manuscripts for Ernst Matray’s autobiography. It also contains some sheet music and notes.

Box Folder

 Script - Smith Family Listens to a Symphony 1942 

9 1

 Neue Film Verleih 1954 

9 2

 Script - The Treasure 1954   2 copies

9 3

 Biography of Ernst Matray undated 

9 4

 Sheet Music - "The Snowman" and others undated 

9 5

 Notes and Notebooks undated 

9 6-8

 Script - George Dandin undated 

9 9

 Script - Pariser Leben undated 

9 10

 Sheet Music - "George Dandin" undated 

9 11

 Sheet Music - "Ballet Pantomime" undated 

9 12

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Series 7:  Publications 1935-1977 

Scope and Content

This series includes various programs and publications mentioning Ernst Matray and his work.

Box Folder

 Program - A Kingdom for a Cow 1935 

10 1

 Musical Score - "Sumurun" (letter enclosed from Gene Lockhart) 1939 

Box Folder

 Program - The Playgoer 1949 

10 2

 Die Rampe 1953-1954 

10 3

 Graphis 75 1958 

10 4

 Deutsches Theater heute: Stucke Regisseure Schauspieler Theaterbau 1960-1967 by Friedrich Verlag 1960-1967 

10 5

 The Hollywood Foreign Press Association Membership List 1966-1978 

Scope and Content

Membership lists from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (1966-1967; 1967-1968; 1968-1969; 1969-1970;1977-1978).

10 6

 Book pages -- Scegurard Sprotte 1967 

10 7

 Drawings of Kley 1968 

10 8

 Ephemera - Japan 1970 

Scope and Content

Two tickets from the Japan EXPO 70 - 1970. A booklet about Japan and a small diary w/ (translated japanese) sayings.

10 9

 Hofmannsthal Blatter 1970-1972 

10 10

 Holiday Magazine October 1971 

10 11

 Book of the Month Club News 1971-1972 

10 12

 Academy Leader 1972 

10 13

 German Language Theater in Exile 1973 

Scope and Content

The First West Coast Exhibition - German Langauge Theatre in Exile by the Dept. of German (University of Southern California).

10 14

 Ephemera - Max Reinhardt 1973 

10 15

 National Geographic Society 1974 

Scope and Content

A letter from the NGS welcoming Mr. Ernst Matray into the NGS.

10 16

 Ephemera - 47th Annual Academy Awards 1975 

10 17

 Films in Review: the Spirit of '76 1976 

10 18

 Women's Air Forces 1977 

10 19

 A La Carte: New Intimate Revue 

Scope and Content

4 copies.

11 1

 Book pages 

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous pages from books, handwritten clips, and paper cuttings.

11 2

 Book pages -- Vertes 

Scope and Content

By Francis Carco.

11 3

 Die Inselderseligen 

Scope and Content

Play description of the "Die Inselderseligen".

11 4


Scope and Content

A 2-page pamphlet about world history.

A map of UCLA.

An American Airlines boarding pass.

11 5

 Ephemera - George Dandin von Moliere 

11 6

 Program - Die Pantomime 

11 7

 Program - Scala 

11 8

 Publications - Focus on Film 

11 9

 Publications - George Dandin von Moliere 

Scope and Content

2 copies of the "George Dandlin" play.

11 10

 Musical score - Das Marchen, Tanzpantomime von Ernst Matray 

11 11

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Series 8:  Satchel Contents 

Scope and Content

This series contains materials which were located in a satchel. They include various autobiographical manuscripts, some letters, notes, clippings, and three loose pearls.

Box Folder

 Einfuhrung/Introduction (autobiographical) 1961 

13 1

 Various manuscripts & English translations of autobiographical texts undated 

13 2

 Various autobiographical manuscripts I undated 

13 3

 Various autobiographical manuscripts II undated 

13 4

 Various autobiographical manuscripts III undated 

13 5

 Sonderliche Geschehnisse (autobiographical, about film shoot with Maria Solveg) undated 

13 6

 Reinhard in Seiner Arbeit/How Max Reinhard Works (autobiographical) undated 

13 7

 Reinhardt-Diaghilev-Nijinsky (autobiographical) undated 

13 8

 Lillian Gish oder Die Wolke/Lilian Gish or The Cloud (autobiographical) undated 

13 9

 Die erfrorenen Zehen der Helene Thimig/The Frozen Toes of Helene Thimig (autobiographical) undated 

13 10

 Mein Vater.../My Father... (autobiographical) undated 

13 11

 Helmut Kaeutner und mein Swimming Pool/Helmut Kaeutner and My Swimming pool (autobiographical) undated 

13 12

 Wie ich meine Angst verlor/How I Lost My Fear (autobiographical) undated 

13 13

 Die marchenhafte Catillione in Wien/The Fabulous Castillione in Vienna (autobiographical) undated 

13 14

 Lenin (autobiographical) undated 

13 15

 Noel Coward (autobiographical) undated 

13 16

 Die Auster/The Oyster (autobiographical, about Erich v. Strohheim & von Mansfield) undated 

13 17

 Es brennt/It Burns (autobiographical) undated 

13 18

 Harry Walden (autobiographical) undated 

13 19

 Sukarno mit dem grossen Maul/Sukarno with the Big Mouth (autobiographical) undated 

13 20

 Der Gespensterturm in Klein-Harasti/The Ghost Tower in Klein-Harasti (autobiographical) undated 

13 21

 O, o, Sarah Bernhardt (autobiographical) undated 

13 22

 Greta Garbo (autobiographical) undated 

13 23

 Mafia (autobiographical) undated 

13 24

 Beverly Hills (autobiographical) undated 

13 25

 Gaga Lesbor-Die Liebeslehrerin/Gaga Lesbor-The Love Teacher (autobiographical) undated 

13 26

 Bernhard Shaw contra Irving Paskal (autobiographical) undated 

13 27

 Tanzende Busen/Dancing Bust (autobiographical) undated 

13 28

 Die Unschuld vom Lande/A Babe in the Woods (autobiographical) undated 

13 29

 Die Unschuld vom Lande/A Babe in the Woods (autobiographical) undated 

13 30

 Ku Klux Klan (autobiographical) undated 

13 31

 Der Faschingsball/The Carnival Ball (autobiographical) undated 

13 32

 Der gottliche Alexander Moissi/The Divine Alexander Moissi undated 

13 33

 Die Ehe von Gustav Gruendgens mit Marianne Hopkins/The Marriage of Gustave Gruendgens with Marianne Hopkins (Hope) (autobiographical) undated 

13 34

 Camilla Eibenschuetz (autobiographical) undated 

13 35

 Meine Neuinszenierung im Hamburger Schauspielhaus George Dandon/My New Production in the Theater of Hamburg George Dandon (autobiographical) undated 

13 36

 Aller Tage Abend - Der allmachtige Kortner/The Evening Crowns the Day - the Almighty Kortner (autobiographical) undated 

13 37

 Die Duse/ The Duse (autobiographical) undated 

13 38

 Barbara Streisand (autobiographical) undated 

13 39

 Venezianische Nachte oder Die verlorene Hose/Venetian Nights or The Lost Pants (autobiographical) undated 

13 40

 MGM (the first 12 pages are missing) (autobiographical) undated 

13 41

 Philisophische Gedankensplitter/Philosophical Aphorisms (autobiographical) undated 

13 42

 Die Sohne Reinhardts/The Sons of Reinhardt (autobiographical) undated 

13 43

 Die vier Schwestern/The Four Sisters (autobiographical) undated 

13 44

 Der Lowe/The lion Der lebende Kronleuchter/The Living Chandellier (autobiographical) undated 

13 45

 Ernst Lubitsch, mein alter Freund.../Ernst Lubitsch, My Old Friend... (autobiographical) undated 

13 46

 Maria und der Gletscher/Maria and the Glacier (autobiographical) undated 

13 47

 Erich Engel (autobiographical) undated 

13 48


14 1

 Dignowity-Krauss, Eva (re: Radio Interview) 

14 2

 FP Association 

14 3

 Frank-Fahle, Dr. Gunther 

14 4

 Lindemann, Dr. Hans-Joachim to Mrs. Matray 

14 5

 Peltzer. Gisela to Mrs. Matray 

14 6

 Melnitz, William W. ( State University of New York at Birmingham) 

14 7

 Stichnote, Werner E. (Ullstein Verlag) 

14 8

 Pem?, Herr (unfinished letter) 

14 9

 Season's greetings w/drawing by E. Matray 

14 10

 Miscellaneous clippings and notes 

14 11

 Miscellaneous handwritten notes, mainly drafts for autobiographical texts 

14 12

 Small Clippings, Oversized Clippings 

Scope and Content

Small clippings are undated; oversized clippings are arranged in chronological order.

14 13

 Newspapers, Die Zeit 29 September 1961 

14 14

 Die Zeit [Newspapers] 1961 December 

14 15

 Various Magazine Clippings and Newsweek 13 November 1967 

14 17

 Various Articles Regarding the Death of Gustav Grundgens 

14 16


Scope and Content

3 loose pearls.

14 18

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Series 9:  Elizabeth McKinley Matray 

Scope and Content

This series includes papers related to or owned by Elizabeth McKinley Matray, Ernst Matray’s third wife. They include tax information, bills and statements, postcards, some correspondence, bank statements, notes, and five photographs.

Box Folder

 Bills and Invoices 1977-1978 

Scope and Content

Title Insurance Trust - 1979

California Kitchen, Inc. - 1979

Atkinson, Boller and Falls - 1978

Kahan, Seltzer snd Eckstein - 1979

Reader' Digest - Subscription 1978

Bekin's - 1978, 1979

John F. Lawrence, M.D. - 1979

U.S. Small Business Administration - 1979

International Tile & Supply Corporation - 1979

Center Theatre Group - 1979

U.S. Small Business Administration - 1979

Pacific Telephone - 1979

Schroeder & Davis, Inc. - 1979

John D. Merril - 1979

U.S. Small Business Administration - 1979

Marvin W. Kolpack - 1978

Beverly Hills Public Library - 1979

Pacific Telephone -

Allstate T.V. Rentals - 1978

Abbey Rents - 1979

Southern California Gas Company

Henry Plumbing & Housing, Inc - 1978

Pacific Telehphone - 1979

Tax Bill - 1979

Theta Cable Television - 1978

The Los Angeles, Water and Power Dept.

City of Los Angeles, Dept. of Fire - 1979

B&D Electric Co - 1979

Pacific Telephone - 1979

Schroeder & Davis Inc - 1979

John P. Murphy - 1979

The Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power

Pacific Telephone - 1979

15 1

 Receipts 1979 

Scope and Content

Valley State Plumbing, Inc. - 1979

Dept. of Motor Vehicle - 1979

Abbey Rents - 1979

Clancy's Crab Broiler - 1979

Ralph's Grocery - 1979

J.A. Nessim, M.D. - 1979

15 2

 Correspondence 1976-1979 

Scope and Content

Postcard - 1978

Air Mail

Bill/Invoice from Chuck - 1979

American Consulate, Sydney - 1977

Wester Union

Alvin B. Green - 1978, 1979

Card - H.G. Luft

Postcard - "Emmy" - 1978

Monterey County Sheriffs Dept - 1976

Greeting Card - John Spillman Jones - 1979

Kahan, Seltzer & Eckstein - 1979

Dept. of the Air Force - 1979

Nelson Distribution, Inc. - 1979

Internal Revenue Services - 1979

L.A. Dept. of Water and Power - 1978, 1979

Alvin. B. Green - 1978

Hollywood FPA - 1978 [2 items]

Greeting Card - 1978

Neighborhood Adult Participation Project, Inc - 1978

Dept. of Airports - 1978

Beverly Hills Public Library - 1979

Library Questionnaire - 1978

15 3

 Photographs undated 

Scope and Content

[5 Photographs]

15 4

 Bank Statements and Checks 1977-1979 

Scope and Content

Bank of America Statement and checks, 1978-1979

Cathay Bank of Los Angeles - 1978, 1979

Santa Monica Bank, Escrow Statement - 1976

Wells Fargo Check Book

15 5

 Miscellaneous Notes undated, 1984 

15 6

 Legal Documents 

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Series 10:  Audio/Visual Materials 

Scope and Content

The series contains some music records, some of them promotional records for films, as well as private 8mm films of Ernst Matray’s house, friends, parties, and trips. The series also contains a box of 11 slides and an audio cassette with a speech about German and American Theatre, also one reel-to-reel tape, and one drawing by Fini.


 Elemer Horvath es Ciganyzenekara: Hungarian Folk Songs & Csardases 

 Winter Equinox 

Scope and Content

LP Record: The original soundtrack from the motion picture Winter Equinox

 Carol Connors, Ayn Robbins: Tomorrow is Another Day/Someone is Waiting for You 

Scope and Content

Buena Vista Records.

 Carol Connors, Ayn Robbins: The Rescuers 

Scope and Content

Complimentary record from Walt Disney Music Company. Book and record with songs from the film The Rescuers.

 Charlie Rich: Sunshine Smiles 

Scope and Content

Promotional record from the original soundtrack of For the Love of Benji.

 Johnny Mandel: Take Me Home 

Scope and Content

From the motion picture Molly and Lawless John.

 Lalo Schifrin: Hotel Nacionale, Denise 

Scope and Content

Music from the motion picture Voyage of the Damned.

 8mm films 

 Christmas Sherry spielt bei Hirsches mit Baendern 

Scope and Content

Christmas: Sherry spielt bei Hirsches mit Baendern, Elly mit Katze, Alex, Abfahrt nach Europa, mit Mischpoke am Schiff.

 Unser Haus, Elly und ich 

 Nur Model 

 Feier mit Nachbarn, Katze, Katta in Carmel 

 Nur das Model (unscharf?) 

 Katta als Ganzes, zweite Haelfte nur schwarz 

 Nur Model - gut 

 Unlabeled 8mm film 


Scope and Content

Flavins; black & white in Nohrings house with Flavins; Phoebe Simca at airport; Williams, Laszlos, Evanses, Moya, Lear, & Clarence Browns flying to Las Vegas; Nelly & Larry in Nantucket, Vertes.

 Allen. S, erst jung 12-14 Jahre, dann jetzt 

 2 unlabeled rolls of film 

 Alles mit Elly, soll vieles raus mit mir am pool 

 Mexico: Mexico I, Acapulco: Ursel, Maria and children 

 2: Yosemite - Sugar Bowl, 1: Fishing trip High Sierra mit Noehrings 

 Fahrt nach Deutschland 

 Death Valley 

 Mexico II, Bullfight, Mexico Jungle 

 Joland - mit Maria, Indies 

 Europa II 

 Unlabeled roll of film 


 Box with 11 slides 

Scope and Content

Slides labelled: bei Hirsches, im Krankenhaus.

 Audio Cassettes 

 Vortrag ueber deutsches und amerikanisches Theater 

 Reel to reel 

 George Dandin: Musikreihenfolge Innen 

Scope and Content

incl. notes and descriptions about the various music pieces


 Drawing of a Skiing Girl by Fini 

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