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Baltimore's Germania Männerchor (men's choir), active from 1856 to 1929, was composed primarily of men of German origin. The choir held numerous concerts in the 1890s and early twentieth century, but it reduced its public activities after 1917 due to anti-German public sentiment in response to World War I. The collection includes Germania Männerchor concert programs from 1898 to 1917.
Theodor (Theodore) Hemberger was a German-born violinist, conductor, and composer who directed the Germania Männerchor and performed with H.L. Mencken in the Saturday Night Club. His wife, Emma Conrad Hemberger, was a singer and the composer of the anthem "Baltimore, Our Baltimore." The collection consists primarily of manuscript scores of Theodor's original works and arrangements for orchestra, voice, and chamber ensemble. Also included are manuscripts of Emma's music.