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Franzi Ascher-Nash Papers

Identifier: 003-MS 132

Scope and Contents

Diaries, journals, daybooks, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, sound recordings of radio programs, and miscellaneous ephemera. Includes drafts of essays, short stories and poetry plus the diary of Ms. Ascher-Nash's mother, Luise Frankl (1896-1912) and recordings of compositions by her husband, Edgar Nash.


  • 1896-1991


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Biographical / Historical

Franzi Ascher-Nash was born in Vienna, Austria on November 28, 1910 to operetta composer Leo Asher and Luise Frankl. She attended the Humanistisches Maedchengynasium in Vienna graduating with honors in 1928. From 1929 to 1931, Ms. Asher-Nash attended the Vienna Academy of Music but chose to pursue a writing career rather after only her second year. In 1934 she became a free-lance writer for numerous Austrian newspapers and journals. Just prior to Nazi Germany's annex of Austria in 1938, she and her parents departed for France, then England and eventually to the United States. After arriving in New York City in December of 1939 she began writing music reviews for the German weekly Neue Volkszeitung (1940-1949) and short essays for the Austro-American Review (1945-1949). During the Second World War, Ms. Asher-Nash became a traveling lecturer sponsored by the New York Herald. She mostly toured women's clubs throughout the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania lecturing on Austrian politics, history and culture. Following the war, she continued lecturing and writing, by contributing essays and short stories to the German American Studies Magazine, Lyrik and Prosa Magazine and Lyrica Germanica Magazine from the late 1940's to the early 1950's. She published two novellas and two books during those same years. From 1954 to 1961 she lectured at the New School for Social Research on the topic of history and development of Opera and Song. On November 21, 1959 she married Edgar R. Nash a composer and musician. In 1962 she began hosting her own radio program entitled "The Story of the Art Song", which ran weekly until 1964. Throughout the 1960's and 1970's she published essays, short stories and poetry in magazines and journals in the United States, India, Germany and Austria. During the 1980's, she guest lectured at many national and international conferences and contributed poetry to selected anthologies. In 1986 she moved to Millersville, Pennsylvania where she resided until her death in 1991.


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Arrangement Note

Alphabetical by subject then chronological.

Technical Access Requirements

The processing fee for photocopying or scanning requests is $10.00/request. There is no charge for Millersville University students, faculty, or staff.

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MS133 Leo Ascher Papers.

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Repository Details

Part of the Millersville University Special Collections Repository

9 North George Street
McNairy Library, PO Box 1002
Millersville University
Millersville 17551-302 US