Carl Venth was born in Cologne, Germany on February 16, 1860, the son of Carl and Frederica Venth. He was sixteen when he entered the Cologne Conservatory where he studied violin and composition. After touring the United States he became concert master of Rudolph Bial’s concerts in New York and later at the Metropolitan Opera in 1884. In 1888 he established the Venth Violin School in Brooklyn. For three years he was director of the violin department of Kidd-Key College at Sherman, Texas. His first work in Fort Worth was as conductor of the Fort Worth Harmony Club. He later became conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Choral Club. In 1914, he was director of the Conservatory of Fine Arts at Texas Woman’s College, now Texas Wesleyan, and later was dean of the music school. During World War One he served as music director at Camp Bowie and Camp Travis. He was the bandmaster of the Thirty-sixth Division. He became the head of the music department at the University of San Antonio. He died on January 29, 1938.
The provenance is unknown, but the materials were donated to the library prior to 1991.
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The collection consists of one box of clippings, brochures, photographs, programs and a book, My Memories, by Carl Venth.
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