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Frances H. Johnson Papers , 1885-1947
2 boxes (.75 linear feet)
Collection number: RG Misc.

Abstract:
The collection consists mainly of letters written to Frances H. Johnson by various correspondents including Helen Hopekirk. A few of the letters are written by various correspondents to other people. Also included are clippings, programs from musical performances, fliers, and wedding invitations as well as material related to the Hartford Philharmonic Society and the Hartford School of Music.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Frances Hall Johnson, born in 1865, was a trained classical pianist who also taught music and was active in promoting musicians locally as well as bringing renowned performers to Hartford. In about 1892 she founded the Musical Club of Hartford, a venture which began on a small scale, with eight or so members meeting and entertaining one another at their homes. In fifteen years the membership numbered 500. Johnson served on the boards of the Hartford Philharmonic Society and the Hartford School of Music (known today as the Hartford Conservatory). In 1931 Johnson published a book, Musical Memories of Hartford: Drawn from Records Public and Private. Johnson, who lived with her sister Rose, died in 1947.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Frances H. Johnson papers contain correspondence, newspaper clippings, programs from musical performances, fliers, wedding invitations, and minutes and other related material from the Hartford Philharmonic Society and Hartford School of Music. The letters, most of which were written by others to Johnson, pertain largely to musical matters, whether artistic or business-related. The largest batch of letters is from the Scottish-born pianist and composer Helen Hopekirk (1856-1945), who was a teacher and longtime friend of Johnson's. A few letters in the collection were written by others to people other than Johnson, including a letter from 1921 written by the composer Camille Saint-Saens to Isidore Philipp, who gave it to Johnson.

Correspondence to Frances H. Johnson (FHJ) is arranged alphabetically by author and then by date, with undated letters last. Enclosures (e.g. programs and the like) are kept with correspondence where the association with a letter is obvious. Envelopes and slips of paper with notes in FHJ's hand, containing identifying or explanatory information, are also included in this series. Correspondence to/from others is arranged alphabetically by author.

The papers include notes by FHJ (handwritten lists of correspondents, possibly written at the time of donation); handwritten notes, printed brochures, invitations, and membership lists from the Hartford Philharmonic Society and Hartford School of Music. Also included are the Memoir of Helen Hopekirk by Josephine F. Allen (Mrs. B.P. Clark); music programs and fliers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York; newspaper clippings, mostly from Hartford newspapers; and photographs.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Frances H. Johnson Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Frances H. Johnson Papers were donated around 1945 to Smith College by Miss Frances H. Johnson of Hartford, Connecticut. There appears to be no formal record of accession apart from an announcement in the Friends of the Smith College Library annual report of March 1946.

Johnson decided to donate her papers to Smith at the suggestion of her neighbor, Mary A. Goodman of the Smith College Class of 1896. Goodman is referred to in correspondence between Johnson and Margaret Grierson, Smith College's librarian at the time.

Processing Information

The collection was partially organized by an unknown person who is likely responsible for the dates written in blue pen on many of the otherwise undated letters. It is presumed that these dates were taken from the postmarks of their original envelopes and that the dates correspond more or less to the date on which the letter was actually written. An exception is the June 17 letter from Kay (last name not given), which has been dated 1948 but, because Johnson died in 1947, is more likely to have been 1943 or 1944. To the rest of the undated letters, where possible, dates have been added in pencil, in brackets, and most of the leftover envelopes have been discarded. Many letters remain undated.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: nyoung@smith.edu
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/archives

Language
English and French

Contents List
Correspondence to FHJ from Timothy Adamowski
1903

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Nathan Henry Allen
1894-1902

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Charles M. Andrews
1934-1936

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Evangeline Andrews
1944

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from James P. Andrews
1934

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from John W. Andrews
1934

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Julia Andrews
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Edward Ballantine
1924

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Cordelia (Mrs. Lucius Barnes) Barbour
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Anne Bartholomew
1944

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Frances Raymond Bartlett
1898-1899

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from R. L. P. Bell
1898

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from David Bispham
1902-1910

Box 1: folder 1
Note:

See also photographs

Correspondence to FHJ from Maxine Tull Boatner
1943

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Bern Boekelman and calling card
1899

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Elizabeth Buell Brainard
1928

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Susan Lord Brandegee
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Stella S. Brandt
1944-1945

Box 1: folder 1
Note:

See also Helen Hopekirk

Correspondence to FHJ from Ruth B. Breen
1944

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Howard Brockway
1896

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Helen E. Brown and notes
1930

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Maida L. Bryant
1944

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Mrs. Bunce
1927

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Louise Bushnell
189?

Box 1: folder 1
Card to FHJ from Ruth and Ralph Butter
1944

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Elizabeth (Libby) Butterworth
1944

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from John Spencer Camp
1901

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Katie Camp
1894

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Blanche M. Channing
1899

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from J. Chapart
1921

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Kitty Chatham
1925

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Emily Cheney
1897-1898

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Mary B. Cheney
1898-1906

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Ruth Cheney
1900-?

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Winifred Christie
1917

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Clara Clemens
1939

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Josephine Collins
n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Mary Patricia Richter Collins and Christmas card
1942

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Billy Conklin and programs
1928-1929

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Edith Conklin
1928-?

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Edith Conklin (daughter)
1929

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Sally Conklin
1928

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Carolyn D. Conning
1944

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Katharine Conning
1944

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Katherine Cook
1925

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Alice Cooley
1944

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Charles Cooley
1941

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Paul W. Cooley
1944

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Alf Cortot
1921

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Persis Cox and flier
n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Walter Damrosch and fliers
1900-1903

Box 1: folder 2
Note:

See also Felicia Gifton

Correspondence to FHJ from Bertha P. Dennis
n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Helen Diedrichs
1927

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Olin Downes
1940

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Robert Duellner
1944

Box 1: folder 2
Card to FHJ from Bessie Dunham
1944

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Helen B. Edwards
1944

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Charles A. Ellis
1902

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Alice Falcott
1927

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence to FHJ from Betty Ferguson
1928

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence to FHJ from Eleanor Ferguson
1943

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence to FHJ from Peggy Ferguson
1925

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence to FHJ from Elliot S. Foote
1929

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence to FHJ from Anita P. Forbes
1926

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence to FHJ from Gertrude Fothergill
1944

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence to FHJ from Fanny Thompson French
1903

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence to FHJ from Heinrich Gebhard and calling cards
1904-1909

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence to FHJ from Felicia Gifton
1930

Box 1: folder 3
Note:

See also Walter Damrosch

Correspondence to FHJ from L. B. Gilchrist
1909

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence to FHJ from Philip Goepp
1900

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence to FHJ from Belle Goodwin
1944

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence to FHJ from Elizabeth (Mrs. Walter) Goodwin
19??

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence to FHJ from Fanny Goodwin
1942-1944

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence to FHJ from James J. Goodwin
1902

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence to FHJ from C. L. Graff
1901

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence to FHJ from Margaret S. Grierson
1942-1945

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence to FHJ from Alice Haight
1894

Box 1: folder 4
Correspondence to FHJ from Clarissa Hall
1926

Box 1: folder 4
Correspondence to FHJ from Marguerite Hall
1899

Box 1: folder 4
Correspondence to FHJ from W. C. Hammond
1902

Box 1: folder 4
Correspondence to FHJ from Jane Hastie
1927-1929

Box 1: folder 4
Correspondence to FHJ from Julia Havemeyer
1901-1924, n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
Correspondence to FHJ from Phil Hewes
1927

Box 1: folder 4
Correspondence to FHJ from E. C. Higginson
1896-1899

Box 1: folder 4
Correspondence to FHJ from Dotha Bushnell Hillyer
1899-1903

Box 1: folder 4
Correspondence to FHJ from Lucy Hillyer
1898

Box 1: folder 4
Invitation to wedding of Harold Goodwin Holcombe, Jr., to Helene Jeanne Guyen
1944

Box 1: folder 4
Correspondence to FHJ from Helen Hopekirk
1900-1941, n.d.

Box 1: folder 5-7
Note:

Gaps in dates 1910-1911. See also William Wilson and "Memoir of Helen Hopekirk" by Josephine Allen

Correspondence to FHJ from Greta Horn
1926

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Arthur Judson
1921

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Harrison Keller
1920

Box 1: folder 8
Invitation to wedding of Victoria Amelie Kneisel to Willem Willeke
1911

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Maisy Lawherd
1942

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Dorothy W. Lewis
1927

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Elisabeth (Mrs. Vachel) Lindsay
1942-1943

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Charlie Little
n.d.

Box 1: folder 8
Invitation to wedding of Renee Longy to Georges Miquelle
1919

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Hamilton G. Macdougall
1929

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Marian MacDowell
1919

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from "Mackie" MacElroy
1919

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Marjorie MacKenzie
1941

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from William Mason
1899

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Tsuya Matsuki
1928

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Frances McCook
1943-1944

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from David McKeith, Jr.
1940

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Miriam (Mrs. David, Jr.) McKeith
1944

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Albion Metcalfe
1927

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Mary Michna
1944

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Frederica Mitchell
1944

Box 1: folder 8
Note:

See also photographs

Correspondence to FHJ from Emily Morgan
1920

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Constance Morse
1927

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence from A. F. Motte La Croix
1921

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Homer Norris and programs
1904?-1908

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from O'Dell
1927

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Lois (Mrs. Remsen B.) Ogilby
n.d.

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Eva J. O'Meara
1942-1944

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Cary Page
1928

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Richmond Peck Paine
1900-1901

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Zoe W. Palmer
1928

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Katharine B. Parsons
1941

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Mattie (Martha) Peck
1904-1907

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Olga Perkins
1923

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Hattie Phelps
1943-1944

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Isidore Philipp
1921

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Caroline A. Pierce
1923

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Richard Platt
1907

Box 1: folder 8
Card to FHJ from Jean Potter
1944

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence to FHJ from Mary (Mrs. Waldo) Pratt
1899

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Waldo S. Pratt
1898-1899, 1935

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Francis C. Prout
1899

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Emily Rand
1900

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Helen Ranney
1903

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Richy (Mrs. Waldo) Richards
1920

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from John Roberts
1926

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Elaine Bartlett Robertson
1935

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Elsie H. J. Robinson
1927

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from E. Robinson
1944

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Henry S. Robinson
1925

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Marion (Mrs. Henry S.) Robinson
1926, 1944?

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Lt. Henry S. (Bob) Robinson, Jr. and concert ticket
1944

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Timmy Robinson
1943

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Henry M. Rogers
1906

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Betty Rose
1928

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Charles Edward Russell
1930

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Henry P. Schauffer
1902

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Helen Scranton
1927

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Mary B. H. Seaverns
1926-1932

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from W. T. Sedgwick
1901

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Frances Seymour
1944

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Katherine D. Seymour
1944

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Peter Seymour
1944

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Harry Rowe Shelley
1900

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence to FHJ from Bruce Simonds and flier, magazine clipping
1923-1944

Box 1: folder 10
Invitation to wedding of Elisabeth Treat Simonds to Alfred Warren Burns
1944

Box 1: folder 10
Correspondence to FHJ from Bessie Smart
1909

Box 2: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Agnes Smith and program
1928

Box 2: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Ethel Walker Smith
1944

Box 2: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Hilda Smith
1926

Box 2: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Henry M. Sperry
1927-1929

Box 2: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Elizabeth (Liddy) Stevens
n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Eliza J. Stowe
1905

Box 2: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Berthe Svecenski and note by FHJ
1915

Box 2: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Claire Svecenski and calling card
1907-1909, 1915

Box 2: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Louis Svecenski and calling card
1907-1918

Box 2: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Marion Svecenski
1908

Box 2: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Sally Swett
1944

Box 2: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Eleanor Taft (Tilton)
1924-1927

Box 2: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Elizabeth Taft
1907

Box 2: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Mattie Taft
n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Elizabeth Bradley Taylor
1920

Box 2: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Edith Thompson
1907, 1915

Box 2: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Joseph H. Twichell
1890

Box 2: folder 1
Correspondence to FHJ from Willem van Loon
1941

Box 2: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Nan (Mrs. Frederic Porter) Vinton
n.d.

Box 2: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Martha Blake (Mrs. William) Walcott
1944

Box 2: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Philip C. Walcott
1905

Box 2: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Susan Lee (Mrs. Charles Dudley) Warner
1901-1920

Box 2: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Mabel C. Washburn
1894

Box 2: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Mary W. Watkinson
1942

Box 2: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Gerald B. Webb
1942

Box 2: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Archibald A. Welch
1901

Box 2: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Frances (Mrs. Stanley Burnham) Weld
1944

Box 2: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Charlotte White
1899

Box 2: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Leslie D. Whitham
1941

Box 2: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Helen Howard Whiting
1904

Box 2: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from L. Annie Whitney
1898-1903

Box 2: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Bumble (E.T.) Williams
n.d.

Box 2: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from Eugene E. Wilson
1942

Box 2: folder 2
Correspondence to FHJ from William Wilson
1904-1919

Box 2: folder 3
Note:

See also Helen Hopekirk

Correspondence to FHJ from Sally Winter
1943

Box 2: folder 3
Correspondence to FHJ from Chris. A. Wolf
1902

Box 2: folder 3
Correspondence to FHJ (names unclear or incomplete)


Box 2: folder 4
Correspondence to Mrs. Andrews from David Bispham
1898

Box 2: folder 5
Correspondence to S.L. Warner from John Spencer Camp
1901

Box 2: folder 5
Correspondence to Mr. Welsh from F.W. Cheney
1901

Box 2: folder 5
Correspondence to Mr. Editor from W. D. Mackenzie
1905

Box 2: folder 5
Correspondence to Rose Johnson from Amy Pope
1944

Box 2: folder 5
Correspondence to I. Philipp from Camille Saint-Saens
1921

Box 2: folder 5
Correspondence to Archibald Welch from S.L. Warner
1901

Box 2: folder 5
Drawing in crayon (unsigned)
1944?

Box 2: folder 6
Hartford Philharmonic Society: handwritten notes, printed brochures, invitations, membership lists, etc.
1901-1902

Box 2: folder 7
Hartford School of Music: minutes from board meetings
1944

Box 2: folder 8
Memoir of Helen Hopekirk by Josephine F. Allen (Mrs. B.P. Clark)
1885

Box 2: folder 9
Music programs, fliers


Box 2: folder 10
Newspaper clippings


Box 2: folder 11
Notes by FHJ
1944?

Box 2: folder 12
Photographs



David Bispham
n.d.

Box 2: folder 13
Frederica Mitchell
1944

Box 2: folder 13

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