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Music Collection, 1848-2003 (Bulk: 1930s-1980)
9 boxes, 2 volumes, phonograph records (3.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 409

Abstract:
Documents a wide variety of women's participation in the broad field of music. Material consists of books, catalogs, concert programs, interviews (both written and recorded), musical scores, printed material, photographs, publicity, recordings and songbooks. Contains biographical material on well-known women singers and composers (both classical and popular). Includes the women's liberation rock bands and folk music of the late 1960s and early 1970s, as well as feminist recording companies.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy all copyright holders. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection contains material that documents a wide variety of women's participation in the broad field of music from the 1840s to 1980. The material consists of articles, books, brochures, catalogs, concert programs, interviews (both written and recorded), leaflets, musical scores, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, photographs, publicity, recordings and songbooks. There are a few items in the collection that date from the nineteenth century including some rather unique items such as a "juvenile singing book" dating from 1853. More typically the nineteenth century material includes biographical articles and newspaper clippings about well-known women singers of the period such as Lillie Greenough and Henriette Sontag, and women composers such as Amy Beach. The most significant of this material relates to internationally known singer Jenny Lind, and especially to the years she spent in Northampton during the 1840s. Included in the Lind material are articles, copies of correspondence, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, concert programs and photographs.

Most of the material in this collection documents the contributions of women musicians to the field after 1930. There is a significant amount of biographical material related to classical musicians such as Nadia Boulanger, Sarah Caldwell, Emmy Destinn, Frederique Petrides, Olga Samaroff Stowkowski, Beverly Sills, Geraldine Farrar, and Kirsten Flagstad. There is also a large amount of material in the collection that documents the achievements and influence of more recent women musicians including folk musicians Malvina Reynolds and Mary Travers; the women's liberation rock bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s; and the early pioneers of feminist "women's music" such as Holly Near, Meg Christian, Alix Dobkin and Margie Adam; as well as feminist recording companies, Redwood Records and Olivia Records.

This collection is organized as follows:


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

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy all copyright holders. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

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

Music Collection, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Music Collection is an on-going collection comprised of materials that were either purchased or given to the Sophia Smith Collection by various donors.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in the finding aid.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised in 2002 by Gayla Spaulding, intern. Introductory text by Kate Weigand. Updated 2006 and 2015.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

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

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
GENERAL

[see also Oversize Materials]




General



Women in music, general,
1890s-1990s, n.d.

Box 1: folder 1-3
"A Study of New England Women Composers in the" by Victoria J. O'Reilly
1880s and 1890s,

Box 1: folder 4
"Women in Music History: A Research Guide" by Jeannie G. Pool,
1977

Box 1: folder 5
"The Women Troubadours" by Megin Bogin,
1976

Box 1: folder 6
Association of Women's Music and Culture (AWMAC),
1990-95

Box 1: folder 7
Catalogs


Box 1
General,
1975-77, n.d.

Box 1: folder 8
Ladyslipper, Inc.,
1980-89

Box 1: folder 9
Meridian Distributors, Inc.,
1988

Box 1: folder 10
Composers



General,
1925-73, n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
Women Composers: A Handbook, by Susan Stern,
1978

Box 1: folder 12
Conductors,
1930, 1978, n.d.

Box 1: folder 13
Directories,
1982, 1991, 1992

Box 1: folder 14
Feminist musicians, "Women's Music"



General,
1970-77, n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
Transcripts of interviews with Holly Near, Meg Christian, Margie Adam, Susan Freundlich, and Rosemary Schonfeld: interviews and transcripts by Laura Koplewitz,
1976-80

Box 2: folder 2
Tapes of interviews,
1975-79, n.d.

Box 2: folder 3
"Radical Harmonies," film by Dee Mosbacher, DVD,
2002

Box 2: folder 4
Festivals and conferences,
1976-2015, n.d.

Box 2: folder 5
Opera: Patience and Sarah: A Pioneering Love Story, based on the novel by Isabel Miller, libretto by Wende Persons, Piano/Vocal Score by Paula M. Kimper,
1998

Box 2: folder 6
Orchestras



General,
1925, 1979

Box 2: folder 7
The Women's Philharmonic,
1992-2003

Box 2: folder 8
Periodicals

[see also Oversize Materials]




Curve, Music issue,
1997, 2001

Box 2: folder 9
Deneuve the Lesbian Magazine cover stories on Indigo Girls and Ani DiFranco,
Feb 1994, Feb 1995

Box 2: folder 10
Femme musique,
Nov/Dec 1994

Box 2: folder 11
Forté: a bold, new direction in music, Vol. 1-4
1984-87

Box 2A: folder 1-2
Musica: A Newsletter About Women in Music and the Music in Women,
1974-79

Box 2A: folder 3
Sing Out!,
Jan/Feb 1971

Box 2A: folder 4
Rock musicians and bands,
1971-2015

Box 2A: folder 5
Songbooks,
1971-79

Box 2A: folder 6
"The Together Sound Book" compiled by Margot McFedries,
1977

Box 2A: folder 7
BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS



Miscellaneous,
1858-2002, n.d.

Box 2B: folder 1
Amara, Lucine,
1979

Box 2B: folder 2
Barbieri, Fedora,
1975

Box 2B: folder 3
Beach, Amy, and Mercy Cheney,
1913-74

Box 2B: folder 4
Belmont, Eleanor Robson,
1960-69

Box 2B: folder 5
Bergen, Charlotte,
1978

Box 2B: folder 6
Bond, Carrie Jacobs

[see Oversize Materials]



Box 2B
Boulanger, Nadia,
1958-62, n.d.

Box 2B: folder 7
Brico, Antonia,
1935-77

Box 2B: folder 8
Caldwell, Sarah,
1971-78

Box 2B: folder 9
Coolidge, Elizabeth Sprague,
n.d.

Box 2B: folder 10
Coolidge, Margaret,
1981

Box 2B: folder 11
Crosby, Fanny,
1906-07, n.d.

Box 2B: folder 12
Dale, Clamma,
1977

Box 2B: folder 13
de los Angeles, Victoria,
1978

Box 2B: folder 14
Dessoff, Margarete,
1906

Box 2B: folder 15
Destinn, Emmy
n.d.

Box 2B: folder 16
Dobbs, Mattiwilda,
1956, n.d.

Box 2B: folder 17
Dwyer, Doriot Anthony,
1952-79

Box 2B: folder 18
Ewing, Maria,
1979

Box 2B: folder 19
Farrar, Geraldine [see box 3]


Box 2B
Field, Lucille,
1990

Box 2B: folder 20
Fischer, Annie, circa,
1982

Box 2B: folder 21
Flagstad, Kirsten [see boxes 4-7]


Box 2B
Garrison, Lucy McKim,
1963

Box 2B: folder 22
Gipps, Ruth (conductor/composer),
1962-67, n.d.

Box 2B: folder 23
Gomme, Florence C. ("Let Me Rock Your Cradle, Mary"),
n.d.

Box 2C: folder 1
Homer, Louise,
1903-40, n.d.

Box 2C: folder 2
Hopekirk, Helen,
1883

Box 2C: folder 3
Horne, Lena,
1950

Box 2C: folder 4
Horne, Marilyn,
1971-79

Box 2C: folder 5
Jessye, Eva,
1976

Box 2C: folder 6
Lang, Margaret Ruthven (composer): obituary,
1972, n.d.

Box 2C: folder 7
Le Fan, Nicola,
1974

Box 2C: folder 8
Lind, Jenny: clippings, pamphlets, letters, and pictures,
1848-1978, n.d.

Box 2C: folder 9-12
Melba, Dame Nellie (Helen Porter Mitchell),
1924

Box 2C: folder 13
Mendelssohn, Fanny,
n.d.

Box 2C: folder 14
Moulton, Mrs. Charles (Lillie Greenough),
1871

Box 2C: folder 15
Patti, Adelina,
1919

Box 2C: folder 16
Petrides, Frederique,
1935-40, n.d.

Box 2C: folder 17
Piazza, Marguerite,
1971

Box 2C: folder 18
Raitt, Bonnie,
1972

Box 2C: folder 19
Reynolds, Malvina,
1974-75

Box 2C: folder 20
Samaroff, Olga (Stokowski),
1939

Box 2C: folder 21
Schenk, Janet,
1976

Box 2C: folder 22
Sills, Beverly,
1969-79

Box 2C: folder 23
Simonata, Giulietta
1959, 1963, n.d.

Box 2C: folder 23a
Simone, Nina,
n.d.

Box 2C: folder 24
Sontag, Henriette,
1852, n.d.

Box 2C: folder 25
Stevens, Doris,
1926

Box 2C: folder 26
Thursby, Emma,
1927-79, n.d.

Box 2C: folder 27
Travers, Mary,
1973

Box 2C: folder 28
Tureck, Rosalyn,
1976

Box 2C: folder 29
Underhill, Isabel

[see Oversize Materials]



Box 2C
Verrett, Shirley,
1970-76

Box 2C: folder 30
Waters, Ethel,
1977

Box 2C: folder 31
Webster, Mary Phillips


Box 2C: folder 32
Farrar, Geraldine


Box 2C
Photographs and clippings,
1882-1967, n.d.

Box 3: folder 1-2
Such Sweet Compulsion
(1938)

Box 3: folder 3
Flagstad, Kirsten

[see also Oversize Materials]



Box 3
Brochure: pictures


Box 4: folder 1
Biographical information and published photographs,
1936-47, n.d.

Box 4: folder 2
Clippings,
1937-50, n.d.

Box 4: folder 3
Programs and concert schedule,
1937-49, n.d.

Box 4: folder 4
Repertoire of operas,
1940-41

Box 4: folder 5
Programs


Box 4
Carnegie Hall,
1936-47, n.d.

Box 4: folder 6
Metropolitan Opera,
1935-40

Box 4: folder 7
Articles (originals and photocopies)


Box 4
1934-37

Box 5: folder 8-15
1938-40

Box 6: folder 16-24
1941-53, n.d.

Box 7: folder 25-30
Articles by Oscar Thompson,
1932-45, n.d.

Box 7: folder 31
Photographs,
1935-47, n.d.

Box 7: folder 32
OVERSIZE MATERIALS



Phonograph records


Box 8
"Song of Ruth," Mary Howe,
n.d.

Box 8
"…And Ain't I a Woman?" New Harmony Sisterhood Band,
1977

Box 8
"Ballad of the ERA," Kristan Leurs,
1977

Box 8
Women's music albums (Chris Williamson and others),
circa 1975-89

Box 8
Calendars


Box 9
The Women's Music Calendar (Cambridge, MA),
1981 and 1982

Box 9
SDB Manitoba "Ain't I a Woman,"
1986

Box 9
Festival Stage 1st annual women's music calendar,
1994

Box 9
Periodicals


Box 9
Bitch: The Women's Rock Newsletter With Bite, #5, #6, #10, #12, #15
Jan/Feb, Mar, July 1986

Box 9
Gay Community News, includng Music Supplement,
6 Jun 1981

Box 9
Jazz Times, Women in Jazz issue,
Aug 1990

Box 9
Kinesis, Vancouver, BC, music and women issues,
1984-87

Box 9
Memorabilia: t-shirt, First Annual Midwest Womyn's Autumnfest,
n.d.

Box 9
Biographical materials: daguerreotype of Jenny Lind and Otto Goldschmidt, D. Wells, Northampton,
1852?

Box 10
Beach, Amy (Mrs. H.H.A.): sheet music,s, n.d.
1900-30

Box F
Bond, Carrie Jacobs, "A Perfect Day" and Isabel Underhill, "The Little Brown Nest,"
n.d.

Box F
Flagstad, Kirsten: photographs, publicity, schedules, newspaper clippings,
1934-53

Box F
Edell, Therese: "Peace Piece for Toni Sr"; mounted,
n.d.

Flat File

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Subjects
  • Adam, Margie
  • Beach, H. H. A., Mrs., 1867-1944
  • Boulanger, Nadia
  • Christian, Meg
  • Destinnova, Ema, 1878-1930
  • Dobkin, Alix
  • Farrar, Geraldine, 1882-1967
  • Flagstad, Kirsten, 1895-1962
  • Hegermann-Lindencrone, L. de (Lillie de), 1844-1928
  • Lind, Jenny, 1820-1887
  • Near, Holly
  • Olivia Records
  • Petrides, Frederique, 1903-1983
  • Raitt, Bonnie
  • Redwood Records
  • Reynolds, Malvina
  • Sills, Beverly
  • Singers--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Songbooks, English--United States
  • Travers, Mary, 1936-
  • Women composers--United States--Sources
  • Women musicians--United States--Sources
  • Women's music--History--Sources
  • Women--Songs and music


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