MacDowell, Marian, 1857-1956

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Philanthropist, musician, and cofounder of the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, N.H. Born Marian Griswold Nevins; married composer Edward MacDowell (1861-1908) in 1884.

From the description of Marian MacDowell papers, 1876-1969 (bulk 1908-1938). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70979848

Biographical Note

  • 1857, Nov. 22: Born, New York, N.Y.
  • 1880 - 1884 : Studied piano under Edward A. MacDowell, Conservatory, Darmstadt, Germany
  • 1884: Married Edward A. MacDowell (died 1908)
  • 1895: Purchased farm in Peterborough, N.H.
  • 1896 - 1904 : New York, N.Y. New York City Chelsea New York New York, N.Y. New York City Chelsea New York Resided in New York, N.Y., where Edward A. MacDowell taught music at Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
  • 1907: Founded, with others, the MacDowell Colony,Peterborough, N.H.
  • 1908 - 1947 : Executive director, Edward MacDowell Association
  • 1910 - 1938 : United States United States Canada Canada Toured the United States and Canada raising funds to support the colony
  • 1930: Mus. D., University of New Hampshire,Durham, N.H.
  • 1938: Litt. D., New Jersey State College for Women,New Brunswick, N.J.
  • 1939: Litt. D., Middlebury College,Middlebury, Vt.
  • 1940: Received Pettee Medal, University of New Hampshire,Durham, N.H.
  • 1941: Received Henry Hadley Medal for outstanding service to music
  • 1952, Aug. 15: Marian MacDowell Day, Peterborough, N.H.
  • 1956, Aug. 23: Died, Los Angeles, Calif.

From the guide to the Marian MacDowell Papers, 1876-1969, (bulk 1908-1938), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Daniels, Mabel W. (Mabel Wheeler), 1878-1971. Papers, 1884-1971 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn George Pierce Baker papers, 1878-1958 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Kelley, Eliot M. Autograph letter signed Eliot M. Kelley to: "My Dear Mr. Fullerton" August 30, 1925. Wellesley College
creatorOf Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. Ellen Van Volkenburg-Maurice Browne general correspondence, 1911- University of Michigan
referencedIn A.P. Schmidt Company. A.P. Schmidt Company archives, 1869-1958 (bulk 1895-1920). Library of Congress
referencedIn Papers of the Howe-Richards family, 1840-1950. Houghton Library.
creatorOf MacDowell Colony. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1936. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Beals, Jessie Tarbox. Photographs, 1896-1941 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Bruno David Ussher collection of photographs, Bulk, 1922-1935, 1892-1957 USC Libraries Special Collections
creatorOf Selvon, Samuel. Papers, 1946-1975. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, N.H.). MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, N.H.) records, 1869-1970 (bulk 1945-1968). Library of Congress
referencedIn Armstrong, Florence A., 1885-1962. Papers, 1901-1961 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Correspondence from the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation Collection, 1894-1953, (bulk 1920-1953) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Beach, H. H. A., Mrs., 1867-1944. Letters of Amy Beach, 1917, 1922. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Marian MacDowell Papers, 1876-1969, (bulk 1908-1938) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Kilmer, Joyce, 1886-1918. Papers of Joyce Kilmer, 1910-1941 (bulk 1911-1918). Library of Congress
referencedIn Sykes, Gerald, 1903-. Papers, ca. 1921-1984. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Photographs, 1896-1941, n.d. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Papers, 1884-1971 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn E. Robert Schmitz Papers, 1909-1991 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Papers, 1904-1955 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn The Love Family Papers, 1850-1960 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Schwab, Arnold T. Arnold T. Schwab collection, 1876-1988 (bulk 1929-1955). Library of Congress
referencedIn Papers, 1806-1973 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Perlis, Vivian. Video collection : [oral history], 1955-1991 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Starbuck, Walter F. Walter F. Starbuck collection, 1894-1940 [microform]. New England Conservatory of Music, Harriet M. Spaulding Library
referencedIn Anita Weschler Papers, 1902-1989, 1924-1960 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Shaw, Thomas Shuler, 1906-. [Correspondence with Thomas S. Shaw about Mary E. Wilkins Freeman : responses to requests for information for his biography of her, Nineteenth century Puritan], [1931-1932] Library of Congress
referencedIn Jessie Tarbox Beals Photograph Collection, [1900-1940] (Bulk 1904-1920) @ 2011 New-York Historical Society
creatorOf MacDowell, Marian, 1857-1956. Marian MacDowell papers, 1876-1969 (bulk 1908-1938). Library of Congress
referencedIn Gilbert, Henry F. B. (Henry Franklin Belknap), 1868-1928. The Henry Gilbert papers, 1821-1980 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn MacDowell Colony Records, 1869-1970, (bulk 1945-1968) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Richard Aldrich papers, 1842-1956 (inclusive), 1883-1938 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Atkins, Irene Kahn, 1922-. Major figures in American music [M-R] : [oral history]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Starbuck, Walter F. Walter F. Starbuck collection, 1894-1940. New England Conservatory of Music, Harriet M. Spaulding Library
creatorOf Hadden-Alexander, Stella. Papers, 1898-1935. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn MacDowell Colony collection, 1932-1957. Arizona State University Libraries
creatorOf Nash, Frances, 1890-1971. Scrapbooks compiled by Frances Nash, [manuscript] ca.1914-ca.1949. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Matteson, Maurice. Maurice Matteson papers, 1901-1972. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Ussher, Bruno David. Bruno David Ussher collection of photographs, 1892-1957 (bulk 1922-1935). University of Southern California, USC Libraries
referencedIn Manton, Robert W., 1894-1967. Edward MacDowell collection, 1880-1967. UNH Durham, Dimond Library
referencedIn Samuel Selvon Papers TXRC96-A44., 1946-1975 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. Ellen Van Volkenburg-Maurice Browne general correspondence, 1911- University of Michigan
referencedIn MacDowell, Edward, 1860-1908. Edward and Marian MacDowell collection, 1861-1960 (bulk 1900-1956). Library of Congress
referencedIn Erskine, John, 1879-1951. John Erskine papers, [ca. 1890]-1951. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Channing, Grace Ellery, 1862-1937. Papers, 1806-1973 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Lawrence Gilman papers, 1886-1971, 1913-1939 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Love family. The Love family papers, 1850-1960 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Ryan, Agnes, 1878-1954. Papers, 1904-1955 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Mellichamp, Nell V. Nell V. Mellichamp papers, 1868-1981. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf MacDowell, Marian, 1857-1956. Letters, 1915-1924. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Darlington Music Club (Darlington, S.C.). Records, 1921-1954. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf MacDowell, Marian, 1857-1956. Autograph letter signed M. MacDowell to: "dear Mr. Fullerton" August 27, 1925. Wellesley College
referencedIn The Henry Gilbert Papers, 1821-1980 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Channing, Grace Ellery, 1862-1937. Additional papers of Grace Ellery Channing, 1884-1976 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn The Moldenhauer Archives at Harvard University: Correspondence, literary manuscripts, sound recordings, and other material, 1873-2001. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Cox-McCormack, Nancy, 1885-1967. Nancy Cox-McCormack papers, 1911-1965. Tennessee State Library & Archives, TSLA
referencedIn Gilbert, Henry F. B. (Henry Franklin Belknap), 1868-1928. The Henry Gilbert papers, 1821-1980 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Resse, Elizabeth Woodbridge Phelps Pearsall, ca. 1838-1924. Elizabeth Woodbridge Phelps Pearsall Resse papers 1880-1924. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf MacDowell, Marian, 1857-1956. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1955. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Gerald Sykes Papers, ca. 1921-1984 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Wattles, Willard Austin, 1888-1950. Papers of Willard A. Wattles, 1917-1924. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Peixotto, Ernest C., 1869-1940. Ernest Peixotto papers, ca.1888-1947. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn The Moldenhauer Archives at Harvard University: Correspondence, literary manuscripts, sound recordings, and other material, 1873-2001. Houghton Library.
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Agnes Ryan, 1878-1954 person
associatedWith Aldrich, Richard, 1863-1937 person
correspondedWith A.P. Schmidt Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Armstrong, Florence A., 1885-1962. person
associatedWith Baker, George Pierce, 1866-1935 person
associatedWith Beach, H. H. A., Mrs., 1867-1944. person
associatedWith Beals, Jessie Tarbox. person
correspondedWith Brooks, Van Wyck, 1886-1963 person
associatedWith Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. person
associatedWith Channing, Grace Ellery, 1862-1937. person
correspondedWith Coolidge, Elizabeth Sprague, 1864-1953 person
correspondedWith Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990 person
associatedWith Cox-McCormack, Nancy, 1885-1967. person
associatedWith Daniels, Mabel W. (Mabel Wheeler), 1878-1971. person
associatedWith Darlington Music Club (Darlington, S.C.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945 person
associatedWith Edward MacDowell Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Edward MacDowell Association. Edward MacDowell Association records. corporateBody
associatedWith E. Robert Schmitz person
associatedWith Erskine, John, 1879-1951. person
correspondedWith French, Daniel Chester, 1850-1931 person
associatedWith Fullerton, Hugh S. (Hugh Stuart), 1873-1945. person
correspondedWith Garland, Hamlin, 1860-1940 person
associatedWith Gilbert, Henry F. B. (Henry Franklin Belknap), 1868-1928. person
associatedWith Gilman, Lawrence, 1878-1939 person
associatedWith GRACE ELLERY (CHANNING) STETSON, 1862-1937 person
correspondedWith Guglielmi, O. Louis (Osvaldo Louis), 1906-1956 person
associatedWith Hadden-Alexander, Stella. person
correspondedWith Hagedorn, Hermann, 1882-1964 person
correspondedWith Heyward, DuBose, 1885-1940 person
correspondedWith Howe family. family
associatedWith JESSIE TARBOX BEALS, 1870-1942 person
associatedWith Kelley, Eliot M. person
associatedWith Kilmer, Joyce, 1886-1918. person
associatedWith Love family. family
associatedWith Lucy Prindle Love and Helen Love Scranton person
associatedWith MacDowell Colony. corporateBody
associatedWith MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, N.H.) corporateBody
associatedWith MacDowell, Edward, 1860-1908. person
correspondedWith MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982 person
associatedWith Manton, Robert W., 1894-1967. person
correspondedWith Matteson, Maurice. person
correspondedWith Mellichamp, Nell V. person
correspondedWith Moldenhauer, Hans, collector. person
associatedWith Nash, Frances, 1890-1971. person
associatedWith Peixotto, Ernest C., 1869-1940. person
associatedWith Resse, Elizabeth Woodbridge Phelps Pearsall, ca. 1838-1924. person
associatedWith Richardson, Nina Maud. person
associatedWith Richardson, Nina Maud. Nina Maud Richardson papers. person
correspondedWith Robinson, Edwin Arlington, 1869-1935 person
associatedWith Rugg, Harold Goddard, 1883-1957. person
associatedWith Ryan, Agnes, 1878-1954. person
correspondedWith Saint-Gaudens, Augustus, 1848-1907 person
associatedWith Schwab, Arnold T. person
associatedWith Selvon, Samuel person
associatedWith Selvon, Samuel. person
correspondedWith Shaw, Thomas Shuler, 1906- person
correspondedWith Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968 person
correspondedWith Starbuck, Walter F. person
associatedWith Sykes, Gerald, 1903- person
correspondedWith Untermeyer, Jean Starr, 1886-1970 person
associatedWith Ussher, Bruno David. person
associatedWith Wattles, Willard Austin, 1888-1950. person
associatedWith Weschler, Anita person
correspondedWith Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New Hampshire--Peterborough
Subject
Artist colonies
Artist colonies--New Hampshire--Peterborough
Occupation
Musicians
Philanthropists
Function

Person

Birth 1857-11-22

Death 1956-08-23

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