Music collection, 1840s-1980 (ongoing) (bulk 1930-80).


Music collection, 1840s-1980 (ongoing) (bulk 1930-80).

This collection contains material that documents a wide variety of women's participation in the broad field of music from the 1840s to 1980. Types of material include articles, books, brochures, catalogs, concert programs, interviews, leaflets, musical scores, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, photographs, publicity, recordings and songbooks. The bulk of the collection documents contributions of women musicians to the field after 1930. There is a significant amount of material related to classical musicians such as Nadia Boulanger, Sarah Caldwell, Emmy Destinn, Frederique Petrides, Olga Samaroff Stowkowski, Beverly Sills, Kirsten Flagstad, and a substantial amount of material on singer Geraldine Farrar. Women folk musicians represented include Malvina Reynolds and Mary Travers. Also included are early women's liberation rock bands (1960s-70s); and material on pioneers of feminist "women's music" including Holly Near, Meg Christian, Alix Dobkin and Margie Adam; as well as feminist recording companies, Redwood Records and Olivia Records. A few 19th century items include a "juvenile singing book" (1853); biographical articles and clippings on singers such as Lillie Greenough, Henriette Sontag, and Jenny Lind, and on women composers such as Amy Beach.

3 linear ft. (7 boxes; 2 volumes; oversize materials)


SNAC Resource ID: 7608953

Smith College, Neilson Library

Related Entities

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Dobkin, Alix, 1940-2021 (person)

Lesbian singer, songwriter, and activist, Alix Cecil Dobkin was born in New York City on August 16, 1940, to Bill and Martha Kunstlich Dobkin. She lived in Washington, D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, and Kansas City, Missouri, before returning to Philadelphia at age 16. There she graduated in 1958 from Germantown High School and in 1962 from the Tyler School of Fine Arts at Temple University, where she studied painting. Dobkin's parents were members of the Communist Party, and s...

Sills, Beverly (person)

American soprano. From the description of Signature, dated : [n.p., 1975?], 1975?. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270967653 From the description of Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Sept. 9, 1978 [sound recording]. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155862081 American singer. From the description of Autograph card signed : [New York], to Edward Wagenknecht, [1976 Jan. 12]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270867185 Epith...

Near, Holly (person)

Holly Near, singer, songwriter, activist, and author, was born in Ukiah, California, in 1949, the daughter of Anne (Holmes) and Russell Near. She grew up on her parents' cattle ranch in Potter Valley, California, and began performing at age 7, singing at local events and conventions. Near was involved with acting and music at Ukiah High School. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she majored in drama. During her studies at UCLA, Near auditioned for the Free the Army Sho...

Raitt, Bonnie (person)

Destinnová, Ema, 1878-1930 (person)

Reynolds, Malvina (person)

Adam, Margie (person)

Petrides, Frédérique, 1903-1983 (person)

Sophia Smith collection (corporateBody)

Travers, Mary, 1936-2009 (person)

Boulanger, Nadia, 1887-1979 (person)

French composer and music teacher. From the description of [Letter] 1977 October 27 [to] Dear Mr. Wilson 1977. (Bowling Green State University). WorldCat record id: 755584222 Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) was a Parisian composer, music teacher and conductor. From the description of Nadia Boulanger American music scores, 1925-1937 and undated. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612769739 French composer and composition teacher. From the d...

Christian, Meg (person)

Beach, H.H.A. Mrs (person)

Dedicated to Madame Teresa Carreño. First performance Music Hall, Boston, 6 April 1900, Boston Symphony, William Gericke conductor, the composer as soloist.--Cf. Fleisher Collection. From the description of Concerto : for pianoforte and orchestra, op. 45 / by Mrs. H.H.A. Beach. [19--?] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 43256910 American composer. From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p., London?, n.d.], to Stanley K. Faye at t...

Flagstad, Kirsten, 1895-1962 (person)

Flagstad was a Norwegian soprano who achieved international recognition with her Metropolitan Opera debut on February 2, 1935. From the description of Kirsten Flagstad collection of noncommercial recordings [sound recording], 1935-1960. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 123527574 From the guide to the Kirsten Flagstad collection of noncommercial recordings [sound recording], 1935-1960, (The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded So...

Redwood Records (corporateBody)

Lind, Jenny (person)

Swedish singer. From the description of Autograph letters signed : Oak Lea, Wimbledon Park, S.W., to Arthur Sullivan, 1883 Feb. 11, and 9 incompletely dated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270125245 Swedish soprano. From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Mannheim Dec. 7 1846, to an unidentified recipient, 1846 Dec. 7. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270667419 From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : London Apr. 27 1874, t...

Farrar, Geraldine (person)

American soprano. From the description of Autograph note signed, dated : [n.p.], 1961, to [Joseph Chouinard?], 1961. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270913139 From the description of Autograph letters signed (2), dated : Ridgefield, Conn., 31 January 1934 and New York [n.d., 1934], to H[arry] H[arkness] Flagler, 1934 Jan. 31 and [n.d. 1934]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270576719 From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Ridgefield, Conn., 28 August ...

Olivia Records, Inc. (corporateBody)

Hegermann-Lindencrone, L. de (Lillie de), 1844-1928 (person)