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GARDEN, Mary (1874-1967)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1249 MS 6877
Held at: Royal College of Music
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Full title: GARDEN, Mary (1874-1967)
Date(s): c1907
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 5 items
Name of creator(s): Garden | Mary | 1874-1967 | American soprano


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born Aberdeen in 1874; trained in Chicago and Paris; a leading operatic soprano in the 1900s, renowned for her operatic performances in France, particularly at the Opera-Comique. For further details see Grove Dictionary of Music.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Mary Garden, comprising three undated letters (c1900-1910) and a thankyou card, one letter including her programme for a proposed concert; contract for her performance as Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande at the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels, Belgium, Jan 1907.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Usual conditions of the Library of the Royal College of Music apply. See the RCM website or contact the RCM Library for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying is permitted at the discretion of the Archivist for research purposes only.

Finding aids:

The collection is catalogued in the 'Provisional catalogue of letters in the RCM library' by J Kersey, 1997, vol 1. An entry is also given in the supplement to volume 3 of the Manuscripts catalogue in the library of the Royal College of Music.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquired by the RCM from the family, 1964.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Portraits Department, Royal College of Music, holds notebooks, photographs, letters and original typescript of Garden's autobiography.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Robert Baxter as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project. Source: Grove Dictionary of Music.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Nov 2001

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