Women in the music trade
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject HeadingsScope Note: Papers of women musicians in the early to mid 20th century, and the papers and records of feminists in the music industry and feminist music organizations in the late 20th century.
Found in 23 Collections and/or Records:
Overview The collection documents the history of Woman Sound (later City Sound Productions), the first all-woman sound company founded by Sandstrom and her partner, Casse Culver, in 1975. It is comprised of correspondence, financial records, legal documents, tax records, and general office files. The collection also includes research materials for Sandstrom's dissertation.
Dates: 1941 - 2017
Overview Born June 19, 1935 to a Southern Baptist family, Carolyn McDade is a feminist, a writer of women's music, and self-described activist. The collection includes personal and professional papers, including correspondence, music, writing, and organizational documents.
Dates: 1940 - 2014
Overview Composer and co-founder of music schools. Musical scores and recordings make up a large portion of the collection. Dushkin's diaries, kept from age 15 to 84, are highly detailed and personal and reflect a dual life as professional composer and family caretaker. Winnetka and Kinhaven music schools are documented by correspondence, writings, and photographs. Correspondents include Jessie Lloyd O'Connor, Caroline Bedell Thomas, and musician Nadia Boulanger.
Overview Pianist; Musician. Scrapbooks contain many photographs, memorabilia, clippings and biographical and genealogical information; correspondence, including letters written while the Boughtons lived in China from 1913 to 1915; and diaries, including Florence Ada Cross's diary from 1901, when she was 15.
Dates: 1883-1982; Majority of material found within 1900-1920
Overview Composer and pianist. The papers focus mainly on Lockshin's musical compositions and include scores; recordings of performances; plus files of correspondence, publicity and memorabilia related to performances of her work. There are also a series of unpublished poems written by Lockshin in her later life. Materials include writings, speech notes, correspondence, musical scores, and audio recordings.
Collection — Box 1
Overview Oral history transcript of Regina Berger Lederer, a soprano soloist with the Vienna Opera who fled Vienna in 1939, after the Nazi invasion. She resumed her singing career in New York City and later worked for a knitting firm. Includes biographical notes, obituary, eulogies, and photocopies of photographs.
Overview Teacher; Musician; Music administrator. Papers include correspondence, diaries, memorabilia, speeches, writings, sheet music, photographs, and subject files on women in music. There are also a large number of files on organizations and conferences (primarily music-related), including the Music School of the Henry Street Settlement, the International Music Council of UNESCO, and the International Council of Women and National Council of Women.
Dates: 1795-1974; Majority of material found within 1935-1954
Overview Opera singer and teacher. Raskin made her professional debut on both the stage and television, specializing in Schubert, Mozart, Lieder and Yiddish songs. The bulk of the Raskin papers focus on her professional life, and include publicity, reviews, programs, and taped recordings of performances. Personal materials include correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks and diaries, primarily from her years as a student at Smith College. Notable correspondents include Beverly Sills, Eugene Ormandy, and...
Dates: 1911 - 2000
Collection — Multiple Containers
Overview The collection contains scrapbooks documenting the the Kansas City Womyn's Chorus' events, gatherings, and performances, and music scores. The Kansas City Womyn's Chorus was founded as a diverse group of women for the purpose of singing non-sexist music and to "share, celebrate, and build women's culture."
Overview Kay Louise Gardner was born on Long Island, New York. Gardner was committed to making and promoting women's music, and was a founding member of the feminist lesbian band, Lavender Jane (1972), and of Women With Wings, a sacred singing circle. She also founded and recorded works with the New England Women's Symphony, in addition to being a prolific composer and recording artist in her own right. Her papers include musical scores, vinyl phonograph discs, audiotapes, videocassettes by Gardner,...
Overview Singer. This small collection of Marian Anderson's papers includes primarily keepsakes and correspondence sent to Anderson between 1944 and 1959. The keepsakes include newspaper clippings in several languages sent to her by fans, commemorative photographs and dedications made in her honor while on tour. The collection documents her wide range of interests and contributions to world peace and understanding.
Overview Marianne Robinson's letters, photographs, poetry, correspondence, and even invoices are fantastic primary sources for topics of the labor and women's movement, folk music, single motherhood, and activism. Her correspondence with Woody Guthrie might be of special interest.
Overview First held in 1976 in Oceana County, Michigan, the Michigan Womyn's Musical Festival (also known as MichFest or MWMF) was entirely staffed, built, attended, and run by women. The collection contains festival programs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and memorabilia.
Dates: 1977 - 2015
Overview Musicians; Women's music organization. Includes materials for the first 30 years for women's music organization from Cincinnati, Ohio. Grant applications, organizational periodicals, and administrative papers. Also included are DVDs and audio CDs of performances as well as CDs with photographs of MUSE members. [NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]
Dates: 1983 - 2013
Overview 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.
Dates: 1848-2003; Majority of material found within 1930s-1980
Overview Opera singer and Director, Metropolitan Opera National Company. Collection primarily documents Stevens's administrative roles in the Metropolitan Opera Company and in the National Endowment for the Arts and includes correspondence, speeches, interviews, scripts, fan mail, photographs, music notebooks, concert scores, memorabilia, and artwork.
Overview The collection contains the personal and professional papers of Ronnie Gilbert, singer, playwright, psychotherapist, narrator of numerous documentary films, feminist, and global peace worker. Also includes extensive audiovisual materials documenting concerts, albums, and interviews with Ronnie Gilbert and others.
Overview Women's music organization. Collection documents the activities of the Sister Singers Network, primarily at music festivals, as well as each member group. Types of material include correspondence, programs, publicity and directories.
Dates: 1981 - 2011
Overview Sophie Drinker was a historian and musicologist. Papers primarily relate to Drinker's work on the history of women and music, and her promotion of choral singing by women. Types of materials include correspondence, research, and writings for her books Brahms and His Women's Choruses (1952), and Music and Women: The Story of Women in Their Relation to Music (1948). Of particular interest are the songbooks, or stimmenhefte, which...
Dates: 1859-1990; Majority of material found within 1935-1966
Overview Music producer; Feminist; Peace activist; Artist; co-founder of the groundbreaking record label Kill Rock Stars, in Olympia, WA, and later the all-girl record label, Villa Villakula. The papers include materials pertaining to Tinúviel's feminist music recording and distribution company; recordings by girls and women; newspapers, magazines, zines, correspondence, and a small amount of writings by Tinúviel.
Overview The Women of Rock Oral History Project documents the lives and careers of women in rock who have been underrepresented or omitted from rock journalism and historical scholarship. The project, created and managed by Tanya Pearson, seeks to facilitate a more comprehensive cultural history, by women, for women and gender non-conforming individuals who have historically been silenced or overlooked as a result of their gender.
Overview The Women's Music Archives records and collected music consists of bibliographies, biographical sketches, clippings, correspondence, flyers, newsletters, photographs, posters, publicity materials, songbooks, sound recordings, videotapes, and memorabilia. The bulk of the collection dates from 1975 to 1995 and consists of live and studio-produced recordings by women musicians and of women's music festivals, retreats, and conferences. There is also a significant amount of papers documenting the...
Overview Zelie De Lussan was an opera singer. Papers include biographical information; photographs; notebooks; concert programs and scrapbooks, including material from performances before Queen Victoria; correspondence; and posters.
Dates: 1863 - 1949