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Series IX. Programs, Press Clippings and Other Print Matter, 1859-1942, inclusive

Scope and Contents

The series holds programs and press clippings, primarily related to the career of Emma Thursby. Clippings also relate to her death, the publication of Richard McCandless Gipson's biography of Thursby, and fashion exhibitions held at N-YHS and at Bonwit Teller in connection with the book's release.


The series is arranged roughly by format.

Processing Information

The documents in this collection, though received in the 1940s with the rest of the collection, were not originally cataloged or inventoried with it. These documents were added to the finding aid and catalog record in April 2022 by archivist Larry Weimer.

Programs, 1866-1878, inclusive

Offsite-Box: 17 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Programs, 1879-1882, inclusive

Offsite-Box: 18 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Programs, 1883-1908, inclusive

Offsite-Box: 19 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Press notices [Clippings] (2 volumes), 1859-1886, inclusive

Offsite-Box: 20 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Press notices [Clippings] (2 volumes), 1886-1937, inclusive

Offsite-Box: 21 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Press notices [Clippings] (2 volumes), 1877-1891, inclusive

Offsite-Box: 22 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Various documents, 1847-1942, inclusive

Offsite-Box: 23 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Scope and Contents

This box holds the following:

* A copy of Richard McCandless Gipson's "Life of Emma Thursby," slipcased, inscribed by Gipson to Roger [Wentworth], 1940.

* Scrapbook re: "Dedication of the Emma Cecilia Thursby Memorial Hall, Cocoa, Florida, February 21, 1942."

* Various biographical sketches, programs, pictorial works, circa 1879-1931.

* Scrapbook of clippings, inscribed to Thursby as "a souvenir of Boston and the Triennial Festival" from A. Parker Browne, May 31, 1877.

* Many letters and postcards of acknowledgement from various libraries re: the copy of Gipson's book donated to them by Ina Thursby, 1942.

* "The Opera Chorus Book" by Edward L. White and John E. Gould, 1847. Cover embossed "John B. Thursby."

* Calling cards, business cards, small notes, invitations, circa 1879 and later, most undated.

Clippings, 1894-1930s, inclusive

Offsite-Box: 24 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Scope and Contents

This box holds:

* Packets of loose clippings, some noted as duplicates, mostly concerning Thursby's death and post-mortem 1941 fashion show at Bonwit Teller.

* Loose clippings and ephemera labeled "Pupils."

* "A singer's story." A series of articles by Clara Louise Kellogg-Strakorsch published in the Saturday Evening Post, 1913.

* 2 accordion files of clippings, labelled: "Music and Musicians" and "Misc People and Things." circa 1900s-1930s.

* Scrapbook of clippings principally concerning Mrs. Milward Adams, of Chicago, an advocate of voice training for women, 1894-98.

Press notices re: Gipson's "Life of Emma Thursby" and related (2 volumes), 1938-1942, inclusive

Offsite-Box: 25 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Scope and Contents

2 volumes:

1) One was a gift of Richard M. Gipson, March 19, 1948. This volume has clippings about the book and a related dress exhibition at N-YHS, ephemera related to the book's release, and photographs of the related fashion exhibition at Bonwit Teller.

2) The second volume was embossed as belonging to Ina Thursby. It was donated by her estate, February 1, 1944. This album principally holds clippings about Gipson's book and the fashion exhibitions.

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