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Guide to the Jenny Lind Collection, 1835-1919
Special Collections M0076  
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    Title: Jenny Lind Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1835-1919
    Collection number: Special Collections M0076
    Creator: Lind, Jenny and
    Creator/Collector: Goldschmidt, Otto
    Extent: 2 linear feet
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

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    Mrs. Frank Waters

    Acquisition Information:

    Formerly in the possession of Mrs. Frank Waters, a great grand-daughter of Miss Lind. Sold to a dealer who in turn sold it to Mr. Samuel Stark. Mr. Stark gave it to Stanford in the summer of 1963.

    Publication rights:

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] Jenny Lind Collection, M0076, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    Jenny Lind, born Johanna Maria Lind in Stockholm, Sweden, 6 October 1820, was an operatic and oratorio soprano who made her debut in Stockholm in 1838. Her final opera appearance was in 1849. In 1850 she toured the United States with P. T. Barnum and in 1852 married her accompaniest, Otto Goldschmidt. Lind and her husband lived in Dresden, Germany and from 1856 on, in England. She died 2 November 1887.


    This collection contains correspondence (1835-1919), financial papers, musical compositions, and other papers. Included are published and unpublished biographical material about Miss Lind, a manuscript copy of her contract with P. T. Barnum (1849), scores used by her in concerts and dedication pieces of contemporary composers, an autobiographical sketch of Otto Goldschmidt, papers pertaining to his composition "Ruth" and his work with the Bach Choir of London, manuscripts of his musical compositions, and compositions by Julius Benedict (1804-1885), Niels W. Gade (1817-1890), Adolf F. Lindblad (1801-1878), and Karl Reinecke (1824-1910).