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Guide to the Bessie Bartlett Frankel Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Biography of Bessie Bartlett Frankel
  • Scope and Contents of the Collection
  • Series Arrangement
  • Related Material
  • Subject Headings

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Bessie Bartlett Frankel Papers
    Creator: Frankel, Bessie Bartlett
    Dates: 1854-1972
    Extent: 16 boxes
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library.
    1090 Columbia Avenue
    Claremont, California 91711
    Abstract: Bessie Herbert (Bartlett) Frankel was a founder of the California Federation of Music Clubs and established the Chamber of Music Series at Scripps College. She was also active in various music organizations in Southern California, such as the Friday Morning Club and Young People Concerts and a founder of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hollywood Community Chorus. The collection consists of photographs, music, and scrapbooks.
    Collection Number: d1959.2
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
    Physical Location: Ella Strong Denison Library, Scripps College, Claremont University Consortium.

    Information for Researchers

    Restrictions on Access

    This collection is open for research with permission from Ella Strong Denison Library staff.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with Scripps College. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact Ella Strong Denison Library staff.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Bessie Bartlett Frankel Papers. Ella Strong Denison Library, Scripps College, Claremont, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Bessie Bartlett Frankel, 1959 or 1967.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Jennifer Bicknell for Archival Studies 311, Claremont Graduate University, Spring 2009.


    No addition to the collection is anticipated.

    Biography of Bessie Bartlett Frankel

    Bessie Bartlett Frankel was born in an unknown year. At home she studied voice, piano and composition and dramatics at the Cumnock School. In 1909, she went to New York to study voice with David Bispham and Herbert Witherspoon. Later she underwent two years of study in Europe, specifically oratorio in England and opera in Italy under Carlo Sbastaino. In 1912 she married Cecil Frankel, an insurance executive associated with Equitable Life and also known to be an accomplished cellist. Mrs. Frankel went on to become a music composer, vocalist, music patron, business executive, and dramatic narrator.
    Her father, Albert Griffith Bartlett, established the Bartlett Music Store, which later became the Southern California Music Company. Her father brought to Los Angeles such well-known musicians as, Adelina Patti, Rosenthal and de Pachmann. Today the Pantages Theater stands where the Bartlett Family's home used to be.
    Throughout her life Bessie Frankel was active in the Arts and was a member of such groups as, the Friday Morning Club, the Women's Committee for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Los Angeles, Young Peoples' Concerts, and many others. She founded the California Federation of Music Clubs and became Vice-President of the National Federation of Music Clubs. She also instituted the Hollywood Community Chorus and in memory of her father, Mrs. Frankel founded the Bartlett-Frankel String Quartet. Having established the Chamber of Music Series at Scripps College, Bessie Bartlett Frankel was made an honorary alumna of the College in 1931. She died in 1959. In her will she left a sizeable gift to Scripps College, which was used to build the Bessie Bartlett Frankel and Cecil Frankel Hall.

    Scope and Contents of the Collection

    Collection contains scrapbooks, photographs, notebooks, postcards, correspondence, music, compositions, and ephemera related to her travels abroad and her career as a musician, composer, and philanthropic work in the world of music.

    Series Arrangement

    Series 1 Notebooks, Albums, and Scrapbooks
    Series 2 Publications
    Series 3 Blank Postcards
    Series 4 Music
    Series 5 Photographs
    Series 6 Education and Philanthropic Work

    Related Material

    Bessie Herbert Frankel Papers, 1905-1959, (Collection 447). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/data/13030/1h/kt0v19q11h/files/kt0v19q11h.pdf

    Subject Headings

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection
    Frankel, Bessie Bartlett
    Women's studies
    Western Americana -- 1900-1999
    musical scores