Guide to the Jenny Lind Collection, 1835-1919

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Guide to the Jenny Lind Collection, 1835-1919

Collection number: M0076

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

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Descriptive Summary

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.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions:



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 Included are published and unpublished biographical material about Miss Lind, a manuscript copy of her contract with P. T. Barnum (1849), scores used by her in concerts and dedication pieces of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).


Box 1, Folder 1

Jenny Lind - Otto Goldschmidt, autographed musical manusript

Box 1, Folder 2

Jenny Lind - Amicorum Album

Box 1, Folder 3

Jenny Lind - Biographical material (published and unpublished)

Box 1, Folder 4

Jenny Lind - Letters, 1835-1876(22 letters)

Box 1, Folder 5

Jenny Lind - Letters received (3 letters)

Box 1, Folder 6

Jenny Lind - Manuscript copy of contract with P. T. Barnum, Nov. 6, 1849

Box 1, Folder 7

Jenny Lind - Otto Goldschmidt, financial matters, Sept. 8, 1860

Box 1, Folder 8

Jenny Lind - Manuscript account book (with other documents laid in), 1848-1849 and 1867

Box 1, Folder 9

Jenny Lind - Pictures

Box 1, Folder 10

Jenny Lind - autograph music and two notes in Miss Lind's hand

Box 1, Folder 11

Jenny Lind - Otto Goldschmidt, power of attorney

Box 1, Folder 12

Jenny Lind - exercise book, Royal College of Music

Box 1, Folder 13

An Jenny Lind vom Deutchen Liederkranza. New York, Sept. 12, 1850

Box 1, Folder 14

Mrs. Raymond Maude - papers relating to Jenny Lind

Box 2, Folder 15

Jacob Axel Josephson, "Sanger Vid Fortepiano. . ."

Physical Description: Bound volume of music
Box 2, Folder 16

N. W. Gade, "Sex Danske Sange . . . "

Physical Description: Bound volume of music
Box 2, Folder 17

Evert Af Georgii, "Sanger. . .Jenney Lind. . ."

Physical Description: Bound volume of music
Box 2, Folder 18

Wilhelm Taubert, "Sechs Deutsche Lieder. . ."

Physical Description: Bound volume of music
Box 2, Folder 19

Jul. Weiss, several groups of songs of which one group was composed for Jenny Lind

Physical Description: Bound volume of music
Box 2, Folder 20

V. Bellini, "Norma" (opera) with Miss Lind's notes

Physical Description: Bound volume of music
Box 2, Folder 21

41 scores of music bound in two volumes, many with manuscript alterations and inscriptions in Otto Goldschmidt's hand

Box 3, Folder 22

Four Duets" by Otto Goldschmidt

Box 3, Folder 23

Sacred pastoral "Ruth" by Otto Goldschmidt. Papers pertaining to the performance, financing, etc.

Box 3, Folder 24

Goldschmidt - Mendelssohn Scholarship Foundation

Box 3, Folder 25

Goldschmidt - Biographical articles and an autobiographical sketch

Box 3, Folder 26

Goldschmidt - Will of April 30, 1906and epitome of will, July 16, 1883

Box 3, Folder 27

Goldschmidt - Financial reports of concerts, 1855-1856

Box 3, Folder 28

Goldschmidt - Financial papers (misc.)

Box 3, Folder 29

Goldschmidt - Transfer of copyright

Box 3, Folder 30

Goldschmidt - Bach choir

Box 3, Folder 31

Goldschmidt - Letters by, 1857-1907(18 letters)

Box 3, Folder 32

Goldschmidt - Letters to, 1860-1907(includes some pertaining to Goldschmidt, 1919)

Box 4, Folder 33

Ruth," a sacred pastoral by Otto Goldschmidt (volume)

Box 4, Folder 34

Missa Brevis in A" by J. S. Bach (volume)

Box 4, Folder 35

Otto Goldschmidt musical composition in manuscript. Includes, "Cantate" (130 Psalm), song "Lightly we met in the morn," "Rondo Caprice," "Prelude for the first tableau of the Tale of Troy," "Legende" (for violin)

Box 4, Folder 36

C. J. Hopkins, song "Fare Thee Well"

Box 4, Folder 37

W. Taubert, original score of 1847

Box 4, Folder 38

Jenny Lind's music. Some of the scores from which she san and sheet music which is dedicted to her. The music is by Jules Benedict, Donizetti, F. Chopin, N. Dalayrac, Carl Reinecke, F. Mendelssohn, Edwin Tiedner, Beethoven and Belletti

Box 4, Folder 39

Same as #38. Rossini, E. O. Geyer and A. F. Lindblad. Includes some folk airs.

Box 4, Folder 40

Meyerbeer, Giacomo [1791-1864], "Fatal Moment" from the opera, "Robert Le Diable." Notes by Miss Lind

Box 4, Folder 41

Niels W. Gade. "Bilder des Jahres." Presentation copy signed by the composer in 1877

Box 4, Folder 42

Greeting to America," words by Bayard Taylor, music by Julius Bev--?. Commissioned by P. T. Barnum for Miss Lind's first concert in the U. S., Sept., 1850

Box 4, Folder 43

"Fidelio" by Beethoven with manuscript notes by Miss Lind