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Mary Stevenson Marshall scrapbooks, 1904-1908, 1914-1929, 2017, and undated

Identifier: 31/6/235

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Scope and Contents

The Mary Stevenson Marshall scrapbooks number five volumes and date from the periods 1904-1908 and 1914-1929. The scrapbooks, chronologically ordered, contain programs, often with Marshall’s annotations, documenting her attendance at or involvement in musical concerts, operas, recitals, motion pictures, and plays sponsored largely by Northwestern University School of Music, the Evanston (Illinois) Musical Club, the Woman’s Club of Evanston, the University Club of Evanston, the Drama Club of Evanston, the Country Club of Evanston, the Englewood (Chicago) Woman’s Club, the Highland Park (Illinois) Woman’s Club, the Winnetka Music Club, the Musicians Club of Women, the North Shore Music Festival, Lake Forest University School of Music, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Other Chicago area venues reflected by the programs include the Auditorium Theatre, Orchestra Hall, Illinois Theatre, Powers Theatre, Olympic Theatre, Blackstone Theatre, Studebaker Theatre, Playhouse Theater, Fine Arts Building, Grand Opera House, Congress Hotel, Cohan’s Grand Opera House, Great Northern Theater, Medinah Temple, Kimball Hall, Powers Theater, Princess Theater, Selwyn Theater, Goodman Theater, University Club of Chicago, First Congregational Church of Evanston, the Sun Porch School of Evanston, and Ravinia Park.

Marshall attended, as documented in the collection, a few performances outside of metropolitan Chicago. She also witnessed several productions of the Moscow Art Theatre during its 1923 and 1924 tour of the United States. Occasionally supplementing the programs are newspaper clippings with accounts of musical concerts. Dating between October, 1907 and July, 1908 are programs from musical performances Marshall attended while in Berlin, Germany.


  • 1904-1908
  • 1914-1929
  • 2017 and undated


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Stevenson Marshall was born June 24, 1885, at Clifton, Illinois, one of three children of Nicholas Ridgely Marshall, a physician, and Julia F. Marshall. The family moved to Evanston, Illinois, in 1893. Along with her sister, Julia, Marshall attended the Northwestern University School of Music, taking coursework during 1902-1903, 1904-1906. Both sisters took their Graduate in Music diplomas from Northwestern in 1906. Mary as a pianist and Julia a violinist. After their graduation, the Marshall sisters spent an extended period of musical study in Germany, Mary with pianist Josef Lhevinne and Julia with violinist Anton Witek. Returning to Evanston, the Marshall sisters remained active in music. Both taught music and Julia became a professional violinist.

For much of her young life, Mary took advantage of the cultural offerings of metropolitan Chicago, performing at, organizing, and attending a considerable number of concerts, especially of classical music, and plays. She played a significant role in shaping the musical life of her home community, directing for many years the North Shore Concern Course, a program that brought talented, even internationally renowned performers to venues in Evanston. Marshall received local acclaim when in December, 1923, she brought African American singer Edna Thomas to perform at the Evanston Woman’s Club Auditorium. In November, 1924, and again in 1925, as director of the Evanston Woman’s Club musical series, she secured noted African American tenor, Roland Hayes, to perform well-received concerts of songs. Likewise in 1925, in cooperation with the Inter-Racial Council of Evanston, she scheduled the famed Paul Robeson and Lawrence Brown for their Concert of Negro Music. Also in 1925, she brought celebrated band leader Paul Whiteman and his orchestra to perform in Evanston. In 1926, she secured baritone Os-Ke-Non-Ton (Running Deer of the Mohawk Tribe, Bear Clan) for a concert of indigenous songs before an Evanston audience. Among other notable performers she brought to Evanston were, in 1919, violinist Jascha Heifetz; in 1919, 1920, and 1922, violinist Josef Lhevinne; in 1920, violinist Efrem Zimbalist; in 1921, tenor Sergei Radamsky; in 1923, pianist Benno Moiseiwitsch; and, in 1928, cellist Pablo Casals.

The Marshall sisters, along with brother John Ridgely Marshall, eventually relocated to Los Angeles, California. Mary continued there her work as a music teacher. She died at Los Angeles on July 31, 1972.


2 Boxes (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection includes the scrapbooks documenting musical events and performances dating from 1904 to 1929 and held largely within greater Chicago as well as in Berlin, Germany, involving or attended by Mary Stevenson Marshall.


Scrapbooks are arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Northwestern University Archives on June 24, 2017, by Lori Callahan and Julie Callahan-Young (Accession #17-143).

Guide to the Mary Stevenson Marshall scrapbooks
Kevin B. Leonard
February 2024
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US