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Elizabeth Wysor (1908-2000) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 19/3/13
The Elizabeth F. Wysor Papers fill 7 boxes and span the years 1927 through 2000, with the bulk of the material dating between 1938 and 1948. Included are professional biographical materials, concert programs, recital announcements, correspondence, publicity materials, and records.

Biographical: professional materials include faculty biographical records of Northwestern University (Box 1, Folder 2), a calendar (Box 1, Folder 4), clippings (Box 1, Folders 5-7), bank records (Box 1, Folder 1), insurance documents (Box 1, Folder 3), and a poem book by Anne Ayer with drawings by Elizabeth Wysor (Box 1, Folder 8). Items within each file are arranged chronologically (except clippings).

The correspondence subseries contains letters relating to her career, and letters and postcards received from Wysor's family (father Henry, mother Mary, and sister Virginia Purdy) and friends.

Programs for recitals mainly in churches fill Box 3, Folder 1.

Box 3, Folder 2 through 5, include publicity materials (recital announcements, notes, invitations) of Northwestern University, and flyers and posters of festivals and operas. Items within each file are arranged chronologically.

Box 4 through 7 contain phonograph records with most of the arias and folk songs sung by Wysor.

Dates

  • 1927-2000
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1938-1948

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at specialcollections@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

7.00 Boxes

Abstract

Elizabeth Wysor was an American opera singer and educator. On May 15, 1953 she was appointed assistant professor of voice at the School of Music at Northwestern University, where she taught mainly applied voice, phonetics and diction. She retired in 1970. Her papers fill 7 boxes and span the years 1927 through 2000. Included are professional biographical materials, concert programs, recital announcements, correspondence, publicity materials, and phonograph records.

Arrangement

The Elizabeth F. Wysor Papers are arrnged into: biographical materials; correspondence (arranged by date); concert programs and recital announcements (arranged by date); publicity materials (non-Northwestern and Northwestern, each arranged by date); and phonograph records.

Method of Acquisition

The Elizabeth F. Wysor Papers were donated to the University Archives on April 21, 2008, by Bruce Duffie (Accession No. 08–53).

Separated Materials

Photographs of Elizabeth F. Wysor, including photographs from her family, friends and colleagues, were separated and added to the University Archives Photograph Collection.

Processing Information

Yvonne Spura, December 2008.
Title
Guide to the Elizabeth Wysor (1908-2000) Papers
Author
Yvonne Spura
Date
01/12/2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3635