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Elizabeth Wysor (1908-2000) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 19/3/13

  • Staff Only
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, Folder 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 contain letters relating to her career, and letters and postcards received from Wysor's family (father Henry, mother Mary, and sister Virginia Purdy) and friends. Items within each file are arranged chronologically.

Programs for recitals mainly in churches fill Box 3, Folder 1. Items within each file are arranged chronologically.

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 us at archives@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3136 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

7.00 Boxes

Abstract

Elizabeth Wysor was an American opera singer and educator. She was educated at the Juilliard School in New York, Staatliche Akademie der Tonkunst in Munich, Germany, and Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria. She sang leading contralto roles throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe (operas by Richard Wagner, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky), and also performed many times for the United States armed forces in hospitals, on USO tours, and for the Red Cross. The Elizabeth F. Wysor Papers fill 7 boxes and span the years 1927 through 2000. Included are professional biographical materials, concert programs, recital announcements, correspondence, publicity materials, and 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, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3354