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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of Geraldine Farrar

Scope and Content of the Collection

Arrangement

Selected Search Terms

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Inventory of the Geraldine Farrar Memorabilia, 1902-1963


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610-7324
USA
Phone: 312-255-3506
Fax: 312-255-3646
E-Mail: specialcolls@newberry.org
URL: http://www.newberry.org

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Polly Smith, 2008.

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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Farrar, Geraldine, 1882-1967
Title Geraldine Farrar Memorabilia
Dates 1902-1963
Extent 0.1 linear feet (2 folders)
Abstract Seven letters from Geraldine Farrar to Pauline Moritz of Evanston, Illinois, and one to Moritz’s daughter, 1916-1958. Also, memorabilia related to Farrar: two postcard photographs, two Christmas cards, and two clippings.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Midwest MS 132
Collection Stack Location 3a 35 3

Administrative Information

Cite As

Geraldine Farrar Memorabilia, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Unknown.

Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2008.

Access

The Geraldine Farrar Memorabilia are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Geraldine Farrar Memorabilia are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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Biography of Geraldine Farrar

Opera singer and film actress.

Geraldine Farrar’s (1882-1967) stage presence earned her a fanatic following of “Gerryflappers” in the early 20th century. She studied voice in Boston, New York, Paris and Berlin, and caused a sensation in Germany with her debut as Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust in 1901. In 1906 Farrar joined the Metropolitan Opera and sang in 29 roles in nearly 500 performances there. She recorded extensively for the Victor Talking Machine Company, and appeared in a number of early Hollywood films.

A true diva, temperamental and fiercely independent, Farrar’s life was the source of considerable scandal, with many love affairs and a very public divorce in 1923. She retired from opera in 1922, though continuing to give recitals and a few radio broadcasts.

Farrar died in 1967, at the age of 85.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

A small collection of Farrar items, including eight letters – seven to Pauline Moritz of Evanston, Illinois, documenting their friendship, and one to Moritz’s daughter. Also, two postcard photographs of Farrar, two printed Christmas cards, and two published articles.

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Arrangement

Arranged in two folders.

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Farrar, Geraldine, 1882-1967
  • Farrar, Geraldine, 1882-1967 -- Correspondence
  • Moritz, Pauline

Subjects

  • Manuscripts, American
  • Sopranos (Singers) -- United States
  • Women singers -- United States

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