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Mina Hager Papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Hager

Scope and Content of the Collection

Collection relates to Mina Hager’s professional career as a successful singer. Besides sound recordings and a substantial amount of sheet music, there is correspondence from John Alden Carpenter and others, advertisements, brochures, contracts, many programs, miscellaneous memorabilia including two passports and an American Theatre Wing War Service certificate and photographs. Among her works is a fragment of her autobiography, an article about John Alden Carpenter and his songs from Music Journal, and a few other short articles.


  • Creation: 1892-1977
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1920 - 1970



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Mina Hager Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Conditions Governing Audiovisual Access

Audiovisual recordings in this collection have not been digitized and are unavailable for use at this time.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Mina Hager Papers 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.

Biography of Mina Hager

American mezzo-soprano.

Mezzo-soprano Mina Hager was born in Madison, South Dakota in 1891 and graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1911. Her professional career began in Chicago, where she built a reputation for excellence in performing opera, oratorio and song repertoire. She sang with the Chicago Opera Company, toured Europe and Central America, opened a season at the Hollywood Bowl, and sang the first American staged production of Arnold Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire” in 1926 under Frederic Stock in Chicago. Hager’s concerts of contemporary composers included de Falla, Milhaud, Poulenc, Webern and others, but she was particularly noted for interpreting the songs of Chicago composer, John Alden Carpenter.

Mina Hager married Fred Heidenson on Jun. 1, 1919. She died in 1981.


4.6 Linear Feet (8 boxes)


Material relating to the career of mezzo-soprano Mina Hager (Mrs. Fred Heidenson), including incoming correspondence from John Alden Carpenter and others, programs, clippings and other memorabilia. Also, practice and demo tapes, sound recordings (78 rpm and 45 rpm, LP) and a collection of manuscript and published sheet music, mostly by John Alden Carpenter.


Papers are organized in the following series

Series 1: Miscellaneous (including correspondence), 1907-1977
Box 1
Series 2: Photographs, approximately 1910s-1973
Box 2
Series 3: Scores and Sheet Music, 1889-1975
Boxes 3-6
Series 4: Sound Recordings, 1936-1945
Boxes 7-8

Collection Stack Location

1 20 7, 1 45 2


Gift of Maetta Chase, 1995. Additions donated on behalf of Adrian R. Tiemann by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012.

Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2006; Alison Hinderliter, 2013.

Inventory of the Mina Hager Papers, 1892-1977, bulk 1920-1970
Virginia Hay Smith
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 6/22/2013: Combined 1995 and 2012 accessions, re-processed.

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States