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Kathleen Parlow fonds
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Postcards

Subseries includes a collection of postcards. Some of the postcards are blank, others were written or sent by Kathleen Parlow. Postcards are in both black and white and colour.

Memorabilia

Series contains three-dimensional memorabilia objects, including three glass plate negatives from Kathleen Parlow's time in Petersburg; three framed photographs of Parlow's parents[?]; two metal stamps of Parlow with her violin; two framed photographs of Parlow (one as a young child); the National Award in Music medal from the University of Alberta; a family photo album, including a family tree; and an Edison cylinder record of Parlow playing Nocturne, Op. 9, no. 2 in E-flat Major by Chopin (recorded 1913).

The photographs included in the family album are listed at the front of the album and transcribed here: 1 - Uncle James Hamilton; 2 and 3 - Mr. and Mrs. Allan (St. John); 4 - Mrs. Taylor (Allan's daughter); 5 - Nell (Allan's granddaughter); 6 - James Allen; 7 - Sisters Allen; 8 - Mr. and Mrs. Ross; 9 - Mary Jane Sterling (mother's cousin); 10 and 11 - Mr. or Dr. and Mrs. Cooper; 12 and 13 - Estabrooks and sister; 14 and 15 - "The two Miss Guns"; 16 - Uncle Sam; 17 - Uncle Johnie; 18 - Miss. Everitt; 19 - Cousin George; 20 and 21 - Rev. and Mrs. Harvey; 21 - Annie Howe (niece of Uncle Sam's); 22 - Edgar Thompson; 23 and 24 - Deacon and Mrs. Conolly (cousin); 25 and 26 - Mr. and Mrs. Merritt; 27 - Major Hartley; 28 - Mrs. Twee[...?] (minister's wife); 29 - Mr. Good; 30 - Rev. Blakeney; 31 - Mrs. Jones; 32 - Baby Estabrooks; 33 - Mr. Taylor; 34 - Nell Taylor; 35 - Boardman Wheeler; 36 - James Hamilton (uncle); 37 - Cousin George; 38 - Minnie Wheeler; 39 and 40 - Father and Mother; 41 - Miss. Conolly; 42 - Mr. Broderick (Auntie Hamilton's brother-in-law); 43 and 44 - Mr. and Mrs. James Wheeler; 45 and 46 - Mr. and Mrs. Roberts; 47 - another Miss. Conolly; 48 - Nellie Allan; 49 - Dr. Broderick.

Miscellaneous material

Subseries consists of other materials from Kathleen Parlow's personal life that do not fit into other subseries.

Souvenirs

Subseries consists of memorabilia and souvenirs collected by Kathleen Parlow during her lifetime.

Financial records

Subseries consists of records relating to Kathleen Parlow's finances, including mortgage information.

Family records

Subseries consists of records relating to Kathleen Parlow's family, including her mother, Minnie Parlow.

Personal Records

Series includes various records collected, created, or maintained by Parlow throughout her personal life. Records include dinner menus and programs from events, promotional materials, financial and legal information, obituaries, passports, drivers' licenses, calendar, newspaper or magazine articles by Parlow, professional papers, and obituaries.

Kathleen Parlow fonds

  • CA OTUFM 02
  • Fonds
  • 1878-1967, 2016, predominant 1908-1950

Fonds consists of material relating to Kathleen Parlow's personal life and her musical career, including photographs, correspondence, daybooks, sheet music, concert programs, press, and personal material.

Parlow, Kathleen

Press Records

Series contains material from newspapers and magazines which relate to Kathleen Parlow, her students, and articles written by Parlow. Articles may be cut out, contained in their complete original source, or in scrapbooks. There are also quite a few articles that have been transcribed by hand, in some cases translated from the original language. Some are also typed. Additionally, there is a whole scrap book of articles about her students, and several loose articles about her students, specifically, Gisele MacKenzie (LaFleche).

Halvorsen discovery

Subseries consists of press articles relating to the discovery of the Halvorsen violin concerto (dedicated to Kathleen Parlow) in the University of Toronto Music Library. This manuscript was previously thought to be lost.

Student-related press

Subseries contains newspaper and magazine clippings relating to the students of Kathleen Parlow. Specifically, many articles focus on her student Gisele MacKenzie (LaFleche).

Press transcriptions

Subseries contains handwritten and typed transcriptions of articles written about Kathleen Parlow and/or her performances around the world. Some of the transcriptions are translations of articles written in various other languages.

Clippings and publications

Subseries consists of press clippings and publications related to Kathleen Parlow's life and musical career. Subseries includes scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, magazines, as well as loose newspaper and magazine articles. Notable topics in these clippings and publications include performance reviews, articles about Kathleen Parlow's arm injury and recovery.

Concert programmes

Series contains concert programmes dated from 1939-1958. Programmes reflect performances from Kathleen Parlow as well as the performances of the South Mountain String Quartet, Parlow String Quartet, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Trio, and many of other performers. Concert programmes are from a variety of locations world wide including the United States, England, Finland, Belgium, Germany, Poland, and many other locations. Programmes are in black and white and colour. Some programmes have gold gilt edges as well as other visually interesting features.

Published scores

Subseries consists of sheet music and published scores collected and/or used by Kathleen Parlow.

Sheet Music

Series contains sheet music created and/or accumulated by Kathleen Parlow.

Daybooks

Series consists of Kathleen Parlow's diaries for each year from 1905 until 1960, with the exception of 1924, 1927, and 1955-1957.

Maida Parlow's transcriptions

Subseries consists of photocopies of Maida Parlow French's transcriptions of Leopold Auer's letters to her cousin Kathleen Parlow.

Letters

Subseries includes correspondence both written and sent to Kathleen Parlow from 1868-1967. Subseries also includes envelopes and a few newspaper clippings, perhaps included in the letters. Notable writers include Leopold Auer who was Kathleen Parlow's teacher.

Gifted Photos

Subseries consists of photos given to Kathleen Parlow, many of which are autographed.

Albums

Subseries consists of albums and album pages, compiled by Kathleen Parlow.

Individual Photographs

Subseries consists of individual photographs from 1900-1960. Photographs depict Kathleen Parlow's life, musical career (including photographs of the Parlow Strong Quartet), and travels to various places including Hawaii and Asia. Also includes photographs of various individuals including but not limited to: Kathleen Parlow; Minnie Parlow; Leopold Auer; Thomas Edison; Arthur Hinton; Harold Bauer; Samuel Gilbert Colt; Willen Willeke; Johan Halvorsen; Henry Scheadieck; Erich Wolff; Ernesto Consolo; Wanda De Stein; Mischa Elman; Marie Hall; Jascha Heifetz.

Photographs

Series contains photographs collected, maintained, and/or accumulated by Kathleen Parlow. Photographs depict Kathleen Parlow's life, musical career (including photographs of the Parlow String Quartet), and travels to various places including Hawaii and Asia. Also includes photographs of various individuals including but not limited to: Kathleen Parlow; Minnie Parlow; Leopold Auer; Thomas Edison; Arthur Hinton; Harold Bauer; Samuel Gilbert Colt; Willen Willeke; Johan Halvorsen; Henry Scheadieck; Erich Wolff; Ernesto Consolo; Wanda De Stein; Mischa Elman; Marie Hall; and, Jascha Heifetz.

Manuscript Scores

Subseries includes manuscript scores. Pieces include Chinese puzzle by Rebecca Clarke; Ritmi by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco; Violinconcert (Es-Dur) by Erich J. Wolff; Fugue for string quartet by S. Margolian; An old love tale, Op.21, no.1 by Gena Branscombe; Aire classique by Donald Heins; Abendlied by Donald Heins; My lady artful, Frauen-Laune by Franz C. Bornschein; Roses of yester year by Franz C. Bornschein; In Elizabethan days: Old English dance, Op.32, no.2 by A. Walter Kramer; Suite für violine (componi[e]rt fur Kathleen Parlow) by Henri Zagwijn; Concerto pour violon by Alexander Glazounov; Capitan Fracassa ; Tempo marking: Ritmo di marcia erocomica by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco; Fantasiestück für violine allein by Bernard (Hélèn Joseph) van Dieren; Theme with variations composed by Paganini arr by Henry Holmes; From the south by Gaylord Yost; Chant de “Veslemöy” (mosaique No.4) by Johan Halvorsen; Prière by Mary Helen Brown; Untitled Piece by H. B. Mac; Hüldretoner :Huldresang, Slaat og Dans by Anders Hoegendahl; Immer sein wird mein schlummer by Johaness Brahms Arr. for violin and piano by Emerson Whithorne; Polonaise by Hans Schouwman; Ein welker lavendelzweig = With sweet lavender by Edward MacDowell Arr. for violin and piano by Leopold Auer; Long ago, Op.56 by Edward MacDowell arr. for violin and piano by A. Walter Kramer; Chant nègre : a southern idyl, Op. 32, no.1 by A. Walter Kramer; Wie melodien zieht es mir by Johaness Brahms Arr. for violin and piano by A. Walter Kramer; La source Éternelle, Op. 18 by Victor Küzdo; Caprice saltata by Johan Reich; Parlow valse by Sophie Olsen; Ein wiegenlied, Op.37, no.1 by Emerson Whithorne; Juli-hav-stemning veel aales und by Unknown; Romance by Jan Frederik Jr. Tierie; Idyl ; “fleur immortelle” by From the manuscript of a late composer-No other names mentioned; Symphonic rhapsody in F minor, Op.35 by A. Walter Kramer; Shy one, Op. 31, no.2 by Emerson Whithorne; “Au cabaret” Mazurka Bohème by Christiaan Kriens; Concert für violine by Johan Halvorsen

Negatives

Subseries contains negatives, most (or perhaps all) of them are developed as positives in the Individual Photographs subseries.