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Elizabeth Benson Guy fonds
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Music manuscripts

Series consists of manuscripts of songs written for Elizabeth Benson-Guy by her Canadian contemporaries, including Patricia Blomfield, Oskar Morawetz, and Clermont Pépin. Series also includes manuscript copies of music, likely copied by Elizabeth Benson-Guy.

[Collection of songs] : for Libby and Gretl

File consists of a collection of 6 songs in hand-made folder covered in holly paper, "Dedicated to Libby [Elizabeth Benson Guy] and Gretl von 'dem Vogel der einst sang.' Christmas 1952." Songs included are: Die rechte Stimmung / G. Ph. Telemann ; Gagliarda / H.L. Hassler ; Das Clavichordium / A. Krieger ; Alles vergeht, Musik besteht / J.R. Ashe ; Aeol / J.A. Hiller ; Abendlied / H. Joh. Schop.

Love song / Oskar Morawetz

File consists of a copy of the score with and inscription from the composer: "May 14, 1949. To Libby [Elizabeth Benson Guy] with all the best wishes in her married life and musical carrer[sic]. Oskar."

Elizabeth Benson Guy fonds

  • CA OTUFM 60
  • Fonds
  • 1921-2010, predominant 1947-1979

Fonds consists of the personal and professional papers of Elizabeth Benson Guy, including correspondence, photographs, programs, reviews, press notices, and manuscripts copied by or for Benson Guy.

Benson-Guy, Elizabeth

Photographs

Series consists of promotional and professional photographs of Elizabeth Benson Guy, as well as photographs from her personal life, including from her 25th school reunion at Netherwood School, [New Brunswick] and in Chester, [Nova Scotia?]. The photographs pertaining to her career as a musician include photographs from her appearance in The Bartered Bride at the Toronto Conservatory of Music (1947) and in a performance of Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute, unknown date).

Other performance records

Subseries contains a certificate for Elizabeth Benson Guy's performance at Expo '67; her biography and repertoire list (April 1966); festival adjudicator's comments from her participation in the Kiwanis Music Festival (n.d.); and, a poster from a concert that she gave at Saint John High School on January 21, 1969.

Family records

Series consists of materials pertaining to Elizabeth Benson Guy's family, including funeral service programs, obituaries, newspaper clippings, and articles by her husband John Dentay. Series also contains a letter from Tom Guy to Sarah Louise Guy (1893-1964) (Elizabeth Benson Guy's parents).

Performance records

Series contains of materials relating to Elizabeth Benson Guy's performance career, consisting predominantly of programs and reviews of her performances.

Concerts with other performers

File consists of programs from concerts that Elizabeth Benson Guy likely attended. Some programs (i.e., program for a performance in Berlin on April 5, 1921) were collected by Benson Guy, but she did not attend the performance. Some programs are autographed.

Reviews and press notices

Series includes newspaper clippings of reviews and notices pertaining to Elizabeth Benson Guy, including a scrapbook compiled by Fred Guilldford of the Nova Scotia Opera Association (1948).

Correspondence

Series consists of personal and professional correspondence sent to Elizabeth Benson Guy, and her husband John Dentay. In addition to correspondence with music organizations, universities, and concert venues arranging performance, the series includes letters from Andreas Barban, Maria Kurenko, and Lotte Leonard. Series also includes correspondence relating to her debut at Carnegie Hall (May 10, 1959); her 1967 European tour, which included her debut at Wigmore Hall (October 31, 1967); and the Elizabeth Benson Guy seat endowment at Massey Hall (1979, 1982).

Programs

Series consists of programs for concerts that Elizabeth Benson Guy performed in, attended, or collected the program from.