Collection 01 - Edward Johnson collection

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Edward Johnson collection


  • 1837-1960 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

75 cm of textual records and other material (6 boxes)

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Edward Johnson, tenor and administrator, was born in Guelph, ON, 22 Aug. 1878. He sang in Europe (as "Edoardo di Giovanni") from 1912-1919, and in North America from 1919-1935. From 1935-1950 he was general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City. He died in Guelph in 1959.

Archival history

Donations from Johnson’s collection; purchases from James Camner, 1978; other donations.

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Scope and content

Collection contains photographs, programs, and press notices of his performances; manuscripts of songs written for him by composers including Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Lalo and Pizzetti; five collections of published songs; a scrapbook of programs from his first year as manager of the Metropolitan Opera.

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The Edward Johnson collection is stored offsite at Downsview. To access these materials, please contact the Music Library at least two weeks in advance of your visit.

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Opera and oratorio scores from the collection of Edward Johnson are included in the main University of Toronto Library catalogue. The University of Toronto Faculty of Music Opera Division holds further memorabilia. The University of Guelph has a major Edward Johnson collection of over eight metres of material in various media, from textual records to photographs to sound recordings, dating from 1890 through 1959. Recordings held in Library and Archives Canada are available for online listening at the Virtual Gramophone.

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Previously titled "Archives Collection 01: Edward Johnson." Reference code (01) removed from the title of the fonds July 30, 2019.

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