- 1837-1960 (Creation)
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Extent and medium
75 cm of textual records and other material (6 boxes)
Name of creator
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.
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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Conditions governing access
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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Previously titled "Archives Collection 01: Edward Johnson." Reference code (01) removed from the title of the fonds July 30, 2019.
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Dates of creation revision deletion
Revised and item-level descriptions added from paper finding aid, August 29-30, 2019. Sheet music collection itemized October 2019.