Fonds 02 - Kathleen Parlow fonds

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Kathleen Parlow fonds


  • 1908-1950 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

Photographs, day books, concert programs, manuscript scores, newspaper clippings, postcards, correspondence, ephemera.

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Kathleen Parlow, violinist and teacher, was born in Calgary, Alberta on September 20, 1890 and died in Oakville, Ontario on August 19, 1963. She completed her studies with Leopold Auer at St. Petersburg [Leningrad] Conservatory, made her professional debut in Berlin in 1907 and then toured world wide. Returning permanently to Canada in 1941, she taught at the Toronto Conservatory and founded The Canadian Trio, and the Parlow String Quartet.

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Scope and content

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

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


No accruals expected

System of arrangement

Due to the fact that there was no obvious original order in this material when it came into the custody of the University of Toronto Music Archives, the material was re-ordered. The arrangement is based on material type.

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No conditions on access.

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Copyright retained by artist.

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Existence and location of copies

For digital scans of the correspondence, postcards, photographs, concert programmes, and manuscript scores in this fonds, please see the digital exhibit here:

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Previously titled "Archives Collection 02: Kathleen Parlow fonds." Reference code (02) removed from the title of the fonds July 30, 2019.

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Archives Collection 02

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