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Jane Carlson Collection


Jane Carlson Collection
Carlson, Jane
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18.75 linear feet
Bulk dates:
Inclusive dates:
Circa 1919-1998
Collection Area:
International Piano Archives at Maryland
International Piano Archives at Maryland, University of Maryland Libraries, College Park, MD 20742, Tel: 301.405.9224, Email:

A pianist and music educator, Jane Carlson (?-1998) was best known for her performances of Hindemiths "Ludus Tonalis". She also performed in the U.S. and around the world, including in places such as Korea, England, Iceland, Norway, Holland, and Belgium. In addition, Carlson taught at the Juilliard School, The University of California-Berkeley, and Dartmouth College. The collection consists of 18.75 linear feet of both personal and professional papers, including programs, reviews, scrapbooks, press clippings, correspondence, contracts, publicity flyers, biographical outlines, notes, repertoire lists, awards, photographs, recordings, scores, bulletins, itineraries, receipts, and books related to Carlsons career, the organizations she was involved in, and her relationships with her close colleagues, including her piano teachers, Carl Friedberg and Myra Hess; and composer Paul Hindemith.

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Historical Note

Summary: Jane Carlson was born in Hartford, Connecticut. She studied at the Juilliard School in New York with Carl Friedberg. Carlson was a faculty member of the Preparatory Division of the Juilliard School and also taught at both The University of California-Berkeley and at Dartmouth College. As a pianist, she toured throughout the world, performing both contemporary and standard works. She was particularly identified with the music of Paul Hindemith, performing his "Ludus Tonalis" many times. Carlson died in 1998.

Full History: Jane Carlson was born in Hartford, Connecticut where she discovered a love for the piano at an early age. She took up formal piano lessons, which continued through her high school years and, upon graduation, was granted a regional scholarship to the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Virginia. Following her studies there, she moved on to the Juilliard School in New York. Carlson studied with both Carl Friedberg and Dame Myra Hess. She then joined the faculty of the Preparatory Division of the Juilliard School. At various times, Carlson also taught at The University of California-Berkeley and at Dartmouth College. As a pianist, she toured throughout the world, from Iceland to Norway to Korea to England, performing both contemporary and standard works. She was particularly identified with the music of Paul Hindemith, performing his "Ludus Tonalis" on many occasions, and earning the esteem of the composer for her interpretation. Carlson died in 1998.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Jane Carlson Collection covers the period from Circa 1919 to 1998; the bulk of the materials date from 1937 to 1985. The collection consists of 18.75 linear feet of both personal and professional papers, including programs, reviews, scrapbooks, press clippings, correspondence, contracts, publicity flyers, biographical outlines, notes, repertoire lists, awards, photographs, recordings, scores, bulletins, itineraries, receipts, and books related to Carlsons work as a performer and music educator, including her performances at Shenandoah Conservatory , her performances, lectures, and private instruction at both the Juilliard School and at Dartmouth College, and her involvement with Foundation Hindemith.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Jeanne Partington (friend of Jane Carlson's?), received on May 6th, 1998.

Processing Information

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This collection was processed by Max Brown.

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An item-level inventory of scores and recordings is available upon request.

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EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Elizabeth J. Mason, May 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Performance Files, 1925-1989 (null)

The following is a chronological list of Jane Carlson's performances. Programs,reviews and other materials relating to these concerts are found in the scrapbooks (Boxes 1 and 2) or in separate chronological performance files (Box 3).

Subseries 1.1: Scrapbooks, 1925-1976

This subseries contains scrapbooks that consist of photographs, programs, reviews, letters, clippings, and other memorabilia related to Carlsons performances.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Scrapbooks -- Contains eight scrapbooks, 1925-1976series 1.1box 1folder 1
Peach Scrapbook #1--Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, Connecticut, 1925-1939series 1.1box 1folder 1item 1.0
Peach Scrapbook #2--Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, Connecticut, New York, 1939-1944series 1.1box 1folder 1item 2.0
Peach Scrapbook #3--Connecticut, New York, 1944-1945series 1.1box 1folder 1item 3.0
Mahogany Scrapbook #1, 1945-1947series 1.1box 1folder 1item 4.0
Mahogany Scrapbook #2, 1947series 1.1box 1folder 1item 5.0
Blue Scrapbook, 1947-1950series 1.1box 1folder 1item 6.0
Cream-colored Scrapbook--Alice Tully Hall, 1970series 1.1box 1folder 1item 7.0
Red, white and blue striped Scrapbook--Frankfurt, Germany; New York, 1976series 1.1box 1folder 1item 8.0
Scrapbook -- Carnegie Hall, Alice Tulley Hal, Iceland, Sweden, England, Norway, Holland, Belgium -- Unbound, 1951-1974series 1.1box 2folder 12

Subseries 1.2: Chronological Files, 1937-1989 (0.75 linear feet)

This subseries contains programs, reviews and other press clippings of Carlson's performances. Materials are arranged chronologically by performance date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Programs, 1937 -1944series 1.2box 3folder 1
Programs, 1945series 1.2box 3folder 2
Programs, 1946-1947series 1.2box 3folder 3
Programs, 1948-1949series 1.2box 3folder 4
Programs, 1950-1985series 1.2box 3folder 5
Programs -- Carnegie Hall, 1951series 1.2box 3folder 6
Programs -- Alice Tully Hall, 1970-1972series 1.2box 3folder 7
Press clippings, 1940-1949series 1.2box 3folder 8
Press clippings, 1950-1959series 1.2box 3folder 9
Press clippings, 1960-1969series 1.2box 3folder 10
Press clippings, 1970-1979series 1.2box 3folder 11
Press clippings -- Alice Tulley Hall, 1970-1972series 1.2box 3folder 12
Press clippings, 1980-1989series 1.2box 3folder 13

Series 2: Correspondence, 1940-1996, and Undated (0.75 linear feet)

This series contains three categories: letters to Jane Carlson, letters from Jane Carlson, and miscellaneous correspondence. Materials are arranged in alphabetical order by correspondents last name.

Subseries 2.1: Letters to Jane Carlson, 1940-1989, and Undated

This subseries contains letters to Jane Carlson, including letters from the Hindemith Foundation, University of Texas at Austin, and the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Letters to Carlson -- A-C, 1940-1981, and Undatedseries 2.1box 4folder 1
Letters to Carlson -- D-Fos, 1964-1968, and Undatedseries 2.1box 4folder 2
Foundation Hindemith, 1968-1988series 2.1box 4folder 3
Letters to Carlson -- Fr-Sch, 1947-1980, and Undatedseries 2.1box 4folder 4
Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, 1940-1989series 2.1box 4folder 5
Letters to Carlson -- Sy-Z, 1971-1991series 2.1box 4folder 6

Subseries 2.2: Letters from Jane Carlson, 1953-1988

This subseries contains letters from Jane Carlson, including letters to the Conservatoire de Musique Vevey, the Hindemith Foundation, and Myra Hess.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Letters from Carlson, 1953-1988series 2.2box 4folder 7

Subseries 2.3: Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1949-1996, and Undated

This subseries is organized into the following categories: Juilliard contracts, other contracts related to Carlsons teaching, correspondence not addressed to Carlson that concerns her, and unidentified correspondence.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Other Correspondence -- Not Addressed to Carlson, 1972-1983series 2.3box 4folder 8
Unidentified Correspondence, Undatedseries 2.3box 4folder 9
Julliard Contracts, 1949-1996series 2.3box 4folder 10
Other Teaching and Performing Contracts, 1950-1988, and Undatedseries 2.3box 4folder 11

Series 3: Subject Files, 1930-1987, and Undated (2.75 linear feet)

This series contains materials related to Carlsons personal and professional life and is organized into the following two categories: scrapbooks and promotional materials.

Subseries 3.1: Scrapbooks, 1930-1978, and Undated (2.00 linear feet)

This subseries contains scrapbooks related to Carlsons life, including scrapbooks of her teaching at Shenandoah Conservatory and the Juilliard School of Music, her concerts at Alice Tulley Hall, and her tours in Europe and Korea. Materials in this subseries are arranged chronologically by scrapbook date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Scrapbooks -- Contains six scrapbooks, 1930-1978, and Undatedseries 3.1box 5folder 1

Subseries 3.2: Promotional Materials, 1947-1987, and Undated (0.75 linear feet)

This subseries contains promotional materials related to Carlsons career, including press books, biographical materials, awards, repertoire lists, promotional fliers, record reviews, and copies of articles written by Carlson.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music 1987 Distinguished Alumna Award for Career Achievement, 1987series 3.2box 2folder 1
Diplomas -- Doctor of Music degree; World Who's Who of Women, 1973-1982series 3.2box 2folder 10
Press Notices/Biographical Information, Undatedseries 3.2box 6folder 1
Naumburg Award, 1947series 3.2box 6folder 2
Ludus Tonalis recordings and Record Reviews, Undatedseries 3.2box 6folder 3
Repertoire Lists, Undatedseries 3.2box 6folder 4
Piano Quarterly articles, 1967-1968series 3.2box 6folder 5
Ludus Tonalis Lectures -- Notes, Outlines, Undatedseries 3.2box 6folder 6
Miscellaneous teaching activities, Undatedseries 3.2box 6folder 7
Promotional Fliers -- Eight Folders, Undatedseries 3.2box 6folder 8
Promotional Materials -- Oversized Envelope -- Not in a box, Undatedseries 3.2box 13folder 1

Series 4: Photographs, Circa 1919-1984, and Undated (null)

This series contains photographs of Carlson and is divided into the following categories: photo albums, publicity photographs, studio portraits, miscellaneous photographs, slides, and negatives.

Subseries 4.1: Photo Albums, Circa 1919-1973

This subseries contains photo albums of Carlson alone and with her family and friends, including Paul Hindemith.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Carlson from infancy through high school -- Dark blue, 190 photographs, Circa 1919-1936series 4.1box 2folder 2
Photo Album #2 -- From early childhood through early concertizing years -- Light blue album, 74 photographs, Circa 1945, and Undatedseries 4.1box 2folder 3
Photo Album #3 -- Jane Carlson, family, friends, Carl Friedberg's studio -- Cream, 332 photographs, 1942-1952series 4.1box 2folder 4

Subseries 4.2: Publicity Photographs, Circa 1945-1970s

This subseries contains publicity photographs of Carlson at the piano and in various poses.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Publicity Photographs #1 -- Abresch and Wynn Richards portraits -- Both studio portraits and at the piano -- In open box -- 50+ copies, Circa 1945-1951, and Undatedseries 4.2box 2folder 5
Publicity Photographs #2 -- Carlson at piano -- Leaning on piano; Leaning on piano smiling; Curtain in the background -- Yellow folder, 1960sseries 4.2box 2folder 6
Tully Hall Photograph -- Billboard in brown envelope, 1970series 4.2box 2folder 7
Photo Album #4 -- Hindemith's home -- Vevey, Switzerland -- Yellow, 79 photographs and negatives, 1973series 4.2box 2folder 9

Subseries 4.3: Studio Portraits (Non-Publicity), 1930-1940

This subseries contains studio portraits of Carlson, including a class picture and a graduation picture.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Loose Studio Portraits -- Non-Publicity -- Eight loose photographs -- Not in folders -- Shenandoah graduation; Class picture; Six other studio portraits, 1930-1940series 4.3box 2folder 8

Subseries 4.4: Miscellaneous Photographs, Circa 1933-1982, and Undated

This subseries contains miscellaneous photographs of Carlson both alone and with others.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Miscellaneous Photographs -- Large, brown envelope, 1933-1982, and Undatedseries 4.4box 2folder 11

Subseries 4.5: Slides, 1961-1984, and Undated (2.00 linear feet)

This subseries contains slides of Carlson with family and friends in Hartford, Connecticut, slides of Carlson in various countries, slides of Myra Hess, and unidentified slides.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Slides -- Green metal box containing 187 slides and 4 small reels -- Contains slides from "Mother church", "Europe", "Mohonk and Suisse" and other slides, 1978-1986, and Undatedseries 4.5box 7folder 1
Europe -- Brown box containing 306 slides, Circa 1978-1984series 4.5box 7folder 2
139 Sylvan Ave. West Hartford, Conn. Family, Relatives, Friends -- Silver metal box containing 142 slides, Undatedseries 4.5box 7folder 3
Slide boxes -- Nine slide boxes -- Unidentified Slides; 3 slides of Dame Myra Hess, Undatedseries 4.5box 7folder 5
Europe/ Iceland -- Silver Metal box containing 321 slides, 1961-1973series 4.5box 12folder 1
Unidentified slides -- Blue and white box, Undatedseries 4.5box 12folder 2
Switzerland, France, etc. -- Metal box containing 279 slides, 1970series 4.5box 12folder 3
Unidentified slides -- Metal box containing 255 slides, Undatedseries 4.5box 12folder 4

Subseries 4.6: Negatives, 1940-1945, and Undated

This subseries contains negatives of Carlsons home life and summers.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Home Scenes -- White envelope, 1944series 4.6box 7folder 4
Home scenes, 1940-1945series 4.6box 12folder 6
Summer, 1940series 4.6box 12folder 7
Home scenes and Judy, 1943series 4.6box 12folder 8
Home scenes, 1944series 4.6box 12folder 9
Unidentified Negatives -- Four folders, Undatedseries 4.6box 12folder 10

Series 5: Audio Visual, 1959-1995, and Undated (null)

This series contains recordings of Carlsons performances, her interviews, and her students performances, and it is divided into three categories: reel-to-reel tapes, cassette tapes, and video tapes. Reel-to-reel tapes and cassette tapes are located in Box 8, and video tapes are located in Box 9.

Subseries 5.1: Reel to Reel Tapes, 1960-1983, and Undated

This subseries contains reel-to-reel tapes of Carlsons performances, including performances of music by Hindemith and Beethoven, and performances with the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Reel-to-Reel Tapes -- Twenty-eight reel-to-reel tapes -- Hindemith, Barber, Beethoven, Chavez, Persichetti, Scarlatti, Rachmaninoff, Dohnanyi, Chopin, 1960-1983, and Undatedseries 5.1box 8folder 1

Subseries 5.2: Cassette Tapes, 1995, and Undated

This subseries contains cassette tapes of Carlsons performances, including performances of music by Hindemith.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Cassette Tapes -- Eleven cassette tapes -- Carlson, Hindemith, Barber, Bergsma, 1995, and Undatedseries 5.2box 8folder 2

Subseries 5.3: Video Tapes, 1959-1990, and Undated

This subseries contains video tapes of Carlsons interviews and performances of Carlsons students.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Video Tapes -- Eleven video tapes -- Foundation Hindemith Chalet de Lacroix, Carlson students, Carlson interviews, 1959-1990, and Undatedseries 5.3box 9folder 1
University of Maryland -- "Kapell Remembered" -- 25.00 Minutes, 3/1989series 5.3box 12folder 5

Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1940-1998, and Undated (2.75 linear feet)

This series contains miscellaneous materials related to Carlson, and it is divided into the following categories: Carlsons students, Shenandoah Conservatory, Carl Friedberg, Myra Hess, Miscellaneous Concert Programs, Hindemith articles, Miscellaneous Scrapbook Files, the memorial tribute to Jane Carlson, and notes, itineraries, and receipts.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Extra Clippings -- In brown envelope, 1976, and Undated series 6box 9folder 2
Notes and Receipts -- Contains schedules, Carlson's notes on teaching and traveling activities, receipts and tickets, faculty and student address lists, other materials -- In tan box inside Box 9, Undated series 6box 9folder 3
Carlson's Students, 1940-1979 series 6box 10folder 1
Carlson's Students, 1980-1989 series 6box 10folder 2
Carlson's Students, 1991-1992 series 6box 10folder 3
Carlson's Students, 1993-1994 series 6box 10folder 4
Carlson's Students, 1995 series 6box 10folder 5
Carlson's Students, 1996-1997 series 6box 10folder 6
Carlson's Students -- Julliard grades; Competition comments, 1952-1995 series 6box 10folder 7
Shenandoah Conservatory -- Newspaper Clippings, 1940-1985, and Undated series 6box 10folder 8
Shenandoah Conservatory -- Sheet Music, Correspondence, Brochures, 1941-1989, and Undated series 6box 10folder 9
Carl Friedberg, Undated series 6box 11folder 1
Myra Hess, Undated series 6box 11folder 2
Miscellaneous Concert Programs, Undated series 6box 11folder 3
Hindemith Articles, Undated series 6box 11folder 4
Miscellaneous Scrapbook Files, Undated series 6box 11folder 5
Miscellaneous Scrapbook Files, Undated series 6box 11folder 6
Memorial Tribute Bulletin, 1998 series 6box 11folder 7

Series 7: Scores and Books, 1922-1984, and Undated (null)

This series contains scores and books owned by Carlson.

Subseries 7.1: Scores, 1922-1984, and Undated

This subseries contains scores owned by Carlson, including scores by Beethoven, Hindemith, and Johansson.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Prokofiev -- Concerto No. 1 op.10 (Rob. Forberg), 1939series 7.1box 11folder 8
Kabalevsky -- Sonata No. 3 (Schirmer), Undatedseries 7.1box 11folder 9
Hindemith -- Übung in drei Stúcken, Undatedseries 7.1box 11folder 10
Unidentified Piano Piece, Undatedseries 7.1box 11folder 11
Hindemith -- Ludus Tonalis -- Four Copies; outside of folders, 1943, and Undatedseries 7.1box 11folder 12
Beethoven -- Piano Sonata No. 32 in c minor, op.111 (Dover) -- Fascimile, 1968series 7.1box 11folder 13
Hindemith Scores -- Ten scores; three folders, 1922-1948series 7.1box 11folder 14
Beethoven -- Sonata Appassionata op. 57 (L'Edition d'Art H. Piazza, Paris) -- Fascimile, Undatedseries 7.1box 11folder 15
Scores -- Grieg, Haydn -- Two Folders, 1931, and Undatedseries 7.1box 11folder 16
Hindemith -- Theme and Four Variations -- The Four Temperaments (Associated Music Publishers) -- Full Score; -- Two copies, one in folder; one not in folder, 1947series 7.1box 11folder 17
Three Hundred Years at the Keyboard -- A Piano Sourcebook from Bach to Moderns/Fallows-Hammond (Ross Books), 1984series 7.1box 11folder 18
Hindemith -- Klaviermusik II /Billeter (B. Schott's Sûhne), 1981series 7.1box 11folder 19
Scores -- Johannsson, Magnus B; Varon, Neil -- One folder; Three Scores, Undatedseries 7.1box 11folder 20

Subseries 7.2: Books, 1954-1965

This subseries contains two books by Paul Hindemith.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Paul Hindemith Books, 1954-1965series 7.2box 11folder 21
Paul Hindemith - Catalogue of Published Works and Recordings (Associated Music Publishers), 1954series 7.2box 11folder 21item 1.0
Paul Hindemith - Die letzten Jahre (Schott/Atlantis), 1965series 7.2box 11folder 21item 2.0

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