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Lee Goebel papers

Call Number: MS 2103

Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence and other materials documenting Lee Goebel's studies as a student at the Yale School of Music. The bulk of the collection comprises letters from Goebel to her mother while Goebel attended the Yale School of Music from 1941 to 1946. Her letters describe her social life and studies, which included English, dictation, voice, and the history of music. The collection also includes twenty-eight photographs of Goebel and her associates, concert programs, and biographical material about Goebel compiled by Joel Helander.


  • 1922-2018
  • Majority of material found within 1941-1946


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Lee Goebel was transferred to Yale University in 2019. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lee Goebel, 2019.


The papers are arranged under four headings: Goebel materials compiled by Joel Helander; Correspondence; Photographs; Documents pertaining to Ralph Kirkpatrick.

Related Materials

Related material: Berkeley College, Yale University, memorabilia (RU 442); Yale Miscellaneous Manuscripts collection (MS 1258).


3 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The Lee Goebel papers contain over six hundred letters among Lee Goebel and her friends and family. The papers also include twenty-eight photographs of Goebel and her associates and information on Goebel compiled by Joel Helander.

Biographical / Historical

Leona "Lee" Goebel was born on July 12, 1923 in Morristown, New Jersey, to Leona Goebel and Gordon Goebel. As a child, Goebel received her nickname in order to distinguish her from her mother, Leona Goebel, and her maternal grandmother, Leona Timmons. Goebel graduated from Yale College in 1946 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. After graduating from Yale, Goebel traveled to Europe to continue her studies in music. Goebel toured throughout Europe, studying opera, choral music, and piano, and traveled to Salzburg, Austria; Frankfurt, Germany; Rome, Italy; and Basel, Switzerland. Goebel performed with the Basel Opera from 1957 until 1960, when she returned to Yale for graduate studies.Though Goebel began her graduate coursework at Yale, she transferred to Columbia University and continued her education there from 1963 to 1967. In 1967, she completed her dissertation and earned a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. After earning her doctorate, Goebel continued to contribute to academia, as she lectured at Western Michigan University, the University of North Carolina, Sacred Heart University, and finally, at Yale University for four years.

Guide to the Lee Goebel Papers
Edited Full Draft
compiled by Emily Komornik
August 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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