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The Jenny Lind Collection

Call Number: Misc. Ms. 242

Scope and Contents

This collection includes programs, clippings, and a collection of printed sheet music relating to the Swedish soprano Jenny Lind, particularly regarding her American tour of 1850-1852. The sheet music includes works she performed as well as works inspired by her.


  • 1847-1851

Language of Materials

Materials chiefly in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers by appointment. There are no restricted materials in the collection. Please contact the Special Collections staff to schedule an appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

The Jenny Lind Collection is the physical property of the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library of Yale University. Copyrights belong to the composers and authors, or their legal heirs and assigns.


In 4 series as follows: I. Programs II. Clippings. III. Music. IV. Miscellaneous items.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Catalog Record

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

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Programs, clippings, music, and other items relating to the Swedish soprano Jenny Lind (1820-1887), particularly regarding her American tour of 1850-1852

Biographical / Historical

Jenny Lind (1820-1887) was the most renowned soprano of her era. After triumphs in her native Sweden, France, Germany, and England, in 1850-1852 she toured the United States, performing in 93 cities. Her trip was organized by P.T. Barnum, and it became a milestone in the history of music in America, not only for the purity and agility of her voice, but also for the audacity (and success) of Barnum's marketing.
The Jenny Lind Collection
Compiled by Rebecca Schalk
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared According To Local Music Library Descriptive Practices
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Gilmore Music Library Repository

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