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The Leonard Woolsey Bacon Papers

Call Number: Misc. Ms. 54

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of holograph sketches, scores, and parts for 27 musical compositions by Leonard Woolsey Bacon, Jr., including songs, piano pieces, and chamber music. The Papers also hold a number of works by other composers in copyists' manuscripts. Two letters are also included.


  • 1887-1926


Language of Materials

Materials chiefly in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Papers are 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 Leonard Woolsey Bacon Papers are 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 3 series as follows: I. Music by Bacon. II. Music by Others. III. Correspondence.

Related Materials

Researchers may also wish to consult the Bacon-Schneeloch Family Papers, MS 707, in Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University.


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

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Music and correspondence by the American composer and physician Leonard Woolsey Bacon, Jr. (1865-1939)

Biographical / Historical

Leonard Woolsey Bacon, Jr. was born in Stamford, Connecticut on February 24, 1865. He should not be confused with his father, Leonard Woolsey Bacon (1830-1907), a clergyman, writer, and doctor. Like many members of his family, Leonard, Jr. attended Yale College (Class of 1888), where he helped found the orchestra. He earned the M.D. from the Yale School of Medicine in 1892, and also studied at numerous other American and European universities. Bacon had a long and distinguished career as a physician in New Haven, but he was also a composer and church organist, and it is his musical activities that are represented in this collection. In 1892 Bacon married Emma Waleska Schneeloch, a prominent singer who usually performed with her sister Emilie. (For more on the Schneeloch Sisters, see MSS 6, the Schneeloch Family Papers.) Emma died in 1925, and two years later Bacon married Esther Louise Oleson. He died in Hamden, Connecticut on January 8, 1939.

The Leonard Woolsey Bacon Papers
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Compiled by Jean Elizabeth Roberts
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Finding Aid Prepared According To Local Music Library Descriptive Practices
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Finding aid written in English.

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