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The Marie Corelli Collection

Call Number: MSS 19

Scope and Contents

The Marie Corelli Collection contains manuscript scores of songs composed by Corelli. The Collection also includes: songs composed by other composers to texts by Corelli; an autograph letter to Corelli from Frank Dixon; and presentation copies of songs by various composers.


  • 1880-1927 (inclusive)


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 Marie Corelli 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. Songs composed by Marie Corelli. II. Songs by various composers to texts by Marie Corelli. III. Songs dedicated to or presentation copies given by composers to Marie Corelli. IV. Miscellaneous materials.


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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Manuscript scores of songs composed by or otherwise connected to the British author and musician Marie Corelli (1855-1924)

Biographical / Historical

Mary Mackay, who is known by the pseudonym Marie Corelli, was born in London in 1855. Her parentage is uncertain, but it has been argued that her adoptive father, the poet and song writer Charles Mackay, was her biological father as well. She was trained in music, and in 1884 made her debut as an improvisational pianist, but her musical career was short-lived. Corelli achieved far greater success as a writer; her novels, many of which deal with spiritualism, were extraordinarily popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, although they received little critical acclaim. She died in 1924.

The Marie Corelli Collection
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Compiled by Susan Landskröner
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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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