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The Love Family Papers

Call Number: MSS 1

Scope and Contents

The Love Family Papers consist primarily of letters to Lucy Prindle Love and Helen Love Scranton. The correspondence includes letters from composers, conductors, instrumentalists, singers, and critics. The Papers also contain newspaper clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous items.


  • 1850-1960 (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.

Some of the materials may be stored at the Library's off-campus shelving facility, so researchers should allow at least two business days to have the appropriate boxes paged.

Conditions Governing Use

The Love Family 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Love Family Papers were established in the Music Library of Yale University by Helen Scranton's cousin, Mrs. William Gaines, in 1969.


In 4 series as follows: I. Correspondence. II. Miscellaneous Correspondence. III. Printed matter. IV. Photographs.


3 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


Letters to Lucy Prindle Love and Helen Love Scranton, as well as clippings, photographs, and other items

Biographical / Historical

Lucy Prindle Love and her daughter Helen Love Scranton played an active role in the social and cultural life of New York in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Helen Scranton was secretary for many years to Franz Kneisel, the founder of the Kneisel String Quartet. After the dissolution of the Quartet in 1917, she served as secretary to both the Society of the Friends of Music and the Beethoven Association of New York.
Register to The Love Family Papers
Compiled by Dorothée Recordon
Language of description
Finding aid is in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2007-08-24: music.mss.0001.xml converted for compliance with Yale EAD Best Practice Guidelines with music-migrate-02.xsl (yn2007-08-24).
  • 2007-03-21: music.mss.0001.xml converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 with v1to02.xsl (yn2007-03-20).
  • 2010-01-26: Transformed with yale.addEadidUrl.xsl. Adds @url with handle for finding aid. Overwrites @url if already present.

Repository Details

Part of the Yale University Music Library Repository

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