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Mary C. Walker papers

Identifier: PIMS-0015

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains Mary C. Walker’s papers accumulated throughout her time working at the Peabody Institute and years thereafter. These papers, dating from 1912 to 2012, consist of personal correspondence, working documents, newspaper clippings of music events, photographs, and personal items. A sizeable portion of the collection includes concert and graduation programs from cities across the country.


  • Creation: 1912 - 2012


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for use at the Peabody Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Catherine Walker, 1911-2011, was an active part of the Peabody Institute community for decades. She attended the Peabody Preparatory, earning her Peabody Teacher’s Certificate in piano. She then went on to study piano with Elizabeth Coulson and voice with Fraser Gange at the Conservatory. She graduated from Peabody in 1934 and started her career as a piano teacher and secretary.

Walker returned to Peabody in 1942 to work as a secretary in the Peabody Conservatory Office. In 1967, after 25 years in the Conservatory Office, she was appointed as the first Director of Alumni Relations. She retired in 1976, after 34 years of devoted service to Peabody. At her retirement dinner she was honored by Peabody for her knowledge, ability, understanding and sincerity, as well as her famous wit and charm. In 1982, The Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association presented her with the Heritage Award. When she moved to the Edenwald Retirement Community, she became the Music Chairman for that facility. Throughout her life she also supported Peabody philanthropically. She funded both of Peabody’s alumni directories and contributed toward the alumni newsletter. She set up an endowment to support the archives so that Peabody’s history would not be lost.


2.35 Cubic Feet (2 legal size boxes, 1 letter size box, 2 flat files)

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This collection contains Mary C. Walker’s papers acquired throughout her time working at Peabody and years thereafter. The collection consists of personal correspondence, working documents, programs, newspaper clippings of music events, photographs, and personal items.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary C. Walker in 1990 and 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by Ming-Hsuan Grace Tsai in 2015.

Guide to the Mary C. Walker papers
Kerri Sheehan
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

Peabody Institute
1 E. Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore MD 21202 USA