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Henrietta Baker Low papers

Identifier: PIMS-0035
Henrietta G. Baker Low was instrumental in establishing the music teacher education program at the Peabody Conservatory. Her papers contain personal essays describing her work as well as a pamphlet outlining public school curricula in Baltimore.


  • 1900 - 1935


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.


.19 Cubic Feet (1 half-size letter box)

Biographical / Historical

Henrietta Baker Low was an influential organist, teacher, and director in Baltimore. Having grown up with a love of music, Low initially began her professional career teaching math and English at Baltimore public schools. She was passionate about music and giving children the opportunity to study music in school. From 1904 to 1914, Low was the Assistant Director of Music as well as the Director of Music for Baltimore public schools. She then became the head of the Department of School Music at Peabody Conservatory from 1914 to 1940. Low had a large impact on the Peabody community, establishing music teacher education courses. She was also instrumental in establishing a program in conjunction with Baltimore public schools, offering secondary students a means of studying music at the Conservatory. Low was also a national chairperson and 1912-1913 president of the Music Educator’s National Conference.

Scope and Contents

The Henrietta G. Baker Low papers (1900-1935) are arranged in one series. Included are four type-written essays authored by Low outlining her experience with the music education program at Peabody and Baltimore schools. Also included is a booklet listing standard junior and senior high curricula among various schools within Baltimore.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Thomas H. Baker in 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by Kerri Sheehan in 2017.



Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

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