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Henrietta Baker Low papers

Identifier: PIMS-0035

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Scope and Contents

The Henrietta Baker Low papers (1900-1950) contain four type-written essays authored by Low outlining her experience with the music education program at Peabody and Baltimore schools; a booklet listing standard junior and senior high curricula among various schools within Baltimore; a letter describing Low's work teaching singing in the schools and at the Peabody Preparatory; and scores of her song "Goodnight Little Baby."


  • Creation: 1900 - 1950


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

Henrietta Baker Low was a 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 the 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 Educators National Conference.


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

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Henrietta Baker Low was instrumental in establishing the music teacher education program at the Peabody Conservatory. Her papers contain personal essays and a letter describing her work, a pamphlet outlining public school curricula in Baltimore, and musical scores of her song "Goodnight Little Baby."

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Pamphlets and essays donated by Thomas H. Baker in 2017. Letter to Priscilla Gatchell donated by Gatchell in 1973. Score of "Goodnight Little Baby" found in collections, 2022.

Processing Information

Processed by Kerri Sheehan in 2017 and Matt Testa in 2022.


Guide to the Henrietta Baker Low papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

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