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Elsa Baklor scrapbooks

Identifier: PIMS-0055

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of five scrapbooks (1924-1977) contain clippings, photographs, and concert programs related to Elsa Baklor's singing and teaching career. Included are clippings related to the Baltimore Opera Company, Rosa Ponselle, and some of Baklor's students. Also included are photographs of Baklor with composer and performer Mana-Zucca.


  • Creation: 1924-1977


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for use at the Peabody Archives. Contact for more information.

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

Elsa May Baklor (née Lowenson) was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 1896. In 1912 her family moved to Baltimore, where she began studying music and singing with George Castelle, head of the voice department at Peabody Institute. Baklor performed with the De Feo and Chicago Opera Companies in the 1920s and 1930s. She also sang and arranged music for the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. Baklor taught voice at Peabody in the 1950s and 1960s and also gave private lessons for many years. She soloed with the Baltimore and Ohio Glee Club, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, was an honorary member of the Baltimore Music Club, and was featured on the radio. She died in 1989.


0.38 Cubic Feet (1 full-size letter box)

Language of Materials



Elsa Baklor was a coloratura soprano and music educator who taught at the Peabody Conservatory and privately in the mid-twentieth century. Her collection of five scrapbooks contain clippings, photographs, and concert programs related to her career as a performer and teacher.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Armand Baklor in 1989.


Guide to the Elsa Baklor scrapbooks
Kerri Sheehan
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Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

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