May Garrettson Evans scrapbooks
- 1896 - 1995
- Majority of material found within 1896-1947
- Evans, May Garrettson, 1866-1947 (Person)
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1.95 Cubic Feet (3 large flat boxes and 1 half-size letter box)
Biographical / Historical
Looking for an interesting story to cover for the paper, Evans was drawn back to the Peabody Conservatory. She believed there was a need for a preparatory school as a means to prepare future students for the rigorous curriculum offered by the Conservatory. She interviewed the director and wrote the story, sparking serious interest in the project.
Though the Conservatory director, Asger Hamerik, was interested in the idea, there were no steps taken to begin the project. Evans then took it upon herself, along with her sister Marion, to open the Peabody Graduates' Preparatory and High School of Music in 1894. Evans enlisted the help of fellow graduates of the Conservatory to teach the several hundred pupils who applied for admission that year. The school’s success was overwhelming, and was officially incorporated into the Peabody Conservatory in 1898 as the Peabody Preparatory Department. Evans stayed on as superintendent of the department until 1930. Evans was passionate about bringing music to the people of Baltimore, inviting people of all ages, backgrounds, and musical ability to study at the Preparatory. Dance was incorporated into the Preparatory in 1914.
Evans continued to write, acting as editor of the Peabody Bulletin. She also published one of the first academic articles on the song and dance traditions of the Pueblo and Navajo Indians.
May Garrettson Evans is one eight children of Henry Cotheal Evans and Mary Elizabeth Garrettson. Their ancestry is traced back to the 17th century and includes notable figures in Maryland history such as Edward Dorsey, Nicholas Greenberry, Henry Ridgely, John Worthington, and John Hammond.
Scope and Contents
Box 3 contains photographs of May Garrettson Evans and her sisters Marion Evans and Bessie Evans, both of whom also worked at the Peabody Preparatory Department. Box 4 contains preservation copies of the scrapbooks and additional clippings, concert programs, and essays related to Evans and the history of the Peabody Preparatory.