Guide to the Bessie Bartlett Frankel Papers

Finding aid was created by Russell Michalak, 2009
Ella Strong Denison Library
Scripps College
1090 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, California 91711
Phone: (909) 607-3941
Fax: (909) 607-1548
Email: denison@libraries.claremont.edu
October 2009


Descriptive Summary

Title: Bessie Bartlett Frankel next hit Papers
Creator: previous hit Frankel, Bessie Bartlett next hit
Dates: 1854-1972
Extent: 16 boxes
Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library.
1090 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, California 91711
Abstract: previous hit Bessie Herbert ( Bartlett) Frankel next hit was a founder of the California Federation of Music Clubs and established the Chamber of Music Series at Scripps College. She was also active in various music organizations in Southern California, such as the Friday Morning Club and Young People Concerts and a founder of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hollywood Community Chorus. The collection consists of photographs, music, and scrapbooks.
Collection Number: d1959.2
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
Physical Location: Ella Strong Denison Library, Scripps College, Claremont University Consortium.

Information for Researchers

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research with permission from Ella Strong Denison Library staff.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with Scripps College. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact Ella Strong Denison Library staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], previous hit Bessie Bartlett Frankel next hit Papers. Ella Strong Denison Library, Scripps College, Claremont, California.

Acquisition Information

Gift of previous hit Bessie Bartlett Frankel next hit , 1959 or 1967.

Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer Bicknell for Archival Studies 311, Claremont Graduate University, Spring 2009.

Accruals

No addition to the collection is anticipated.

Biography of previous hit Bessie Bartlett Frankel next hit

previous hit Bessie Bartlett Frankel next hit was born in an unknown year. At home she studied voice, piano and composition and dramatics at the Cumnock School. In 1909, she went to New York to study voice with David Bispham and Herbert Witherspoon. Later she underwent two years of study in Europe, specifically oratorio in England and opera in Italy under Carlo Sbastaino. In 1912 she married Cecil Frankel, an insurance executive associated with Equitable Life and also known to be an accomplished cellist. Mrs. Frankel went on to become a music composer, vocalist, music patron, business executive, and dramatic narrator.
Her father, Albert Griffith Bartlett, established the Bartlett Music Store, which later became the Southern California Music Company. Her father brought to Los Angeles such well-known musicians as, Adelina Patti, Rosenthal and de Pachmann. Today the Pantages Theater stands where the Bartlett Family's home used to be.
Throughout her life Bessie Frankel was active in the Arts and was a member of such groups as, the Friday Morning Club, the Women's Committee for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Los Angeles, Young Peoples' Concerts, and many others. She founded the California Federation of Music Clubs and became Vice-President of the National Federation of Music Clubs. She also instituted the Hollywood Community Chorus and in memory of her father, Mrs. Frankel founded the Bartlett-Frankel String Quartet. Having established the Chamber of Music Series at Scripps College, previous hit Bessie Bartlett Frankel next hit was made an honorary alumna of the College in 1931. She died in 1959. In her will she left a sizeable gift to Scripps College, which was used to build the previous hit Bessie Bartlett Frankel next hit and Cecil Frankel Hall.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Collection contains scrapbooks, photographs, notebooks, postcards, correspondence, music, compositions, and ephemera related to her travels abroad and her career as a musician, composer, and philanthropic work in the world of music.

Series Arrangement

Series 1 Notebooks, Albums, and Scrapbooks
Series 2 Publications
Series 3 Blank Postcards
Series 4 Music
Series 5 Photographs
Series 6 Education and Philanthropic Work

Related Material

Bessie Herbert Frankel Papers, 1905-1959, (Collection 447). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/data/13030/1h/kt0v19q11h/files/kt0v19q11h.pdf

Subject Headings

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection
previous hit Frankel, Bessie Bartlett next hit
music
Women's studies
Western Americana -- 1900-1999
musical scores


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1 Notebooks, Albums, and Scrapbooks, 1869-1972

Scope and Content Note

Contains notebooks used during Mrs. Frankel's studies, philanthropic work, and time spent as a homemaker and hostess; scrapbooks with newspaper clippings, photographs, and a postcard collection; albums that belonged to Mrs. Frankel's mother, Mamie McKeeby; and one folder of correspondence.
Box 1, folder 1

Notebook, 1939-1952

Scope and Content Note

Contains typed and hand written recipes and recipes from newspapers and magazines.
Box 1, folder 2

Notebook, 1934-1950

Scope and Content Note

Contains recipe clippings from newspapers and magazines, along with some handwritten and typed recipes.
Box 1, folder 3

"Mental Photographs: an Album for Confessions of Tastes, Habits, and Convictions", 1869, 1874. Includes a series of surveys in which individuals answer questions regarding their tastes and habits, questions includes "Your Favorite object in Nature" and "Favorite name in History."

Box 1, folder 4

"Leaves of Friendship", 1873-1877

Scope and Content Note

Belonged to Mamie McKeeby and was a gift from her brother Charlie McKeeby. The Album is a collection of letters from Mamie McKeeby's classmates and teachers from Washington College, interspersed amongst various drawings.
Box 1, folder 4

"Leaves of Friendship", 1873-1877

Scope and Content Note

Belonged to Mamie McKeeby and was a gift from her brother Charlie McKeeby. The Album is a collection of letters from Mamie McKeeby's classmates and teachers from Washington College, interspersed amongst various drawings.
Box 2, folder 1

Includes 32 postcards, 1 Christmas card, and 1 letter from Mrs. Frankel's friends and acquaintances, 1900-1916 and 1932, 1937, undated

Box 3, folder 1

Education-Notebooks, 1972 and undated

Scope and Content Note

previous hit Bessie Bartlett Frankel's next hit Notebooks from the Chicago School of Music and a notebook titled "Folkdance Notebook".
Box 4, folder 1

Notebook-Young People's Concerts, undated

Scope and Content Note

The notebook has the inscription "Mrs., Cecil Frankel Los Angles Cal." in the lower right hand corner. Inside the notebook are the names and addresses of the founding members of the Young People's Concerts society.
Box 7, folder 1

Scrapbook, 1951-1952

Scope and Content Note

Includes newspaper clippings that mostly pertain to religious topics such as "Grace for Today".
Box 7, folder 2

Scrapbook, Undated

Scope and Content Note

Has handwritten title "History" on first page. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings of poems, pictures, and stories of which the creator felt held a historical nature.
Box 8, folder 3

Scrapbook of blank postcards mostly from Europe, Undated

Box 8, folder 4

"Alaska Views", Undated

Scope and Content Note

Contains scenic photographs from a trip to Alaska.
 

Series 2 Publications 1904-1935

Scope and Content Note

Contains journal publications including Masters in Music and Sigma Alpha Iota: National Music Fraternity, and published work including Postcards: The World in Miniature by Watson Cole, Mona Lisa by Max Schillings and L'Amore Dei Tre Re by Sem Benelli.
Box 3, folder 2

Journal Publications-Masters in Music, 1904-1905

Box 3, folder 3

Journal Publications-Sigma Alpha Iota: National Music Fraternity, 1933

Box 4, folder 8

Journal Publications-Sigma Alpha Iota: National Music Fraternity, 1933

 

Series 3 Blank Postcards, Undated

Scope and Content Note

Contains blank postcards from Mrs. Frankel's travels, mostly spanning the European and American continents.
Box 6, folder 1

Austria-Vienna

Box 6, folder 2

Canada-Montreal

Box 6, folder 3

Canada-Ontario

Box 6, folder 4

Canada-Quebec

Box 6, folder 5

Cuba-Havana

Box 6, folder 6

Czechoslovakia - Prague

Box 6, folder 7

Europe-Miscellaneous

Box 6, folder 8

France-Paris

Box 6, folder 9

France-Versailles

Box 6, folder 10

Germany-Berlin

Box 6, folder 11

Germany-Dresden

Box 6, folder 12

Germany-Hamburg

Box 6, folder 13

Germany-Koblenz

Box 6, folder 14

Germany-Leipzig

Box 6, folder 15

Ireland-Miscellaneous

Box 6, folder 16

Italy-Capri

Box 6, folder 17

Italy-Como

Box 6, folder 18

Italy-Florence

Box 6, folder 19

Italy-Milan

Box 6, folder 20

Italy-Naples

Box 6, folder 21

Italy-Pompei

Box 6, folder 22

Italy-Rome

Box 6, folder 23

Italy-Venice

Box 6, folder 24

Luxembourg-Miscellaneous

Box 6, folder 25

Mexico-Miscellaneous

Box 6, folder 26

Miscellaneous

Box 6, folder 27

Switzerland-Basel

Box 6, folder 28

Switzerland-Gotthardbahn

Box 6, folder 29

Switzerland-Lucrence

Box 6, folder 30

United States-Alaska

Box 6, folder 31

United States-California

Box 6, folder 32

United States-Grand Canyon

Box 6, folder 33

United States-New Hampshire

Box 6, folder 34

United States-Massachusetts

Box 6, folder 35

United States-New York

Box 6, folder 36

United States-Miscellaneous

Box 6, folder 37

United States-Mount Vernon

Box 6, folder 38

United States-Washington, D.C.

Box 6, folder 39

United States-Yosemite National Park

 

Series 4 Music, 1854-1959

Scope and Content Note

Contains an assortment of published instrumental music, vocal music, foreign language music, musical recitations and the work of Mrs. Frankel and J.C. Bartlett. Also contains manuscript and sheet music.
Box 11, folder 1

Assortment of Published Instrumental Music, 1901

Box 11, folder 2

Assortment of Published Instrumental Music, 1893

Box 11, folder 3

Assortment of Published Instrumental Music, 1911

Box 11, folder 4

Assortment of Published Instrumental Music, 1901, 1905, 1923, and undated

Box 11, folder 5

Assortment of Published Instrumental Music, 1854, 1897, 1904, 1959, undated.

Box 11, folder 6

Assortment of Published Instrumental Music, 1900, 1908

Box 11, folder 7

Assortment of Published Instrumental Music, 1904, undated

Box 11, folder 8

Assortment of Published Instrumental Music, 1909, 1912, undated

Box 11, folder 9

Assortment of Published Instrumental Music, 1906, 1909, 1911

Box 11, folder 10

Assortment of Published Instrumental Music, 1910

Box 12, folder 1.1

Assortment of Published Musical Recitations, 1898, 1915, 1917

Box 12, folder 1

Assortment of Published Musical Recitations, 1911, 1918

Box 12, folder 2

Assortment of Published Musical Recitations, 1906, 1911

Box 12, folder 3

Assortment of Published Musical Recitations, 1904, 1910, 1920

Box 12, folder 4

Assortment of Published Musical Recitations, 1902-1904, 1914, 1920

Box 12, folder 5

Assortment of Published Musical Recitations, 1905, 1911, 1913

Box 12, folder 6

Assortment of Published Musical Recitations, 1898, 1905, 1913, 1917, undated

Box 12, folder 7

Assortment of Published Musical Recitations, 1900, 1906, 1909, 1912

Box 12, folder 8

Assortment of Published Musical Recitations, 1900, 1906, 1909, 1912

Box 12, folder 9

Manuscript Music by Abbie Norton Jamison, Undated

Box 13, folder 1

Manuscript Music by Arthur Koermer, Undated

Box 13, folder 2

Manuscript Music by Arthur Koermer, Undated

Box 13, folder 3

Manuscript Music by Arthur Koermer, 1916 and Undated

Box 13, folder 4

Manuscript Music by Arthur Koermer, 1913 and Undated

Box 13, folder 5

Miscellaneous Manuscript Music, Undated

Box 13, folder 6

Miscellaneous Published Vocal Music, 1897,1898, 1913, 1914

Scope and Content Note

Includes, "Well-Beloved California," "Scriptural Songs," "Cycle of Songs from Tennyson's Maud," and "Anthems for Mixed Voices."
Box 13, folder 7

Miscellaneous Published Vocal Music, 1878, 1895, 1924

Scope and Content Note

Includes "Christ Went Up into the Hills," "Canciones del Pais de California," and "A Collection of the Most Favorite Italian Songs with English Translations."
Box 13, folder 8

Miscellaneous Published Vocal Music, 1905, 1907, 1910, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes "I'll Sing Thee Songs of Araby," "Gems of German Songs," "G. Schirmer's Collection of Part-Songs and Choruses for Men's Voices," and "Miniatures: A Series of Little Songs."
Box 13, folder 9

Miscellaneous Published Vocal Music, 1896

Scope and Content Note

Includes "Richard Strauss: Song Album."
Box 13, folder 10

Miscellaneous Published Vocal Music, 1909

Scope and Content Note

Includes, "Lasca."
Box 13, folder 11

Miscellaneous Published Vocal Music, 1900, 1904, 1905, 1909, 1910

Scope and Content Note

Includes, "G. Pfeifer Melodies," "Kate Vannah Songs," "Frederick Stevenson Secular Songs," "I Once Loved A Boy," "Favorite Songs by Franz Liszo."
Box 14, folder 1

Miscellaneous Published Vocal Music, 1869, 1903, 1904, 1908, 1929

Scope and Content Note

Includes "The Friend of You," "O Perfect Love," "The Day When You'll Forget Me," "Songs by James G. MacDermid," "They Shall Hunger No More," "Songs by H.J. Stewart."
Box 14, folder 2

Miscellaneous Published Vocal Music, 1907, 1914

Scope and Content Note

Includes "Gitanjali," "James Lee's Wife."
Box 14, folder 3

Miscellaneous Published Vocal Music, 1888, 1923

Scope and Content Note

Includes "Gitanjali," "James Lee's Wife."
Box 14, folder 4

Miscellaneous Published Vocal Music, 1909

Scope and Content Note

Includes "Soprano Songs."
Box 14, folder 5

Miscellaneous Published Vocal Music, 1901

Scope and Content Note

Includes "Opera Songs."
Box 14, folder 6

Miscellaneous Published Vocal Music, 1905

Scope and Content Note

Includes "Anthology of Sacred Songs."
Box 14, folder 7

Miscellaneous Published Vocal Music, 1904

Scope and Content Note

Includes "La Savoyarde."
Box 15, folder 1

Music in French, 1897

Box 15, folder 2

Music in French, 1884, 1897, undated

Box 15, folder 3

Music in German, 1900, undated

Box 15, folder 4

Music in German, 1936, undated

Box 15, folder 5

Music in German, 1905

Box 15, folder 6

Music in German, 1895, 1905

Box 15, folder 7

Music Related Ephemera, 1865, 1910, undated

Box 15, folder 8

Music in Spanish, 1897, 1898

Box 15, folder 9

Published Music - previous hit Bessie Bartlett Frankel next hit , 1932

Box 15, folder 10

Published Music - J.C. Bartlett, 1895

Box 16, folder 1

Published Music - Other Authors, 1904, 1912

Box 16, folder 2

Published Music - Other Authors, 1902

Box 16, folder 3

Published Music - Other Authors, 1912

Box 16, folder 4

Published Music - Other Authors, 1924, undated

Box 16, folder 5

Published Music - Other Authors, 1907

Box 16, folder 6

Published Music - Other Authors, 1884, 1898, 1907, 1912, 1915, undated

 

Series 5 Photographs, 1873-1876, 1902-1949, 1962

Scope and Content Note

Contains photographs of Mrs. Frankel and various members of her family as well as autographed portraits of musicians from the United States and various European countries.
Box 9, folder 1

Arden, Cecil, 1923

Box 9, folder 2

Auday, Rosette, 1932

Box 9, folder 3

Bond, Carrie Jacobs, 1919, 1931

Box 9, folder 4

Cadman, Charles Wakefeild, undated

Box 9, folder 5

Casals, Pablo, 1902

Box 9, folder 6

Clark, William Andrew (Jr.), 1928

Box 9, folder 7

Cuter, Augua, 1930

Box 9, folder 8

Dale, Esther, Undated

Box 9, folder 9

Davis, Douglas, Undated

Box 9, folder 10

Dux, Claire, 1930

Box 9, folder 11

Fernandez, Arbos Enrique, undated

Box 9, folder 12

Friml, Rudolf, 1908

Box 9, folder 13

Galfrui (?), Kath, undated

Box 9, folder 14

Ganz, Rudolf, undated

Box 9, folder 15

Giannini, Dusolina, undated

Box 9, folder 16

Gunster, Frederick, undated

Box 9, folder 17

Gzevchauiuoff, S., 1932

Box 9, folder 18

Hagen, Mina, undated

Box 9, folder 19

Hertz, Alfred and Lily (Mr. and Mrs.), 1922, 1924

Box 9, folder 20

Hess, Myra, undated

Box 9, folder 21

Iturbi, Jose, undated

Box 9, folder 22

Johnston-Bishop, Genevra, 1907

Box 9, folder 23

Klemperer, Otto, 1933-1934

Box 9, folder 24

Kochanski, Paul, 1932

Box 9, folder 25

Landowska, Wanda, (?), 1930

Box 9, folder 26

Lheuinne, Josef, 1930

Box 9, folder 27

Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Trip to Mexico, undated

Box 9, folder 28

Lummis, Charles Flecther, undated

Box 9, folder 29

Lyons, Lucile M., undated

Box 9, folder 30

Mason, Edith, 1903

Box 9, folder 31

McKeeby, Griffin B., undated

Box 9, folder 32

McKeeby, L.C., undated

Box 9, folder 33

Mills, R. Watkin, 1909-1910, undated

Box 9, folder 34

Milstein, Nathan, 1929

Box 9, folder 35

Miscellaneous, undated

Box 9, folder 36

Molinari, Bernardino, 1929, 1933

Box 9, folder 37

Prokofieff, Serge, 1929, 1933

Box 9, folder 38

Ritchie, Bell, 1927

Box 9, folder 39

Rodzinski, Artur, 1932

Box 9, folder 40

Rubenstein, Artur, undated

Box 9, folder 41

Sauret, Emile, 1875

Box 9, folder 42

Sessious, Archibald W., 1908

Box 9, folder 43

Sylva, Marguerita, undated

Box 9, folder 44

Templeton, Alec, undated

Box 9, folder 45

Tibbett, Lawrence, undated

Box 9, folder 46

Ventura, California, undated

Box 9, folder 47

Wallenstein, Alfred, 1941

Box 9, folder 48

Zoellner Quartet, 1923

Box 10, folder 1

previous hit Frankel, Bessie Bartlett , undated

Box 10, folder 2

Frankel, Cecil, undated

Box 10, folder 3

Groups, undated

Box 10, folder 4

Monteaux, Pierre, 1935

Box 10, folder 5

Monteux, Nanci, 1935

Box 10, folder 6

Moore, Grace, undated

Box 10, folder 7

Moore, Mary Carr, 1949, undated

Box 10, folder 8

Piatigorsky, Gregor, 1929

Box 10, folder 9

Ponselle, Rosa, 1931

Box 10, folder 10

Schneevoigt, Georg, 1928

Box 10, folder 11

Schneevoight, Sigrid, 1928

Box 10, folder 12

Schuchari, Sadah, 1930

Box 10, folder 13

Steinberg, William, 1943

Box 10, folder 14

Thomas, John Charles, undated

Box 10, folder 15

Thomas, Rose Fay, 1922

Box 10, folder 16

Unidentified-Children, undated

Box 10, folder 17

Unidentified-Children, undated

Box 10, folder 18

Unidentified-Men, 1909, 1930, 1944,1962, undated

Box 10, folder 19

Unidentified-Men, undated

Box 10, folder 20

Unidentified-Men, undated

Box 10, folder 21

Unidentified-Women, 1873, 1876, undated

Box 10, folder 22

Unidentified-Women, undated

Box 10, folder 23

Yalkousky, Isabelle, 1930

 

Series 6 Education and Philanthropic Work, 1891-1948

Scope and Content Note

Contains materials pertaining to Mrs. Frankel's education and philanthropic work with organizations such as, Ebell of Los Angeles, American Legion, The Friday Morning Club, the Historical Society of Southern California and the Women's Committee for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Los Angeles.
Box 2, folder 3

Education-Transcribed Works, 1913

Scope and Content Note

Song of the Bell by Worden
Box 4, folder 9

Education-Published Works, undated

Scope and Content Note

No Room In the Inn by Patterson Green work contains handwritten annotations.
Box 2, folder 2

Education-Notes, undated

Scope and Content Note

No Room In the Inn by Patterson Green work contains handwritten annotations.
Box 4, folder 2

American Legion Pamphlets, 1932, undated

Scope and Content Note

Contains two pamphlets.
Box 4, folder 3

Ebell of Los Angeles Yearbook, 1947-1948

Box 4, folder 4

Historical Society of Southern California Roster, 1950

Box 4, folder 5

Friday Morning Club Materials, 1891-1945, undated

Scope and Content Note

Contains programs, bulletins, directory, roster, and a yearbook.
Box 4, folder 7

Women's Committee for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Los Angeles Program, 1945

Box 5, folder 1

Friday Morning Club Gavel presented to Frankel, ca. 1939

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed "Mrs. Cecil Frankel President The Friday Morning Club 1935-1939".
Box 8, folder 1

Small leather book cover, undated

Box 8, folder 2

Large leather book cover, undated