The Estelle Carpenter papers, containing her correspondence, a variety of published material by and about her, some personal
effects, and a small collection of sheet music and audio recordings reflect her long and illustrious career as Director of
Music in San Francisco Public Schools and as an active member of many musical societies in California and nationwide.
Estelle Carpenter served as Supervisor of Music for San Francisco Public Schools from 1897 to 1945. Known as that "dynamo
in skirts," she inspired generations of school children to "breathe deeply," and sing praises to San Francisco, "the city
we all love." It was under her guidance that the school system initiated one of the most innovative and thorough musical programs
in the nation. As patriotic as she was gifted, Carpenter combined modern methods of instruction with tradition and sentiment.
3 cartons, 1 box, 1 flat box
(4.5 Linear feet)
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