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Finding Aid to the Estelle Carpenter Papers, 1891-1948 MS 1577A
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Series 1 Correspondence 1900-1948

Physical Description: 1 carton, 18 folders

Scope and Contents

Consists of letters from Estelle's sister, Edith Capenter Shepard, as well as letters received from Estelle's brother-in-law (and Edith's husband) Thomas Munroe Shepard. Additional correspondence relating to Estelle's position as a music educator, including reports, letters of appreciation, and blank stationery from organizations and public events.


Series 1 is divided into two subseries: 1.1: Correspondence with Edith Carpenter Shepard, and 1.2: Professional and personal correspondence.

Subseries 1.1 Correspondence with Edith Carpenter Shepard 1913-1947

Physical Description: 10 folders


Arranged chronologically.

Existence and Location of Originals

Includes photocopies of letters held at the Northampton Historical Society, from a collection of papers of Edith Carpenter Shepherd, Estelle's sister.
Carton 1, Folder 1


Carton 1, Folder 2


Carton 1, Folder 3


Carton 1, Folder 4


Carton 1, Folder 5


Carton 1, Folder 6

1923, 1932-1936

Carton 1, Folder 7


Carton 1, Folder 8

1942, undated

Carton 1, Folder 9

Correspondence with Thomas Munroe Shepard 1908-1917

Carton 1, Folder 10

Fragments and miscellaneous undated


Subseries 1.2 Professional and Personal Correspondence 1900-1948

Physical Description: 8 folders


Arranged by type of material.
Carton 1, Folder 11

Reports to Superintendent of Schools and California Federation of Music Clubs 1916-1940, 1941-1943

Carton 1, Folder 12-14

Miscellaneous correspondence 1908-1945

Carton 1, Folder 15-16

Letters of appreciation 1900-1948

Carton 1, Folder 17

Letters and tributes commemorating career at retirement 1945-1946

Carton 1, Folder 18

Stationery from organizations and public events 1909-1935


Series 2 Articles and Publications 1897-1948

Physical Description: 1 carton, 17 folders

Scope and Contents

Consists of whole publications, fragments, and typescripts and manuscripts of articles written by and about Estelle Carpenter. Included are miscellaneous biographical materials, consisting of encyclopedia entries, obituaries and other articles, and genealogical materials relating to the Carpenter family. Publications include several different education and music society bulletins, as well as newspaper clippings, a bound compendium of music-related articles, and the typescript and related materials of a KNBC radio broadcast about Ms. Carpenter's life.


Series 2 has been divided into four subseries: 2.1: Biographical Materials; 2.2: Typescripts and Manuscripts; 2.3: Printed Materials; 2.4: News Clippings.

Subseries 2.1 Biographical Materials 1932-1949

Physical Description: 2 folders


Arranged by type of material.
Carton 2, Folder 1

Miscellaneous biographical articles and obituaries 1932-1949

Carton 2, Folder 2

Carpenter genealogy undated


Subseries 2.2 Typescripts and Manuscripts undated

Physical Description: 4 folders


Arranged by type of material.
Carton 2, Folder 3-4

Articles and speeches by Estelle Carpenter undated

Carton 2, Folder 5-6

Articles and radio broadcasts about Estelle Carpenter undated


Subseries 2.3 Printed Materials 1906-1951

Physical Description: 8 folders, 1 volume


Arranged alphabetically by publication title.
Carton 2, Folder 7

California Federation of Music Clubs 1923-1927

Carton 2, Folder 8

California Parent-Teacher Bulletin 1929-1939

Carton 2, Folder 9

Journal of Education, San Francisco Public Schools Bulletin 1907-1927, 1945-1949

Carton 2, Folder 10-12

Miscellaneous publications 1906-1948

Carton 2, Folder 13

KNBC Broadcast - This is Your Home 1951

Carton 2, Volume 1

Music and Dance in California and the West 1948

Oversize Box 1, Folder 1

Music and the Allied Arts 1935-1936


Subseries 2.4 News Clippings 1897-1948

Physical Description: 4 folders


Arranged chronologically.
Carton 2, Folder 14

1897-1899, 1923-1945

Carton 2, Folder 15

Scrapbook undated

Carton 2, Folder 16-17

Miscellaneous clippings undated


Series 3 Notebooks, Scrapbooks, and Memorabilia 1891-1948

Physical Description: 1 carton, 16 folders

Scope and Contents

Consists of Estelle Carpenter's personal effects and memorabilia including programs, invitations, tickets, announcements, and certificates, notebooks and workbooks containing writing and sewing and art exercises, and scrapbooks reflecting her interests in poetry and culture.


Arranged into 2 subseries: 3.1 Programs and Memorabilia, and 3.2 Notebooks, Scrapbooks, and Workbooks.

Subseries 3.1 Programs and Memorabilia 1891-1948

Physical Description: 5 folders, 1 volume

Scope and Contents

Contains miscellaneous programs, annoucements, and invitations to various public events, as well as certificates of achievment and membership to various clubs and organizations.


Arranged by type of material.
Carton 3, Folder 1-3


Carton 3, Folder 4

Announcements and certificates 1895-1948

Carton 3, Folder 5

Invitations 1911-1945

Oversize Box 1, folder 4

Where Nature Leads Through Paths of Peace 1916

Dedication of Elizabeth Carpenter's (Estelle Carpenter's mother) internment at Cypress Lawn Cemetery.

Subseries 3.2 Notebooks, Scrapbooks, and Workbooks 1894-1924

Physical Description: 11 folders


Arranged by type of material.
Carton 3, Folder 6

Music notation workbooks undated

Carton 3, Folder 7

Textbooks, publications and receipts undated

Carton 3, Folder 8

Weaving and sewing workbooks undated

Carton 3, Folder 9-10

Miscellaneous workbooks undated

Carton 3, Folder 11

Scrapbook undated

Carton 3, Folder 12-15

Notebooks undated

Carton 3, Folder 16

Rubber stamps [3 items] undated


Series 4 Sheet Music undated

Physical Description: 2 folders

Scope and Content

Consists of some whole and some fragmentary sheet music either used or composed or adapted by Estelle Carpenter.


Arranged in two folders.
Oversize Box 1, Folder 2-3

Sheet music undated


Series 5 Audio Recordings undated

Physical Description: 8 phonograph records

Scope and Contents

Consists of eight 78 RPM phonograph records pertaining to Estelle Carpenter's life and career as a music educator. It includes 2 discs from the Standard School Broadcast series, a Standard Oil-produced music education program, on whose advisory board Ms. Carpenter participated. 4 discs comprise a 1951 KNBC broadcast of a show entitled This is Your Home, a regular series of San Francisco reminisences written by Samuel Dickson, in which the author recounts his experience as a student of Ms. Carpenter's. Also included is a recording of California Lullaby, performed by Rudy Seiger's Fairmont Hotel Orchestra. Ms. Carpenter led a performance of this song with a cadre of her students, accompanied by Mr. Seiger's orchestra, at the Fairmont hotel.
Box 1, Disc 1-2

Standard School Broadcast undated

Box 1, Disc 3-6

This is Your Home 1951

Box 1, Disc 7

Freedom's Call, by Schreiber, Felix undated

Box 1, Disc 8

California Lullaby/ My Dearest Prayer performed by Rudy Seiger's Fairmont Hotel Orchestra. undated