COLLECTION GUIDES

1735-1971

Offsite Storage Inventory

Restrictions on Access

The Frederick S. Converse papers are stored offsite and must be requested at least one business day in advance. Contact the Library at library@masshist.org or (617) 536-1608 to request materials. Please discuss your request with the reading room staff before requesting cartons by barcode.

Note: This collection is UNPROCESSED and closed to researchers pending processing.

There are restrictions on the use of this collection. Users must sign an agreement stating that they understand these restrictions before they will be given access to the collection.


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of the personal and professional papers of composer and New England Conservatory of Music professor Frederick Shepherd Converse, 1893-1943. Includes correspondence with wife Emma Tudor Converse, programs, lecture notes, composition drafts, records of royalties, clippings and account books. Also includes diaries, calendars, and correspondence kept by Emma Tudor Converse, 1889-1943; Tudor family papers, 1735-91; Converse family papers, 1853-1971; printed copies of music composed by Converse; and Converse and Tudor family photographs.

Restrictions on Access

The Frederick S. Converse papers are stored offsite and must be requested at least one business day in advance. Contact the Library at library@masshist.org or (617) 536-1608 to request materials. Please discuss your request with the reading room staff before requesting cartons by barcode.

Note: This collection is UNPROCESSED and closed to researchers pending processing.

There are restrictions on the use of this collection. Users must sign an agreement stating that they understand these restrictions before they will be given access to the collection.

Restrictions on Use

The Massachusetts Historical Society does not claim ownership to the literary rights (copyright) to letters and documents in the Frederick S. Converse papers. The Massachusetts Historical Society cannot give permission to publish or quote from documents by individuals for whom it does not hold copyright. Use of these materials does not imply permission to publish. It is the sole responsibility of the researcher to obtain formal permission from the owners of the literary rights (copyright) to publish or quote from documents in this collection.

Photocopies are for personal use only. Personal use photocopies may not be donated or deposited in other libraries or archives, or made available to other researchers without the written permission of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Summary Description of the Collection

Tudor family papers

Carton 7SH 13EA U
Volume, "John Tudor's" receipt book, 26 March 1757-28 June 1793, (includes memorandum, 1814-1816)
Carton 7SH 13EA U
Volume, ledger, [probably kept by John Tudor], March 1745-1754
Carton 1SH 13E4 O
"Memorandums from 1709 &c. by John Tudor to 1775 and to 93" [actual dates of content, 1735-1792]two photostat copies in cases
Carton 1SH 13E4 O
"Louise Tudor's Very Special Recipes," n.d.
Carton 1SH 13E4 O
Louise Tudor recipes, 1891

Ancestral tablets (preprinted tablets for genealogists):

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Gash-Page (2 copies)
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Roche-Brook
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Tudor-Fenno
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Tudor

Converse family papers

Carton 1SH 13E4 O
Converse family correspondence, 1853-1859, and legal documents, 1860s

Mostly letters to Edmund W. Converse (father of Frederick S. Converse)

Carton 1SH 13E4 O
Converse family records (photostat copy, made in 1935, of information from family Bible)
Carton 1SH 13E4 O
News clippings and obituary of Edward W. Converse, 1920 (son of Frederick S. Converse and Emma T. Converse)
Carton 1SH 13E4 O
Miscellaneous clippings about Converse family, n.d. and obituary of Emma T. Converse, 1948
Carton 1SH 13E4 O
Poems by Emma T. Converse, 1900-1936
Carton 7SH 13EA U
Furniture inventory, 1908
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Financial papers and estate papers, relating to Emma T. Converse, 1934-1948
Carton 7SH 13EA U
Copyright and legal issues handled by Frederick S. Converse's heirs, 1931-1971
Carton 7SH 13EA U
Correspondence of Converse heirs regarding their desire that "the works of Mr. Converse" [probably manuscript scores] be shifted from the New England Conservatory's library to the Library of Congress, 1960-1961

(Note: The online catalog of the Library of Congress indicates its collections include 50 musical scores, 2 biographies, but no manuscript papers of Frederick S. Converse)

Emma Tudor Converse papers

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Correspondence with friends, children, parents, brother, grandchildren, 1890-1947
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Correspondence regarding Emma T. Converse's outreach/ministry work with a specific prisoner, 1933-1935

(may be restricted when processed)

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Programs, notes, n.d.
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Talks (given to organizations/clubs), 1930-1936
Carton 2SH 13E5 P
Correspondence (letters removed from wooden letterboxes)
Carton 3SH 13E6 Q
Diaries, 1889-1943(41 vols.)
Carton 3SH 13E6 Q
Address books, n.d. (2 vols.)
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Accounts (family and personal expenses), n.d., 1894-1947(3 vols.)
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"Family record" (lists births, marriages, deaths, events), 1894(1 vol.)
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"Letters received and sent," 1897-1898(1 vol.)
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Recipe Book, n.d.(1 vol.)

Frederick S. Converse papers

Carton 4SH 13E7 R
Correspondence to/from Frederick S. Converse and Emma T. Converse, 1893-1899, (includes etching by Betsy [probably Elizabeth Converse, daughter of Frederick and Emma], 1927)
Carton 4SH 13E7 R
Volume, "History of Clapboard House," 1900-1904 (journal and family accounts)
Carton 4SH 13E7 R
Volume, journal, 1906 (includes lots of loose papers)
Carton 4SH 13E7 R
Volume, "Farmer's Almanac To the Four Winds," Westwood, Mass., 1930

["Four Winds" was the name of the Converse's house.]

Carton 4SH 13E7 R
Volume, sketchbook, 1898
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Correspondence to Frederick S. Converse, 1918-1929
Carton 4SH 13E7 R
Condolence letters (about death of son), 1920
Carton 4SH 13E7 R
Calendar/appointment books (3), 1938-1940
Carton 4SH 13E7 R
Address book, n.d.
Carton 7SH 13EA U
Wallets (2) (membership cards, calling cards, etc.)
Carton 4SH 13E7 R
Certificates (diplomas and commissions), 1890-1933
Carton 5SH 13E8 S
Correspondence (mostly professional correspondence, one folder of "fan mail"), 1911-1940
Carton 5SH 13E8 S
Compositions (notes, working drafts of texts for productions, programs and materials filed by name of work), n.d.
Carton 5SH 13E8 S
Royalties, 1918-1946
Carton 5SH 13E8 S
Volume, Royalties, 1937-1940

Biographical:

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Sketches for programs and publications, 1913-1935
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Clippings and programs about his life and works, 1911-1942
Carton 6SH 13E9 T
Condolence letters (to Emma Converse about the death of her husband) and correspondence about his work, 1940
Carton 6SH 13E9 T
Writings (dissertations and papers) about Frederick S. Converse, 1932-1969
Carton 7SH 13EA U
Lectures and talks, 1927-1935
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Published articles by Frederick S. Converse, 1923

Miscellaneous:

Carton 7SH 13EA U
"A remaining Christmas," by Hilaire Belloc, t.s.
Carton 7SH 13EA U
Account book, journal, "Sketches submitted to Citizens Committee for the Army and Navy...," 1942-1943
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Account book, cash, "Order book," Nov. 1942-1943

Printed material

Carton 1SH 13E4 O
Family History in the line of Joseph Convers of Bedford, Massachusetts, John Jay Putnam, compiler and editor, (Worcester: F. S. Blanchard and Co., 1897) (2 copies: one with manuscript notations; one with correspondence)
Carton 8SH 13EB V
Music written by Frederick S. Converse
Carton 8SH 13EB V
Music by various composers
Carton 8SH 13EB V
Material related to Harvard College
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Publications owned by the Converse family

Photographs

Carton 10SH 15D9 U
Loose photos of Converse and Tudor families; Frederick Converse opera at the New England Conservatory
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1 loose rolled photograph
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Oversize loose photos
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2 small tintype albums
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1 album of family photographs

Oversize material

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Objects and graphics relating to Frederick S. Converse
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Manuscript music
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Large documents relating to Frederick S. Converse (diplomas)
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Large documents relating to Converse family genealogy

Materials from the Frederick S. Converse papers remaining onsite

Daguerreotype of the children of Frederic Tudor, ca. 1850

Stored ONSITE in the MHS Photo Archives, Daguerreotype collection, Photo. 1.464L.

An identifying slip of paper reads: "Children of Frederic Tudor I: Effie, later Countess Kleczkowska, Frederic II, William II, Delia (Wilmer) [?], Eleanora (Hart)."

(Note: Frederic Tudor's children were born in the following years: Euphemia in 1837, Frederic in 1845, Delia in 1847, William in 1848, Eleanora Elizabeth in 1850, and Henry (not depicted in the image) in 1854.)

Preferred Citation

Frederick S. Converse papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.

Persons:

Converse family--Photographs.
Tudor family--Photographs.
Converse, Emma Tudor.
Converse family.
Tudor family.

Subjects:

Composers--Massachusetts.
Music--Manuscripts.
Musicians--Massachusetts.
Women's diaries.