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MS Thr 470 (668)-(877)

Rogers, Henry Munroe, 1839-1937, collector. Rogers Memorial Collection: Clara Kathleen Rogers papers, 1860-1934: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b, pf, Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 470 (668)-(877)
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Rogers, Henry Munroe, 1839-1937, collector.
Title: Rogers Memorial Collection: Clara Kathleen Rogers papers,
Date(s): 1860-1934.
Quantity: 1 collection (6.5 linear feet (12 boxes, 1 portfolio folder, and 1 folder)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers of opera singer, composer, and author Clara Kathleen (Barnett) Rogers, of England and Boston, including correspondence and compositions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of Clara Kathleen Rogers and Henry Munroe Rogers; received: 1930.
The core of the collection arrived in 1930, but Henry Munroe Rogers continued to add material informally through at least 1936.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Rick Stattler

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
The majority of this series is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.
Framed and portfolio material is housed on-site at Houghton Library.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Rogers Memorial Collection: Clara Kathleen Rogers papers, 1860-1934 (MS Thr 470 (668-877). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

The Rogers Memorial Collection, of which this is Series III, contains literary, musical and historical material from Boston circa 1870-1930, and memorabilia of the English composer John Barnett (1802-1890). A master list of the Rogers Memorial Collection series can be found in HOLLIS 10104119.

Biographical / Historical

Clara Kathleen Rogers (née Barnett) was born in England in 1844, the daughter of opera composer John Barnett. She received a musical education at the Leipzig Conservatory (Königliches Conservatorium der Musik zu Leipzig). Under the stage name of Clara Doria, she first appeared on stage in 1863 in Turin, followed by five years on the London concert stage. She came to America in 1871 as a member of the Parepa-Rosa Opera Company, and later settled in Boston as a concert soloist and vocal instructor. After her marriage in 1878 to Henry Munroe Rogers, she arranged weekly musicals at their Boston home, frequented by authors and musical artists. She was known to many of her friends as "Dodie." She was the author of The Philosophy of Singing (1893), English Diction in Song and Speech (1912), and Memories of a Musical Career (1919), and died in 1931.


For a description of the Rogers Memorial Collection, see The Rogers Memorial Room : an account of the nature, origin, and significance of the memorabilia presented to Harvard College in 1930 by Clara Kathleen & Henry Munroe Rogers ([Boston] : Cosmos Press, 1935).


Organized into the following subseries:

Scope and Contents

This collection is organized into four subseries. A includes two scrapbooks of letters, printed holiday cards, portrait photographs, postcards, and poems addressed to Clara Rogers from various correspondents. B includes correspondence, mostly mounted on loose scrapbook pages. Correspondents who appear frequently in A and/or B include the Boston (Mass.) School Committee; Annie Payson Call; Margaret Wade Campbell Deland; Arthur Foote; R. E. (Robert Edward) Francillon; Rosamund Liszt Marie Francillon; William James; George Kennan; Henry Edward Krehbiel; Charles Martin Loeffler; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Amy Lowell; Edward MacDowell; Louise Chandler Moulton; Celia Thaxter; and George P. (George Putnam) Upton. Also included are letters from Childe Hassam and Julia Ward Howe.
C includes drafts and reviews of articles, books, and speeches by Rogers, most notably the original manuscript of Journal-letters from the Orient, and the original typescript of The story of two lives : home, friends, and travels : sequence to "Memories of a musical career." It also includes a small number of fictional works, and more than fifty of her musical scores, both songs and instrumental pieces, including one transcribed by Sir Arthur Sullivan.
D includes a commonplace book, clippings, and other papers. It features an autograph book begun by Rogers at the Leipzig Conservatory in 1860, including inscriptions and fragmentary scores by numerous composers such as Sir Arthur Sullivan.


The majority of this series is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Container List

Index to MS Thr 470 (668): Clara Kathleen Rogers correspondence, bound (Subseries A)