Ms. Coll. 127
Beauvais, Jeanne, Collector. Scores, correspondence and other materials, c. 1943 -
1987: A Finding Aid.
Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge MA 02138
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Location: Merritt Room
Call No.: Ms. Coll. 127
Repository: Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Jeanne Beauvais, 1917 -2007
Title: Beauvais, Jeanne, Collector. Scores, correspondence and other materials, c. 1943 -
1988: A Finding Aid.
Date(s): 1943 - 1988:
Quantity: 1 collection (2 Boxes (1 linear foot), including 24 scores and 17 photographs,)
Abstract: The collection includes autographed letters, photographs and theatrical ephemera associated
with her career. The bulk of the collection consists of print and manuscript scores
by composers Virgil Thomson, Ned Rorem, Leonard Bernstein, Theodore Chanler and others;
many of these are personally inscribed.
The collection was purchased from J&J Lubrano Music Antiquarians in November, 2007
Emilyn L. Brown
Copyright restrictions may apply
Jeanne Beauvais (1917 – 2007) was born in New York City. Relatively little is known
about her early life except that her American born mother and French born father relocated
the family to Paris shortly after World War I. Her father died a short time later
and she and her mother returned to New York where Beauvais developed her talents as
a classical singer. At the height of her career, she performed for troops stationed
overseas, and in operettas, musicals and recitals. Notable performances include Rosalinda, which opened at the Imperial Theater in 1942, and Mr. Strauss goes to Boston, performed in 1945.
During the 1940s, Beauvais took up residence in the artists' studio situated above
Carnegie Hall. In addition to performing, she also taught singing.
Widely considered a veteran Broadway performer, Jeanne Beauvais performed and socialized
with many leading composers, actors and artists of the day, including Virgil Thomson,
Ned Rorem and Leonard Bernstein. During the 1950s, she gained even greater attention
for her successful efforts to preserve Carnegie Hall from impending demoliton. She
revived her career during the 1970s when she appeared in The Boyfriend, a role she originated in 1958. She also performed with the Light Opera of Manhattan
and the After-Dinner Opera Company.
Jeanne Beauvais died in New York City on July 17, 2007.
The contents of the collection have been organized chronologically and arranged in
the following series:
- Series I. Correspondence,1951 - 1988, n.d.
- Series II. Scores,1927 - 1967
- Series III. Photographs, 1943 - 1946, n.d.
- Series IV. Miscellaneous, n.d.
The collection provides a glimpse into the collaborative friendship of Jeanne Beauvais,
a classical singer and stage performer, and Virgil Thomson, a composer and music critic
as it contains several autographed scores Thomson sent to Jeanne Beauvais, as well
as their correspondence. Other scores in the collection, most of them autographed
and inscribed to Beauvais, include those by Leonard Bernstein, Ned Rorem and Theodore
Chanler. The collection's photographs, playbills, and theatrical ephemera related
to Beauvais' career provide a brief look at musical theater during the post-War World
- Box Box 1Series I. Correspondence, 1951 - 1988, n.d.
- [Folder 1]. Letter to Jeanne Beauvais from David Marshall Holtzman, Cape Cod Music Circus, Hyannis,
MA, 1p.; original envelope with notes Aug 1951
- [Folder 2]. Letter to Jeanne Beauvais from Maurice Evans, 1 p. Dec 1952
Letter ripped in half vertically and with notes written on back.
- [Folder 3]. Letter to Jeanne Beauvais from J.B. Atkinson (Edinburgh). 1p. Apr 1956
- [Folder 4]. Letter to Jeanne Beauvais (NY) signed "votre Therese" (Beverly Hills, CA). Christmas/New
Year's greetings 1p. Dec 1964
- [Folder 5]. Postcards to Jeanne Beauvais (NY) from Virgil Thomson (Pittsburgh, PA), Oct - Nov 1966
- [Folder 6]. Correspondence between Jeanne Beauvais (NY) and Virgil Thomson (NY), Feb 1976
- [Folder 7]. Postcard announcment of television premiere Virgil Thomson documentary addressed to
Jeanne Beauvais (NY), with black and white photograph of Virgil Thomson.Nov 1980
- [Folder 8]. Letter to Jeanne Beauvais (NY) from Hildegarde (NY). 1p. . Apr 1986
- [Folder 9]. Letter to Jeanne Beauvais (NY) from Bill and Angelines Honeywood (East Sussex, G.B.).,
2p.; score of Amarilli Madrigral, 4p. Mar 1987
- [Folder 10]. Postcard to Jeanne Beauvais (NY) from Virgil Thomson (Pittsburgh, PA).Dec 27, 1987.
- [Folder 11]. Postcard to Jeanne Beauvais (NY) from Virgil Thomson (NY). Jan 14, 198.
- [Folder 12]. Letter to Jeanne Beauvais from B. Evans, 1p.; Postcard to Jeanne Beauvais (NY) from
- Box Box 1Series II. Scores, 1927 - 1967, n.d.
- [Folder 13]. Bernstein, Leonard, I hate music! A cycle of five kid songs for soprano .
Printed score (1943), signed by the composer.
- [Folder 16]. Cockshott, Gerald, John and the cat for voice and piano.
Printed score (1963), inscribed by the composer to Jeanne Beauvais.
- [Folder 20]. Lagourgue, Charles, Agnus Dei
AMs score and part.
Pour une voix et piano (ou orgue), violon (ou violoncelle) obbligatto, ad lib.
Signed by composer on final page.
- [Folder 21]. Lagourgue, Charles, La Gué, for voice and piano.
Text by Edouard Pailleron.
22]. Lagourgue, Charles, Les heures fragiles for voice and piano.
Text by Marie Dauget.
- [Folder 24]. Martin, Vernon, Ladies' voices: a chamber opera.
Text by Gertrude Stein.
AMs piano vocal score (dyeline copy), dated Dec 31, 1955.
Contains Beauvais' performance markings in pencil and red crayon.
- [Folder 25]. Morgan, Rhys, Ring out sweet bells of Christmas.
Text by Clara J. Richards.
- [Folder 27]. Rorem, Ned, Poèmes pour la paix for medium voice and piano.
Print (1970), inscribed by the composer to Jeanne Beauvais.
- [Folder 29]. Thomson, Virgil. Lady Godiva's waltzes
Text by Georges Huguet.
AMs score (dyeline copy),inscribed by the composer to Jeanne Beauvais, Apr 29, 1928.
Title of Huguet's poem is Le Berceau de Gertrude Stein ou le Mystere de la rue de fleurs
- [Folder 30]. Thomson, Virgil. Film, Deux soeurs qui sont pas soeurs
Text by Gertrude Stein.
AMs score (dyeline copy), Sept 2, 1930.
Inscribed by the composer to Jeanne Beauvais.
- [Folder 32]. Thomson, Virgil. Stabat Mater
Printed score (1942), inscribed by the composer to Jeanne Beauvais.
- [Folder 33]. Thomson, Virgil, At the spring. Song for medium voice.1965
Printed score (1967), inscribed by the composer to Jeanne Beauvais.
- [Folder 34]. Thomson, Virgil, Le Singe et le éopard
Ms score (two copies) in Beauvais' hand.
For voice and piano.
- Box 2Series III. Photographs, 1943 - 1946, n.d.
- [Folder 1]. Fellow cast members of the 1943 production of Rosalinda, performed at the Imperial Theater in New York.
- Best, Paul, signed on front.
- Fowler, Edwin, signed on front, dated 10 May 1943.
- Kirsten, Dorothy, signed on front, stamped on back.
- Morgan, Johnny, signed on front, dated 1944.
- MacWatters, Virginia, signed on front.
- Sample, James, signed on front, dated Feb 1945.
- Sorin, Louis, signed on front, dated 6 March 1943.
- Stockton, Leonard, signed on front.
- Stoltz, Robert, signed on front, dated 15 Sept 1945.
- Weis, Karl, signed on front, dated 1943.
- West, Everett, signed on front.
- [Folder 2]. Unidentified photographs,
3 photographs, apparently from theatrical productions.
- Box 2Series IV. Miscellaneous
- [Folder 3]. Playbill for the May 1943 production of Rosalinda at The Imperial Theatre, New York.
- [Folder 4]. Draft of biographical sketch titled: "Virgil Thomson: His life and music."
Ms in Beauvais' hand, 5 p.
- [Folder 5]. Flyer from Danny's Skylight Room Caberet advertising Jeanne Beauvais performance,
Sept 25, year unknown.
- [Folder 6]. Postcard with photo of Paolo Falco.
Signed by the performer.
Theater–United States– 20th century.
Composers–United States– 20th century.
Theater performers– United States– 20th century.
Bernstein, Leonard 1918– .
Beauvais, Jeanne, 1917–2007.
Bucci, Mark, 1924-
Chanler, Theodore (Ward), 1902–1961.
Ferrari, Gustave, 1872-1948.
Rorem, Ned, 1923–.
Thomson, Virgil, 1896–1989.
Stein, Gertrude, 1874–1946.