M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives


Inventory of the
COLLECTION, 1918-1979


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Scope and content note

Box and Folder List

Yella Pessl Collection
Scope and content note

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Correspondence, 1930-79; musical manuscripts, arrangements, and fingered sheet music, primarily of the keyboard works of J. S. Bach, undated; scrapbooks pertaining to her concert career, 1924-56; 78 commercial and private recordings of her performances on harpsichord and piano, primarily from the 1940s and 1950s; and printed materials.

Yella Pessl Collection
Box and Folder List

Box 1:


Large navy scrapbook. Clippings, programs. 1952-1956. Numerous inserts.

Beige scrapbook. Clippings, programs. 1946-1947. 78p. plus duplicates.

Large black and gold scrapbook. Clippings, programs. 1945. 64p. plus duplicates.

Large brown scrapbook. Clippings. [1943]-1944. 51p. plus duplicates.

Large brown scrapbook with black design. Clippings, programs. 1942. 79p. plus duplicates.

Large manilla folder scrapbook. Clippings, programs. 1941. 41p. plus duplicates.

Large black scrapbook. Clippings. July 15, 1940 - Feb. 3, 1941. 99p.

Box 2

Scrapbooks, loose clippings

Large black scrapbook. Clippings, programs. 1940. 98p. plus duplicates.

Black scrapbook. Clippings, programs. 1939. 91p.

Clippings 1938/1939. Manilla envelope, mainly duplicates of scrapbook clippings.

Large brown scrapbook. Clippings, programs. 1938. 43p.

Black scrapbook. Clippings, programs. 1936-1937. 80p.

Scrapbook with no cover. Clippings, some programs. 1935-1938. 62p.

Small gray/black mottled scrapbook. Programs, clippings. 1931-1932. 8p. plus inserts.

Small brown and tan scrapbook. Clippings, programs. 1924-1935. 60p.

"Clippings until 1930." Clippings in brown manilla envelope. circa 75 items.

Miscellaneous clippings over many years. circa 100 items.

Clippings concerning Yella Pessl, Susanne Bloch and Carl Dolmetsch. Dated March 17, 1936. circa 50 items.

Miscellaneous clippings in manilla folder. 1937. circa 15 items.

Box 3


Miscellaneous programs. 1930's-1970's. circa 400, including many duplicates.

Program outlines. Columbia Broadcasting Systems, 1940-1941. 10 items.

Austrian programs and concert reviews. 1930's. circa 40 items.

Bach Circle programs. 1937-1947. circa 100 items, including duplicates.

Box 4

Correspondence, biographical materials, essays, miscellany.

List of materials in collection, as compiled by Yella Pessl. T. and A. 7p.

Curriculum vita, autobiographical materials. circa 15 items.

2 small notebooks.

Miscellaneous notes.

Bach Circle correspondence, materials. circa 50 items.

Correspondence file J. 2 L.

Correspondence file L. 6 L.

Correspondence file M. 7 L.

Correspondence. Concert season 1944-1945. circa 20 items.

Correspondence. Management. 1946-1947. circa 20 items.

Miscellaneous correspondence. 1930's-1970's. circa 100 items.

Fan mail and other miscellaneous correspondence. 106 L. Primarily 1940's.

"Die Schule. Eine Komödie von Jella Pessl dem Vater zu seinem Geburtstag am 23. November [1918]." A. 4p.

"An Example of North-American Figured Bass Practices as Illustrated by the Notebook of Amy van Vleck." T. with h. corr. llp. Also 3 reproductions from the notebook of Amy Van Vleck.

Articles by Pessl. circa 10 items.

Interview. T. with h. corr. 6p.

Press book. Mimeo. 17p.

Contracts. circa 20 items.

Photos of Yella Pessl, some duplicates. circa 150 items.

Miscellaneous offprints, musical subjects.

Summer resort advertisements.

Miscellaneous forms.

Miscellaneous materials. 1 Folder.

Etchings. 9 items.

Student papers. 13 items.

[Hyde, Fred]. "Mersenne's Role in the History of the Tempered Tuning of Instruments." T. 130p.

[Hyde, Fred]. "Chapter I: Mersenne, The Man; His Life." T.cc. 216p. Also notes, presumably by Pessl. A. 9p.

Miscellaneous catalogs.

Boxes 5-20

Music scores

Box 21

Scores, reel-to-reel tapes, microfilms, slides

Also available by request:

Records by Pessl - 194 12-inch records, 39 10-inch records

Records not by Pessl or unidentifiable - 50 12-inch records, 16 10-inch records

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