Branzell, Karin (1891-1974)
Scope:
The Karin Branzell collection consists of manuscripts, legal material, correspondence, printed material, photographs, and personal memorabilia.

Manuscripts in the collection include autobiographical notes by Branzell; short writings about Branzell and her repertoire; writings regarding the history of Branzell’s family; drafts of a poem, “To Karin,” by Mary de Witt Peltz; an unfinished poem by Sten Branzell; and a draft of a speech given by Dr. Eva Platon at the centennial of the birth of Anders Branzell (1960).

Legal material in the collection include Branzell’s birth certificate, customs papers, documents from Nazi Germany (1940-1941), a citation from the U.S. Treasury Department (1942), and a citation from Finland (1941).

Correspondence in the collection consists of several letters, dating from 1891 to 1975.  Notable correspondents include Lucrezia Bori, King Gustaf Adolf IV of Sweden, Louise Homer, Edward Johnson, Francis Robinson, Harold Schonberg, Jean Sibelius, and Siegfried Wagner.

Printed material in the collection includes fifteen programs from various operas (1915-1972), including a program from Branzell’s U.S. debut in Die Walküre at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (1924).  Also present are various newspaper clippings, magazine pages, typed copies of Swedish press notices, publicity items, two issues of Opera News with items regarding Branzell, and other items.  In addition, the collection contains several items regarding the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm (1972-1974), as well as a printed score of Robert Fairfax Birch’s The Lake (1957), dedicated to Branzell.

Photographs in the collection include numerous images of Branzell performing, off-stage, and with various friends and family members.  Most of the photos are loose, but there are two albums of Branzell in costume (1920s) and one of Branzell and her family (1920-1930s).  Overall, the photos date from the 1880s to the 1970s.  Notable individuals represented in the photos include Gregor Piatigorsky, Fyodor Chaliapin, Birgit Nilsson, Fritz Kriesler, King Gustav V of Sweden, Leo Blech, Artur Bodanzky, Karl Bohm, Fritz Busch, Princess Cecile of Germany, Kirsten Flagstad, Karin Larson-Todsen, Princess Margaret of Sweden, Giovanni Martinelli, Lauritz Melchior, Birgit Nilsson, Elizabeth Rethberg, and Jean Sibelius.

Personal memorabilia in the collection includes several medals awarded to Branzell from the Society for Advancement of Swedish Art, Music and Literature (1918), Pro-Dania (1940-1945), King Gustaf Adolf VI of Sweden (1967), Finland, the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm (1968), and King Gustav V of Sweden.  Other items include a porcelain dish commemorating Kranzell’s career (1957); an engraved silver tray from the New York Metropolitan Opera (1944); and other objects, as well as a watercolor painting by Sten Branzell (Karin’s brother).
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Notable Figures
1. Branzell, Karin, 1891-1974
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Music and Dance Subject Guide
2. Music Collections Subject Guide
3. Opera Subject Guide
4. Helen Deutsch Research Section
5. Contraltos -- Sweden
6. Women in opera
7. Opera
8. Photographs