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Special Collections and Archive

Guide to the Emma Nevada Archive

Finding aid prepared by Karma Pippin
Special Collections, F.W. Olin Library, Mills College

Contact Information:
Special Collections, F.W. Olin Library, Mills College
5000 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland CA 94613
Phone: 510.430.2047
Fax: 510.430.2278
Email: jbraun@mills.edu

Processed by:
Karma Pippin

Date Completed:
May 2002

2002 F.W. Olin Library, Mills College. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary:
Title: Emma Nevada Archive
Provenance: Donated by Victor Hermann in July 1998
Extent: ca. 5 linear feet

Special Collections, F.W. Olin Library, Mills College
5000 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland CA 94613

Administrative Information:

Access Restrictions: Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights: Contact the Special Collections Curator, F.W. Olin Library, Mills College, for copyright information and permission to publish.

Preferred Citation: [item], Emma Nevada Archive, Special Collections, F.W. Olin Library, Mills College.

Biographical Facts:


The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition (London: Macmillan; New York: Grove Dictionaries, Inc., 2001), Volume 17, p.797

Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Centennial Edition (New York and elsewhere: Schirmer Books, an Imprint of The Gale Group, 2001), Volume 4, p.2590

Dictionary of American Biography, Supplements 1-2: To 1940 (American Council of Learned Societies, 1944-1958), also available at:

Biography Resource Center at www.galenet.com/servlet/BioRC

Emma Nevada website at www.msu.edu/~graye/emma/biography.html

Biography of Emma Nevada by her daughter Mignon Nevada in the archive

Scope and Content:

The archive consists of two record groups: Record Group I: Original ephemera and small objects given to Ruth Hermann by Mignon Nevada; Record Group II: Ruth Hermann’s research material for a projected book on Emma Nevada to be entitled The Miner’s Canary (never published).

Record Group Descriptions:

Record Group I: Original ephemera and objects, 18th – 20th centuries

This record group consists of personal and professional papers, photographs and  objects that belonged to Emma or Mignon Nevada. It contains Series 1. Papers: personal and family documents and papers, correspondence, and manuscript notes; Series 2. Printed Material: programs, press extracts, professional biographies, and news clippings (both series arranged by category and date); Series 3. Photographs (arranged by category); Series 4. Housed or mounted photographs; Series 5: Small objects, painted family portraits and photographs, mostly within a French cardboard box.

Record Group II: Ruth Hermann’s research for a biography of Emma Nevada, 1956-1972

This record group consists of Ruth Hermann’s notes from newspapers, official records and other sources and from her trips to sites, photocopies of newspaper articles, photographic copies of original photographs, and modern snapshots of people, places and monuments (little original archival material is contained in this Record Group.). Series 1. Family History and Regional Background, Nevada: News sources and records; Series 2. Family History, Michigan: Images, notes, correspondence; Series 3. The Miner’s Canary: Illustrations; Series 4. Harvard Libraries: Images, notes and correspondence; Series 5. Places and People, U.S.: Images and notes; Series 6. Places and People, Europe: Images, correspondence and other ephemera; Series 7. European Opera Houses and Theaters: Images, correspondence and notes; Series 8. Newspapers: Debut, first marriage and first U.S. tour, 1880-1885; Series 9. Newspapers: First U.S. tour, 1884-1885; Series 10. Newspapers, 1894-1940, with last U.S. tour, 1901-1902; Series 11. Newspapers, 1939-1965, with some original clippings (newspaper photocopies arranged by individual paper, then date); Series 12. Emma Nevada and other musicians: Reference sources; Series 13. Family history, Austin, Nevada;  Series 14. Mignon Nevada: the Hermanns’ England trips; Series 15. Mignon Nevada: Past ; Series 16. Ruth Hermann. Publications



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