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Montgomery mss., 1931-2004

Papers, 1931-2004, of Mary Ann Montgomery at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Electronic finding aid encoded by Beth Benda

Summary Information

Repository
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143
Email: liblilly@indiana.edu
http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly

Creator
Montgomery, Mary Ann, 1931-

Title
Montgomery mss., 1931-2004

Collection no:
LMC 1786

Extent
ca. 1,316 items

Language
Materials are in English.

Abstract
The correspondence consists primarily of letters from Aurelia Schrober Plath, 1906-1994, to Mary Ann Montgomery. Interfiled among those letters are carbon copies of Dr. Montgomery's letters to Mrs. Plath. Other correspondents present in the collection are Bill and Hillary Clinton and other White House officials, and poet Robert Lax. A folder of miscellaneous letters includes one each from artist Norman Rockwell, poet Allen Ginsberg, and opera singer Beverly Sills, as well as an undated autograph note from Mlle. Marie d'Agoult, mistress to nineteenth-century composer Franz Liszt. Additions to the correspondence include a copy of Dr. Montgomery's autobiography and dissertation, and six albums containing notes, photographs, awards, memorabilia and writings.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research.
Acquisition Information
Gift. 1999, 2008
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Montgomery mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Biographical Note
Mary Ann (Budzinski) Montgomery was born in Detroit, Michigan, began college in Toledo, Ohio but entered a convent and took her vows before matriculating. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Mary Manse College in 1959 and a Masters in Music at the University of Michigan in 1964, having left the convent the previous year. Following a teaching period in Michigan and a ten year marriage to Robert R. Montgomery, she settled in California and taught piano and voice in a private studio and music at the University of California, San Diego. After taking her Ph.D. in comparative arts in 1989, she took a teaching position at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. In 1998 she retired to the Oregon coast, where she remains today.

Scope and Content Note

The correspondence consists primarily of letters from Aurelia Schrober Plath, 1906-1994, to musician and teacher Mary Ann Montgomery, 1931- . Interfiled among those letters are carbon copies of Dr. Montgomery's letters to Mrs. Plath.

Other correspondents present in the collection are Bill and Hillary Clinton and other White House officials; and poet Robert Lax. A folder of miscellaneous letters includes one each from artist Norman Rockwell, poet Allen Ginsberg, and opera singer Beverly Sills. Also in this latter folder is an undated autograph note from Mlle. Marie d'Agoult, mistress to nineteenth-century composer Franz Liszt, to an unidentified "mademoiselle" inquiring about the health of Madame Coignet. The note was purchased by Dr. Montgomery at some point from an autograph dealer. Additions to the correspondence include a copy of Dr. Montgomery's autobiography and dissertation, and six albums containing notes, photographs, awards, memorabilia and writings.

Arrangement/Organization

Correspondence arranged alphabetically: Clinton, Lax, Plath, with the miscellaneous correspondence being last.

  • Indexing Terms

  • The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the catalog using these terms.

    • Names
    • Montgomery, Mary Ann, 1931-
    • Plath, Aurelia Schrober.
    • Clinton, Bill, 1946-
    • Clinton, Hillary Rodham.
    • Lax, Robert.
    • Rockwell, Norman, 1894-1978.
    • Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-
    • Sills, Beverly.

Series: Correspondence, 1975-1996 

Box 1
Folder 1

Clinton, Bill and Hillary, and other White House officials, 1994-1996 

7 items


Box 1
Folder 2

Lax, Robert, 1984-1993 

15 items


Box 1
Folder 3-8

Plath, Aurelia S., 1978-1989 

88 items


Box 1
Folder 9

Miscellaneous correspondents, including:

Norman Rockwell, to Dr. and Mrs. Montgomery, Sept. 10, 1975 

(T.L.S.)


Allen Ginsberg, to Mary Ann Montgomery, July 21, 1978  

(A.L.S.)


Beverly Sills to Ms. Montgomery, post marked, Nov. 16, 1992 

(A.L.S.)


Marie d'Agoult to Mademoiselle, undated,

(A.L.S.)


Series: Additions, 1931-2004

Box 2 Autobiography. In grey binder

Albums.

Include notes, photographs, awards, memorabilia, writings.

Arranged in chronological order:


#1: 1931-1963

#2: 1963-1980

#3: 1981-1989

Dissertation, 1989:  The Condition of Music: Poetic and Musical Structures.

In red binder


#4: 1989-1997

Albums, cont.

#5: 1998-2004

#6:

7 sections: Diplomas, Transcripts, Certificates, Awards, References, Poetry, Art