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The Jane Shepherd Papers consist of letters, contracts, printed programs, newspaper clippings, school papers and photographs, all related to her career as a mezzo-soprano and voice teacher. Printed programs of her performances between 1935 and 1979 comprise the bulk of the collection.

Other items relating to her professional singing career include a scrapbook and newspaper clippings of reviews, publicity material and photographs. Notes from classes, certificates and a transcript reflect her years as a student, from 1935 until 1946, at William Woods College, Fulton, Missouri; the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; and the Juilliard School of Music. The papers also contain items relating to her years as a voice teacher at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, from 1958 until 1983. These paper include a sabbatical leave report on her studies in Vienna, and several items regarding three of her pupils, Paulette Vineyard, Faith Esham, and Patricia Prunty.

Of particular note are holograph letters from Margaret Matzenauer and Phyllis Curtin as well as items autographed by George Szell and Robert Casadesus. Several items bear annotations by Mrs. Shepherd or staff members who interviewed her during the receipt of the collection

To view materials from this collection that are digitized and available online, search the Jane Boedeker Shepherd Papers, 1937-1982 here.


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For more information or to use any of these collections, contact:
Special Collections, Morrow Library
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
(304) 696-2343


Span Dates: 1937-1982