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Minuetta Kessler Collection

 Collection — Container: Kessler Collection
Call Number: Kessler Collection

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials from 1919 and 2002 which relate to the career of Minuetta Kessler: this includes correspondence, audio/visual recordings, manuscripts, and published works. Spreadsheets with more detailed inventory available upon request.


  • 1920-2002
  • Majority of material found in 1945-1997


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. In most cases, the Boston Public Library does not hold the copyright to the items in our collections. It is the sole responsibility of the user to make their own determination about what types of usage might be permissible under U.S. and international copyright law.


31.00 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



Arranged in 6 series:

1.      Audio/Visual

2.      Correspondence

3.      Manuscripts

4.      Print Masters

5.      Programs, Articles and Reviews

6.      Published Scores

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Many items are fragile and require special handling, please notify the Fine Arts staff prior to your visit.

Method of Acquisition

The Boston Public Library acquired the Kessler Collection through a donation by the Minuetta Kessler.

Processing Information

Initially processed by staff of the Boston Public Library. Re-processed by Catherine Hammer (2016), under the supervision of Elizabeth Berndt-Morris, Curator of Music.

Processing Information

This electronic finding aid is transcribed from legacy data. In many cases, transcriptions were not verified against collection materials at the time of transcription. As a result, this finding aid could be incomplete and might only reflect a partial understanding of the material.

Statement on harmful description

Archival description reflects the biases of time periods and cultures in which it was created and may include direct quotations or descriptions that use inappropriate or harmful language. Creator provided descriptions may be maintained in order to preserve the context in which the collection was created and/or used. Legacy description and potentially offensive content may be made available online until a collection can be reprocessed because the access that they provide to primary source materials is uniquely valuable to the research community at large. Our efforts to repair outdated descriptions and to describe our collections more equitably are iterative and ongoing.
Minuetta Kessler Collection
Catherine Hammer, under the supervision of Elizabeth Berndt-Morris
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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