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Bessie B. Dennis scrapbook

Ms. Coll. 1392

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Dennis, Bessie B., (Bessie Benedict), 1860-1924
Title:
Bessie B. Dennis scrapbook
Date [inclusive]:
1876-1894
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 1392
Extent:
1 box (0.2 linear foot)
Language:
English
Abstract:
A scrapbook made by Bessie B. Dennis comprising programs and newspaper clippings regarding her singing performances. The book spans the years from 1876 to 1894.
Cite as:
Bessie B. Dennis scrapbook, 1876-1894, Ms. Coll. 1876-1894, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Born Bessie Theodora Burr Benedict in Brooklyn, New York to Dr. William C. Benedict and Elizabeth Marsh. Benedict was one of four children. She was a soprano singer who performed at various small venues. Miss Benedict attended Packer Collegiate Institute. In 1880 she attended the Royal Academy of Music, London. She married Edgar Dennis in 1882, they lived in Brooklyn, and had two children Harold B. and Theodora Benedict.

Scope and Contents

A scrapbook lacking covers and spine made by Bessie B. Dennis comprising programs and newspaper clippings regarding her singing performances. The book spans the years from 1876 to 1894. The items pasted in the scrapbook are arranged chronologically. The programs trace the vocal recitals and performances of Dennis from the age of sixteen to thirty-four. Dennis performed at churches, conservatories, and theaters in choirs and as a soloist. During the year 1880 she performed in London. Front cover reads: Mrs. Edgar Dennis née Bessie Theodora Burr Benedict. There a no programs or clippings for the years from 1881 to 1887. Items are pasted on the rectos. Four leaves are laid in the volume.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  May 2019

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

This collection is available for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Sold by Brooklyn Books (Brooklyn, N. Y.), 2019.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Manuscripts, American--19th century
  • Programs (Publications)
Subject(s)
  • Scrapbooks--Brooklyn (New York, N. Y.)--19th century--Specimens

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Collection Inventory

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Bessie B. Dennis scrapbook, 1876-1894.

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