Lotta Van Buren correspondence and manuscript, 1955-1960
Identifier: MSS 5 Series 1
Scope and Contents
The two folders contain letters regarding rare instruments, personal letters, a manuscript, and notes for a biography.
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Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Lotta Van Buren collection, 1912-1960, must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.
From the Collection: Lotta Van Buren (1877-1960) was a musician, restorer, and collector of old musical instruments. Lotta Van Buren was the grand-niece of President Martin Van Buren. She was born in Boscobel, Wisconsin, November 20, 1877. Her early schooling was completed at State Normal School in Madison, Wisconsin, from which she graduated in June 1896. She taught for three years and then decided to enter Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, to study piano. Later she studied with Harold Bauer in New York and in Europe. She taught piano in New York for many years before starting her career as a restorer of ancient instruments. She began her performing career with recitals in America and England, later devoting her talents to restoring and collecting instruments. She restored the Steinart Collection at Yale University, and the Cooper Union Collection and Joline Collection at Bernard College. She also assisted the Metropolitan Museum of New York City and Yale University in assembling and restoring their fine collections of old instruments. Her last major work of restoration before retiring was for John D. Rockefeller Jr., at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Upon retiring in 1940, she moved to California and married an old friend, Henry Bizallion, a musician. She died in May, 1960.
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