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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

MUS 244

Toronto Heliconian Club fonds.  - 1909-1991.  - 5 cm of textual records.  - 1 photograph. 

Administrative history
Founded on the initiative of Toronto Conservatory of Music singing teacher Mary Hewitt Smart, the Toronto Heliconian Club is a group of women working in arts and letters. In 1923, the Club purchased a Victorian building in Yorkville, then close to Toronto, and baptised it Heliconian Hall. The building is now a historic site. A number of celebrities have enjoyed the Club's hospitality, including Lotte Lehman, Dame Nellie Melba, Gertrude Lawrence, Percy Grainger, members of the Brussels Opera Company, Edward Johnson and Mazo de la Roche.

Scope and content
The fond consists of records pertaining to the activities of the Toronto Heliconian Club.  It contains, among other items, a brief history of the organization; material regarding the Edinburgh Festival; musical manuscripts by Mary B. Piersol, Leo Smith and Jean Atkinson; and a photograph of Victor Barbeau. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from the organization in 1993. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  provisional description. 

Proactive Disclosure