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John Daniel Logan fonds
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Autographs and photographs of musicians and actors

Series contains autographs, autograph letters, and autographed photographs. The letters were purchased by John Daniel Logan and were predominantly written by composers, including Giuseppe Verdi and Jacques Offenbach. Many of the autographs are signed on concert programs, presumably from concerts that Logan attended. The photographs are of musicians and actors, including several of the English actor Johnston Forbes-Robertson, and were sent to or obtained by Logan for his personal collection and in his capacity as a music critic and journalist.

Correspondence from A.S. Vogt

File contains a letter from A.S. (Augustus Stephen) Vogt, thanking John Daniel Logan for his review of a performance by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.

Vogt, Augustus Stephen

Correspondence from Addie MacKay

File contains a letter from Addie MacKay concerning a hymn that she composed with words by her sister, requesting that John Daniel Logan publish it in the Halifax Herald.

Correspondence from Alfred Wooler

File contains materials sent to John Daniel Logan by Alfred Wooler, and American composer and music educator, concerning Logan's inquiry into Wooler's "Harmony and Composition Lessons by Mail." The file includes promotional materials for the course and a generic letter to prospective pupils to which Wooler has added comments for Logan.

Correspondence from Anna Frery

File contains a letter from the actress Anna Frery, thanking John Daniel Logan for his critique of her performance in Aida by Giuseppe Verdi. The letter is written on letterhead from the Grand Union Hotel Co., Limited.

Correspondence from Boris Hambourg

File contains a letter from the Russian cellist Boris Hambourg concerning Ernest J. Farmer's "Fantasia for cello," the winner of a Canadian Composers competition. The file also includes a program for a series of five concerts given by Hambourg at The Hambourg Conservatory of Music in Toronto (April 14 to May 12, 1925).

Hambourg, Boris

Correspondence from Charles F. Towle

File contains an advertisement and pamphlet on the plays presented by the Stratford-upon-Avon Players at the Princess Theatre in Toronto as part of their first American Tour. Charles F. Towle was the business director of the tour.

Correspondence from Christie MacDonald

File contains one letter and a Christmas card from Christie MacDonald. The letter apologizes for missing John Daniel Logan and his wife when she was in Toronto.

McDonald, Christie

Correspondence from Clarence Lucas

File contains five letters from the Canadian composer Clarence Lucas of the Musical Courier Company concerning his and John Daniel Logan's respective writing, music, and research on Canadian music. Two of the letters thank Logan for sending Lucas poems, and one letter mentions their mutual acquaintance W.O. Forsyth.

Lucas, Clarence

Correspondence from Daniel G. Mason

File contains a letter from Daniel G. Mason of Columbia University concerning a poem that John Daniel Logan submitted for publication in the "New Music Review." The file includes the copy of the poem that Logan submitted, which is on the work of the composer Lowell Mason (1792-1872), Daniel G. Mason's grandfather. The file also includes a manuscript copy of a poem, possibly by Jean Grey, dated June 15, 1913.

Correspondence from Daniel O'Connell

File contains two letters from Daniel O'Connell, the secretary of the Halifax Musicians' Protective Association (American Federation of Musicians, Local 470). The letters concern Logan's invitation and acceptance into the association.

Correspondence from Edna F. Anderson

File contains a letter from Edna F. Anderson of the Boston Symphony Ensemble to John Daniel Logan concerning booking concerts in Yarmouth, Saint John, Moncton, Charlottetown, Sackville, Truro, Halifax, Wolfville, and Annapolis Royal. In her letter she included the proposed programs for two Halifax concerts. The folder also includes biographical information about the ensemble, its conductor Augusto Vannini, and their Canadian tour, as well as several programs for concerts by the Boston Symphony Ensemble.

Correspondence from Edouard Hesselberg

File contains an announcement from the Russian pianist, composer, and teacher Edouard Hesselberg sent to John Daniel Logan as the Musical Critic of The Star (in Toronto). The announcement concerns his recent appointment as editor and contributor to the staff of the "International Music and Musicians." The letter was sent in an envelope from The Hambourg Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Hesselberg, Edouard

Correspondence from Edward Broome

File contains a letter from Edward Broome. His letter includes information about the activities and performances of the Toronto Oratorio Society and was sent to Logan to be published in the Toronto News.

Broome, Edward

Correspondence from Florence Glossop-Harris

File contains three letters from the British actress Florence Glossop-Harris as well as a short resume of her career. One of the letters and the resume are transcribed and typeset. The letters were all written in response to correspondence from Logan on her performance in various plays. Three of the letters are written on letterhead from The Florence Glossop-Harris Company. The file also includes four postcards feature Glossop-Harris, which were sent to Logan.

Glossop-Harris, Florence

Correspondence from Frank S. Welsman

File contains a letter from Frank Squire Welsman. The letter concerns the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and requests John Daniel Logan's help in promoting and supporting their endeavours.

Welsman, Frank

Correspondence from Harry Irvine

File contains a letter from the English actor Harry Irvine in response to John Daniel Logan's criticism of his performance in "Othello" at an unidentified theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The letter mentions a future lecture at Dalhousie College on "William Shakespeare: A Human Being."

Correspondence from Henry L. Gillespie

File contains a letter from Henry L. Gillespie of Werba and Luescher Attractions at the New York Theatre Building. The letter was written on behalf of his wife, Christie MacDonald, to inform Logan of her upcoming performance in a new opera "Sweethearts" by Victor Herbert, Harry B. Smith, and Robert B. Smith. The letter also mentions a photograph of MacDonald that Werba and Luescher would send to Logan.

Correspondence from Hilda Roberts

File contains a letter from the singer Hilda Roberts. The letter contains an overview of her performances to date in anticipation of a concert in Halifax. The file also contains a series of testimonials from Manlio Di Veroli, Musical Director of the Opera House in Rome and the London Opera House, who taught Roberts in London.

Correspondence from John Burgoyne

File contains a letter from John Burgoyne. The letter includes "A Musical Reminiscence" for consideration for inclusion in John Daniel Logan's column in the Evening Echo (a Halifax newspaper). The reminiscence is about a harp owned by the artist A.T. Barrett.

Correspondence from John Winthrop

File contains a letter from John Winthrop of the Winnipeg Theatre concerning John Daniel Logan's book "Twilight Litanies" (1920), requesting an inscription from Logan.

Correspondence from Julia Marlowe Sothern

File contains a letter from the English-born American actress Julia Marlowe Sothern thanking John Daniel Logan for sending her and her husband (E. H. Sothern) some of his poetry and inviting Logan to visit them backstage at one of their performances.

Correspondence from Julie Opp Faversham

File contains a letter from Julie Opp Faversham (1871–1921), an American stage actress, thanking John Daniel Logan for a poem and his comments about a production of Julius Caesar that she acted in with her husband, William Faversham.

Correspondence from Kathleen Parlow

File contains two letters from the Canadian violinist Kathleen Parlow concerning reviews of her performances by John Daniel Logan and Logan's poetry. One of the letters (dated April 19, 1912), mentions the sinking of the Titanic in passing. One of the letters originally contained two photographs of Parlow, one for the press and one for Logan.

Parlow, Kathleen

Correspondence from Leonard Young

File contains a letter from Leonard Young, Managing Director of an acting group called the "Originals", thanking John Daniel Logan for a book of poems, that Logan had given the group at one of their performances in Halifax.

Correspondence from Louis Keene

File contains a letter from the artist Louis Keene (1888-1972) thanking John Daniel Logan for a notice that he put in the Montreal Herald advertising his upcoming exhibition.

Correspondence from Marian MacDowell

File contains three letters from Marian MacDowell to John Daniel Logan. The letters concern her husband's death and work (the American composer and pianist Edward MacDowell) and Logan's poetry. The file also includes a compilation of press notices about a series of lectures that Marian MacDowell gave in 1910 on Edward MacDowell's music.

Correspondence from Minnie Parlow

File contains a letter from Minnie Parlow, the mother of the Canadian violinist Kathleen Parlow. The letter concerns reviews of her daughter's performance in Toronto.

Correspondence from Muriel Logan

File contains an introductory letter from John Daniel Logan's niece, Muriel Logan. The letter addresses her education in Greek, and her wish for further education at Dalhousie College.

Correspondence from Nellie Melba

File contains a letter from the Australian operatic soprano Nellie Melba concerning a short poem that John Daniel Logan wrote about her singing. The file includes a copy of the poem as printed in a newspaper. The letter also references a photograph that Melba sent to Logan.

Correspondence from Percy Haswell

File contains a letter from the American actress Percy Haswell thanking John Daniel Logan for his newspaper articles on her. The letter is written on letterhead from the R.M.S. Royal Edward.

Correspondence from R.S. Pigott

File contains a letter from R.S. Pigott of the Toronto Conservatory of Music concerning John Daniel Logan's book, presumably "Preludes: sonnets and other verses" (1906).

Correspondence from W.H. Greenwood

File contains a letter from W.H. Greenwood, the Managing Director of The Toronto World newspaper, informing John Daniel Logan of his appointment to staff as Musical Critic.

Correspondence from W.O. Forsyth

File contains four letters from the Canadian composer, teacher, and writer W.O. (Wesley Octavius) Forsyth. Three of the letters (dated from 1921) are written on letterhead from the Canadian Academy of Music in Toronto, where he taught from 1919 to 1924. The letters concern setting texts by John Daniel Logan to music and mentions its possible performance by their mutual friends Lucas and Gena Branscombe.

The file also contains a short biography of W.O. Forsyth from the Star Weekly (Toronto, July 1921); a program for a concert by Jessie McAlpine (a student of Forsyth's) at the Canadian Academy of Music; and a program for a concert by the Russian pianist Arthur Friedheim at Massey Hall.

Forsyth, W. O. (Wesley Octavius)

Correspondence sent to John Daniel Logan

File contains three letters of uncertain authors sent to John Daniel Logan. One is from a former Dean and composer at the University of South Dakota (February 24, 1907); another about upcoming performances by J.S. Middlelai(?); and the third from "Ethel" concerning vacation plans.

John Daniel Logan fonds

  • MS-5-1
  • Fonds
  • 1850-1932

Fonds contains music manuscripts and published scores, photographs, and autograph letters written by well-known composers such as Jacques Offenbach, Giuseppe Verdi, and John Philip Sousa.

Through his work as a music critic and journalist in Toronto, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Logan communicated with many prominent Canadian musicians in the early twentieth century. Many of the scores, photographs, and autographs included in this collection are a result of his contributions to music criticism. The music and theatre programs are frequently annotated with comments for reviews, and most of his correspondence with musicians and actors relates to his work as a music and theatre critic. Some of the scores were given to Logan as gifts from performers while others were sent to him for review or publication in newspapers. The fonds includes several manuscripts of songs by Edith Jessie Archibald, a prominent social activist and suffragist in Halifax.

Letters sent to Logan also concern his poetic contributions, and the manuscript of one of his books, "Preludes: Sonnets and other Verses," (1906) is part of the fonds.

Logan, John Daniel

Letter from Giuseppe Verdi

File contains an autographed letter from Giuseppe Verdi, addressed to his publisher in Paris, Léon Escudier.

Verdi, Giuseppe

Letter from Jacques Offenbach

File contains an autographed letter from Jacques Offenbach as Director of the Theatre des Bouffes Parisiens, addressed to "Monsieur le Baron" (likely Georges-Eugène Haussmann, commonly known as Baron Haussman).

Offenbach, Jacques

Letter from John Philip Sousa

File contains an autographed letter from John Philip Sousa, written on his letterhead from the Marine Band and Orchestra, Washington, D.C. The letter is stored in a folder and includes a copy of a photograph of Sousa from 1895 .

Sousa, John Philip

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