The Ernestine Schumann-Heink Collection was bequeathed to Pomona College in 1938. Born in Austria in 1861, the world renown opera singer Madame Schumann-Heink performed in the great opera houses of Germany, England, and America. She became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. in 1905, toured widely in this country, and was very active during World War I performing for U.S. servicemen. In later years she made numerous radio broadcasts and appeared in the 1935 movie Here’s to Romance. She died in Hollywood in 1936.

Since this collection comprised her personal music library, it is rich in manuscript songs, published songs and song collections, operas and oratorios, and vocal ensemble music. Non-music materials include programs and concert materials, posters, certificates and awards, correspondence, clippings, photographs, and two silver presentation cups.


View "Ernestine Schumann-Heink, a Contralto’s Legacy", the digital collection of her music manuscript collection.

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See article on the collection:

"The Schumann-Heink Music Collection", Honnold Library Record, Vol.II, No.1, Spring 1959