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Susan Metcalfe and Pablo Casals letter collection, 1915-1918

Susan Metcalfe and Pablo Casals letter collection, 1915-1918

Moore, George P.

Musician, Educator, Collector

Collection Information

Size: 53 items. (on 1 microfilm reel)

Summary: Letters collected by George P. Moore, a cellist and music professor at the University of Southern California, consisting primarily of letters from Susan Metcalfe Casals to her husband, Spanish cellist Pablo Casals. Writing from New Rochelle, N.Y., New York, N.Y., and Stockbridge, Mass., to Casals in New York, London, Spain, and other locales, the letters reflect the tempestuous nature of their marriage. Also included are drafts of three letters from Casals to Metcalfe, three from Metcalfe's mother and brother to Casals mother, Pilar, chastising Casals on his behavior toward his wife; and one letter from Lydia Field Emmet to Casals.

Biographical/Historical Note

Susan Metcalfe Casals (1878-1959), mezzo-soprano, was the first wife of the renowned Spanish cellist, Pablo Casals (1876-1973). They married in 1914 and divorced in 1957. The couple often socialized with Lydia Field Emmet in New York and with her sister Jane de Glehn in England. Metcalfe shared a property with Lydia at "Strawberry Cottage" in Stockbridge, Mass.


Donated 1996 by George Moore, a former professor at the University of Southern California, who purchased them ca. 1982. Moore subsequently delved further into Casals' life and his associations with the Emmet family.

Microfilm reel 5743 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

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