Mary Weber Farrar scrapbook, 1892-ca. 1942 (bulk 1892-1899)
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General Note
Materials housed in Special Collections Division of the Main Library, Nashville Public Library.
Restrictions on Access
In library use only. Available by appointment.
Scope and content: Heavily illustrated scrapbook, with frequent annotations, compiled by Mary Weber Farrar. The bulk of the scrapbook dates from 1892 to 1899. A few individual items date from 1905, ca. 1920, and ca. 1942; their source is not known. Pages are numbered with one page number referencing a two-page spread. In ink, inside the front cover, an inscription reads, "Musical Notes, Mrs. F.E. Farrar, Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 27, 1895. Further on Miscellaneous Notes, sheet 50." This essentially divides the scrapbook into two parts, although the distinction in subject matter is not strongly delineated.
The first half of the book is devoted to musical topics, including many portraits, primarily consisting of illustrations, engravings, clippings and articles about European musicians, composers, and performers, including some children who were noted for their musical talent and accomplishments. A photograph of Mary Weber Farrar appears on p. 10, and on p. 12, a photograph of her husband, Frederic Emerson Farrar, shows him peeking out from behind a stage curtain. Some articles contain biographical information about the Farrars, including mentions of their travels; teaching activities, and other accomplishments and events. Some articles mention some of their students by name. Although there is a very strong European emphasis throughout the scrapbook, there are some references to music-related subjects on the East Coast of the United States, such as in New York and Boston.
The scrapbook also contains a variety of items relating to European culture in general, including such topics as illustrations of noteworthy European homes (often because of their architecture, location, or association with a famous person); European landscapes; cities of Europe, including their arts and musical culture; heads of state and nobility, including Josephine and Napoleon Bonaparte and Queen Victoria; a few writers such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens; and other similar subjects. Countries mentioned include: Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland, France, and Russia.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials
Cite as: Mary Weber Farrar Scrapbook, Special Collections Division, Nashville Public Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Condition notes: Very fragile, pages are brittle. Handle with care. Loose items in front.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
No photocopies due to fragile nature of materials.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Interleaving paper is used occasionally throughout. Do not remove from its location.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Nashville Public Library does not have intellectual property rights to these materials.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition unknown;,Acc. RT-100.
Biographical or Historical Data
Mary Elizabeth Weber Farrar was the daughter of German immigrant and Nashville music teacher, Henri Weber; her mother's name is unknown. She was born on July 25, 1844 at Marburg, Germany, coming to America when still a child. It was said she showed musical talent at a young age, and "played before many of the artists and royal families of Europe." She began teaching music at age 14, and taught in Macon, Ga. in 1864, and at an undetermined date taught for six years at Misses Sedgwicks' School for Young Ladies in Augusta, Ga. For nine years she taught piano at Ward Seminary in Nashville, Tenn. In 1892, she married Frederic Emerson Farrar, a year after he came to Nashville. He was originally from Massachusetts. Together, they operated the Farrar School of Voice and Piano in their home at 157 Eighth Ave. North. He was the vocal teacher; she taught piano. Mary died on April 19, 1912 in Nashville, and was buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. After her death, her husband lived in Florida and in Massachusetts. They apparently did not have any children. Both of the Farrars were well known and well respected in Nashville's music and arts community, and Mrs. Farrar's death was deeply mourned by many of her former students.
In English
Ownership and Custodial History
Unknown provenance.
Process;,2012;,Linda Barnickel.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use
No further accruals are expected.


APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Farrar, M. W., & Farrar, F. E. Mary Weber Farrar scrapbook .

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Farrar, Mary Weber, 1844-1912 and Frederic Emerson Farrar. Mary Weber Farrar Scrapbook. .

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Farrar, Mary Weber, 1844-1912 and Frederic Emerson Farrar. Mary Weber Farrar Scrapbook .

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Farrar, Mary Weber, and Frederic Emerson Farrar. Mary Weber Farrar Scrapbook

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