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Ella Geer correspondence (MSS 49)

Identifier: MSS 49
The Ella Geer correspondence comprises (135) letters from Ella Geer to her fiance Keith Emery relating her experiences as a violin student at the Curtis Institute of Music during the 1926-27 school year. The collection includes a biographical sketch, summaries and excerpts of letters, provided by her daughter Carol Emery Bastian.


  • 1926-1927


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research


0.2 Linear feet (1/2 archival box)


The collection recounts her experiences as a violin student at the Curtis Institute of Music during the 1926-1927 school year.

Biographical / Historical

Ella Geer was born and raised in Charleston, Illinois. An exceptional violinist, she had received violin lessons from a member of St. Louis Symphony Orchestra prior to her acceptance to the Curtis Institute of Music in 1926. Although she was invited the following year to continue her studies, she chose to marry instead. Following the births of her three children she taught violin, and played with both the Cleveland Women's Symphony and the Denver Symphony Orchestra.


The correspondence is arranged in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Carol Emery Bastian in 2004.

Separated Materials

A portrait photograph of Ella Geer holding a violin was added to the Photograph Collection.
Ella Geer Correspondence (MSS 49)
Kristina Wilson
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Edition statement
revised 2017

Revision Statements

  • 9 February 2017: spell check / general content editing

Repository Details

Part of the Curtis Institute of Music Archives Repository

1720 Locust St
Philadelphia PA 19103 United States