Indiana Historical Society - Manuscripts & Archives
Scope and Content note
6 May 1994
VOLUME OF COLLECTION: 1 bound volume
COLLECTION DATE: 1851
PROVENANCE: Cedric L. Robinson, Windsor CT, December 1959
REPRODUCTION RIGHTS: Permission to reproduce or publish material in this collection must be obtained in writing from the Indiana Historical Society
ALTERNATE FORMATS: None
OTHER FINDING AIDS: None
RELATED HOLDINGS: None
ACCESSION NUMBER: 59.1207
Singer Jenny Lind (1821-1887) was born in Stockholm and started a career on the stage at the age of nine. She began singing in opera in Stockholm in 1838-1841. After studying in Paris, she sang in other European cities. Among her notable successes were roles in Bellini's Norma in Berlin in 1844 and in Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable in London in 1847. By then, as "The Swedish Nightingale," she was the toast of Europe.
In 1849, impresario Phineas T. Barnum (1810-1891) signed a contract with Lind for an American concert tour (combined with temperance lectures by himself), which took place in 1850-1851. Barnum's daughter, Caroline C. Barnum, went along on the tour. In Madison, Indiana, where there was an argument with the local manager, Lind's concert was held in a "pork house." Lind's partner, the singer Belletti, remarked afterwards, "I do not like to sing to so much pigs."
In 1852 Lind married Otto Goldschmidt. After another concert tour on her own, she went into semi-retirement in London, giving occasional concerts and teaching music at the Royal College of Music. Barnum, in addition to his lifelong involvement with the circus, was also active in politics, serving as a member of the Connecticut legislature and as mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
This collection consists of one bound volume, a notebook of which the first fifteen pages are part of a journal kept by Caroline C. Barnum from 8 to 20 April 1851 while accompanying Jenny Lind's concert tour. It describes events as the tour visited Louisville, Kentucky, Madison, Indiana, and Cincinnati, Ohio. Miss Barnum was apparently entertained by prominent people in the towns they visited.
The journal was purchased from the family of H. H. Rennell, a great-grandson of Barnum. Parts of the journal for 1850 are in the Bridgeport Public Library.
MAIN ENTRY: Barnum, Caroline C.
SUBJECT ENTRIES: Barnum, Caroline C.
Lind, Jenny, 1820-1887
Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891
Louisville (Ky.)--Social life and customs
Madison (Ind.)--Social life and customs
Cincinnati (Ohio)--Social life and customs