Indiana Historical Society - Manuscripts & Archives

CAROLINE C. BARNUM
JOURNAL, 1851


Collection #
SC 63


Table of Contents

User information
Historical sketch
Scope and Content note
Cataloguing information

Processed by:
Charles Latham
6 May 1994


USER INFORMATION

VOLUME OF COLLECTION: 1 bound volume

COLLECTION DATE: 1851

PROVENANCE: Cedric L. Robinson, Windsor CT, December 1959

RESTRICTIONS: None

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


HISTORICAL SKETCH

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.


SCOPE AND CONTENT

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.


CATALOGUING INFORMATION

MAIN ENTRY: Barnum, Caroline C.

SUBJECT ENTRIES: Barnum, Caroline C.

Lind, Jenny, 1820-1887

Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891

Singers--Sweden--Performances

Musicians--Sweden--Performances

Impresarios--United States

Temperance--United States.

Louisville (Ky.)--Social life and customs

Madison (Ind.)--Social life and customs

Cincinnati (Ohio)--Social life and customs

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