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Rosalie Balmer Smith Cale Collection, 1895-1955

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Identifier: A0220

Title: Rosalie Balmer Smith Cale Collection, 1895-1955


Mrs. Rosalie Cale was a native St. Louisan who was a concert pianist and composer. Her works included an operetta based on Longfellow's Mask of Pandora and a second operetta, Love, Powder and Patches. Her family was active in St. Louis musical circles and operated the Balmer and Weber Music Store. Her father was related to Sol Smith, one of the celebrated comedians of his day and a pioneer theatrical manager. She composed "Song Without Words" at the age of ten. She also was the first recording secretary of the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Collection includes two bound volumes of clippings and programs-some loose recital programs of students, etc.; correspondence from the College of Notre Dame, Belmont, California, 1928, in regard to writing music for an anniversary pageant; program of St. Louis music arranged and with commentary by Ernest C. Krohn, presented before the Missouri Historical Society, February 26, 1954; data on the New Era Literary Club, organized in 1900, federated in 1916; composition book of poetry by Mrs. Malcolm Robb-Theresa Smith Robbs; and loose pages of poetry.

1 box

Cite as: Rosalie Balmer Smith Cale Collection, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1895-1955

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts


Subjects: Women


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