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Jenny Cullen Collection

Identifier: PA012O

Scope and Content Note

J. Harold Kittleson was a long-time friend of Jenny Cullen. He received books and photos from her and corresponded with her and her friends and relations. He was also involved with the authors of Jenny Cullen, a Study in Blue, a biographical sketch written by Barbara Lamband David Eagle. This collection contains many of these items plus an article from Showcase magazine about the donation written by Mary Ann Feldman.

Books owned by Jenny Cullen were not retained in the collection (although there is a list of them). A framed set of four photographs of Carleton College faculty was transferred to their collection.


  • Creation: 1944-2000

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Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available for use by researchers in the Andersen Library Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright was not transferred to the archives.

Biographical History

Jenny Cullen was the first female member of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestraduring the tenure of Henri Verbrugghen. She was born in Glasgow in 1890 and studied with Verbrugghen there. She accompanied him to Australia when he become conductor of the Sidney Orchestra and then to Minneapolis. She also taught at Carleton College and Hamline University.


1 box


A collection of correspondence between Kittleson and Cullen, correspondence regarding Jenny Cullen, photographs, articles, and a biographical sketch about her.

Physical Location

Zone B, R6, D4, S16


Most of the materials in this collection were donated by J. Harold Kittleson to the Orchestra in 2000. Mary Ann Feldman, Orchestra historian, added some materials before the collection was transferred to the archives in July 2001.

Related Material

The archives at Carleton College also contain material relating to Jenny Cullen, notably correspondence between her and Kittleson.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Leslie Czechowski, July 2003.

Jenny Cullen Collection
Finding aid created by Leslie Czechowski
28 July 2003
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Performing Arts Archives Collecting Area