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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1002

Victor Herbert letters to Marie Duval

Letters from American composer Victor Herbert to chorus girl, Marie Duval.


  • 1922-1924

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


.25 linear feet (1 box)

28 autograph manuscript letters (signed) from Herbert to Duval in which he counsels her about her voice, grammar and future prospects in his or other shows in New York. He also discusses his own career. Letters begin in December of 1922 and end in April of 1924. Herbert died on 1924 May 26. It appears unlikely that Miss Duval made her debut as part of Herbert's entourage.

Biographical / Historical

Victor Herbert (1859-1924) was an Irish-born, German-raised American composer, cellist and conductor. Marie Duval was an aspiring singer working as a chorus girl in Baltimore, Maryland.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2013MT-18. Purchased with the Richard C. Marcus Theatre Fund; received: 2013 October 3.

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt.
Link to catalog
Herbert, Victor,1859-1924. Victor Herbert letters to Marie Duval, 1922-1924: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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