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Barbara Schmidt collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S3294

Scope and Contents

The collection contains photographs, programs, bulletins, and playbills from 1916 to 1918 regarding Barbara Schmidt and her performances in New Castle, Indiana and surrounding areas. There is also a scrapbook dated 1919-1928 (OB041).


  • 1916-1975


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

Barbara E. and Maude Mae Schmidt, originally from New Castle, Indiana, graduated from the Metropolitan School of Music and Dramatic Art in Indianapolis. The sisters toured together through the United States and Canada, doing Lyceum and Chautauqua work. Barbara entertained during World War I at naval bases in the U.S.

Barbara Schmidt married Bryan Wilson, editor of Headlight, a Toledo Auto Club publication. They had one daughter, Mona Mignon Wilson. While Barbara Wilson continued work as a concert artist, dramatic and character reader, and music monologist, she also taught at the American College of Music in Toledo, Ohio. After her husband's death, she became a faculty member of the Beriault School of Expression in Indianapolis and opened a school in Rushville. Barbara Schmidt Wilson was heard on radio stations WWJ, Detroit; WSPD, Toledo; and WFBM, Indianapolis.


0.06 Cubic Feet (1 folder, 1 medium oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from William D. Lalley on 1987/06/15.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OB041: Barbara Schmidt scrapbook

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1999 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2019/08/08 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid revised 2021/09/24 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.