Elinor Edmunds Colby was born in Springfield, New Hampshire in 1903. She graduated from Stevens High School in Claremont, N.H. in 1920 and attended the New England Conservatory from 1920 to 1923. A piano student, she studied with Alfred DeVoto and Jesus Sanroma.  She was also a student in vocal accompanying under Richard Hageman. A lifelong resident of Claremont, N.H., she served as music supervisor of the Claremont Public Schools for two years, taught private piano lessons for 55 years, and was the organist for the Claremont First Congregational Church from 1927-1959 and the choir director for the church from 1948-1959. Colby served as chairman for the Claremont
Community Concert series, president of the Claremont Dramatic Club and originator of the Claremont Marionettes.

Physical description

Approximately one linear foot; 2 flip top document cases and one manuscript box. Records are primarily paper and include notebooks, photographs, a class ring, and a scrapbook.


This collection contains materials belonging to and created by Elinor Edmunds Colby, who graduated from the New England Conservatory in 1923. The collection was donated November of 1982 and May of 1990 to the New England Conservatory by Elinor E. Colby during her retirement and by her niece Susan C. McKanna after Colby’s death. A folder of additional related materials from the Alumni Office was found in October 2008 and added to the collection.


Access to this collection is by appointment through the Archivist or the Director of Libraries, New England Conservatory of Music. There are no restrictions pertaining to this collection.


All copyrights to this collection belong to the New England
Conservatory. Permission to publish materials from this collection is
granted by the Director of Libraries. This collection should be cited
as: Elinor E. Colby Collection in the Archives at New England Conservatory, Boston.

Finding aid compiled by Maria Helena Serpa, Spring 2008