Lee Pattison/Carl Baermann Collection

Letter to Lee Pattison from Carl BaermannLetter to Lee Pattison from Carl Baermann

Carl Baermann (9 July 1839 in Munich-17 January 1913) was a pianist who studied with Franz Lachner and Peter Cornelius in Munich and later became a pupil and friend of Franz Liszt. He moved to the Boston area in America in 1881 where he became a successful pianist and teacher; Amy Beach and Frederick Converse were among his pupils. Baermann was on the faculty of New England Conservatory from 1897-1913. He also composed a number of works for piano solo and with orchestra.

Lee Pattison (July 22, 1890, Grand Rapids, Wisconsin - December 22, 1966, Claremont, California) was a noted American pianist, composer, arranger, opera director, and teacher. Pattison studied under Carl Baermann and graduated from the New England Conservatory in 1910. From about 1919 until 1931 he was a member of the popular two-piano team of Guy Maier and Lee Pattison.] Lee Pattison Recital Hall at Scripps College in Claremont, California, is named for him.

Physical description

This collection consists of 1 folder (containing 19 items) and one scrapbook.


Mrs. Gladys M. E. Pattison, wife of NEC alumnus Lee Pattison (Class of 1910) donated this collection to NEC in 1967-1968.

Scope and Content Note

Primarily, the contents of this collection consist of letters from esteemed German pianist and teacher Carl Baermann to his pupil Lee Pattison. There are a few letters from Baermann's wife, Beatrice, to Lee Pattison as well. The letters from the Baermanns date from 1909-1913. The collection also includes business cards, a memorial concert program for Baermann, and obituaries for Carl and Beatrice Baermann. The collection also includes an exchange of letters from 1967-1968 between President Gunther Schuller and Mrs. Pattison concerning the Baermann Society, as well as the donation of this collection to NEC.  Lastly is a scrapbook which was compiled by Lee Pattison's mother during his time at NEC.


Access to the Pattison/Baermann collection is through the Archivist or Director of Libraries. There are no restrictions pertaining to this collection. The item level index is available here.


This collection should be cited as the Lee Pattison/Carl Baermann Collection in the Archives at New England Conservatory, Boston. Consult with Director of Libraries, New England Conservatory regarding copyright restrictions.