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Collection TitleMC 69 PeopleCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:September 2009

Edna Eugenia Smith- Edna Eugenia Smith was the daughter of James N. Smith of Elmira.  Edna worked as a dressmaker from 1899 until 1917. 

Norbert Gabel- Norbert Gabel was an Austrian-born concert pianist.  He studied at the Vienna Conservatory and toured Europe as a pianist before immigrating in 1940. During World War II, he served as a sergeant in the United States Army, primarily in Alaska.  He worked as a music lecturer, sales associate for Elmira music store M. Doyle Marks & Son and as a concert pianist, often with friend Edward Whittenhall.  He died sometime in the early 2000s.

Extent.5 Linear Feet
Date Span1895-1999
AbstractMC 69 contains two collections: Edna Eugenia Smith Diary Collection; Norbert Gabel Collection. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Diary/Scrapbooks - Edna Eugenia Smith, dressmaker, Elmira: 1903-1904; 1908; 1910; 1912. DiariesA02
Holland-America Line turbine steamer "Volendam" floor plan, 1939. Architectural DrawingA0301
Booklet - List of Passengers on Board Twin Screw Turbine Steamer Volendam from Rotterdam to New York Via Southampton, Sunday, December 17, 1939.BookletA0302
Menus - Christmas Dinner on Board R.M.S. Volendam, December 25, 1939; Farewell Dinner on Board R.M.S. Volendam, December 29, 1939.MenusA0303
Booklet - War Department Basic Field Manual: First Aid for Soldiers, 1943. BookletA0304
Fragment of a Japanese Fu-go war ballon found in Alaska, 1944. ArtifactA0305
Norbert Gabel's Veterans' Amdinistration card, ca. 1950s.Identification CardA0306
Program - Building for Fashion presented by Rosenbaum's for the benefit of Elmira Zonta House at the Elmira Free Academy Auditorium, March 8, 1967.ProgramA0307
Program - 34th Anniversary Glenora Music & Art Festival, Glenora & Dundee, New York, July 27 & 28 and August 2 & 3, 1986.ProgramA0308
Certificate of volunteer service from the Woodbrook Adult Home for Bert Gabel, April 27, 1995.CertificateA0309
Affidavit of Support for an immigration visa for Alfred, Helene and Elisabeth Bauer signed by Edwin Golos of Elmira, December 1, 1940.DocumentA0310
(3) Postcards sent to Norbert Gabel from Austria and Spain, ca. 1930s. PostcardA0311
Letter to Norbert Gabel from the Bank of China regarding funds sent to a relative in Shanghai, August 25, 1941.LetterA0312
Letter to Norbert Gabel from M. Doyle Marks & Son regarding a job, March 12, 1942.LetterA0313
(2) Letters to Norbert Gabel from the National Refugee Service regarding a visa for Mina Gabel, April 20 & May 4, 1945.LetterA0314
Military orders regarding Norbert Gabel, September 18, 1945.OrdersA0315
Letter to Norbert Gabel from the Big Flats Bicentennial Commission thanking him for his concert, October 19, 1976.LetterA0316
Norbert Gabel's correspondence with Katherine Dutton including photographs of Dutton's daughters and grandchildren, 1995-1999.CorrespondenceA0317
Newspaper clippings regarding the Glenora Music & Arts Festival, M. Doyle Marks & Son, Big Flats Bicentennial Concert, Norbert Gabel, Dr. Otto Lederer and William L. Butler.Newspaper ClippingsA0318
This folder contains the following Norbert Gabel photographs including: Isaac Stern; Vladimir Horowitz; Arthur Rubinstein; Bernard Gabel; Norbert Gabel; Paula Gabel; Edward Whitenhall; Gabel & Whittenhall Concert photos, ca. 1990s; Gabel family photos, ca. 1950s; Gabel family wedding in Austria, ca. 1900; captured Japanese WWII combat images, ca. 1940s. PhotographsA0401
This folder contains slides from the Gabel family vacation, August 1951 including: Glacier National Park; Yellowstone National Park; Virginia City, Montana; River Falls, Montana; Salt Lake City, Utah; the Gabel family. SlidesA0402
Norbert Gabel photo album, 1940s-50s, featuring photographs from Gabel's World War II (WWII) service in St. Augustine, Florida and Skagway, Alaska and Gabel family photographs, ca 1950s. Photo AlbumA05
Norbert Gabel photo album, 1920s-50s, featuring images of Austria and the American west from the Gabel family vacation, 1951.Photo AlbumA06

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