Sarame Raynolds

Biographical Note

Sarame Raynolds (also know as  Sara May Raynolds, Sara Mae Raynolds, and Sara Rainoldi) grew up in Las Vegas, New Mexico, daughter of Joshua Raynolds. As a young girl she was sent to Boston to study voice at New England Conservatory with renowned teacher, William Whitney. She was at NEC for about four years, 1902-1906. Raynolds then went on to study in Europe, first in Paris and then in Italy. She performed leading roles in various cities in Italy. Her American debut took place in 1915 in Los Angeles where she played the part of the Queen of Spain in Ruy Blas by Meyer Lutz.

Physical description

Two drop front boxes containing papers, photographs and published music scores.




Access to the Sarame Raynolds Papers is granted by the Archivist. Appointments must be scheduled in advance. 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 Archivist. This collection should be cited as: NECA 18.25. Sarame Raynolds Papers, New England Conservatory Archives, Boston, MA.

Scope and Content

This collection is organized into four series:

  1. Publicity
  2. Other papers
  3. Photographs
  4. Published music scores

The first series consists of newspaper clippings, articles, brochures etc about Sarame Raynolds. The second series includes items mostly relevant to Raynolds’ time at NEC, a copy of her class card, programs, and correspondence. The third series consists of photographs, mostly press and production photos and a small number of candids.  The last series just includes two opera scores published by Ricordi that were owned by Raynolds.

Container List

Box 1

Series 1: Publicity

Folder 1 – Newspaper Clippings
Folder 2 – Press transcriptions/brochure
Folder 3 –  Journal articles (Musical Courier)

Series 2: Other papers

Folder 4 – Includes copy of NEC Class card, 2 programs, 2 pieces of correspondence addressed to Mr. Raynolds

Series 3: Photographs

Folder 5 – Press Photos, Victor Georg, photographer
Folder 6 –  Press Photos, Photoplayers Studio, photographer
Folder 7 – Press Photos, Underwood & Underwood
Folder 8 – Press Photos, Other
Folder 9 –  Production Photos
Folder 10 – Candids


Box 2

Sarame’s copy of early Ricordi edition of La Sonnabula

Sarames’ copy of early piano vocal edition of Verdi’s Il Trovatore, published by Benoit Aine, Paris. Signed by Raynolds.