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Wish You Were Here: Enrico Caruso Postcard Project

Image Plot of Caruso Postcards

A montage of all 660 postcards cataloged created using the Image Plot plugin for ImageJ.

Exhibition: Wish You Were Here: Enrico Caruso Postcard Collection
Fellowship: Project Proposal

About the Project

Renowned Italian operatic tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) toured widely between 1895 and 1920, visiting exotic locales around the world. On these and other trips, Caruso had a habit of sending himself postcards that reflect the local attractions as well as decorative illustrations of the time. His postcard collection, now part of Vanderbilt University’s Special Collections, is part of a group of Caruso materials acquired by the late Francis Robinson, a Vanderbilt graduate, assistant manager of the Metropolitan Opera and biographer of the tenor. Danielle wrote metadata for all 660 postcards, curating the collection by themes, and created a website connecting the postcards to Caruso’s life and to the performances he gave at the identified locations.

Danielle Beaujon

About the Fellow

Danielle Beaujon is a senior in the Vanderbilt History department’s highly selective Honors Program and plans to attend graduate school in History. She is the recipient of numerous awards during her time at Vanderbilt, including the Gertrude Casebier Undergraduate Research Grant (2014), and is a member of the Athenian Honors Society, Phi Alpha Theta History Major Honors Fraternity, Pi Delta Phi French Major Honors Society and other honorary organizations. Ms. Beaujon worked over the summer as an intern at the Smithsonian Institution Archives in Washington DC. She speaks fluent French and, as a dancer, has successfully choreographed musicals for Vanderbilt Off-Broadway.