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Frederick Peterson

Frederick Peterson (March 1, 1859 – July 9, 1938) was an American neurologist and poet. Peterson was at the forefront of psychoanalysis in the United States, publishing one of the first articles of Freud and Jung's theories of Free Association in 1909.

Peterson was born in Faribault, Minnesota. After graduating from the University at Buffalo, he attended the Universities of Vienna, Zurich, Strassburg and Gőttingen. Upon his return to the United States, he became a professor at the University at Buffalo in 1882. For the following decade he practiced as a neurologist in New York City. He was involved in Harold P. Brown's 1888 anti-alternating current dog electrocution demonstrations at Columbia University during the war of the currents and later that year was appointed by the New York Medico-Legal Society to lead up a committee finalizing the method of electrical execution via the electric chair in that state. He spent 1893–1894 as a professor at the University of Vermont. In 1900 he was appointed president of the New York State Commission on Lunacy. From 1903 until his retirement, he served as a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University. He was also a well known connoisseur and collector of Chinese paintings.

Peterson's major contributions to medical theory include editorial positions at:

  • The Journal of Nervous and Medical Diseases
  • The New York Medical Journal
  • Mental Diseases (9th ed. 1920)
  • A text-book of legal medicine and toxicology (1903–04) with Walter Stanley Haines Philadelphia and London, W. B. Saunders & company; second edition published as Legal medicine and toxicology by many specialists, edited by Frederick Peterson, Walter S. Haines, and Ralph W. Webster. Philadelphia : W.B. Saunders, 1923.

In addition to his numerous medical writings, Peterson was an accomplished poet publishing Poems and Swedish Translations in 1883, In the Shade of the Ygdrasil in 1893, and The Flutter of the Gold Leaf (1922)

Peterson's daughter Virgilia Peterson was a noted author, critic and host of the DuMont Network program The Author Meets The Critics. A grandson, Prince Nicolas Sapieha, was a well-known art and architecture photographer. The American television producer Ted Jessup is a great-great-grandson.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 1, 1859, Died July 9, 1938

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1901 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist

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Recordings (Results 26-28 of 28 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Edison 6522 10-in. 12/23/1918 A May morning Julia Heinrich Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 8133 10-in. 7/18/1921 The sweetest flower Marie Rappold Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Gramophone 0EA5284 10-in. 6/28/1937 At parting Kirsten Flagstad ; Edwin McArthur Contralto vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
(Results 26-28 of 28 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Peterson, Frederick," accessed April 17, 2024,

Peterson, Frederick. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 17, 2024, from

"Peterson, Frederick." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 17 April 2024.

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