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Rosa Ponselle collection of performances, recorded interviews, and films

Title
Rosa Ponselle collection of performances, recorded interviews, and films, 1926-1987.
Author
Ponselle, Rosa, 1897-1981.
Supplementary Content
Finding Aid

Details

Additional Authors
Ponselle, Carmela, 1892-1977.
Description
613 sound recordings + 26 film reels + 50 videocassettes.
Subject
Genre/Form
  • Sound recordings.
  • Home movies and video.
Access (note)
  • Access to original items is restricted. Advance notification is required for use.
Biography (note)
  • American soprano.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in repository: *L(Special) 89-50.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
*L (Special) 89-50
Author
Ponselle, Rosa, 1897-1981.
Title
Rosa Ponselle collection of performances, recorded interviews, and films, 1926-1987.
Summary
The collection contains commercial and noncommercial sound recordings and noncommercial films and videos collected by Rosa Ponselle from 1926 to 1981, covering her career and retirement; recordings of memorial tributes to Ponselle were added to the collection from 1982 to 1987.
The noncommercial sound recordings total 371 tapes and discs, including test pressings. The bulk of these recordings were made from 1926 to 1954, and primarily contain performances by Ponselle of opera excerpts, Lieder, and American songs. Several noncommercial recordings feature mezzo-soprano Carmela Ponselle (elder sister of Rosa Ponselle).
The films are primarily silent "home movies" of family social events, including travels and sports. The known dates of these films range from 1935 to 1945. Most of the videorecordings in the collection are copies of the films; these copies were made sometime prior to receipt of the collection by the repository.
Additional videorecordings include a 1977 television interview with Ponselle in celebration of he 80th birthday, and a "90th Birthday" memorial tribute .
Access
Access to original items is restricted. Advance notification is required for use.
Biography
American soprano.
Indexes
Finding aid available in repository: *L(Special) 89-50.
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Added Author
Ponselle, Carmela, 1892-1977.
Research Call Number
*L (Special) 89-50
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