Mrs. Lionello Perera Papers, (bulk 1930-1965)

Title
Mrs. Lionello Perera Papers, 1888-1966 (bulk 1930-1965)
Author
Perera, Carolyn Allen.
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Box 3Mixed materialSupervised useAvailableJPB 06-11 Box 3Offsite
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Description
3 linear feet (4 boxes)
Genre/Form
  • Clippings.
  • Correspondence.
  • Librettos.
  • Programs.
Biography (note)
  • Philanthropist, collector, and music patron, Carolyn Allen Perera (1883-1966) amassed a major collection of Verdiana and was one of the founders of the Toscanini Memorial Archives at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
Call Number
JPB 06-11
Author
Perera, Carolyn Allen.
Title
Mrs. Lionello Perera Papers, 1888-1966 (bulk 1930-1965)
Summary
The Mrs. Lionello Perera Papers document select activities of a New York City patron of music, primarily from 1930 to 1965 through clippings, correspondence, libretti, and programs. The emphasis of the collection is on concerts attended by Mrs. Perera, and her main subject of interest, Giuseppe Verdi. The collection does not contain any documentation of her philanthropic work with social agencies, such as the Italian Welfare League; there is only scant evidence of her violin performances, and her involvement with music schools.
Biography
Philanthropist, collector, and music patron, Carolyn Allen Perera (1883-1966) amassed a major collection of Verdiana and was one of the founders of the Toscanini Memorial Archives at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Born in New York City, Carolyn married banker Lionello Perera in 1904 and adopted his Italian heritage, learning to speak the language fluently. The Pereras were involved with several different social service organizations, including the Italian Welfare League, which Carolyn founded in 1920 to aid Italian immigrants. This work allowed her to meet Arturo Toscanini. A strong friendship developed over the years, and it was Toscanani who launched her interest in Guiseppe Verdi later in life. Perera's collection of Verdiana grew to include letters to and from the composer, photographs, and rare editions of his work. In 1960 she and Walter Toscanini (Arturo's son) created an exhibit of their Verdi collections for display at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (Ohio). She remained an active patron of music until her death and completed a self-published autobiography, Now It Should Be Told (1963), in honor of her eightieth birthday.
Indexes
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
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Occupation
Music patrons.
Added Author
Perera, Carolyn Allen. Now it should be told.
Toscanini, Arturo, 1867-1957.
Toscanini, Walter, 1898-1971.
Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901.
New York Public Library. Toscanini Memorial Archives.
American Music Collection.
Research Call Number
JPB 06-11
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