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Rosa Ponselle Museum records

 Collection
Identifier: PIMS-0005
A large collection of artifacts related to the twentieth-century soprano Rosa Ponselle was maintained at the Rosa Ponselle Museum in her hometown of Meriden, Connecticut, from 1999 to 2007. The Rosa Ponselle Museum records contain primarily administrative files created or collected by the museum's director, Lester Dequaine. These include files related to the administration of the Rosa Ponselle Fund, files on the annual Ponselle vocal scholarship, files about the museum's collecting and exhibit activities, and biographical research on Ponselle. The collection also contains scrapbooks about the Rosa Ponselle Fund and Museum, video recordings about the museum, and materials related to the Ponselle centennial year of 1997.

Dates

  • 1930-2009
  • Majority of material found within 1983-2009

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for use at the Peabody Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.

Extent

3.72 Cubic Feet (7 letter-sized document boxes, 1 half-size letter document box, 1 oversize flat box [13 x 16 x 3], 1 oversize flat box [19 x 15 x 1], 1 shoe box [9 x 6 x 12])

Biographical / Historical

The Rosa Ponselle Fund was established in 1983 with a $10,000 bequest from Rosa Ponselle's estate for a musically oriented project for the education and benefit of the community of Meriden, Connecticut, Ponselle's hometown. From about 1998 to 2002, the Fund sponsored and conducted a competition for the Rosa Ponselle Vocal Scholarship and an annual concert by the winner of that competition. In 1999, the Fund signed an agreement with the Dequaine Foundation, established by Lester Dequaine, to form the Rosa Ponselle Museum, located in Meriden. The museum acquired, preserved, and displayed artifacts relating to Ponselle and also to the world of opera from her perspective. Its collection included items loaned from the Rosa Ponselle Fund, items from Ponselle's estate transferred by the Rosa Ponselle Foundation in Baltimore County, Maryland, and items acquired directly by Dequaine. The museum closed in 2007 and its contents were donated to the Arthur Friedheim Library in 2015.

Scope and Contents

The Rosa Ponselle Museum records contain primarily administrative files created or collected by the museum's director, Lester Dequaine. These include files related to the administration of the Rosa Ponselle Fund, files on the annual Ponselle vocal scholarship, files about the museum's collecting and exhibit activities, and biographical research on Ponselle. The collection also contains scrapbooks about the Rosa Ponselle Fund and Museum, video recordings about the museum, and materials related to the Ponselle centennial year of 1997.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lester Dequaine in 2015.

Related Materials

The Lester Dequaine collection on Rosa Ponselle (PIMS.0004) contains photographs, correspondence, clippings, recordings, concert programs, and personal items related to Rosa Ponselle's career and personal life. The Peabody Archives holds other collections of Rosa Ponselle materials, including the records of the Rosa Ponselle Foundation in Stevenson, Maryland.

Processing Information

Processed by Claire Weber in 2016-2017.

Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

Contact:
Peabody Institute
1 E. Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore MD 21202 USA