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James A. Drake collection on Rosa Ponselle

 Collection
Identifier: PIMS-0119
Abstract

In the 1970s, retired opera singer Rosa Ponselle (1897-1981) collaborated with biographer James A. Drake on writing her memoirs. Drake made audio recordings of interviews with Ponselle and her associates at Ponselle's home in Baltimore, known as Villa Pace. This collection contains interview recordings and other audio recordings about Ponselle created or collected by Drake.

Dates: approximately 1923-1978
Found in: Peabody Archives

Lester Dequaine collection on Rosa Ponselle

 Collection
Identifier: PIMS-0004
Abstract The most sought-after soprano of the 1920s and 1930s, Rosa Ponselle (née Rosa Ponzillo, 1897–1981) began her musical career in a vaudeville act with her sister Carmela Ponselle. Upon hearing Rosa Ponselle for the first time, Enrico Caruso took her under his wing and they appeared on the Metropolitan Opera stage together in La Forza del Destino and La Juive. She would go on to sing the title role in the Metropolitan's revival...
Dates: 1907 - 2013; Majority of material found within 1918-1938
Found in: Peabody Archives

Lester S. Levy sheet music papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0193
Abstract

Lester S. Levy was a music historian and sheet music collector. His music papers contain correspondence, speeches, printed material, and bills related to his collecting activities.

Dates: 1933-1983

Rosa Ponselle Museum records

 Collection
Identifier: PIMS-0005
Abstract 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...
Dates: 1930-2009; Majority of material found within 1983-2009
Found in: Peabody Archives