TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of May Valentine

Scope and Content of the Collection

Arrangement

Selected Search Terms

Container List

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Inventory of the May Valentine Opera Photograph Collection, ca. 1910-1972


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610-7324
USA
Phone: 312-255-3506
Fax: 312-255-3646
E-Mail: specialcolls@newberry.org
URL: http://www.newberry.org

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Alison Hinderliter, 2007.

©2007.


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Collector Valentine, May L.
Title May Valentine Opera Photograph Collection
Dates ca. 1910-1972
Extent 1 linear feet (1 box and 1 oversize folder)
Abstract Photographs of opera singers and conductors, collected by May Valentine, chorus director and music librarian for the Chicago Lyric Opera for 44 years. Mostly undated professional stills of individuals, plus a few stage scenes and miscellaneous group shots.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Midwest MS Valentine
Collection Stack Location 3a 43 1

Administrative Information

Cite As

May Valentine Opera Photograph Collection, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift, May Valentine, 1973.

Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2007.

Access

The May Valentine Opera Photograph Collection is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The May Valentine Opera Photograph Collection is the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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Biography of May Valentine

Chicago chorus conductor and music librarian.

May L. Valentine was the chorus conductor and music librarian for the Chicago Civic Opera and then the Lyric Opera of Chicago for many years. After touring the world with her own comic opera troupe, she settled down to train choruses, accompany singers, and act as curator for the Chicago Lyric Opera Library.

Miss Valentine retired from the opera company in 1973 and died the following year at the age of 84.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Mainly professional photographs of opera singers and conductors, most of them undated. Also, a miscellaneous collection consisting of a few informal individual and group pictures, two stills of ballet dancers, scenes from operas staged in Chicago, and three reproduced portraits of composers.

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Arrangement

Arranged by occupation and gender, then alphabetically by name of performer.

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Albanese, Licia
  • Chicago Civic Opera (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Flagstad, Kirsten, 1895-1962
  • Garden, Mary, 1874-1967
  • Karajan, Herbert von
  • Kopp, Leo
  • Leitner, Ferdinand
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • MacDonald, Jeanette, 1903-1965
  • Martinelli, Giovanni, 1885-1969
  • McArthur, Edwin
  • Nilsson, Birgit
  • Reiner, Fritz, 1888-1963
  • Serafin, Tullio, 1878-1968
  • Stevens, Risë, 1913-
  • Tibbett, Lawrence, 1896-1960
  • Tozzi, Giorgio
  • Valentine, May L.
  • Walter, Bruno, 1876-1962
  • Weber, Henry

Subjects

  • Chicago (Ill.) -- History -- 20th century
  • Conductors (Music) -- Portraits
  • Opera -- Illinois -- History -- 20th century
  • Photographs -- 1901-1950
  • Photographs -- 1951-2000
  • Singers -- Portraits

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Container List

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Conductors: Breisach, Paul, 1940
1 2 Conductors: Carlson, Christopher A., undated
1 3 Conductors: Ceccato, Aldo, undated
1 4 Conductors: Fournet, Jean, undated
1 5 Conductors: Gavazzeni, Gianandrea, 1959
1 6 Conductors: v. Karajan, Herbert, ca. 1955
1 7 Conductors: Kopp, Leo, 1971
1 8 Conductors: Leitner, Ferdinand, 1971
1 9 Conductors: McArthur, Edwin, 1945-1956; undated
1 10 Conductors: Papi, Gennaro, undated
1 11 Conductors: Reiner, Fritz, 1940
1 12 Conductors: de Sabata, Victor, 1956
1 13 Conductors: Serafin, Tullio, 1955
1 14 Conductors: Votto, Antonia, 1960
1 15 Conductors: Walter, Bruno, 1945
1 16 Conductors: Weber, Henry, 1945; undated
1 17 Conductors/Singers: Unidentified, 1963-1972; undated
1 18 Singers, Female: Albanese, Licia, undated
1 19 Singers, Female: Burke, Hilda, undated
1 20 Singers, Female: Claessens, Maria, undated
1 21 Singers, Female: Claire, Marion, undated
1 22 Singers, Female: Cossotto, Fiorenza, undated
1 23 Singers, Female: Davis, Jane Gray, 1924
1 24 Singers, Female: Flagstad, Kirsten, 1956
1 25 Singers, Female: Garden, Mary, undated
1 26 Singers, Female: Glade, Coe, undated
1 27 Singers, Female: Jackson, Lorna Doone, undated
1 28 Singers, Female: LaMance, Eleanor, undated
1 29 Singers, Female: MacBeth, Florence, undated
1 30 Singers, Female: McCormic, Mary, undated
1 31 Singers, Female: MacDonald, Jeanette, 1945; undated
1 32 Singers, Female: Mason, Edith, undated
1 33 Singers, Female: Maxwell, Margery, undated
1 34 Singers, Female: Munsel, Patrice, undated
1 35 Singers, Female: Nilsson, Birgit, 1956
1 36 Singers, Female: Olszewska, Maria, undated
1 37 Singers, Female: Pacetti, Iva, undated
1 38 Singers, Female: Raisa, Rosa, undated
1 39 Singers, Female: Rethberg, Elisabeth, undated
1 40 Singers, Female: Salvi, Margherita, undated
1 41 Singers, Female: Schroeder, Marion, undated
1 42 Singers, Female: Stevens, Risë, undated
1 43 Singers, Male: Baklanoff, Georges, undated
1 44 Singers, Male: Bonelli, Richard, undated
1 45 Singers, Male: Cavadore, Giuseppe, undated
1 46 Singers, Male: Cortis, Antonio, undated
1 47 Singers, Male: Darcy, Emery, undated
1 48 Singers, Male: Formichi, Cesare, undated
1 49 Singers, Male: Gurney, John, undated
1 50 Singers, Male: Habich, Eduard, undated
1 51 Singers, Male: Hackett, Charles, undated
1 52 Singers, Male: Huehn, Julius, undated
1 53 Singers, Male: LaMont, Forrest, undated
1 54 Singers, Amle: Maison, Rene, 1940; undated
1 55 Singers, Male: Marshall, Charles, undated
1 56 Singers, Male: Martinelli, Giovanni, 1940; undated
1 57 Singers, Male: Novikoff, Laurent, undated
1 58 Singers, Male: de Paolis, Alessio, undated
1 59 Singers, Male: Rimini, Giacomo, undated
1 60 Singers, Male: Ringling, Robert, undated
1 61 Singers, Male: Tibbett, Lawrence, undated
1 62 Singers, Male: Tokatman, Armand, undated
1 63 Singers, Male: Tozzi, Giorgio, undated
1 64 Singers, Male: Trevisan, Vittorio, undated
1 65 Miscellaneous: Ballet Dancers, 1941; undated
1 66 Miscellaneous: Groups and Individuals, undated
1 67 Miscellaneous: May Valentine, undated
1 68 Miscellaneous: Performance Scene: Lohengrin (See oversize folder), undated
1 69 Miscellaneous: Performers Groups and Opera Scenes, ca. 1930-1972
1 70 Miscellaneous: Pictures of Composers Foster, Puccini, Verdi, undated