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de Nunzio (Edna Smith) Papers and Photographs on the San Francisco Opera

- SERIES DESCRIPTION/CONTAINER LIST

SERIES DESCRIPTION/CONTAINER LIST

SERIES I. PHOTOGRAPHS
Physical Description: 20 folders All photos are 8 x 10 unless otherwise noted.
Contents: Consists of photos of singers, conductors, and directors, as well as portraits of de Nunzio in costume and candid family shots.
Arrangement: Arranged in alphabetical order.

Box 1 - Folder 1
Ammando Agnini, SFO stage director 1925
Physical Description: 4 photos, 2 inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 1
Marguerite D'Alvarez as Carmen n.d
Physical Description: one 3 1/2 x 5 1/2, inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 1
Pasquale Amato n.d.
Physical Description: one 6 x 8 photo, inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 1
Louis D'Angelo portrait1928

Box 1 - Folder 1
Louis D'Angelo with Mario Chamlee1934
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 1
Louis D'Angelo - with Alfredo Gandolfi & Edna Smith in scene from Bartered Bride1934
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 1
Angelo Bada1927
Physical Description: one photo, inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 1
Gennaro Barra1929
Physical Description: - 8 x 12, inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 1
Gennaro Barra 1930
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 1
Dino Borgioli 1932
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 1
Marie Bullus n.d.
Physical Description: one 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 photo, inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 1
Albert Caiati n.d.
Physical Description: one 4 x 6 photo

Box 1 - Folder 1
Natale Carosslo, ballet master for the first SFO ballet 1925
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 1
Joseph Cavadori1926
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 1
Mario Chamlee 1927
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 1
Gina Cigna, de Nunzio's sponsor in Italy 1937
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 2
Pietro Cimini 1929
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 2
Eugene Conley n.d.
Physical Description: one 3 1/2 x 5 1/2, inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 2
Antonio Cortis1925
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 2
Guiseppe Danise 1928
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 2
Guiseppe Danise 1931
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 2
Myrtle Donnelly 1927
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 2
"Fay-Yen-Fah," S.F. Opera Co. principals from Monte Carlo: Edmund Warnery, Lucille Bertrand, and Rene Maison 1926

Box 1 - Folder 2
Cesare Formichi, one 1925
Physical Description: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 photo, inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 2
Beniamino Gigli 1926
Physical Description: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2, autographed

Box 1 - Folder 2
Beniamino Gigli 19381928
Physical Description: 5 x 7, inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 2
Beniamino Gigli 1928
Physical Description: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2, inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 2
Beniamino Gigli 1940
Physical Description: 5 x 7, inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 2
Hope Hampton n.d.
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 2
Alfred Hertz 1934
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 2
Louise Homer 1926
Physical Description: one 5 x 7 photo, inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 2
Marcel Journet 1925
Physical Description: one 4 x 6 photo, inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 2
Maria Jeritza n.d.
Physical Description: one 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 photo, inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 3
Rudolf Laubenthal 1927
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 3
Giocomo Lauri-Volpi n.d.
Physical Description: 9 x 12 portrait

Box 1 - Folder 3
Giocomo Lauri-Volpi 1929
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 3
Juan and Anita Lucay1934
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 3
Rosa Low (or Law) 1936
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 3
Giovanni Martinelli 1932
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 3
Kathryn Meisle 1926
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 3
Kathryn Meisle 1927
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 3
Luella Melins n.d.
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 3
Jose Mercado 1928
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 3
Gaetano Merola 1927
Physical Description: 5 x 8

Box 1 - Folder 3
Gaetano Merola 1929
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 3
Gaetano Merola 1932
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 3
Gaetano Merola 1938
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 3
Tamaki Miura as Butterflyn.d.
Physical Description: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2, autographed

Box 1 - Folder 3
Miura in Japanese costume, Manhattan Opera Co., in Japanese opera Namiko San n.d.

Box 1 - Folder 3
Composer of Namiko San n.d.
Physical Description: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 photo, insc. to Edna Smith, sig. not legible; also insc. to Smith by Miura on verso

Box 1 - Folder 4
Nina Morgana1929
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 4
Claudia Muzio1926
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 4
Claudia Muzio 1933
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 4
Claudia Muzio n.d.
Physical Description: 6 1/2 x 9, inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 4
Maria Neveso1928
Physical Description: 4 x 6, inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 4
Maria Neveso1929
Physical Description: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2, inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 4
Helen Newson n.d.
Physical Description: 5 x 7 photo

Box 1 - Folder 4
Ladovico Oliviero1927
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 4
Bernice de Pasquali n.d.
Physical Description: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2, inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 4
Millo Picco 1928
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 4
William Pilcher1927
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 4
Elizabeth Rethberg with Marek Windheim 1931

Box 1 - Folder 4
Elizabeth Rethberg as Aida n.d.

Box 1 - Folder 4
Elizabeth Rethberg portrait n.d.
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 4
Sidney Rayner 1930
Physical Description: 6 1/2 x 9, inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 4
Anne Roselle 1927
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 4
Manuel Salazar 1926
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 4
Natalie de Sanctis n.d.
Physical Description: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 4
Euganio Sandrini 1929
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 4
Bidu Sayao (?) n.d.

Box 1 - Folder 5
Bernice Schalher n.d.
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 5
Tito Schipa1925
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 5
Tito Schipa1926
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 5
Tito Schipa n.d.
Physical Description: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2, autographed

Box 1 - Folder 5
Joseph Schwartz 1926
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 5
Riccardo Stracciori 1925
Physical Description: 4 x 6, inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 5
Ludovico Tornarotuo (or Tomarotvo) n.d.
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 5
Ludovico Tornarotuo (or Tomarotvo) n.d.
Physical Description: 6 1/2 x 9

Box 1 - Folder 5
Lawrence Tibbett1928
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 5
Lawrence Tibbett1933
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 5
Armand Tokatyan 1928
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 5
Marian Talley1926
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 5
Mario Valle1926
Physical Description: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2, inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 5
Ninon Vallin 1934
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 5
Elda Vettori 1934
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 5
Ramon Vinay v
Physical Description: 4 x 6 inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 5
Anna Young n.d.
Physical Description: inscribed

Box 1 - Folder 6
Unidentified photos n.d.
Physical Description: 5

Box 2
Premier of Turandot at Civic Audtorium 1927
Physical Description: 10 x 15 photo

Stored at rear of box

Box 2
SFO, Tilden Hotel 1927
Physical Description: 8 x 10 photos

Stored at rear of box

Box 2
SFO chorus 1929
Physical Description: 8 x 10 photos

Stored at rear of box

Box 2
Joseph George Goesson's class1927-28
Physical Description: 9 x 13 photo

Stored at rear of box

Box 1 - Folder 7
Personal photos
Physical Description: 27 photos, various sizes, including snapshots, newspaper photos, and commemorative group photos

Contents: In addition to photos of Edna de Nunzio, there are photosof Madame Gina Cigna (with S.F. mayor Angelo J. Rossi), Signor Attilio Lamponi (Madame Cigna's manager), Amedeo Berdini, tenor, and Gaetano Merola, SFO director

Box 1 - Folder 8
Personal photos
Physical Description: 101 photos, various sizes, many removed from scrapbooks

Contents: Sites include S.F. Bay Area, Europe. Casual photos including Maestro Merola Maestro Gennai, Mr. Berdini, Mrs. Leis (Saratoga), Irene Fleishacker, Ethel Fleishacker, Gina Cigna, Garibaldi Pellegrion et al.

Box 1 - Folder 9
Photo portraits of Edna Smith de Nunzio
Physical Description: 9 photos, 4 tinted, various sizes

Box 1 - Folder 10
Edna Smith de Nunzio as Aida
Physical Description: 5 photos, 1 tinted

Box 1 - Folder 11
Edna Smith de Nunzio in Balle in Maschera
Physical Description: 2 photos, 1 tinted

Box 1 - Folder 12
Edna Smith de Nunzio as Carmen
Physical Description: 4 photos, 2 tinted

Box 1 - Folder 13
Edna Smith de Nunzio in Cavalleria Rusticana
Physical Description: 2 photos

Box 1 - Folder 14
Edna Smith de Nunzio in Faust
Physical Description: 2 photos, both tinted

Box 1 - Folder 15
Edna Smith de Nunzio in La Forza del Destino
Physical Description: 4 photos, 1 tinted

Box 1 - Folder 16
Edna Smith de Nunzio in Lohengrin
Physical Description: 1 photo

Box 1 - Folder 17
Edna Smith de Nunzio in Rigoletto
Physical Description: 6 photos, 1 tinted

Box 1 - Folder 18
Edna Smith de Nunzio in Tosca
Physical Description: 7 photos, 2 tinted

Box 1 - Folder 19
Edna Smith de Nunzio in Il Trovatore
Physical Description: 12 photos

Box 1 - Folder 20
Edna Smith de Nunzio in various roles
Physical Description: 6 photos, 3 tinted

SERIES II. PROGRAMS & REVIEWS, UNITED STATES
Physical Description: 8 folders
Contents: Includes programs and newsclippings documenting de Nunzio's performances in the United States.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Box 2 - Folder 1
Programs

Contents: These programs include appearances by Edna Smith at the San Francisco Grand Opera.


First Season, Exposition Auditorium 1923

First S.F. Spring Music Festival, Exposition Auditorium 1924

S.F. Opera Co., Civic Auditorium third season Sept. 1925

S.F. Opera Co., Civic Auditorium third season Oct. 1925

S.F. Opera Co., Civic Auditorium fourth season 1926

S.F. Opera Co., Civic Auditorium Flyer sheet 1926

S.F. Opera Co., Civic Auditorium fifth season 1927

S.F. Opera Co., Civic Auditorium seventh season 1929

Box 1 - Folder 2
Programs


S.F. Opera, season in Los Angeles, Shrine Auditorium 1929

S.F. Opera, season in Los Angeles, twelfth season 1934

Smith singing in Carmen n.d.

Los Angeles Grand Opera Season, Shrine Auditorium 1934

S.F. Opera, thirteenth season 1935

Box 2 - Folder 6
Typewriter portraits created by Edna Smith 1933

Contents: One of Alfred Hertz plus xerox copy; One of Lucrezia Bori plus inscribed photo copy addressed to Smith; One of Lawrence Tibbitt, original inscribed by Tibbitt to "Elizabeth de Nunzio" plus xerox copy

Box 2 - Folder 7
Reviews and interviews, United States 1923- 1942

Box 2 - Folder 8
3 San Francisco Bay Area magazines having features about de Nunzio


Women's City Club, Oakland March 1930

Gagliardiu (Italian magazine) Sept 1930

Donne Moderne, (edited by Arthur de Nunzio) Dec 1938

SERIES III. PROGRAMS AND REVIEWS, ITALY
Physical Description: 5 folders
Contents: Contains programs and newsclippings documenting de Nunzio's performances in Italy.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Box 2 - Folder 1
Italian contracts covering concert, opera, and radio appearances
Physical Description: 4 items

Box 2 - Folder 2
Italian opera posters: Il Trovatore with Ednade Nunzio n.d.
Physical Description: 3 items

Box 2 - Folder 3
Italian press clippings 1940-1950

Box 2 - Folder 4
Puccini Commemorative Newspaper notice and program 1950

Contents: featuring Laura Vetta

see also Puccini autograph & letters

Box 2 - Folder 5
Italian programs, posters, and season brochures 1939-1949
Physical Description: 24 items

SERIES IV. CORRESPONDENCE
Physical Description: 3 folders
Contents: Consists of personal letters as well as letters from Gaetano Merola and letters to Fortuno Gallo. A few of these letters are in Italian.
Arrangement: Grouped by correspondent.

Box 2 - Folder 1
Letters and postcards


Letter to Smith from Eve J. Limbaugh n.d.

Letter to Smith from Mary Newson, an SFO singerOct. 1930

Portrait postcards to Smith from Ebe Stignani 1938
Physical Description: 2 items

Letter to Smith from Ruth Lionetti May concerning end of war in Italy 1945

Letter from Smith to mother June 1949

From Zug, Switzerland concerning the progress of her singing career.

Box 2 - Folder 2
Letters


Letters from Gaetano Merola Oct. 1924
Physical Description: 4 letters

Typed letter to Smith concerning current opera season


Typed letter to Smith concerning opera personalities & seasons Sept. 1938

Letter to Fortuno Gallo, Chicago City Opera Co. Nov. 1942
Physical Description: Photocopy

Concerns Smith's return to USA from Italy because of war and Gallos recommendations for her employment


Letter from Michael De Pace Nov. 1942
Physical Description: Photocopy

Concerning Smith's availability for singing engagements.

Box 2 - Folder 3
Letters and postcards


Letters from Maestro Galli 1939
Physical Description: 3 letters

Introduce Smith in Italy


Letters in Italian1938-1939
Physical Description: 3 letters

Two addressed to Smith's husband.


Postcard n.d.
Physical Description: 1

SERIES V. NOTEBOOKS
Physical Description: 1 folder
Contents: Includes a roles notebook and music score notebook compiled by de Nunzio as she prepared to sing various opera roles.

Box 2 - Folder 1
Small notebook
Physical Description: unbound

Contents: containing typed libretto scores for Edna Smith de Nunzio

Box 2 - Folder 2
Small music manuscript folio
Physical Description: unbound

Contents: Contains various music notations in Smith's transcriptions

SERIES VI. AUTOGRAPHS
Physical Description: 2 folders
Contents: Contains two autograph books with inscriptions by many of the opera personages pictured in the photographic series, as well as the Puccini autograph and related documentation.

Box 2 - Folder 1
Autograph books1923-1927
Physical Description: 2 books

Contents: Autographs and inscriptions from many very prominent opera personalities of the era with clippings and newspaper photos

Box 2 - Folder 2
Puccini autograph and related letters


A Puccini pencil autograph attached to a scrapbook page with notations on its identity.

Letters from George Maxwell, former president of the American Association of Composers, Authors & Publishers. 1927-1928
Physical Description: 3

All three letters are interesting commentson the S.F. and N.Y. opera society. In the earliest letter, Maxwell confirms that he is sending the requested Puccini autograph.


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