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Location: b [Shelved with photographs on P1, range 6]
Call No.: MS Thr 567
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Photographs of the Chicago opera,
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Photographs of opera performers of the Chicago opera (circa 1910-1932) and a few photographs of scenes and buildings.
This collection is made up of photographs that are stamped with a variety of property stamps from groups who performed opera in Chicago, Illinois from about 1910 to 1932. The items that are actually dated are from 1916-1923, but research indicates there are earlier and later images:
- Chicago Grand Opera Company: began performing in the fall of 1910 and was the first resident opera company in Chicago. The last performance was in the spring of 1914.
- Chicago Opera Association: established in 1915 and continued until 1922.
- Chicago Civic Opera: formed in 1922 and folded at the end of the 1931-1932 season.
Arranged into the following three series:
- I. Photographs of female opera performers
- II. Photographs of male opera performers
- III. Other Chicago opera photographs
Collection consists mainly of 10 x 8 inch black and white photographs of Chicago operatic performers. Most images have text on their versos, either stamped in ink or in manuscript hand, stating the name of performer, opera and role depicted in image, and company producing the opera. Most items are undated. Singers are primarily in character and usually solo, though there are a few depicting multiple persons in one image, and a few images in street clothes. Also included are a few photographs of conductors and directors of the operas.A few photographs are included of: scenes from The Marriage of Figaro, and the exterior and interior views of the Civic Opera House (Chicago).Photographic studios include: Chicago Architectural Photo Company, Daguerre (Chicago), Fernand de Gueldre (Chicago), H. A. Atwell Studio (Chicago), Matzene Studio, Moffett (Chicago), Underwood & Underwood, among many others.