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New York City Opera records, 1943-2014

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1684
Bib ID 10567054 View CLIO record
Creator(s) New York City Opera
Title New York City Opera records, 1943-2014
Physical Description circa 400 linear feet (approximately 400 records storage cartons, 35 TB of digitized material, and oversized material)
Language(s) English .
Access You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

Material is unprocessed. Please contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

This collection is located on-site.

Folder-level restrictions are marked in the container list.

The collection also includes an extensive amount of digital material which has been preserved but is unprocessed. Please contact the RBML at rbml@columbia.edu to discuss access options.

All original copies of audio and moving image media are closed until after reformatting. Please contact the RBML at rbml@columbia.edu to discuss access options.

Description

Summary

New York City Opera records consist of administrative, financial, production, business records, including contracts, stage guides, opera scores, programs, playbills, photographs, posters, memorabilia, and audio-visual materials, dating from 1943 to 2014.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

Material is unprocessed. Please contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

This collection is located on-site.

Folder-level restrictions are marked in the container list.

The collection also includes an extensive amount of digital material which has been preserved but is unprocessed. Please contact the RBML at rbml@columbia.edu to discuss access options.

All original copies of audio and moving image media are closed until after reformatting. Please contact the RBML at rbml@columbia.edu to discuss access options.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); New York City Opera records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

Julius Rudel papers 1945-2015. The New School Archives and Special Collections.

Jack Beeson papers; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

New York Public Library also has collections and materials related to NYCO:

Morton Baum Papers, 1938-1968 *LPA Mss 1992-001 . Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Images of the New York City Opera / by Fred Fehl, ca. 1940-1980, Music Division, The New York Public Library.

Plot summaries, recorded by the New York City Opera, Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library.

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Custodial History

Processed portion:

2013.2014.M073: The records came from the storage at the Lincoln Center State Theater and were delivered to the Butler Library without notice just before NYCO declared bankruptcy during October 2013. The boxes arrived in two very large wooden bins marked NYC Ballet. The boxes were unpacked by Patrick Lawlor and stored on site. These were processed as box 1-230 in 2021-2022 by Yingwen Huang. The James North addition (2020.2021.M072) were also processed along with this portion.

Unprocessed portion:

A total of 291.6 cubic feet of NYC opera records were severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. NYCO received funding from FEMA to rescue the records and for digitization. The undamaged paper materials comprise 176 boxes. They have been scanned by Scantek in Willow Grove, Pa. onto 2 hard discs. Scantek scanned the dry boxes that were located near the Battery and moved to a higher floor. The physical boxes went to ReCAP and they are mostly Administrative/Business files (2014-2015-M040). The damaged records were scanned by Polygon. They scanned the wet/oily boxes that were two floors below ground when the hurricane hit after the elevator broke. The physical records were discarded after digitization. The Digital Accessions are: 2013.2014.M109.DIGITAL, 2013.2014.M111.DIGITAL, 2014.2015.M049.DIGITAL, 2014.2015.M117.DIGITAL.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--New York City Opera. Method of acquisition--Deposit (converted to gift in 2021); Date of acquisition--2013. Accession number--2013-2014-M073.

Gift of James H. North, addition, 2021.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Collection-level record describing unprocessed material made public in summer 2018 as part of the Hidden Collections initiative.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

All links open new windows.

Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Accounts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Audiocassettes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brochures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
CD-Rs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Contracts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Costumes (character dress) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Design drawings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Detail drawings (drawings) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Financial records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fliers (printed matter) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Librettos (documents for music) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Licenses Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Newsletters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pamphlets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Payrolls Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Playbills Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Playbills Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Posters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Programs (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Receipts (financial records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Renderings (drawings) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sound recordings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
VHS Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Video recordings (physical artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
color slides Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
electronic records (digital records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
hard drives Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
negatives (photographs) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Keene, Christopher, 1946-1995 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Labor unions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Leinsdorf, Erich, 1912-1993 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York City Opera Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Opera Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Opera -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Opera -- United States -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Operas -- Librettos Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Operas -- Scores Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Performing arts -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rosenstock, Joseph, 1895-1985 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rudel, Julius Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sills, Beverly Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stage lighting Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Steel, George Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theater -- Production and direction Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theater -- Stage-setting and scenery Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theaters -- Employees -- Labor unions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theaters -- Lighting Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

New York City Opera (NYCO) was famously dubbed "The People's Opera" by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia at its founding in 1943. The Opera's mission is to inspire audiences with innovative and theatrically compelling opera at an affordable price.