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Lillie Ronvo Collection of Dance and Music Materials, 1915-2002, bulk 1952-1991

Summary Information

Abstract

Lillie Rovno was deployed by the United States military in Germany, Japan, Alaska, and Hawaii, and continued to travel the world in later years. A scholar of Russian culture interested in performance arts, Rovno collected materials on a broad array of art forms: Kabuki and Japanese visual arts, ballet, Jewish music, and Italian music. The collection includes numerous photos, some autographed, of prominent ballet performers from the former Soviet Union, Cuba, and the U.S., with many of the photos documenting visits of Soviet ballet companies to the U.S. in the 1980s and early 1990s. The collection also contains musical scores from Italy, the U.S., and Israel, including Israeli songbooks from the early 1950s.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1796
Bib ID 12028397 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Ronvo, Lillie, 1922-2011
Title Lillie Ronvo Collection of Dance and Music Materials, 1915-2002, bulk 1952-1991
Physical Description 3.94 linear feet (7 document boxes and 1 record carton)
Language(s) English , Hebrew , Russian , French , Japanese .
Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in three series and several subseries.

Description

Summary

The collection is composed of 3.94 linear feet of material collected by Rovno. It consists of books on Kabuki history and albums with images of dancers, as well as playbills and souvenir programs from Japanese Kabuki companies' performances in the U.S. In addition, this is an extensive collection of ballet memorabilia, containing souvenir programs and playbills from performances of Soviet-Union and American Ballet companies, as well as a large number of photographs of ballet dancers, some of which are signed. The collection also includes musical scores for piano, including arrangements of complete ballets or excerpts thereof, Italian and Jewish folk songs, and opera arias, as well as song books of Israeli folk songs. The collection as a whole encompasses materials from 1930-2002.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

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); Lillie Rovno Collection of Dance and Music Materials; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Accrual

No additions are expected

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed by Orit Hilewicz (GSAS) June 2016.

Finding aid written by Orit Hilewicz (GSAS) June 2016.

Papers appraised Cole Ferry March 1, 2016.

Revision Description

2016-06-28 File created.

2016-06-30 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Coffee-table books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Playbills Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Portfolios Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sheet music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Souvenir programs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
American Ballet Theatre Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Andō, Hiroshige, 1797-1858 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ansambli "Rustʻavi" Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ballet Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bolʹshoĭ teatr SSSR. Balet Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gosudarstvennyĭ ansamblʹ narodnogo tant͡sa Soi͡uza SSR Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Joffrey Ballet Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kabuki Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kongelige Danske ballet Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Leningradskiĭ gosudarstvennyĭ akademicheskiĭ teatr opery i baleta imeni S.M. Kirova Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mariinskiĭ teatr (1991- ). Balet Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Minkus, L., 1826-1917 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Moscow City Ballet Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Opéra de Paris. Ballet Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pugni, Cesare, 1802-1870 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stuttgarter Ballett Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ukiyoe Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Lillie Rovno was deployed by the United States military in Germany, Japan, Alaska, and Hawaii, and continued to travel the world in later years. A scholar of Russian culture interested in performance arts, Rovno collected materials on a broad array of art forms: Kabuki and Japanese visual arts, ballet, Jewish music, and Italian music.