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Series I: Ballet Memorabilia
Series II: Japanese Art--Kabuki Books and Memorabilia, Ukiyo-e Books
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in three series: Series I: Ballet Memorabilia, 1966-2002 Subseries I.1: Ballet Programs and Clippings, 1978-2002; Subseries I.2: Photographs, circa 1966-1992; Series II: Japanese Art--Kabuki Books and Memorabilia, Ukiyo-e Books, 1978-1987 Subseries II.1: Kabuki Books, 1978-1987; Subseries II.2: Kabuki Programs and Magazines, 1981-1982; Subseries II.3: Ukiyo-e Books, 1982; Series III: Musical Scores, 1915-2000 Subseries III.1: Ballet Piano Arrangements, 1949-2000; Subseries III.2: Italian Song, 1915-1984; Subseries III.3: Jewish and Israeli Song, 1930-1983; Subseries III.4: Other Songs, 1967
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.
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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.
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.
No additions are expected
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers processed by Orit Hilewicz (GSAS) June 2016.
Finding aid written by Orit Hilewicz (GSAS) June 2016.
Papers appraised Cole Ferry March 1, 2016.
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.
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.