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Eda Rothstein Rapoport Papers, circa 1915-1968, 1915-1968

Summary Information

Abstract

Eda Rapoport was a Jewish American composer and pianist. Her papers are comprised primarily of manuscripts of musical scores arranged by Rapoport, as well as commercially-printed music. The collection also features recordings of performances of Rapoport's works dating from 1939 to 1966.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1051
Bib ID 4079252 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Rapoport, Eda Rothstein, 1890-1968
Title Eda Rothstein Rapoport Papers, circa 1915-1968, 1915-1968
Physical Description 15 linear feet (24 music file boxes, 14 manuscript boxes, and 1 flat box)
Language(s) English , Yiddish .
Access

Boxes 1-9 and 13 are 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.

Selected unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are available onsite via the Digital Library Collections portal. Commercial materials are not routinely digitized. Email rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Audio recordings in Series III of the collection are fragile and must be digitized before use.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in three series.

Description

Scope and Content

The Eda Rapoport Papers are comprised primarily of music manuscripts authored by Rapoport, many of which are autographs. While most of the manuscripts are undated, they are accompanied by lacquer and aluminum disc recordings of concerts of Rapoport's works given throughout her career. Most of the records are labeled according to the date and piece performed, and span between 1939 and 1966. The collection also features a small selection of printed music, originally intended for commercial distribution. Finally, there are diaries of Rapoport's musical life, 1932-1948, kept by her husband, Boris Rapoport.

The container list for Series I was compiled from the labels on the individual boxes; there is a full list of items available in this series in the Manuscript Card Catalog located in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

  • Series I: Original Accession

  • Series II: Later Accession-Scores

    This series is comprised of musical scores authored by Rapoport, and includes both manuscript and printed material.

  • Series III: Sound recordings

    This series contains 81 lacquer or aluminum phonograph disc recordings, one recording on open reel audio tape, and 22 digital sound files. Their dates range from 1939 to 1966. The majority are live concert recordings of pieces composed by Eda Rapoport, which were created by or for the radio station WNYC. Others appear to have been recorded in studios in Manhattan and the Bronx.

    Some of the recordings feature Rapoport herself, performing her own compositions on the piano. Other musicians who frequently appear include the violinists Yvette Rudin Bader, Carmela Ippolito, and Harold Kohon; the pianists Esther Ostroff and and Maria Rey; the cellist Alexander Goldfield; and the soprano vocalist Gretchen Ganvoort.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

Boxes 1-9 and 13 are 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.

Selected unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are available onsite via the Digital Library Collections portal. Commercial materials are not routinely digitized. Email rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Audio recordings in Series III of the collection are fragile and must be digitized before use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of both the physical property and copyright. To request permission to quote or publish, please contact the RBML at rbml@columbia.edu.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Eda Rothstein Rapoport Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed by Megan Darlington, August 2012.

The collection originally included 92 lacquer or aluminum discs, which were previously stored in nine albums. In 2008, the discs in Album 5 were removed for digitization. Their digitized contents can be accessed in the reading room at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Celeste Brewer reprocessed materials in Series III in February 2020, in preparation for digitization. The lacquer and aluminum discs had previously been stored in eight albums with paper sleeves. The sleeves had become acidified and were no longer strong enough to support the weight of the discs without tearing. The discs were assigned numbers in a sequence reflecting the order in which they were found in the albums, and rehoused in acid-free phonograph storage envelopes. Two discs, 62 and 65, which are delaminating, were moved to Box 14 for flat storage.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2012-08-09 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

2012-08-09 XML document revised by Megan Darlington

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

2020-02-07 Series III item level inventory and descriptive notes updated by Celeste Brewer in preparation for digitization

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"
Autographs (manuscripts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scores (documents for music) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sheet music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sound recordings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Jewish composers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rapoport, Boris Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rapoport, Eda Rothstein, 1890-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
WNYC (Radio station : New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women composers -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Eda Rapoport was a Jewish American composer and pianist. Born December 25, 1890 in Daugavpils, Latvia, she later immigrated to the United States, where she lived much of her life in New York. Considered a prolific composer of her day, she arranged several hundred compositions for piano, violin, voice, and symphony orchestra. Rapoport died on May 9, 1968 at her home in Manhattan.