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   Lillie Ronvo Collection of Dance and Music Materials, 1915-2002 [ Bulk Dates: 1952-1991]

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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.

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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. Collector
Title:Lillie Ronvo Collection of Dance and Music Materials, 1915-2002 [ Bulk Dates: 1952-1991]
Physical description:3.94 linear ft. (7 document boxes and 1 record carton)
Language(s):English, French, Hebrew, Japanese, and Russian.
Access: This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in three series:

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Description

Scope and Content

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 1915-2002.

Series I: Ballet Memorabilia, 1966-2002

Ballet Memorabilia contains Souvenir programs, playbills, and photographs of Ballet performances and dancers from the former Soviet Union, Cuba, American Ballet Theater, and Joffrey Ballet.

Subseries I.1: Ballet Programs and Clippings, 1978-2002

Ballet Programs and Clippings includes souvenir programs and newspaper clippings from performances of ballet companies in New York. Most of the programs document visits of Soviet Union ballet companies—Kirov, Donetsk, and others—in 1982-1991, year of the Soviet Union’s dissolution. More recent materials include Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theater, the Mariinsky Theater Ballet programs, as well as a profile program on Vladimir Vasiliev, former director of the Bolshoi Ballet, from 2000, when he was dismissed from the company.

Subseries I.2: Photographs, circa 1966-1992

Photographs includes numerous dated and undated photos, mostly of ballet performers from the former Soviet Union. The folders, arranged for the most part by company, include the Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet (which was later renamed the Mariinky Ballet), and Donetsk Ballet. Many of the photos are autographed by the dancers. Other folders include photos of the Cuban National Ballet from the 1960s and 1970s, Royal Danish Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and the Joffrey Ballet’s revival of Nijinsky’s choreography to Debussy’s L’Apres-midi d’un Faune, featuring Rudolf Nureyev’s as the Faune. Photos were taken by photographers Nina Alovert, Petra Bober, Louis Peres, William Reilly, Susan Richelle, and others.

Series II: Japanese Art--Kabuki Books and Memorabilia, Ukiyo-e Books, 1978-1987

This series contains collection materials related to Japanese art.

Subseries II.1: Kabuki Books, 1978-1987

This subseries includes, for the most part, Kabuki plays translated to English and photo books of Kabuki actors. Several of the books focus on Tamasaburo Bando (b. 1950), a celebrated onnagata (the term for male Kabuki actors who specialize in depicting women).

Subseries II.2: Kabuki Programs and Magazines, 1981-1982

Kabuki Programs and Magazines includes souvenir programs from The Grand Kabuki of Japan’s performances in the U.S in 1982, and a 1981 magazine copy containing mostly photos of Kabuki performances. The souvenir program of the Grand Kabuki’s 1982 North American tour contains autographs of seven members of the group, including celebrated actor Ichikawa Ebizo.

Subseries II.3: Ukiyo-e Books, 1982

This subseries includes two books on the Japanese art of wood carving.

Series III: Musical Scores, 1915-2000

Piano arrangements of ballets and opera arias, song books of Jewish folk music, and single-leaf piano scores of folk and pop songs from Italy and Israel.

Subseries III.1: Ballet Piano Arrangements, circa 1949-2000

This subseries includes scores of complete ballets as well as excerpts and collections, arranged alphabetically by composer name. There is a 1959 score of the Pas de Deux from Minkus’ Don Quixote that includes a cover photo of Claire Motte (1937-1986), ballet mistress and leading ballerina of the Paris Opera Ballet.

Subseries III.2: Italian Song, 1915-1984

This subseries includes voice and piano arrangements of folk and popular songs as well as opera arias. Scores are arranged in folders according to publishing company.

Subseries III.3: Jewish and Israeli Song, 1930-1983

This subseries includes piano and voice arrangements as well as songbooks of Jewish folk songs and a few Hebrew translations of popular songs from film published by Negen Press. There are 3 booklets including melodies and Hebrew lyrics for national folk songs published in the first years of the State of Israel’s founding.

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Using the Collection

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Access Restrictions

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

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This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

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.

Finding aid is available online.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed by Orit Hilewicz (GSAS) June 2016

Finding aid written by Orit Hilewicz (GSAS) June 2016

Papers appraised March 1, 2016, by Cole Ferry

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 28, 2016 Finding aid written in English.
    2016-06-28 File created.
    2016-06-30 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

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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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Clippings (information artifacts)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Coffee-table booksPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
PhotographsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
PlaybillsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
PortfoliosPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sheet musicPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Souvenir programsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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American Ballet TheatrePortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Andō, Hiroshige 1797-1858PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ansambli "Rustʻavi"PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
BalletPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bolʹshoĭ teatr SSSR. BaletPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gosudarstvennyĭ ansamblʹ narodnogo tant︠s︡a Soi︠u︡za SSRPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Joffrey BalletPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
KabukiPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kongelige Danske balletPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Leningradskiĭ gosudarstvennyĭ akademicheskiĭ teatr opery i baleta imeni S.M. KirovaPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mariinskiĭ teatr (1991- )--BaletPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Minkus, L. 1826-1917PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Moscow City BalletPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Opéra de Paris--BalletPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Pugni, Cesare 1802-1870PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ricordi vocal score seriesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stuttgarter BallettPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich 1840-1893PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
UkiyoePortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

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.

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