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Guide to the James Schwabacher Collection ARS.0024
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Box 4, Box 1

1. Awards and honors

Scope and Contents

San Francisco Conservatory honorary degree 1983 ; IVI Voice Symposium plaque 2000 ; 40th and 60th Birthday tributes
Box 116, Box 2

2. Clippings

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Scope and Contents

Newspaper clippings and photocopies of reviews, profiles, etc. Includes coverage of Carmel Bach, Ojai and other festivals.
Box 4, Box 96, Box 86, Box 5

3. Correspondence 1955-2000

Physical Description: 4 boxes

Scope and Contents

Almost all incoming. Mix of personal and professional, but mostly personal (holiday and birthday cards, postcards, letters from Sophie Schwabacher). Includes mail from Kurt Adler, Darius Milhaud, Leontyne Pryce, Sandor Salgo, Wallace Berry, Ned Rorem, Blanche Thebom, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Ansel Adams, Bidu Sayao, and Leonard Bernstein. Many concerning Merola program, especially its 20th anniversary.
 

4. Media

Physical Description: 45 boxes 451 open reel tapes ; 559 audiocassettes ; 711 instantanous discs ; 66 compact discs ; 33 videocassettes
Box 103

Compact discs and CD-Rs

Physical Description: 66 compact discs and CD-Rs

Scope and Contents

Mix of commercially released and unpublished works. Unrelated published discs were added to regular collection. Among the titles retained here: Allen Bond Sings Schwanengesang ; The Jewish School/Roslyn Bazak ; Traviata/NYC Opera ; Goerne/Schneider SF Performances Recital ; Songs of Ned Rorem/Susan Graham ; Twilight Fancies/Ruth Golden ; Tosca Excerpts/Chautauqua Opera ; Joseph Merrick dit Elephant Man/Petit firard ; Kenneth Goodson Recital and Oratorio Sampler ; Robert Breault, Tenor ; Elizabeth Anker Recital.
Box 107, Box 106, Box 105, Box 104, Box 108, Box 109, Box 110, Box 111

Instantaneous discs and custom pressings

Physical Description: 711 instantaneous discs 59 5-7" discs ; 550 8-10" discs ; 102 10.5-12" discs

Scope and Contents

Discs are in no particular order, although most multi-part sets are in sequence. Original sleeves have been retained when information is written on them. Variety of brands, some locally recorded. Many of the 12" discs are NBC Reference discs originally used in broadcasts. Majority are opera broadcasts, especially from the Metropolitan Opera. A partial list of these discs (dated 1939-1944) is available. There are also many Schwabacher performances and interviews (including one on KBFC from 1948 and several KPFA airchecks), as well as Schwabacher family recordings. Other discs with local interest include recordings of a Stanford-WSC Playoff from 3/14/41, the Tom Coakley Orchestra at the Palace Hotel over NBC on 11/15/34, the St. Francis Orchestra in 1946, and several recordings of Schwabacher's friend Harry Owens, the Hawaiian orchestra leader. Some custom pressings are by MacGregor and Ingram, others are unlabeled microgroove vinyl discs, possibly for teaching use. Other airchecks and recordings, including Bing Crosby (also one custom press), Burns and Allen, Eddie Cantor, and Jack Benny, are actually from Cynthia Schwabacher's donation from 1993-94.
Box 95

James Schwabacher, "If Music Be The Food Of Love... Recital Performances 1952-1967" (Cambria CD 1127) 2002

Physical Description: 3 compact discs
Box 113

James Schwabacher, "My Life in Music" with tapes of broadcast

Physical Description: 2 audiocassettes
Box 96, Box 94, Box 95, Box 93

Schwabacher Debut Recitals

Physical Description: 97 items 50 CD-Rs ; 47 audiocassettes

Scope and Contents

Recordings of performances from the Schwabacher Debut Recital series on cassette and CD-R, each in a manila envelope with the singer's name and date. A few contain only the program and no recording. There are also two folders of promotional material (programs, brochures, mailers), a folder of reviews, one folder of correspondence, and two folders of miscellaneous SDR material.
 

Tapes, cassette

Physical Description: 559 audiocassettes

Scope and Contents

Opera, recitals, demos, interviews, off-air recordings, lectures, classes, copies of commercial releases, etc. Relatively few feature Schwabacher performances.
Box 103, Box 91, Box 92, Box 89, Box 90, Box 87, Box 88

cassettes 1

Physical Description: 228 audiocassettes ; 1 DAT

Scope and Contents

Selected titles: San Francisco Opera Gala 11/78 ; Leontyne Price 4/84 ; Fromm Lecture 1995 ; Opera Quiz: Tenors ; Singher Inrterview, SFO Pelleas Broadcast 9/79 ; Piano Practice Tape ; Roberto Devereux SFO Broadcast 10/79 ; Dialogue of the Carmelites SFO 1982 ; various Met broadcasts ; Shere, The Bride ; Boy’s Chorus Lunch for Schwabacher ; Norskog Town Hall Concert 1980 ; Johansen Interview ; JHS Das Lied ist Aus ; Mildred Warenskjold Class 1982 ; Winther Anderson Memorial Concert 1982 ; Cantor Joseph Portnoy Musical Reminiscences 1939-1986 ; Merola Memories ; Cenacolo Lectures ; Death In Venice Spring Opera Preview 1975 ; Monte Pederson Recital ; KKHI Merola Marathon ; A Guide to Pronouncing Medieval and Renaissance French.
Box 128, Box 129, Box 126, Box 125, Box 127, Box 122, Box 130, Box 124, Box 123

cassettes 2

Physical Description: 331 audiocassettes

Scope and Contents

Selected titles: Hawaiian Favorites ; San Francisco Bach Choir ; SF Opera House: Pacific Voices ; German Lessons ; Berg, Lulu ; Marc Coles Recital ; Lesson with William Pell ; Robert Swenson Radio Interview ; answering machine cassettes ; Lotte Lehman Farewell Recital 2/16/51 ; Merola Finals ; N.Y. Auditions 1981 ; Met Finalists 1981 ; SFOA Finals ; Carmel Excerpts 1986 ; Opening Broadcast, Tribute to KHA, with JHS 1978 ; Chanticleer Season Highlights 1990-1991 ; Merola Memories 1991 ; Hawaiian 78s ; James Schwabacher Sings Hawaiian ; James Schwabacher, Tales From the Vienna Woods ; Merola Auditions ; Joseph Ciami Recital ; 1993 Adams Fellows ; William Corbett-Jones ; Saint Ignatius Church Gala Organ Concert ; JHS Berlioz, Te Deum ; Baroque Arts Ensemble, SF Girls Chorus ; Opera Favorites ; William Sharp, Baritone ; DAT Transfer of JS Disc ; Jeff Carney Demo Tape ; Jose Garcia (Bass) ; Polva Frijsh ; Didi Boring's Songbook ; Bonynge - Schwabacher Interview ; Carrie Schwabacher ; A Chinese Soprano With A Wobble ; JHS KDFC 10/31/85 ; JHS Salvation Army 1950, Stern Grove 1972 ; Dorothy Warenskjold, Jan Popper Tribute to JHS, SF Boys Choir Luncheon 4/19/84 ; Gunnar Johansen ; Bing Day, KMPX ; JHS TRibute to Otto Guth 11/79 ; Tekanawa Interview ; Alan Farley Speaks About Discography ; Margaret Price, J. Reginald DeFoe Interviews ; San Francisco Profiles: Jim Schwabacher's SF Opera 10/31/85 ; Il Mio Tesoro, Schipa, McCormack, Schiotz, Hackett, JHS ; JHS Informances - The American Song 3/21/96 ; Lecture on Wozzeck 11/4/81 ; SF Opera Intermissions ; Men, Women, And Wagnerian Tenors, Complete Broadcast ; KKHI Musical Quiz 11/2/90 ; Opera Preview, Henze Elegy ; Tenor, Before and After Lessons ; JHS Interviews for Schwab Song Series ; Fromm Lectures ; SFO Stern Grove ; SF Conservatory Of Music 3/20/83 ; JHS Heather Boy Trial 10/84 ; SF Opera Gala 1978 ; My Life In Music 1932-11/86 ; JHS Sings Poulenc ; Ferrugio Interview, Commentary ; Marie Louse's 60th Birthday ; Conversation with Riegelman ; Haugtassa Performance, Mills ; James Schwabacher's 60th Birthday
Box 73-85, Box 131

Tapes, reel

Physical Description: 451 open reel tapes 2 12" reels ; 6 12" reels (1/2 inch tape) ; 350 7" reels ; 91 5" reels ; 3 3" reels

Scope and Contents note

The majority recordings feature Schwabacher in performance or as host. There are many recitals (some of which are airchecks from stations such as KQED, KPFA, and KEAR), as well as auditions, studio master recordings (on half-inch tape), soundtracks, rehearsals, and previews. Schwabacher was the host of a long-running (1968-1975) program on KKHI titled "Your Symphony: News, Views, Previews" which aired features and interviews with such people as Josef Krips, Seiji Ozawa, Andre Watts, Placido Domingo, the Siegel-Schwall Band (about their collaboration with Ozawa and the SF Symphony), Peggy Salkind, György Ligeti, Yehudi Menuhin, Sandor Salgo, and Oliver Messiaen. There are many tapes from these programs, as well as audio from Schwabacher's 1958 television program on KQED titled "History of Song." The San Francisco Opera and Symphony are well-represented in recordings, and there are also a number of Metropolitan Opera and BBC broadcasts. The tapes are minimally annotated. A compact disc has been released of material from Schwabacher's recitals on tape (Cambria CD-1127, also in the collection).
A sampling: Opera Jazz Group 1965 ; Tel Aviv recital 1963 ; London recital 1967 ; KPFA recitals 1955, 1957 ; 1750 Arch recital ; audition tapes (many from 1963) ; SFOA Finals 1982 ; Carmel Bach Festival ; Washington DC recital 1973 ; Cabrillo Festival KPFA ; KQED Meistersinger 1959 ; Stalingrad ; Schumann duets 1963 ; Lesson with Riegelman 1958, 1960 (also lessons with others) ; Spring Opera Preview ; Metropolitan Opera 1951-1974, etc. ; Tristan, Covent Garden 1936 ; San Bernadino Symphony 1966 ; Popper, San Francisco Symphony 1960 (and many other SFO) ; KEAR American Singers, Critics Choice, Opera in English, George Livermore Interview, etc. ; Bernstein, Rosenkavalier ; KKHI Your Symphony: News, Views, Previews (NVP) 68-75 (JHS host) ; SF City College Recital 1961 ; Musgrave, Mary Queen of Scots BBC ; Stanford Recital 1961 ; KEAR Request Program ; JHS Recording, Coffing 1970 ; Vancouver recital 1956 ; Oakland Museum Concert 1961 ; Faust intermission, spoken excerpts ; Schubert Lieder and Duets SF Chamber Concert 1972 ; JHS Singing 1953 ; Carmel Consort Rehearsal ; SFO 50th Anniversary, Stern Grove 8/20/72 ; JHS 40th Birthday Party ; Gianni Cigna Dinner Party 1957 ; Robert Weede Last Recital 9/20/68 ; JHS Fol De Rol 1958 ; SF Opera Debut Auditions 1957, 1963 ; Golden State Recorders recording session 1972 ; Telemusic Quiz 1973 ; SFO 25th Anniversary Tosca with Dorothy Kirsten 11/29/70 ; History of Song 1958 ; Kiss Me Kate, Hallmark Program (TV) 11/20/58 ; St. John Passion, New York 1963 ; KEAR Types of Voices, etc. ; SF Conservatory Lieder Recital 1959 ; Prince Orlovsky Garden Party 1972 ; Stanford recital 1961 ; General MacArthur Speech 1951
Box 85, Box 131

Videocassettes

Physical Description: 33 videocassettes

Scope and Contents

There do not appear to be many Schwabacher performances on the videotapes. Many are semi-commercial or recorded from television programs. A few highlights: Debut Recital Auditions ; Yi-Kwe Sze Memorial Service ; Vienna Excerpts 1982-87 ; Metropolitan Opera ; Yehudi Menuhin Conversations ; SFO Dangerous Liasons World Premiere 9/10/94 ; Great Tenors vol. 1-2 ; Barbara Bonney Symposium on Jenny Lind, Herbst Theatre 2000 ; Regine Crespin interview ; 1982 Anderson Memorial Concert, SFO Adler, Schwabacher ; Legendary Singers on TV ; SFO Gala 1977 ; S.V. Symphony 1994 ; Schwabacher John Callaway Interviews 1982
Box 86

5. Merola Opera Program 1981-1985

Physical Description: 5 folders

Scope and Contents

Applications and evaluations of participants in the annual Merola Opera training program.
 

6. Miscellaneous papers

Physical Description: 9 folder
Box 86

speech draft notebook, radio scripts, Fol De Rol cue sheets

Physical Description: 3 folders
Box 4

UCB Oral History interview transcript [printed and bound 1994] 1986

Physical Description: 1 book
Box 113

Gold Curtain, KEAR. Program Notes and Letters 1955

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Contents

Scripts for Schwabacher's radio program The Gold Curtain on San Francisco station KEAR, along with correspondence from listeners.
Box 4, Box 116

misc. essays, papers, reports, periodicals

Physical Description: 4 folders
Box 112, Box 5, Box 1

7. Notes and notebooks

Physical Description: 5 folders

Scope and Contents

Various bound notepads containing notes, song lyrics, travelogues, etc. Two folders of loose notes, clippings, correspondence and other ephemera removed from book collection in boxes 5 and 112.
Box 86, Box 1

8. Photographs

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Scope and Contents

Majority are publicity portraits, especially of Schwabacher. Some inscribed portraits of former students. Some snapshots, family photographs (including 1920s-era Fleishhacker family photos), travel pictures (especially from Spain and North Africa, 1981), and an album of a circa-1940s costume party.
Folder 137, Folder 135, Folder 136, Folder 133, Folder 134

9. Posters

Physical Description: 5 folders
Box 116, Box 3, Box 112, Box 4, Box 5

10. Programs

Physical Description: 5 boxes

Scope and Contents

Programs, handbills, fliers, press releases, radio and television program guides, etc. Includes programs from Carmel Bach Festival, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, etc. A folder in box 4 contains theatre handbills from the 1860s-1880s originally owned by James H. Schwabacher, Sr.
Box 4, Box 86

11. Publicity and biographies

Physical Description: 3 folders

Scope and Contents

Brochures, reviews, programs and handbills, N.Y. debut correspondence 1962, etc.
Box 4, Box 96

12. San Francisco Symphony and Opera business

Physical Description: 2 folders

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, memoranda, board minutes, etc.
Box 112, Box 138, Box 139, Audio 140, Box 6

13. Scores, annotated and inscribed

Physical Description: 4 boxes

Scope and Contents

Some are manuscripts or copies. Many are inscribed by their composer to Schwabacher (including works by Francis Poulenc, Gian Carlo Menotti, Charles Boone, Francis Parmentier, Richard Felciano, Harry Owens, Ernst Bacon, Ellis Kohs, Frederick Jacobi, Hans Linne, and Anthony Milner). Others are personally inscribed to Schwabacher's friend Noel Sullivan by Langston Hughes, W.C. Handy, and Ernest Bloch. There is also the sheet music for James' grandmother Carrie Schwabacher's Philomath March.
 

14. Scrapbooks and binders

Physical Description: 35 scrapbooks ; 3 binders
Box 7

Music 1931-1935

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook

Scope and Contents note

Programs, review clippings, and ticket stubs from the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, etc.
Box 7

Plays, Movies, Sports 1932-1935

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook

Scope and Contents note

Includes JHS school drama productions
Box 7

Entertainment 1934-1937

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook

Scope and Contents note

Mostly newspaper clippings with photographs and biographical profiles of opera stars. Also some (unpublished?) reviews written by JHS.
Box 7, Box 86

opera scrapbooks 1936-1937

Physical Description: 2 scrapbooks
Box 7

Schwabacher clippings and programs 1946-1948

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook

Scope and Contents note

Chronicles Schwabacher's activity at Stanford in the late 1940s as an assistant professor in the music department, conductor of the glee club, associate conductor of chorus, and program director for a listening party at the Tressider residence (Music at Home series). Many clippings are from the Stanford Daily.
Box 8

Schwabacher clippings and programs 5/40-7/48 1940-1948

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 8

Schwabacher clippings and programs 8/48-11/50 1948-1950

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 8

Schwabacher clippings and programs 9/50-8/51 1950-1951

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 8

Schwabacher clippings and programs 8/51-11/52 1951-1952

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 8

Schwabacher clippings and programs 1/53-6/55 1953-1955

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 8

Schwabacher clippings and programs 7/55-12/56 1955-1956

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 9

Schwabacher clippings and programs 2-10/57 1957

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 9

Schwabacher clippings and programs 11/57-1/59 1957-1959

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 9

Schwabacher clippings and programs 1/59-7/60 1959-1960

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 9

Schwabacher clippings and programs 7/60-5/61 1960-1961

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 9

Schwabacher clippings and programs 5-12/61 1961

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 9

Schwabacher clippings and programs 1-2/62 1962

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 10

Schwabacher clippings and programs 2/62-3/63 1962-1963

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 10

Schwabacher clippings and programs 5/63-6/64 1963-1964

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 10

Schwabacher clippings and programs 6/64-4/65 1964-1965

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 10

Schwabacher clippings and programs 4-10/65 1965

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 10

Schwabacher clippings and programs 10/65-7/66 1965-1966

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 10

Schwabacher clippings and programs 8/66-6/67 1966-1967

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 11

Schwabacher clippings and programs 7-12/67 1967

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 11

Schwabacher clippings and programs 2-12/68 1968

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 11

Schwabacher clippings and programs 1-12/69 1969

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 11

Schwabacher clippings and programs 1/70-11/71 1970-1971

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 11

Schwabacher clippings and programs 1/72-12/73 1972-1973

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 12

Schwabacher clippings and programs 1-9/74 1974

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 12

Schwabacher clippings and programs 10/74-3/76 1974-1976

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 12

Schwabacher clippings and programs 4/76-7/78 1976-1978

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 13

Schwabacher clippings and programs 7/78-4/80 1978-1980

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 13

Schwabacher clippings and programs 5-8/80 1980

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 13

Merola 20th Anniversary 1982

Physical Description: 1 scrapbook
Box 4

Merola Memorial Fund/The Early Days binder 1956-1970

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 4

Spring Opera binder 1960-1964

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 4

Spring Opera Promotions binder 1978

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 115, Box 114, Box 4, Box 113, Box 86, Box 116

15. Teaching material

Physical Description: 6 boxes

Scope and Contents

Notes, articles, scores, scripts, audiocassettes, etc. Most are in manila envelopes pertaining to a single work. Particular focus on Verdi, Wagner, Mozart, and Strauss. There are also folders on French pronunciation, humor, and the history of opera in San Francisco. Classes include S.F. Girl's Chorus lectures, an Eastman masterclass from 1985, and San Francisco Performances "Informances."