Guide to the Lida Brodenova Papers

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1994-06-01
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Guide to the Lida Brodenova Papers 1917/1992

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Lida Brodenova Papers
Dates: 1917-1992
Identification: MS-0002
Creator: Brodenova, Lida, 1902-1990
Physical Description: 12.50 linear ft
Language of Materials: English Czech
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

Lida Brodenova, born in Czechoslovakia in 1902, was a performer and producer of Czech operas. Early on she began playing the piano and taking singing lessons, with the Czech soprano Emma Destinnova as her inspiration. She studied under Leos Janacek, with her principal voice teacher Sigmund Auspitzer at the Music Conservatory in Brno, Czechoslovakia. She began her career in the French theatre in Brno, and spent most of the 1930s performing operettas in various German and Czech troupes.
In 1940 Lida and her husband Boris, who was Jewish, emigrated to America to avoid persecution. Once in America Lida began performing on the radio in New York. It was the beginning of a long career in the theatre in which she performed, wrote, and taught Czech repertory. She died at the age of eighty-eight in 1990.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Audio Recordings
Personal Papers

Personal Name:

Brodenov, Boris -- Diaries
Brodenova, Lida
Brodenová, Lida -- Archives

Topical Term:

Opera -- Czechoslovakia -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
Opera -- Czechoslovakia -- Sources
Opera -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
Opera -- United States -- Sources
Singers -- Biography -- Sources
Singers -- Czechoslovakia -- Biography -- Sources
Singers -- United States -- Biography -- Sources

Administrative Information

Accruals:

1992

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.
The diaries of Boris Brodenov, in the collection of papers of Lida Brodenova, housed in the SDSU Library, may contain sensitive references to the personal lives of Lida Brodenova and Boris Brodenov. Researchers must agree that discretion will be used in the research and publication of such passages. Embarrassing or defamatory work will be avoided.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Lida Brodenova Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Arrangement of Materials:

I. Biographies, Writings, Etc.
II. Correspondence, ca. 1930s-1988
III. Personal
IV. Performance and Production Material
V. Scrapbooks of Performances
VI. Photographs
VII. Unsorted, Unclassified Miscellany
VIII. Audio Recordings
IX. Boris Brodenov Personal

Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence, awards, travel accounts, opera and recital programs, clippings, photographs, diaries, postcards, reviews, scrapbooks, photo albums, tape and phono recordings. Much of the collection is in Czech, and is separated into personal and professional categories.

Detailed List of Contents

 

Biographies, Writings, Etc.

Box 1, Folder 1

Personal Documents, Awards, School Degrees circa 1940-1955

Box 1, Folder 2

Summaries of Lida's life and career by J. Fiehler, L. Brodenova and others circa 1988-1990

Scope and Contents

(orbit, etc. Includes Lida's memorial concert for her sister, Herma Korcava)
Box 1, Folder 3

Judith Fiehler notes re. Brodenova

Box 1, Folder 4

Map of Czechoslovakia, travel documents (Italy) 1940

Box 1, Folder 5

Passports 1922-1985

Box 1, Folder 6

Miscellaneous Writing (mostly Lida's) circa 1977-1989

Scope and Contents

Czech tale "Broucci", Plans for concerts and festivals, Poems
Box 1, Folder 7

Announcements of Recitals and Operas

Box 1, Folder 8

Progrmas of Reciatls, Lida's Speeches, Reports and Articles about Czech Music and Operas, Lida's writing about Prague, Czech Operas in USA circa 1975-1988

Box 1, Folder 9

Newsletters, newspaper clippings about Lida's career circa 1962-1985

Box 1, Folder 10

Czech emigre newspaper Nase Hlasy(extensive article about NY Sokol's production of Dve Vdovy October 5-26, 1974

Box 1, Folder 11

Three Medals: 2 Konservator Brno, 1 Internationaler Wettbewerb Fur Gesanguivioline, Wien 1932

Box 1, Folder 12

"Oral Histories" (notes on the opera): 1) Janoski by Jan Cikker (Sturman, 1992); 2)Cert A Kaca by Dvorak (Brodenova, 1993); 3)Krutnava by Eugen Suchon (Sturman, 1991); 4)Rusalka opera in 3 acts by Dvorak. English translation by Ruth and Thomas Martin

 

Correspondence ca. 1930-1988

Box 1

Includes: thanl you letters, clippings, sympathy letters, business letters, invitations, music and personal.

Box 1, Folder 1

Notes about correspondents, by Judith Fiehler 1994

Box 1, Folder 2

1940s and 1950s family correspondence

Box 1, Folder 3

1940-1945

Box 1, Folder 4

1946-1949

Box 1, Folder 5

1950-1954 (New York)

Box 1, Folder 6

1955-1956 (Washington)

Box 1, Folder 7

1957-1959

Box 1, Folder 8

1960-1964

Box 1, Folder 9

1965-1969

Box 1, Folder 10

1970-1979

Box 1, Folder 11

1980-1984

Box 1, Folder 12

1985-1990

Box 1, Folder 13

Undated Meci

Box 1, Folder 14

Copies made by Lida

 

Personal

Box 2, Folder 1

Postcards:

Scope and Contents

9 Easter postcards showing Czechoslovakian embroidered dresses, country houses decorated with ornaments, and colored easter eggs. 1 Folding postcard of the National Theater of Prague -Postcards of Prague and other cities and historical places in Czechoslovakia and Europe
Box 2, Folder 2

Address books: 2 files 1954-1980s

Box 2, Folder 3

Address card box 1940-1954

Box 2, Folder 4

Pupils and associates, Includes: pictures, letters, clippings, programs, etc. of pupils L. Brodenova followed

 

Performance and Production Material

Box 3, Folder 1

Miscellaneous Czech programs, letters, clippings, photographs (most from Brno's Theater Svatobos) 1921

Box 3, Folder 2

Miscellaneous Czech and American programs, letters, clippings, photos (2 files) circa 1935-1980s

Box 3, Folder 3

Washington Sokol performances (clippings, programs, photos) (2 files) circa 1954-1987

Box 3, Folder 4

Washington Sokol Opera Productions (all include photos):

Box 3, Folder 4

V Studni, performed in Washington and New York 1964

Box 3, Folder 4

Dratenik, an opera by Frantisek Skroup 1983

Box 3, Folder 4

Selma Sedlak, opera by Dvorak 1961

Box 3, Folder 4

Tvrde Palice, opera by Dvorak 1977

Box 3, Folder 4

Hubicka, opera by Smetana 1967

Box 3, Folder 4

Psohlavci, opera by Kovarovic 1972

Box 3, Folder 4

The Grand Potpurri revue 1976

Box 3, Folder 4

Two Widows, an opera by Smetana 1974

Box 3, Folder 4

Babicka by Bozena Nemcova (no photos) 1962

Box 3, Folder 4

The Bartered Bride,opera by Smethana 1956

Box 3, Folder 4

The Bartered Bride, English version 1969

Box 3, Folder 4

The Gypsy Baron, opera by J. Strauss 1957

Box 3, Folder 4

Tales of Hoffman, opera by J. Offenbach 1958

Box 3, Folder 4

The Merry Widow, operetta by F. Lehar (no photos) 1959

Box 3, Folder 4

The Student Prince, a musical romance 1961

Box 3, Folder 4

Rusalka, opera by Dvorak 1972

Box 3, Folder 5

Mount Vernon Seminar Productions:

Box 3, Folder 5

Christmas Show

Box 3, Folder 5

Twelve Months

Box 3, Folder 5

Dido and Aenas

Box 3, Folder 5

The Marriage of Figaro (includes photos) 1963

Box 3, Folder 6

Agriculture Symphony Orchestra:

Box 3, Folder 6

The Clemency of Titus (includes photos) 1955

 

Scrapbooks of Performances 1927-1951

Box 4, Folder 1

1927-1940

Box 4, Folder 2

1940-1942

Box 4, Folder 3

1942-1943

Box 4, Folder 4

1943-1945

Box 4, Folder 5

1944-1947

Box 4, Folder 6

1947-1951

Box 4, Folder 7

Duplicates of originals already in this collection: theatre programs, announcements, thank you letters, clippings, articles

Box 4, Folder 8

1 File loose scrapbook material

Box 5, Folder 1

Hubicka, (the kiss) opera by B. Smetana 1967

Box 5, Folder 2

Cert a Kaca (The Devil and the Kate) opera by Dvorak performed at Kennedy Center 1981

Box 5, Folder 3

Jakobin, Sokol's opera by Dvorak, performed in Washington D.C.

 

Photographs

Box 5, Folder 1

Photographs, slides: includes performances, misc., friends, travels, etc.

Box 6, Folder 1

Photo Albums

Box 6, Folder 1

1927-1930, family and friends, Czechoslovakia

Box 6, Folder 1

1930-1937, family and friends, Cezechoslovakia

Box 6, Folder 1

1937-1944, family and friends, Cezechoslovakia and USA

Box 6, Folder 1

1944-1948, Lida and Boris

Box 6, Folder 1

1948-1951, Lida and Boris

Box 6, Folder 1

1960s, Lida and Boris on vacation; friends and relatives

Box 6, Folder 1

1963, Brno, from visit at the Svatoboj Theatre

Box 6, Folder 1

1954-1957, Lida, Boris and friends at Schroon Lake, Kew Gardens, Lake Placid, and other US spots

Box 6, Folder 1

1970s places in Rumania, Czechoslovakia, Austria, and USA (mostly postcards, some snapshots)

 

Unsorted, Unclassified Miscellany

Box 7, Folder 1

Inclucdes Miscellaneous Czech and American programs, notes; items about Czechoslovakia; Czech publications; sheet music; catalogable publications. TO BE SORTED

 

Audio Recordings

Box 8, Folder 1

Audio Recordings

Box 9, Folder 1

Phono Recordings: 78RPM records

Box 9, Folder 1

Christmas songs sung by L. Brodenova, 3 records, 1956

Box 9, Folder 1

Commemoration of President Wilson, 3 recods 1956

Box 9, Folder 1

Memorial tribute-Ripka, Program of "Spring Songs" arranged by L. Brodenova, 1 record 1958

Box 9, Folder 1

La Clemenza di Tito-Vitella, act 1 and 2, 2 records 1955

 

Boris Brodenov Personal

Box 10, Folder 1

3 Diaries : 1917-1920, 1922-1923, 1935-1960 (condition of use form must be signed before access to diaries)

Box 10, Folder 2

Passports and drivers license circa 1915-1945

Box 10, Folder 3

Marriage announcements of future Brodenovas, calling cards, theatre membership, clippings

Box 10, Folder 4

12 photographs: all but one B. Brodenova

Box 10, Folder 5

Correspondence: letters to and from friends 1956-1982

Box 10, Folder 6

"Salkind" 1960 (regarding cartoon: Oh, Mi Kary Kiki")

 

Babicka by Bozen Nemcova (no photos) 1962