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Lehmann (Lotte) and Dorothy Waage correspondence collection
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  • Biographical / Historical
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Lotte Lehmann and Dorothy Waage correspondence collection
    source: Baer, Carol
    creator: Lehmann, Lotte
    Identifier/Call Number: M2099
    Physical Description: 1.5 Linear Feet (3 manuscript boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1942-1976
    Abstract: Small collection of correspondence from soprano Lotte Lehmann.

    Content Description

    The collection includes correspondence from 1942 to 1976 from Lehmann to Dorothy Waage and a few other close associates, including Betty Alexander, Viola Westervelt Douglas, Frances Holden, Milton Novak, Fritz and Theresa Lehmann, John Ross Haas, and Rudolf Bing. There are also newspaper clippings, photographs, concert programs, documents, and a copy of a 1969 book of poetry self-published by Lotte Lehmann, "Gedichte."
    Dorothy Waage was a dedicated fan of Lehmann; their friendship began in the early 1940s. She passed away in 2001 and her niece Carol Baer subsequently came into possession of the letters. There are no outgoing letters from Dorothy in the collection.

    Biographical / Historical

    Lotte Lehmann was born in Perleberg, Germany on February 27, 1888 and died in Santa Barbara, Calif. on August 26, 1976. As an operatic soprano, Lotte Lehmann, began her career in Hamburg and moved to Vienna in 1916. She performed French, Italian and German roles for 15 years, primarily in Vienna and at Covent Garden, becoming especially known for the role of the Marschallin in Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier. In 1938 she left Austria and settled in the United States where she performed primarily as a singer of Lieder. She retired from the stage in 1951, but continued to be very active as a much revered teacher in Santa Barbara, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    This collection was donated to Stanford University Libraries by Carol Baer in 2014.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Baer, Carol
    Lehmann, Lotte
    Waage, Dorothy -- Sopranos (Singers)