Guide to the Gary Hickling collection on Lotte Lehmann PA Mss 83

Finding aid prepared by Zachary Liebhaber, 2011.
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-9010
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Title: Gary Hickling collection on Lotte Lehmann
Identifier/Call Number: PA Mss 83
Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 8.75 linear feet (10 document boxes, 5 oversize boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1930-2008
Abstract: Materials by and related to Lotte Lehmann, collected by Gary Hickling (1941-), Lotte Lehmann discographer, radio host, bassist and founder and past president of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation and Lotte Lehmann League.
Physical Location: A portion of the collection is located at the Southern Regional Library (SRLF). Inquire at Special Research Collections for access.
Creator: Hickling, Gary

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of Item], Gary Hickling collection on Lotte Lehmann, PA Mss 83. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Processing Information

Processed by Zachary Liebhaber, 2011.

Scope and Content

This collection includes photographs, programs, and clippings related to German soprano Lotte Lehmann (1888-1976). Manuscripts include multiple copies of Lotte Lehmann: A Documentary Biography by Beaumont Glass. Correspondence includes letters between Gary Hickling and former students of Lotte Lehmann. Writings, correspondence and other materials by and relating to Shirley Sproule, former student of Lotte Lehmann, have been gathered into one series.
Research files include programs and clippings from the National Archives of Australia, and relate to Lotte Lehmann's performances on that continent, as well as materials related to American performances in New York and Chicago.


The collection has been divided into the following series: I. Photographs II. Writings III. Booklets and Postcards IV. Programs V. Clippings and Newsletters VI. Correspondence VII. Shirley Sproule VIII. Research Files IX. Biographies X. Oversize

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Lehmann, Lotte
Press clippings


Series I. Photographs

Box-folder 1: 1

Perleberg undated

Box-folder 1: 2

Herr Spiess with Lehmann materials undated

Box-folder 1: 3

Salzburg negatives undated

Box-folder 1: 4

Lehmann's house in Santa Barbara undated

Box-folder 1: 5

Photographs of paintings and busts of Lehmann undated

Box-folder 1: 6

Lehmmann grave, 1988, 1993, 1996

Box-folder 1: 7

Photographs of paintings and drawings by Lehmann undated

Box-folder 1: 8

Photographs of Lehmann, signed undated

Box-folder 1: 9

Lehmann, portraits undated

Box-folder 1: 10

Performance stills, rehearsals undated

Box-folder 1: 11

Lehmmann at home, travelling, at MAW undated

Box-folder 1: 12

Lehmann at dedications, with friends, students, fellow artists undated

Box-folder 1: 13

People (not Lehmann) undated

Box-folder 1: 14

Shirley Sproule undated

Box-folder 1: 15

Frances Holden undated

Box-folder 1: 16

Luba Tscheresky, portraits undated

Box-folder 1: 17

Elisabeth Schumann, portraits undated


Series II. Writings

Box-folder 1: 18

Australia diary, photocopy 1937

Box-folder 1: 19

Lehmann on Bruno Walter (in German), Poems (in English)

Box-folder 1: 20

Lotte Lehmann Album, with introduction by Lehmann 1945


Series III. Booklets and Postcards

Box-folder 1: 21

Lotte Lehmann Programs, (photocopy) 1946

Box-folder 1: 22

Lotte Lehmann by Ulric De Vaere 1971

Box-folder 1: 23

Parlophone and Odeon record inserts undated

Box-folder 1: 24

Lotte Lehmann postcards undated


Series IV. Programs

Box-folder 2: 1

Programs--original 1935-1949

Box-folder 2: 2

Programs--photocopies undated

Box-folder 2: 3

Programs--Operntheater undated

Box-folder 3: 1

Programs--Hamburgerstadt Theater undated


Series V. Clippings and Newsletters

Box-folder 3: 2

Clippings undated

Box-folder 3: 3

Newsletters-- a Tempo Spring 1997


Series VI. Correspondence

Box-folder 4: 1

Katsumi Niwa (former student), with Hickling undated

Box-folder 4: 2

Kathy Brown, researcher (survey of former students) undated

Box-folder 4: 3

Maria Zahlten-Hall (former student) with Hickling 2003

Box-folder 4: 4

Carl Zytowski (music professor, UCSB) undated

Box-folder 4: 5

Elizabeth Hvolboll (former student) undated

Box-folder 4: 6

Marcella Reace (former student) with Hickling 2002-2005

Box-folder 4: 7

Grace Bumbry (former student) 2001

Box-folder 4: 8

Maralin Niska (former student) with Hickling 2001

Box-folder 4: 9

Jane Birkhead (former student) with Hickling 2002-2004

Box-folder 4: 10

Guthrie Birkhead, with Hickling 2004-2005

Box-folder 4: 11

Luba Tscheresky (former student) with Hickling 2001-2004

Box-folder 4: 12

Frances Holden with Hickling 1977-1989

Box-folder 4: 13

Hertha Schuch (fan) with Hickling 1992-2001

Box-folder 4: 14

Lehmann, Herr Wessling 1969

Box-folder 4: 15

Lehmann, G. Oakley, L. Diamond, Hawaii 1950-1959

Box-folder 4: 16

Lehmann, Luba Tscheresky 1956-1968

Box-folder 4: 17

Letter of recommendation on behalf of Hickling by Lehmann 1972

Box-folder 4: 18

Photocopies from Met: contracts, letters to and from agents 1932-1971

Box-folder 4: 19

Photocopies of letters, Bundesministerium 1947-1956

Box-folder 4: 20

Photocpies of letters, Bundesministerium 1956-1961

Box-folder 4: 21

Photocopies of letters, Bundesministerium 1955-1956

Box-folder 4: 22

Letters of tribute to Lehman from famous people 1995-2008

Box-folder 4: 23

Letters of tribute to Lehmann from not famous people 2000-2001

Box-folder 4: 24

Letters to Hickling from various Lehmann fans, record producers, radio stations undated

Box-folder 4: 25

Letters to Hickling from Von Barsewisch 2003-2004

Box-folder 4: 26

Letters to Hickling from Desmond Shaw Taylor 1991-1993


Series VII. Shirley Sproule

Box-folder 5: 1

Clippings, programs undated

Box-folder 5: 2

Vignettes about Lehmann undated

Box-folder 5: 3

Memories, notes on cassettes undated

Box-folder 5: 4

Autobiography, account of studying with Lehmann, Prelude to Joy undated

Box-folder 5: 5

Correspondence with Hickling 2000-2003

Box-folder 5: 6

Correspondence with Hickling 2004


Series VIII. Research Files

Box-folder 6: 1

Etelka Gerster undated

Box-folder 6: 2

Frances Holden undated

Box-folder 6: 3

Luba Tscheresky undated

Box-folder 6: 4

Elisabeth Schumann undated

Box-folder 6: 5

Woche in Perleberg undated

Box-folder 6: 6

Labels, Recording Data undated

Box-folder 6: 7

Performance research I undated

Box-folder 6: 8

Performance research II undated

Box-folder 7: 1

Miscellaneous I undated

Box-folder 7: 2

Miscellaneous II undated

Box-folder 7: 3

Lehmann in Chicago I undated

Box-folder 7: 4

Lehmann in Chicago II undated

Box-folder 7: 5

Lehmann in Chicago, N.Y. Times clippings 1930-1939

Box-folder 7: 6

Lehmann in Chicago, N.Y. Times clippings 1940-1976

Box-folder 8: 1

Australian tour--photos copied from ABC archives 1937-1939

Box-folder 8: 2

Australian tour--National Archives of Australia 1937-1939

Box-folder 8: 3

Australian tour--materials copied from ABC archives, I 1937-1939

Box-folder 8: 4

Australian tour--materials copied from ABC archives, II 1937-1939

Box-folder 8: 5

Australian tour--programs copied from ABC archives, I 1937-1939

Box-folder 8: 6

Australian tour--programs copied from ABC archives, II 1937-1939


Series IX. Biographies

Box-folder 9: 1

Lotte Lehmann: A Documentary Biography, by Beaumont Glass undated

Box-folder 9: 2

Lotte Lehmann: A Documentary Biography, expanded by Beaumont Glass 2002 November 16

Box-folder 10: 1

Glass bio corrections by Hickling 2003 February 23

Box-folder 10: 2

Short Lehmann biography manuscripts by various authors undated


Series X. Oversize

Box-folder 11: 1

Magazines I undated

Box-folder 12: 1

Magazines II undated

Box-folder 13: 1

Lehmann trade ads "Lotte Lehmann.--World's greatest singing actress" 1937-1938

Box-folder 13: 2

Lehmann trade ads "Lotte Lehmann--First Lady of Song" (in color) undated

Box-folder 13: 3

Lehmann trade ads "Lotte Lehmann.--First Lady of Song" (black and white) undated

Box-folder 13: 4

Lehmann trade ads--assorted photocopies undated

Box-folder 14: 1

Photocopies of programs undated

Box-folder 15: 1

Paintings by Lotte Lehmann.--photocopy reproductions undated