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Finding Aid for the Irving Ritterman Collection of Autographs and Musical Memorabilia 1901-1961
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Irving Ritterman Collection of Autographs and Musical Memorabilia,
    Date (inclusive): 1901-1961
    Collection number: 112-M
    Creator: Ritterman, Irving
    Extent: 2 boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: The majority of the collection consists of autographs and autographed photographs of famous composers, conductors, and vocalists from the early 20th century.
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Irving Ritterman Collection of Autographs and Musical Memorabilia, 112, Performing Arts Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Irving Rittman was a sophisticated music lover and avid concert-goer, and as a result, was able to meet many reknowned musicians who performed in the Los Angeles area.
    Over the period of fifty years, he gathered autographed letters, postcards, programs, photographs and momentos relating to these musicians.

    Scope and Content

    The Irving Ritterman Collection consists of autographed photographs and musical memorabilia collected from 1904 through 1961.
    Ritterman collected autographs from vocalists, composers and conductors. Some of the more notable autographs are from composers: Cecil Chaminade, Giacomo Puccini, Maurice Ravel, Arnold Schoenberg, and Jean Sibelius; vocalists: Enrico Caruso, Marcella Sembrich, Luisa Tetrazzini, and Richard Tucker, and conductors: Cleofonte Campanini, Walter Damrosch, and Alfred Hertz.
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Autographs
    • Series 2. Miscellaneous Items

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Autographs --Collectors and collecting --Archival resources.
    Musicians --Autographs.
    Composers --Autographs.