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Guide to the Lida Brodenova Papers
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Biographical Information:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
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  • 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



    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.