Lester Donahue Performing Arts Collection
Lester Donahue Performing Arts Collection
Collection number: 011William H. Hannon Library
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, California
- Processed by:
- Unknown Librarian
- Date Completed:
- perhaps 1995
- Encoded by:
- Alvaro González
- 1995.18.15 Robida, A. The City of Carcassonne. [192-?]. DC801 .C24 R6313 1920
- 1995.18.16 Ford. DuBarry. c. 1902. DC135 .D8 F6 1902
- 1995.18.17 Drew. Autobiographical Sketch of Mrs. John Drew. 1899. PN2287 .D63 A3 1899
- 1995.18.18 Amiens La Cathédrale. 1918. NA5551 .A45 L4 1918
- 1995.18.19 Lee. A Life of William Shakespeare. PR2894 .L4 1899
- 1995.18.20 Brown. Joint Owners in Spain. PS1127 .J6 1925
- 1995.18.21 Agard. The Glory that Was Greece. DF 77 .A5 1930
- 1995.18.22 Patterson. Maude Adams. c1907. PN2287 .A4 P38 1907
- Series One Clippings
- Subseries A: People
- Subseries B: Miscellaneous
- Series Two Programs
- Series Three Serials
- Series Four Book Jackets
- Series Five Portraits
- Subseries A: General
- Subseries B: Helena Modjeska
- Series Six Lester Donahue Papers
- Series Seven Music
- Series Eight Scrapbooks
- Series Nine Artifacts
Box and Folder List
Series 1, Subseries A: People undated
Armsby, Leonora Wood
Basil, Wassily de
Beecham, Sir Thomas
Bond, Carrie Jacobs
Brady, William A.
Campbell, Mrs. Patrick
Chatfield, Taylor, Hobart
Cochran, Charles B.
Cohan, George M.
Craig, Edward Gordon
Crane, William H.
Cuevas, Marquis de
Fiske, Harrison Grey
Fiske, Minnie Maddern
Forbes-Robertson, Sir Johnston
Frank, Herman W.
Hammond, John Hays, Jr.
Hart, William S.
Heyman, K. H.
Hopper, Edna Wallace
Huneker, James Gibbons
Joyce, Peggy Hopkins
Maugham, W. Somerset
Mendl, Elsie de Wolfe
Mowett, Anna Cora
Nathan, George Jean
Ortero, La Belle
Pachmann, Vladimir de
Paderewski, Ignace Jan
Parker, Louise N.
Reszke, Jean de
Richardson, Henry Handel
Robertson, W. Graham
Schmitz, E. Robert
Skinner, Cornelia Otis
Sothern, E. H.
Sousa, John Philip
St. Denis, Ruth
Stock, F. A.
Stokowski, Olga S.
Tyler, George C.
Van Druten, John
Wadsworth, Mary Mannering
Watters, Gordon W.
Whitty, Dame May
Woods, A. H.
Series 1, Subseries B: Miscellaneous. 1926-1963
Mass, Color, Life: The Russians Make Brilliant Beginning, [re: Russian Ballet], Boston Transcript January 18, 1926
Testing Memories of Music Lovers, [re: music memory contests sponsored by women's clubs], Chicago Sunday Tribune February 21, 1926
Ancient Town to Celebrate:Carcassonne, in France, Now 2000 Years of Age..., ; Carcassone to Celebrate 2000th Birthday, Los Angeles Times; Los Angeles School Journal [1928?]
The Theatre, New Yorker January 19, 1929
Ballet Theater Includes this City in Tour by Isabel Morse Jones, Los Angeles Times September 6, 1942
[Newspaper picture of La Scala Theatre in Milan after allied attack], New York Times Sept. 11, 1943
Britten's New Opera Potent, by Patterson Greene [ re: the Metropolitan Opera Production of Peter Grimes], Los Angeles Examiner April 16, 1948
Di Stefano Artistry Hailed, by Patterson Greene [re: Manon at the Shrine Auditorium], Los Angeles Examiner April 21, 1948
The Book Report, by Robert Kirsch [re: All the King's Ladies by John Harold Wilson], September 18, 1958
Historic Chords Cover Keyboard, by Albert Goldberg. (Book review: The Great Pianists: From Mozart to the Present) Los Angeles Times December 22, 1963
Abbey's Theatre. The Chieftain; MacBeth beginning October 21, 1895; beginning Oct. 29, 1895
Aida. Opera in four acts by Giusepe Verde. 2 copies October 26, 1955
Anderson, Dame Judith, in the Major Scenes from MacBeth, Tower Beyond Tragedy, Medea. Huntington Hartford Theatre, opening Nov. 13, 1961.
Ariadne auf Naxos. Opera in one act with prologue by Richard Strauss. 3 copies. Nov. 1 1957
Auditorium [Los Angeles theater]. Program for La Tosca, Otello, Rigoletto, and Barber of Seville. Undated
Auntie Mame. A new comedy by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. Biltmore Theatre 1958
Ben-Hur. By General Lew Wallace. Produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 1926
Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward. Biltmore Theatre. Undated
Bolshoi Ballet. Shrine Auditorium May 19 through 30, 1959 and October 5 through October 16, 1962
Boris Godounoff. Music drama in four acts...by Modeste Moussorgsky. n.y. Monday, Nov. 5
British American War Relief Fund. Century Theatre. February 1st, 1916
Callas, Maria Meneghini with symphony orchestra, Nicola Rescigno conductor. Shrine Auditorium. November 29, 1958
The Carmelites. Opera in three acts...by Francis Foulenc. 3 copies. Oct. 29 1957
Community Civic Music Association of Los Angeles. February 1961
The Corn is Green by Emlyn Williams. National Theatre, New York; Biltmore Theatre. May 4, 1941; Undated
Cosi' Fan Tutte. Opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 3 copies Wed. Nov. 6, 1957
La Danse. Adeline Genee World-Famed Danseuse Assisted by M. Volinin and Corps de Ballet. (Souvenir program) Undated
Dear Liar. A comedy of letters by Mrs. Patrick Campbell and Bernard Shaw. Huntington Hartford Theatre. (2 copies) Opening Nov. 16, 1959.
Die Frau ohne Schatten. Opera in three acts by Richard Strauss. November 16 , 1960
Die Walkure. Opera in three acts. Music and text by Richard Wagner. November 2, 1949
Don Giovanni. Opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Metropolitan Opera House. Jan. 13, 1899
Don Giovanni. Opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 2 copies. November 5, 1955 and October 28, 1962
Donna Diana. A Spanish comedy of Moreto, adapted by Westland Marston. Globe Theatre Boston. Featuring Modjeska. March 1st to 6th, 1886
Elektra. Opera in one act by Richard Strauss. 1958 1958
Faust by Goethe. Pilgrimage Outdoor Theatre, Los Angeles. Also clippings from the Los Angles Times and Los Angeles Examiner. 1938
Garden District. [By] Tennessee Williams. Nov. 1958
Hamlet. Chicago Opera House. Edwin Booth as Hamlet and [Helena] Modjeska as Ophelia March 17, 1890 March 17, 1890
Heifetz-Piatigorsky Concerts with Leonard Pennario and guests. Scottish Rite-Masonic Temple September 14, 22, 29, No Year
Henschel, Mr. and Mrs. Georg vocal recital January 10. 1901
Henry V by William Shakespeare Oct. 1958
I Know My Love. A new play by S. N. Behrman...Biltmore Theatre beginning March 28, No Year
Junior Patriots of America. Hippodrome 8 April 1917
Leningrad Kirov Ballet. Shrine Auditorium. November 21 through December 3, 1961.
Long Day's Journey into Night. [By] Eugene O'Neill. Biltmore Theatre April 28, 1958
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Symphonies Under the Stars. July 30, 1958
MacBeth. Opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. [By] William Shakespeare, February 24; Wednesday Oct. 30 1957; Tuesday Nov. 1
A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt. Greek Theatre Association, July 22 through August 3, 1963
The Man Who Came to Dinner. A new comedy by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. Biltmore Theatre Feb. 12, 1940
Manon. Opera in five acts. Book by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille. Music by Jules Massenet. April 20, 1948
Mary Stuart [by] Friedrich Schiller. Biltmore Theatre, beginning Oct. 19, 1959
Measure for Measure. Hollis St. Theatre. Modjeska accompanied by Mr. Eben Plympton and Her Own Company. March 26th to March 31st, 1888
Medea. Opera in three acts by Luigi Chrubini. Freely adapted from "Medea" of Euripides by Robinson Jeffers Nov. 7 1958
The Miracle. Book by Karl Vollmoeller, score by Engelbert Humperdinck, The Theatre International Seasons 1926-1927
Das Mirakel von Carl Vollmoeller, mufic von Engelbert Humperdinck. Undated
Modjeska, Helena. Performances at the Garrick Theater, two weeks beginning. Camille and Measure for Measure. October 7, 1895
Moiseyev Dance Company. Shrine Auditorium. May 24-29 1958
Moscow State Symphony. Shrine Auditorium. February 17 and 18, 1960
Music Hall, Founded by William Carnegie. Sixteenth Season. 1893-1894
My Fair Lady. Adapted from Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. Books and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. Music by Frederick Loewe. Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Association. Philharmonic Auditorium.
Il Nerone de Arrigo Boito. 1924.
Nude with Violin by Noel Coward. Belasco Theatre, premiere performance; Huntington Hartford Theatre. (2 copies); Also a menu from the Hotel Algonquin: "The Algonquin warmly welcomes Noel Coward[,] the Company and Friends on the opening of `Nude with Violin'" Nov. 14, 1957; two 1957 newspaper clippings; letter from Peggy Wood to Lester [Donahue] Nov. 14, 1957; March 11, 1958; Npv.14, 1957; 1957; Undated
The Old Vic Company in a repertory of plays by William Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw. Orpheum Theatre. April 17 through May 5, 1962.
Paderewski. Twentieth American tour. Souvenir Program. Shrine Auditorium, April 2, 1939 and April 9, 1939. April 2, 1939 and April 9, 1939
Paris '90. Music and lyrics by Kay Swift. (Cornelia Otis Skinner in Her New Solo Production) Undated
Peter Grimes. Opera in three acts and prologue. From the poem of George Crabbe. Words by Montagu Slater. Music by Benjamin Britten. 2 copies. April 15, 1948
The Pleasure of His Company. A comedy by Samuel Taylor with Cornelia Otis Skinner with John Napier, Carolyn Groves. Biltmore Theatre Feb. 29, 1960
Reinhardt, Max. Gilbert Miller presents Max Reinhardt New York Repertory Season, Signed by Reinhardt. 1927-1928
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner. Jan. 12th - Feb. 16th, No Year
Romeo et Juliette. Metropolitan Opera House. Supplementary season of Grand Opera. April 1, No Year
Friday Oct. 28 [1955?] 2 copies
Sunday Oct. 27 [1957?] 3 copies
Rubinstein, Artur. Undated
Russian Ballet, Royal Opera Covent Garden. July 2-10, 1920.
San Francisco Opera. Shrine Auditorium. Southern California Symphony presents the San Francisco Opera; Shrine Auditorium. Southern California Symphony Association presents the San Francisco Opera. October 23 through November 10, 1959.; October 27 through November 19, 1961.
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteus, conductor. War Memorial Opera House. Tenth Program. February 20-22, 1947
Scherzo. By Henry Cruse. Burbank Stage. Undated
Sonfín und der Haupttreffer. Theater in der Josefstadt. 1924
Testimonial Tendered by Her Friends to Madame Modjeska. Metropolitan Opera House. May 2, 1905
Tosca. Opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini. November 18, 1962
Tphigenie. Theater in der Josefstadt . 1928
Tristan und Isolde. Opera in three acts. Music and text by Richard Wagner. October 18, 1949
Trouilus and Cressida. Opera in three acts by William Walton. Nov. 4, 1955
Turandot. Opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini. Nov. 5, 1957
Twelfth Night. Globe Theatre (Boston), Featuring Modjeska. March 1-6, 1886
Under Two Flags by Paul M. Potter. [A collections of photographic scenes from the play] Cover signed by Blanch Bates. Clippings about Bates are glued to inside front and back covers. 1901
The Visit. A play by Friedrich Duerrenmatt. Adapted by Maurice Valency. Biltmore Theatre, beginning (2 copies); Also three newspaper clippings about the performance. Nov. 17, 1959; Nov. 18-19, 1959
Wozzeck. Opera in three acts by Alban Berg. Undated
Comoedia, anno 6, no. 9 . May 10, 1924
The Marie Burroughs Art Portfolio of Stage Celebrities, parts 1-14. 1894
Paris Comet, vol. 2, no. 4 . [There is a picture of Lester Donahue on p. 47] September 1928
The Philharmonic Review, vol. 9, no. 2 . November 1911
Social Service Review. 1937-1939
vol. 1, no. 1 (October 1937). See p. 12: "Stokowski" by Lester Donahue
vol. 1, no. 4 (May 1938). See p. 10: "Artur Rubinstein" by Lester Donahue
vol. 2, no. 1 (October 1938). See p. 11: "Little Old Los Angeles" by Lester Donahue
vol. 2, no. 2 (December 1938). See p. 7: "Little Old Los Angeles" by Lester Donahue (continued from October issue)
vol. 2, no. 3 (March 1939). See p. 7: "Little Old Los Angeles" by Lester Donahue (continued from December issue).
vol. 2, no. 4 (May 1939). See p. 9: "Little Old Los Angeles" by Lester Donahue (the fourth and concluding article by Mr. Donahue on the theater in early days of Los Angeles)
Le Theatré et Comoedia Illustré, 27 anneé, no. 33 . May 1, 1924
Costain, Thomas B. The Silver Chalice. Undated
Falk, Bernard. Rachel The Immortal. Undated
Fisher, Anne B. Cathedral in the Sun. Undated
Nijinsky, Romola. The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky. Undated
Sheean, Vincent. Oscar Hammerstein 1: The Life an Exploits of an Impresario. Undated
Sichel, Pierre. The Jersey Lily: The Story of the Fabulous Mrs. Langtry. Undated
Thomas, Augustus. The Print of My Remembrance. Undated
Woon, Basil. The Real Sarah Bernhardt Whom Her Audiences Never Knew. Undated
Series 5, Subseries A: General 1841-1948
Alvares, Margarite d' [?], photograph, 21 x 15 cm. Inscribed "To Lester...." Undated
Bernhardt, Sarah, (printed picture), framed 17 x 11 cm. "Sarah Bernhardt 1891" written under picture. 1891
Campbell, Mrs. Patrick, photograph, framed 22 x 15 cm. "When I was young!" above picture. "Ophelia" and an inscription to Donahue written below picture. On back of frame: "Mrs. Patrick Campbell. Her Christmas card." 1932
Duse, Eleanora (printed picture), framed 37 x 17 cm. On verso: "Eleanora Duse looks out over the dead city, in the play La Citta Morta." Undated
Duse, Eleanora, photograph, framed 16 x 11 cm. Undated
Hammond, John Hays, photograph, framed 23 x 15 cm. Undated
Hofmann [?], Josef, printed photograph?, 16 x 11 cm. Written on image: "To Lester Donahue with best greetings and wishes. Josef Hofmann [?]. Los Angeles 1948." 1948
Mossell, Herndon, 18 x 26 cm. Inscription under photograph: "Madame Helena Modjeska as a small token of respect and friendship for her ardent admirer Herdon Mossell. On Verso: "To my dear and kind friend. Helena Modjeska from hers my truly Herndon Mossell. London, Eng. July 20th 1880." Undated
Paderewski, I. J., print of sketch?, framed 34 x 29 cm. Written under picture: "To Lester Donahue with every good wish from I. J. Paderewski...1939. 1939
Series 5, Subseries B: Helena Modjeska 1883-1901
Print of sketch, 26 x 20 cm. “Helena Modjeska” printed under image. Mounting board Undated
Photograph, framed 23 x 12 cm. “Helena Modjeska” written under photograph. Undated
Printed picture, framed 23 x 17 cm. On verso: “Madame Modjeska as `Mary Stuart’ Undated
Printed picture, framed 20 x 15 cm. On verso: “Madame Modjeska as `Ophelia’ Undated
Printed picture (lithograph?) Undated
Photograph, mounted 31 x 26 cm. “Home of Madame Modjeska, Bay Island” Undated
Photograph [?] of sketch, in oval frame, 35 x 30 cm. Written on verso: “Modjeska in private life--artist Wyatt Eaton, 1883 Century Mag.” 1883
Photograph, framed, 49 x 43 cm. Written on verso: Mme. Helena Modjeska…as Constance in Shakespeare’s “King John” produced in 1901.” 1901
Photograph, framed, 48 x 43 cm. Undated
Lester Donahue’s First Holy Communion certificate. St Vincent’s Church 7 June 1903.
Certificate appointing Lester Donahue as a member of the Los Angeles Board of Municipal Arts Commissioners. 24 July 1945.
Certificate appointing Lester Donahue as a member of the Los Angeles Board of Municipal Arts Commissioners. 24 July 1950.
Letter, George Arliss to Donahue. April 17, 1933.
Letter, Charles L. Wagner to Donahue. February 11, 1939
Letter, Elsie Mendl to Donahue. Undated
“Letters to my grandmother from her parents in Ireland”: Oct. 1, 1883; Sept. 29, 1852; March 12, 1854; Oct. 25, 1909.
“Modjeska Memoir” by Lester Donahue (4 copies)
“Poland’s Noblest Daughter” by Lester Donahue
Sheet music in leather folder. Most of the pieces have Helena Modjeska’s name written and/or stamped on the cover. Includes works by John Alden Carpenter, Chopin, Dvorak, and Schubert. Undated.
Sheet music: Slavische Danze von Anton Dvorak, 1887. “Helena Modjeska” written on cover. Undated
George Migot, Suite Pour Piano et Orchestre. Handwritten and bound in leather cover. “Lester Donahue” embossed on lower right of cover. Undated.
Songs. Tom Dobson. Original Mss. [Bound] Undated.
Modjeska Scrapbook. Contains articles and photographs pertaining to the unveiling of the Modjeska stature in Anaheim Park (1935); many printed portraits of Modjeska and her home; various postcards addressed to Lester Donahue; a letter from Helena Modjeska to Mrs. Donahue (Lester Donahue’s mother); two letters from Modjeska to Anna Feld Heinrich (1907); one letter from Charles Modjeska (grandson of Helena Modjeska) to Lester Donahue (1940); articles about Helena Modjeska’s funeral (April 12, 1909). 1907-1940
Scrapbook of Lester Donahue’s 1928 European concert tour. The scrapbook contains snapshots and postcards of Paris and cities in Italy that Donahue visited on this tour. Purchased in 2001. Accession # 2002.50. 1928
Ribbon: Remembrance of First Holy Communion, St. Vincent’s Church Undated
Ribbon: Boys Sodality of the Blessed Virgin, St. Vincent’s Church, Los Angeles, Undated
Medal: Municipal Art Commission, City of Los Angeles (in small hinged case) Undated
Small metal curved container with loose metal sculpture in the shape of a flower inside. Undated
Round photograph of an unidentified man made into a pin. Undated
Small metal figure of an angel slaying a dragon. Undated
Small wooden carved crucifixes Undated
Small gold pin with moon (“L.A.H.S.”) and star (“10”) Undated
Straight gold pin with three small round metals attached Undated
8 glass table place holders (?) Undated
Two bronze Lincoln bookends. “Lincoln, 1809-1865.” Undated
Pin cushion decorated with beads “From Niagara Falls 1893” 1893
Helena Modjeska’s carved wooden music box. “Mont Pelerin” carved on cover. Note in box says “Music box (Helena’s) from Father and Virge in 1938. (Mount Pellerin) [sic] engraved on box front--not sure where box was purchased--in Poland or Amerika. Anelka [?]” Note also refers to the handkerchief (see next item): “Madame Helena Modjeska. Helena’s Handkerchief--I carried it when I was married. (From Poland.) Ralph and I married 1938--Witnesses[:] Virginia G. Modjeska[,] Lorena Weis. 1938
Helena Modjeska’s handkerchief. (See note above, following music box.) Undated
Helena Modjeska’s palette Undated
Helena Modjeska’s candle holder. Note taped to bottom: “Candle holder belonged to Madame Helena Modjeska--Polish Shakespearean actress. Mother of Ralph Modjeska, Engineer on San Francisco Bridge, 1936-1937. 1936-1937
This box contains oversized materials from Series Two (Programs) and Series Three (Serials). The materials are itemized above, under the lists for the two series. Undated
This box contains a scrapbook of Donahue’s 1928 European tour from Series Eight. 1928