Finding Aid for the Irving Ritterman Collection of Autographs and Musical Memorabilia 1901-1961

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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.

Biography

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.

Subjects

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


Container List

 

Series 1. Autographs

Box 1, Item 44

Pasquale Amato, baritone

Physical Description: postcard photograph, b/w (3 1/2 x 5 1/2)
Box 1, Item 47

Mary Arras (?) 1906

Physical Description: autograph signature (2 3/4 x 5 1/2)
Box 1, Item 43

Amadeo Bassi, tenor 1907

Physical Description: postcard photograph, b/w (3 1/2 x 5 1/2)
Box 1, Item 6

Arnold Bax, composer November 17, 1946

Physical Description: letter, with envelope (4 1/2 x 7 1/2)
Box 1, Item 38

Alessandro Bonci, tenor

Physical Description: autograph signature (2 1/2 x 3 1/2)
Box 1, Item 31

Clotilde Bressler-Gianoli, contralto

Physical Description: autograph signature (3 1/2 x 5 1/2)
Box 1, Item 41

Emma Calvet, soprano

Physical Description: autograph signature (2 x 5)
Box 1, Item 53

Cleofonte Campanini, conductor

Physical Description: autograph signature (2 1/2 x 5)
Box 1, Item 51

Enrico Caruso, tenor 1907

Scope and Content Note

Caricature self portrait in ink (3 1/4 x 4 1/4).
Box 1, Item 49

Lina Cavalieri, soprano 1914

Physical Description: postcard photograph, b/w (3 1/2 x 5 1/2)
Box 1, Item 45

Cecile Chaminade,composer 1908

Physical Description: autograph signature (4 1/2 x 3 1/2)
Box 1, Item 17

Charles Dalmores, tenor 1908

Physical Description: postcard photograph

Note

Addressed to Ritterman.
Box 1, Item 16

Walter Damrosch, conductor, composer January 1, 1908

Physical Description: postcard photograph, b/w (3 1/2 x 5 1/2)
Box 1, Item 37

Emmy Destinn, soprano 1909

Physical Description: musical quotation of work by Semanta with autograph signature (2 1/2 x 4)
Box 1, Item 54

Hector Duranne, baritone

Physical Description: autograph signature (3 3/4 x 5 1/4)
Box 1, Item 30

Olive Fremstad, mezzo-soprano

Physical Description: autograph signature (2 x 5)
Box 1, Item 22

Johanna Gadski, soprano March 1907

Physical Description: autograph signature (3 1/2 x 5 1/2)

Note

Small oval b/w picture (approx. 1" in diameter) is pasted on lower right corner.
Box 1, Item 12

Mary Garden, soprano 1904

Physical Description: 78 rpm recording

Scope and Content Note

Recording of unidentified excerpt from Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande (RCA: IRCC 106A-B), with autograph signature of M. Garden and a 1/2 x 1/2 photograph of Garden on one side, Debussy on the other side.

Note

Recorded in Paris.
Box 1, Item 35

Mary Garden, soprano 1907

Physical Description: autograph signature (3 1/4 x 3 1/4)
Box 1, Item 26

Charles Gilibert, baritone November 10, 1901

Physical Description: autograph signature (5 1/2 x 4)

Note

Includes small b/w oval picture on top right corner, and an orange wax seal with his initials.
Box 1, Item 29

Alfred Hertz, conductor

Physical Description: autograph signature (2 1/4 x 4 1/2)
Box 1, Item 14

Josef Hofman 1907

Physical Description: autograph signature (3 1/4 x 2)
Box 1, Item 52

Louise Homer, contralto

Physical Description: autograph signature (3 x 5)

Note

With a small b/w oval picture on top right corner.
Box 1, Item 55

Josephine Jacoby, contralto

Physical Description: postcard photograph, b/w (3 1/2 x 5)
Box 1, Item 25

W. Jafouff (?) 1907

Physical Description: autograph signature (3 1/2 x 5 1/2)
Box 1, Item 13

Emma James

Physical Description: postcard photograph, b/w (3 1/4 x 4 3/4)
Box 1, Item 34

Karl Jorn, tenor December 1909

Physical Description: autograph signature (1 3/4 x 3)
Box 1, Item 36

Marcel Joutnet, bass

Physical Description: autograph signature ( 2 x 3 1/4)
Box 1, Item 46

Jane Gerville Keache (?) September 10, 1907

Physical Description: autograph signature (5 x 5)
Box 1, Item 18

Heinrich Knote, tenor

Physical Description: postcard photograph, b/w (3 1/2 x 5 1/2)
Box 1, Item 39

Kirkby Lewis (?)

Physical Description: autograph signature (3 x 4 1/4)
Box 1, Item 27

Dr. Carl Muck, German conductor November 27, 1907

Physical Description: musical quotation (3 1/2 x 5 1/2)
Box 1, Item 28

Lillian Nordica, soprano 1907

Physical Description: autograph signature (2 x 3)
Box 1, Item 33

Pol Placnonc, bass January 8, 1907

Physical Description: autograph signature (2 1/2 x 5)
Box 1, Item 48

Giacomo Puccini, composer

Scope and Content Note

Musical quotation from La Boheme (5 x 5).
Box 1, Item 19

Maurice Ravel

Physical Description: postcard drawing, b/w (3 1/2 x 5 1/2)
Box 1, Item 24

Maurice Renaud, baritone 1907

Physical Description: autograph signature (3 1/2 x 4 3/4)

Note

With small photograph pasted in bottom right corner.
Box 1, Item 40

G. Mario Sammarco, baritone 1907

Physical Description: autograph signature (3 1/4 x 3 3/4)
Box 1, Item 1

Arnold Schoenberg

Physical Description: picture of painting , b/w (3 1/4 x 4 1/2)
Box 1, Item 11

Antonio Scotti, baritone 1908

Physical Description: photograph, b/w (5 1/2 x 10 1/2)
Box 1, Item 42

Antonio Scotti, baritone 1908

Physical Description: postcard photograph, b/w (3 1/2 x 5)
Box 1, Item 32

Marcella Sembrich, soprano January 1907

Physical Description: autograph signature (5 x 2)
Box 1, Item 2

Jean Sibelius

Physical Description: photograph, b/w (4 1/4 x 5 1/2)
Box 1, Item 15

Leo Slezak 1909

Physical Description: postcard photograph, b/w (8 1/2 x 13 1/2)
Box 1, Item 20

Luisa Tetrazzini 1908

Physical Description: autograph signature (2 1/2 x 6)
Box 1, Item 21

Maggie Teyte, soprano 1945

Physical Description: autograph signature (4 x 5)
Box 1, Item 3

Richard Tucker, tenor October 29, 1954

Physical Description: note (4 x 5)
Box 1, Item 5

Richard Tucker, tenor December 16, 1961

Scope and Content Note

Concert Program, White Plains NY.
Box 1, Item 23

Clarence E. Whitehill, baritone

Physical Description: autograph signature (3 1/2 x 5)
Box 1, Item 50

Giovanni Zenatello, tenor

Physical Description: postcard photograph, b/w (3 1/2 x 5 1/2)
 

Series 2. Miscellaneous Items

Box 1, Item 8

Cloth Swatch 1905

Physical Description: sample of gold cloth (9 1/2 x 7)

Note

Taken from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York.
Box 1, Item 4

Group Photograph April 1943

Physical Description: b/w (7 1/2 x 9 3/4)

Scope and Content Note

Top row left to right: Maaskoff, Tremblaya, Ritterman, Zam, Weiss, Stoel, Dahl, Blum; middle: Eisenberg; bottom row: Sol Babitz, Mario Cast.-Tedesco, Copland, Sanroma, Samoiloff, Toch, Strelitzer.
Box 1, Item 9

History of the Curtain

Scope and Content Note

Explanation of curtain sample.
Box 1, Item 7

Jean Sibelius

Physical Description: envelope (7 x 9 1/2)

Note

From Sibelius addressed to Ritterman.
Box 1, Item 10

Photocopy of History of the Curtain