Jagel, Frederick (1897-1982)
Scope:
The Frederick Jagel collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, printed materials, legal materials, audio materials, photographs, and other items.

Manuscripts in the collection include "Die Wintereisse" (1970, German); various typed and holograph manuscripts regarding vocal technique; and notes and notebooks collected under "Art of Sacred Solo." Of note is a holograph autobiography of Jagel's early experiences in New York and Europe.

Collected correspondence is primarily professional, pertaining to the San Francisco Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and a portrait of Jagel. Notable correspondents include Rudolf Bing, Lily Pons and Rosa Ponselle.

The collection's personal memorabilia includes a name plate for a calling card; an academic robe worn by Jagel at the New England Conservatory Presentation of his Honorary Doctorate and Honorary Doctorate itself (1970); a framed resolution passed posthumously by the Oakland, CA City Council in recognition of Jagel's achievements; and assorted textiles, such as tuxedos, scarves, belts, eyeglasses, and a hat.

Jagel's printed materials are collected at length and chronicle the trajectory of Jagel's operatic career. In addition to news clippings, brochures, and programs, the collection includes over 40 opera scores (many signed, with holograph annotations), volumes of vocal music, and several books related to the opera or opera houses.  Notable scores include Tristan and Isolde, Romeo and Juliet, Fidelio, Parsifal, La Boheme, Madam Butterfly, Othello, Tosca, Carmen, Salome, and more. Music collections include works by Brahms, Debussy, Wolfe, and Schubert. Collected books include A Pictorial History of Opera in America by Daniel Blum, O Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro by Edicio da Musso, The Story of the Metropolitan Opera 1883-1950 by Irving Kolodin, War Memorial of San Francisco, and The Magic of the Opera, A Picture Memoir of the Metropolitan by Mary Ellis Peltz. Of special interest are two commemorative programs, honoring the New York Philharmonic's 125th Anniversary (autographed, with a holograph list of Jagel's Philharmonic performances) and the Inaugural Performance at the Met, Lincoln Center, respectively. 

Legal materials include various operatic contracts and Jagel's passport.

Collected audio materials consist of reel-to-reel tapes (5",7", and 11"), records, and audio cassettes. Recorded items range from operatic performances (La Gioconda) to radio programs (Jagel's performances on the Atwater Kent Radio Program, 1934) to interviews (WGBH "New England Conservatory Night," 1952).

Over 750 photographs (primarily black and white, with some color) document not only Jagel's operatic career and his contemporaries, but more informal, intimate moments, as well. In addition to publicity stills for Jagel's roles in Aida, Manon Lescaut, Salome, Girl of the Golden West, Carmen, and Pagliacci, the collection includes inscribed photographs from Geraldine Farrar, Kirsten Flagstad, J. Edgar Hoover, Giovanni Martinelli, Rosa Ponselle, Lily Pons, Fritz Reiner, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Renata Tibaldi, and Lawrence Tibbett, among ohers. Candid photographs capture Jagel with friends and family, including his two sons. Of special note are photographs documenting Jagel's USO tour of the South Pacific during World War II.

Other items in the collection include a life insurance policy, an appointment book, and a certificate of immunization.
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Notable Figures
1. Jagel, Frederick
Associated Subjects
1. Music Collections Subject Guide
2. Opera Subject Guide