Lawrence, Robert (1912-1981)
The Robert Lawrence collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, printed material, and other documents.

Correspondence in the collection consists of letters from various singers, musicians, composers, and critics.  These items date from 1926 to 1972.  Notable correspondents include Karin Branzell, Giuseppe De Luca, Edward Downes, Rene Maison, Darius Milhaud, George Antheil, Jacques Barzun, Rudolf Bing, Lucrezia Bori, Olin Downes, Geraldine Farrar, Wilhelm Furtwangler, Jose Ferrer, Lawrence Gilman, Vladimir Horowitz, Maria Jeritza, Germaine Lubin, George Marek, Daniel Gregory Mason, Grace Moore, Gorham Munson, Rosa Ponselle, Bernard Rogers, Cardinal Francis Spellman, Leopold Stokowski, Wolfgang Stresemann, Lawrence Tibbett, Arturo Toscanini, and Ljuba Welitsch.    

Manuscripts in the collection include a draft of “La Opera Mexicana” by Lawrence, translated into Spanish by H. Flores-Sanchez; biographical information about Lawrence; and an article about Lawrence.

Photographs in the collection include eleven prints.  These include a photo of a production of Bizet’s Carmen at the Bronx Veteran’s Hospital in 1957 (Regina Resnik was in the cast), a photo of Richard Strauss in front of a stage set, and an inscribed photo of Ljuba Welistch from 1972.

Printed material in the collection includes concert programs which Lawrence conducted (1936-1946); reviews of programs conducted by Lawrence (1931-1961); advertisements for Lawrence as a lecturer; and reviews and obituaries of Gertrude Kappel (1932-1971).

Other documents in the collection include military, government, and business papers dating from 1943 to 1969.  These include Lawrence’s U.S. Army induction and discharge records, his U.S. government grant authorizations for travels abroad in international educational exchange programs (1960-1961), and contracts.
Notable Figures
1. Lawrence, Robert, 1912-1981
Associated Subjects
1. Music Collections Subject Guide
2. Conductors (Music) -- United States
3. Music critics -- United States
4. Musicologists -- United States
5. Operas -- France
6. World War, 1939-1945 -- Songs and music
7. Music – Performance
8. Music – 20th century
9. Programs
10. Photographs