The Risë Stevens collection consists of scrapbooks, printed material, manuscripts, correspondence, sheet music, photographs, awards, and artwork.
Several scrapbooks, primarily photo albums with clippings, are present in the collection. Images include various opera singers, fashion, publicity, formal portraits, various opera productions and tours, film stills from Going My Way, performances on radio and television, the Hollywood Caravan, and other subjects. In total, the images date from ca. 1937 to 1965.
Printed material in the collection includes various magazine issues ca. 1965-1966, including issues of Opera News, Newsweek, Time, Life, and The New Yorker . Also present are several newspaper clippings regarding Stevens (1942-1954).
Manuscripts in the collection consist of various speeches written and delivered by Stevens (1964-1965). Some speeches are present in several drafts.
Correspondence in the collection dates from 1964 to 1969, and mainly concerns Stevens’s management of the Metropolitan Opera National Company, as well as various speaking engagements and social events. Many letters have handwritten notes from Stevens included. Also present are several memoranda regarding the MONC’s programming costs, schedules, administration, and budgets.
Sheet music in the collection is extensive. Numerous full scores and parts are included, for opera works as well as popular songs.
Photographs in the collection primarily consist of black and white prints of Stevens in her Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film roles, including Chocolate Soldier and The Girl of the Golden West (both 1962). Also present are photos of Stevens in productions of Die Fledermaus, Orfeo, and Der Rosenkavalier .
Awards in the collection include Stevens’s citations from the New York Singing Teachers’ Association, the California Symphony Society of California, Yeshiva University, and Christian College, as well as a Juilliard Graduate School of Singing diploma.Artwork in the collection consists of several drawings and paintings regarding Carmen and Die Fledermaus.
|1. Stevens, Risë, 1913-2013|
|1. Women's Studies Collections -- Music and Dance Subject Guide|
|2. Music Collections Subject Guide|
|3. Opera Subject Guide|
|4. Helen Deutsch Research Section|