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Louise Talma papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 811
Scope and Contents
The Louise Talma Papers contain materials relating to composition and performance of Talma's opera The Alcestiad, and to Thornton Wilder, his friendship with Talma, and his collaboration with her as librettist for The Alcestiad. Contents relating to The Alcestiad, 1950s-1970s, include autograph letters, signed, to Talma from Thornton Wilder, 1952-1975 and undated, and from his sister Isabel Wilder, 1954-1972, with some letters annotated by Talma; autograph manuscript music drafts; diazo reproductions of autograph manuscript full scores and vocal scores, including a German translation by Herberth E. Herlitschka; microfilms of scores; autograph manuscript drafts by Wilder of the libretto, and typescript mimeograph copies of the libretto; audiocassettes and reel-to-reel audiotapes of performances, 1960-1962 and undated; photographs of performances; and clippings of reviews. Other papers, 1940s-1980s, include scores and parts for other vocal, orchestral, and chamber works by Talma, most diazo reproductions of autograph manuscript scores, 1947-1980 and undated; other writings by Wilder, most typescript, 1953-1973 and undated; clippings relating to Wilder; concert programs and other printed material, most concerning performances of Talma's music; and photographs, most of Talma with Wilder or with musicians, 1956-1962.
Language of Materials
Chiefly in English; some materials in German.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.

Box 23 (audiocassettes) and boxes 24-27 (reel-to-reel audiotapes): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Louise Talma Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Bequest of Louise Talma, 1997.
Arrangement
Organized into three series: I. Correspondence, 1942-1975. II. The Alcestiad, 1952-1976. III. Other Papers, 1947-1985.
Dates
1942 - 1985
Majority of material found within 1952 - 1963
Extent
11.31 Linear Feet (37 boxes)
Related Names
Talma, Louise, 1906-1996
Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975
Language of Materials
English
Language of Materials
English
Script
Latin
Language of Materials
German