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Elizabeth Wright collection, 1869-1972 | University of Miami Special Collections

By Rudo Kemper

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Title: Elizabeth Wright collection, 1869-1972Add to your cart.

ID: ASM0262

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Formats/Genres: Card games, Christmas cards, Clippings, Facsimiles, Letters, Pages, Periodicals, Photocopies, Photographs, Plaques (flat objects), Prints, Programs (documents), Sheet music, Transcripts, Typescripts

Languages: English, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Elizabeth Wright collection predominantly contains materials relating to Richard Wagner and family members. The materials cover a wide range, including memorabilia, such as a Wagner-themed card game and a ceramic plaque of Richard Wagner, an original note by Siegfried Wagner and facsimiles of letters by Wagner, original photographs of Wagner family members as well as facsimiles and prints of Richard Wagner and others, original advertisements and programs of Wagner's operas, a radio transcript and a typescript about Wagner's composition and staging, and a series of prints depicting scenes from Wagner's operas.

There are also several items not related to Wagner. These are a letter from W. Somerset Maugham, an autographed print of mezzo-soprano Mariana Paunova, and prints of other composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt, and Richter.

Subject/Index Terms

Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965
Music - Germany - 19th century
Opera - Germany - 19th century
Paunova, Mariana
Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883 - Appreciation
Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883 - Criticism and interpretation
Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883 - Family
Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883 - Performances
Wagner, Siegfried, 1869-1930
Wagner Society of America

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Elizabeth Wright Collection Finding Aid © 2009 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to

Preferred Citation: Elizabeth Wright Collection, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Photocopy of letter by Richard Wagner to Kaiserin Elisabeth of Bavaria, December 13, 1862Add to your cart.
Also contains a typed transcription of the letter, and an English translation.
Folder 2: Christmas card from Wolfgang Wagner, 1970Add to your cart.
The card contains a facsimile of a May 19, 1871 letter from Richard Wagner that describes the progress of his "festspielen."
Folder 3: Note by Siegfried Wagner, addressee unknown, n.d.Add to your cart.

The letter starts with a musical quote over the words "Rainulf und Adelasia" (a 1922 opera by Siegfried), and then reads:

"In appreciation for the January 8, 1923 concert in Essen, and with heartfelt thanks for all of your demonstrated kindnesses,


Siegfried Wagner"

Translated by Prof. S. J. Reaven, State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Folder 4: Letter from W. Somerset Maugham to Perry Fredenberg, October 31, 1930Add to your cart.
Letter is regarding the meaning of certain phrases.
Folder 5: Photographs and facsimiles of photographs of Richard Wagner, friends, and family.Add to your cart.

Includes 15 original photographs, most unmarked, one of Wolfgang Wagner and Mrs. Wolfgang Wagner, one of Wiehland Wagner, one of Mrs. Siegfried Wagner, Siegfried Wagner, Dr. K. Moch, and D. Thode.

Facsimiles of photographs include ones of Richard Wagner, Siegfried Wagner, Wagner's father and mother, Franz Liszt, Carl Taussig, Emil Defrient, Ch. Reutlinger, Horace McKoon, Karl Jausig, Daniel Liszt, Cosmia Liszt, Wilhelm Beckmann, of the lid of the snuff box used by Richard Wagner, and some others.

Folder 6: Six original leaves of paper announcing Wagner performances in Leipzig, 1887Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Programs and Periodicals, 1892-1968Add to your cart.
Includes a program announcing a 1913 movie by Klaw and Erlanger titled "The Life and Works of the Immortal Composer Richard Wagner in Four Parts," an 1901 issue of the Wagner Society periodical, and an 1891 program for a Grand Wagner Memorial Programme at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and several others.
Folder 8: Clippings, 1869-1954Add to your cart.
Regarding performances of Wagner's operas. Includes an 1869 clipping about Wagner's wife.
Folder 9: Radio transcript about Wagner from Opera News on the Air, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Untitled typescript about staging in WagnerAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Untitled typescript about staging in Wagner (copy 2)Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Card facsimile of sheet-music to the Prelude to the Third Act of Tristan und IsoldeAdd to your cart.
Other side of the card appears to replicate the title page of the edition of sheet music. The title is "Tristan und Isolde von Richard Wagner. Vollständiger Klavierauszug von Hans Von Bülow."
Folder 13: Autographed print of Mariana Paunova.Add to your cart.
Inscribed to Lucy Wright.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Prints of Richard Wagner. scenes from his operas, and other composersAdd to your cart.
Prints of other composers are of Beethoven, Mozart, and Richter.
Folder 2: Wagner Quartet card gameAdd to your cart.
An English translation of the rules is included as well.
Folder 3: Painted Richard Wagner ceramic plaqueAdd to your cart.

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