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Marjorie Lawrence papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Correspondence

Programs

Publicity

Manuscripts

Awards and Certificates

SIU Material

Financial Matters

Music Scores

Audiotapes

Printed Matter

Newsclippings

Bound Music Scores

Free Standing Volumes

Packages

Other materials


Marjorie Lawrence papers, 1926-1977 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Marjorie Lawrence papers, 1926-1977Add to your cart.

ID: 1/3/MSS 127

Primary Creator: Lawrence, Marjorie

Extent: 98.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged in eight series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Correspondence: Diaries, (3) Manuscripts, (4) Awards and certificates, (5) SIU material, (6) Financial matters, (7) Bound Music Scores, (8) Free standing volumes.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1975

Subjects: Lawrence, Marjorie., Opera, Sheet music, Southern Illinois University Summer Opera Workshop.

Forms of Material: Audiocassettes, Correspondence., Diaries., Manuscripts for publication., Photographs, Scrapbooks, Songs and music.

Languages: English, French, German, Italian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Lawrence Papers consists largely of correspondence, programs, and memorabilia documenting the impressive singing career of Marjorie Lawrence, as well as production material from the Opera Theatre documenting her influential teaching career. Also of note in the collection are manuscript versions of Interrupted Melody, numerous music scores, and taped performances of Lawrence as well as the Opera Theatre and her Southern Illinois University Summer Opera Workshop. There is a separate extensive photograph collection of images documenting Marjorie Lawrence and her stage career.  Although the inclusive dates of the collection are 1926 to 1977, the early records are scanty because some materials were lost in Paris during World War II.

Biographical Note

Marjorie Lawrence (February 17, 1907 - January 13, 1979) was an Australian soprano, particularly noted as an interpreter of Richard Wagner's operas. She later served on the faculty of the School of Music at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Lawrence was born at Deans Marsh, south of Winchelsea, Victoria. She won a number of vocal competitions when aged in her teens. In 1932 she made her operatic debut in Monte Carlo as Elisabeth in Wagner's Tannhäuser. On 25 February 1933, she made her first appearance at the Opera Garnier in Paris, playing Ortrud in Lohengrin.

Lawrence's physicality and beauty made her popular with audiences and she danced the Dance of the Seven Veils in Richard Strauss's Salome more convincingly than most other sopranos.

On 29 March 1941, at New York City's City Hall, she married Dr. Thomas King, an osteopath and Christian Scientist.

In 1941, in Mexico, Lawrence discovered that she had polio, and was left in a wheelchair as a result. During World War II, she performed in charity concerts in Australia, seated in a chair. A performance as Amneris in Giuseppe Verdi's Aida in Paris in 1946 was well received, but Lawrence retreated from the stage, and instead began to work as a teacher. She retired to her ranch, Harmony Hills, in Hot Springs Arkansas where she taught international students until her death in 1979.

Although best known for her Wagnerian interpretations, Lawrence played in a range of other works, including Salome and Georges Bizet's Carmen. She made a number of excellent recordings, mainly of works by Wagner.

In 1949, Lawrence wrote her autobiography Interrupted Melody. In 1955, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced a film based on her book, Interrupted Melody, starring Eleanor Parker as Lawrence; Parker mimed the voice of Eileen Farrell.

Subject/Index Terms

Lawrence, Marjorie.
Opera
Sheet music
Southern Illinois University Summer Opera Workshop.

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Physical Access Note: Due to preservation concerns, researchers are required to use digital copies of sound recordings.

Acquisition Source: Gift

Related Materials: Photographs are located in PH 01 Marjorie Lawrence photograph collection

Preferred Citation: [Item], Majorie Lawrence papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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Series 9: AudiotapesAdd to your cart.
Box 83Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Marjorie Lawrence singing the Finale-Immolations from Salome, parts 1 and 2Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Marjorie Lawrence singing Götterdämmerung and SalomeAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Marjorie Lawrence singing Twilight of the GodsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Marjorie Lawrence singing Medea-Cherbini and SigurdAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Marjorie Lawrence singing:Add to your cart.

1.  Der Erlkönig, England, 1944-45.  H. Grunstadt, Accompanist.

2.  Der Lindenbaum, England, 1944-45.  H. Grunstadt, Accompanist.

3.  The Greatest of These.

Folder 6: Marjorie Lawrence singing:Add to your cart.

1.  Der Erlkönig, England, 1944-45

2.  Un Bel Di, Hollywood, June 20, 1954

3.  My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice.  (Fr.)  Hollywood, June 23, 1954

4.  Annie Laurie, Hollywood, June 23, 1954

5.  Waltzing Matilda, Hollywood, June 23, 1954

6.  My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice.  (Eng.), Hollywood, June 23, 1954

7.  Der Lindenbaum, England, 1944-45

8.  Salome, Finale, Hollywood, June 23, 1954.

Folder 7: Marjorie Lawrence singing:Add to your cart.

1.  Un Bel Di, Hollywood, June 20, 1954

2. Salome, Finale, Holloywood, June 23, 1954

3.  Der Erlkönig, England, 1944-45.  Herb Grunstadt, Accompanist.

4.  Der Lindenbaum, England, 1944-45, Herb Grunstadt, Accompanist.

5.  Waltzing Matilda, Hollywood, June 23, 1954

6.  Annie Laurie, Hollywood, June 23, 1954

Folder 8: Marjorie Lawrence, Miscellaneous arias and folk songsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: "Pause That Refreshes," broadcast, 1942 September 6Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Dr. Lynch interviewing Marjorie Lawrence, about her experiences at SIU, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Opera Workshop, Recital, 1961 November 12Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Opera Workshop, Aida, reel 1, 1962 February 24Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Opera Workshop, Aida, reel 2, 1962 February 24Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Opera Workshop, Aida, reel 3, 1962 February 24Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Opera Workshop, Aida, reel 4, 1962 February 24Add to your cart.
Item 1: KRTV "The Marjorie Lawrence Show", reel 1, 1954Add to your cart.
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Box 84Add to your cart.
Item 2: KRTV "The Marjorie Lawrence Show", reel 2, 1954Add to your cart.
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Folder 16: Opera Workshop, Aida, reel 1, 1962 February 25Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Opera Workshop, Aida, reel 2, 1962 February 25Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Opera Workshop, Aida, Act I, reel 1, 1962 March 25Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Opera Workshop, Aida, Act II, reel 2, 1962 March 25Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Opera Workshop, Aida, Act III, reel 3, 1962 March 25Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Opera Workshop, Aida, Act IV, reel 4, 1962 March 25Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Opera Workshop, Madame Butterfly, reel 1, 1963 February 16Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Opera Workshop, Madame Butterfly, reel 2, 1963 February 16Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Opera Workshop, Madame Butterfly, reel 3, 1963 February 16Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Opera Workshop, Madame Butterfly, reel 4, 1963 February 16Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Opera Workshop, Madame Butterfly, reel 5, 1963 February 16Add to your cart.
Folder 27: [Summer] Opera Workshop, Easter Offering of Sacred Music, reel 1, 1963 April 14Add to your cart.
Folder 28: [Summer] Opera Workshop, Easter Offering of Sacred Music, reel 2, 1963 April 14Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Summer Opera Workshop, Concert of Sacred Music, First Methodist Church, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1963 July 7Add to your cart.
Box 85Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Summer Opera Workshop, Concert of Sacred Music, First Methodist Church, Hot Springs, Arkansas, reel 1Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Summer Opera Workshop, Concert of Sacred Music, First Methodist Church, Hot Springs, Arkansas, parts 2 and 3, reel 3, 1963, July 7Add to your cart.
Folder 32: [Summer] Opera Workshop, rehearsal, reel 1, 1963, July 21-23Add to your cart.
Folder 33: [Summer] Opera Workshop, rehearsal, reel 2, 1963, July 21-23Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Summer Opera Workshop, Concert of Sacred Music, First Methodist Church, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1964, July 5Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Summer Opera Workshop, Concert of Operatic Excerpts, Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs, Arkansas, reel 2, 1964, July 21Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Summer Opera Workshop, Concert of Operatic Excerpts, Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs, Arkansas, reel 2, 1964, July 21Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Opera Workshop, Faust, Acts I and II, reel 1, 1965, February 14Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Opera Workshop, Faust, Acts III and IV, reel 2, 1965, February 14Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Opera Workshop, Faust, Acts I and II, reel 1, 1965, FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Opera Workshop, Faust, Acts III and IV, reel 2, 1965, FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Summer Opera Workshop, final rehearsal, concert of sacred music, First Methodist Church, Hot Springs, Arkanasas, 1965, July 10Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Summer Opera Workshop, Concert of Operatic Excerpts, Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs, Arkansas, reel 1, 1965, July 10Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Summer Opera Workshop, Concert of Operatic Excerpts, Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs, Arkansas, reel 2, 1965, July 10Add to your cart.
Box 86Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Opera Workshop, recital, November 21, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Opera Workshop, Concert of Opera Excerpts, November 13, 1966, reel 1Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Opera Workshop, Concert of Opera Excerpts, November 13, 1966, reel 2Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Opera Workshop, Carmen, February 25, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Opera Workshop, [Carmen], February 25, 1967, reel 1Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Opera Workshop, [Carmen], February 25, 1967, reel 2Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Opera Workshop, May 7, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Summer Opera Workshop, Concert of Operatic Excerpts, Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs, Arkansas, July 25, 1967, reel 1Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Summer Opera Workshop, Concert of Operatic Excerpts, Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs, Arkansas, July 25, 1967, reel 2Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Biographies in Music, December 30, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Opera Workshop, Tales of Hoffman, February 17, 1968, reel 1Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Opera Workshop, Tales of Hoffman, February 17, 1968, reel 2Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Opera Workshop, Tales of Hoffman, February 17, 1968, reel 3Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Opera Workshop, Tales of Hoffman, February 17, 1968, reel 4Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Opera Workshop, Tales of Hoffman, February 17, 1968, reel 5Add to your cart.
Box 87Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Opera Workshop, recital, May 19, 1968, reel 1Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Opera Workshop, recital, May 19, 1968, reel 2Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Summer Opera Workshop, Concert of Operatic Excerpts, Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs, Arkansas, July 27, 1968, reel 1Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Summer Opera Workshop, Concert of Operatic Excerpts, Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs, Arkansas, July 27, 1968, reel 2Add to your cart.
Folder 63: Opera Workshop, Tales of Hoffman, 1968, reel 1Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Opera Workshop, Tales of Hoffman, 1968, reel 2Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Summer Opera Workshop, Concert of Sacred Music, First Methodist Church, Hot Springs, Arkansas, July 6, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 66: Summer Opera Workshop, Concert of Sacred Music, First Methodist Church, Hot Springs, Arkansas, July 22, 1969, reel 1Add to your cart.
Folder 67: Summer Opera Workshop, Concert of Sacred Music, Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs, Arkansas, July 22, 1969, reel 2Add to your cart.
Folder 68: Summer Opera Workshop, Concert of Sacred Music, First Methodist Church, Hot Springs, Arkansas, July 12, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 69: Summer Opera Workshop, Concert of Operatic Excerpts, Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs, Arkansas, July 20, 1970, reel 1Add to your cart.
Folder 70: Summer Opera Workshop, Concert of Operatic Excerpts, Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs, Arkansas, July 20, 1970, reel 2Add to your cart.
Folder 71: Summer Opera Workshop, Concert of Operatic Excerpts, Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs, Arkansas, July 27, 1971, reel 1Add to your cart.
Folder 72: Summer Opera Workshop, Concert of Operatic Excerpts, Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs, Arkansas, July 27, 1971, reel 2Add to your cart.
Box 88Add to your cart.
Folder 73: Opera Workshop, Don Giovanni, March 3, 1973, reel 1Add to your cart.
Folder 74: Opera Workshop, Don Giovanni, March 3, 1973, reel 2Add to your cart.
Folder 75: Opera Workshop, Don Giovanni, March 4, 1973, reel 1Add to your cart.
Folder 76: Opera Workshop, Don Giovanni, March 4, 1973, reel 2Add to your cart.
Folder 77: Opera Workshop, Tales of Hoffman, reel 1, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 78: Opera Workshop, Tales of Hoffman, reel 2, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 79: Opera Workshop, Tales of Hoffman, reel 3, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 80: Opera Workshop, Tales of Hoffman, reel 4, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 81: Opera Workshop, Tales of Hoffman, reel 5, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 82: "La Vie en Rose" performed in honor of Mrs. T.L. Burns, UndatedAdd to your cart.

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[Series 8: Music Scores],
[Series 9: Audiotapes],
[Series 10: Printed Matter],
[Series 11: Newsclippings],
[Series 12: Bound Music Scores],
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