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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 14: PackagesAdd to your cart.
Package 1: ScrapbooksAdd to your cart.

Scrapbooks, 1928-1939

1928

1936-1941

1937-1940 (mostly 1938)

1938, November-1939, July

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Scrapbooks, 1939-1940

1939, May-Auggust

1939, September-1940, March

1939, December-1940, December

1940, August-October

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Scrapbooks, 1942-1944

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1943, April-1944, November
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Scrapbooks, 1943, May-June
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Scrapbooks, 1943, May-1944, February
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Scrapbooks, 1944

1944, February-March

1944, April

1944, July-October

1944, July-November

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Scrapbooks, 1945-1946

1945, April

1945, November-1946, May

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Scrapbooks, 1960-1964

1960-1961

1961-1964

1961, December 12

1962, February 23

Package 10: Awards and CertificatesAdd to your cart.

"Chin Up Girl" from Fort Hancock, N.J., Dec. 18, 1943

French Legion of Honor, 1946 [photgraphic copy]

Proclamation appointing Marjorie Lawrence as Alcade (Mayor) of La Cuidad de La Villita (San Antonio), November 3, 1959

Package 11: Awards and CertificatesAdd to your cart.

Arkansas Woman of the Year, 1949 [plaque]

Marjorie Lawrence Day, June 30, 1955, proclaimed by the State of Arkansas, June 28, 1955 [framed]

Package 12: Awards and CertificatesAdd to your cart.

Achievement Award presented by the Essex County Symphony Society

Symphony Award presented by the Essex County Symphony Society, May 3, 1945 [leather bound]

Outstanding Australian of the Year Award, May, 1955 [leather bound]

Honorary Citizen of New Orleans, September 8, 1955 [framed]

Tribute from the Women's Auxiliary, Goodwill Industries of N.O. Inc., December 1958 [plaque]

Honorary Texas Citizen, October 27, 1959 [framed]

Certification of Appreciation from the Easter Seal Society, March 4, 1973. [framed]

Certificate of Appreciation and Membership in the "Symphony 300" from the Baton Rouge Civic Symphony, n.d. [framed]

Special citation from the Crippled Children's Guild of Orthopedic Hospital, Los Angeles, n.d.

Package 13: Record AlbumAdd to your cart.
"Lebendige Vergangenheit," Marjorie Lawrence, 33 1/2 rpm
Package 14: Costume sketchesAdd to your cart.

Costume Sketches

Boss, Richard.  Carmen, Carmen, Act II.

Wittop, Freddy.  Salome, 3 sketches.

        Thais, 3 sketches.

Tosca, 3 sketches.

        3 large, unidentified sketches.

Youngblood, B.  3 unidentified sketches; 2 color, 1 pencil

Boss, Richard, Escamillo

Playbill "Mozart's the Magic Flute"

Playbill "Faust" by Marjorie Lawrence

Playbill "Altgeld" by Marjorie Lawrence

Playbill "The Tales of Hoffman"

Playbill "Faust" by Marjorie Lawrence

Painting of Unidentified Woman in Red Dress [Salome] by Freddy Wittop

Painting of Unidentified Woman in Wihte Dress [Salome] by Freddy Wittop

Painting of Unidentified Woman in Blue Dress [Salome] by Freddy Wittopp

In Mapcase Room: Case 11, Drawer 5, Folder 2.

Package 15: Assorted artworkAdd to your cart.

Watercolor by Werner Phillip, 1923, given to Marjorie Lawrence in 1939

-artist's interpretation of Der Wegweiser, by Schubert.

Inscription in German, "Invictus," by William Ernest Henley,

Hand lettered 9 set design for Girl of the Golden West

Reproduction of Ancient landmarks by Heidi Fitton, sent as season's greetings.

Package 16: Painted Wooden Figure of Marjorie LawrenceAdd to your cart.

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