Collection of Material Documenting the Professional Singing Career of Lilla Ormond (1883 - 1976)
by (Americana - Entertainment - Circus - 20th Century)
U.S.A.: Not Published, 1883. Collection includes: Scrapbook with the handwritten title page "Programs of Miss Lilla Ormond," who was born in Boston and was voice-trained there, promoted & billed as a mezzo-soprano and contralto. With 100 + items tipped-on to sheets of lined notepaper: the first entry being a "Musicale" with Mr. Alexander Heinemann, German Lieder Singer Mr. John Manderbrod, at the Piano and Miss Lilla Ormond, Mezzo Soprano, Miss Daisy Green at the Piano and Miss Alma Stenzel, Pianiste, for Friday, March 24, 1911 performed at the White House, with the program details in the small folder; gold eagle & motto of the U.S. at top of the front cover - our research indicates that President and Mrs. Taft were very pleased with the performance (see below for a further reference to this event); also with printed performance memorabilia in the scrapbook form Miss Chamberlayne's School 1904; Hotel Pemberton; Longwood Orchestral Club concert 1903; Hotel Somerset; Contentment Club Dedham 1904; The Chapin Club in Lynn, Mass. 1905; Thursday Morning Musical Club; The Cecilia Society; German Theatre NY season 1908-09; (5) programs from the Politeama Habanero Gran Teatro Cuba (Lilla Ormond accompanied the noted singer Mme. Nordica in several productions); Boston Symphony Orchestra (as a soloist) 1908 -09 season; First Baptist Church; New England Conservatory of Music 1906; The Tuileries; Drake Auditorium; Dartmouth; Seventh Annual Music Festival City Hall Nashua, N.H. 1908; Worcester Music Festival 1908; Carnegie Hall (this program very trimmed-down roughly and glued in, fair only); Morpheus Club Philadelphia 1908; Hunnewell Club; Gloucester Smith College Club; a 1912 concert in which she was one of two headliners at the Societe Symphonique de Quebec M. Joseph Vezina Directeur - hand-noted at the top of this program as her last professional performance; & private clubs and parties; these in various sizes, some with several or more pages, others simple broadsides or folding pamphlets, some with small illustrations, embossed decorations or notable printing qualities - letterpress and varied typeface use; with some wear and soiling, the backing pages detached from the original 3-three binder rings, the pages approx.. 7 ½" x 9 ¾" size; Press clippings: gleaned from the news publications of the time, circa 1905 - 1912, for Lilla Ormond, many obtained through the agencies of Romeike & Curtice and Henry Romeike, Inc., hundreds of notices, reviews, short and longer pieces on the career of the singer, from the Boston Post, New York Herald, Globe, Evening Transcript, Providence News, Louisiana, Alabama, Maine, Canada, England - and elsewhere, many with the Romeike notices attached and some in the original envelopes; others are simply loose articles and some are tipped to a few sheets of heavy paper, with the details handwritten next to them; Postcards, most of which were postmarked 1903 - 1911: real photo card of Arthur Foote, another of Dr. Karl Muck, both of whom had been mentors for her (creased); a charming and well-drawn original pencil drawing of Lilla Ormond singing on stage and accompanied by a violinist - with the unknown author's humorous asides and with about 60 additional postcards - a few relating to horse sports & hunting and many from locales in the U.S. including one or more from San Francisco, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Ohio, Racine Wisconsin, Baltimore, Sioux City Iowa, St. Louis World's Fair, New York, Minnesota, Galveston Texas, Kansas City, Atlantic City, New Hampshire, Michigan, Florida Boston and also European locations, with one or more sent from: Budapest, England, France, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Switzerland; these cards are mostly worn and soiled, postmarked and with written messages addressed to Lilla or Nell Ormond to addresses in Boston and Convent, New Jersey; Photographs: an inscribed & signed photograph of the singer Lillian Nordica (1857-1914) by Garraways Ltd. 6 ½" x 9" approx. size; a couple of Lilla Ormond, one dated 1909 and signed by her and a couple more of theatre friends; Miscellaneous materials: (5) pages of typewritten onionskin paper single-spaced, containing 9 press bulletins, each with varied content that describe various aspects of the career of Lilla Ormond Dennis - her married name - and each emphasizing especially a coming performance by her at the Majestic Theatre (in Johnson City Tennessee) for the benefit of a new church to be built at Kingsport. Bulletin No. 4 states "It is not generally known that the first woman to be decorated in America by a President of the United States was Mrs. Lilla Ormond Dennis " (NOTE: Taft was president at the time, this statement about her award has not been substantiated by us from another source); A handsomely-engraved invitation "To meet the American Delegates to the International Congress of Applied Chemistry. The American Ambassador and Mrs. Whitelaw Reid invite Lilla Ormond...Dorchester House"; a card noting that the Thursday Morning Musical Club elected Miss Lilla Ormond as soloist; a song recital program; and a few pieces of travel ephemera and other announcements, clippings of her career from magazines and a few family paper items; Condition: much of the material with wear and tear, soiling; good overall and an interesting overview of this woman's short and prolifically active singing career. . Ephemera. Not Bound. Good.
(Inventory #: 23816)
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