File NLW ex 3007 - Adelina Patti papers

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NLW ex 3007


Adelina Patti papers


  • 1805-[?late 20 cent.] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

(i) 29 ff.; (ii) 14 ff.; (iii) 34 ff.; (iv) 17 ff.; (v) 16 pp.; (vi) 62 ff.; (vii) 3 ff.

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Archival history

The letters are said to have been given to the seller by a Mrs Edward Hall (see Bellmans auction catalogue); this however cannot plausibly be Hester Hall the wife of Patti's correspondent, who died in 1915.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Bellmans Auctioneers & Valuers; Billingshurst; Purchased at auction, lot 609; 17 July 2018; 99880632802419.

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Scope and content

Correspondence and other papers, 1805-[?late 20 cent.], relating to the soprano Adelina Patti and to her friend Edward Hall, Box Office Manager at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden.
The papers comprise: (i) Some eight letters (one an envelope only), 1893-1898, from Adelina Patti, at Craig-y-Nos Castle, Nice and Paris, to Edward Hall, London (ff. 3-5, 9-25), together with one letter to Hall from [?Pittman], Ystalyfera, 10 August 1883 (ff. 1-2), and a letter from Patti, in Indianapolis, 1 January 1894, to [?W. E.] Gladstone (ff. 6-8); (ii) typescript transcripts of the Adelina Patti letters, [?late 20 cent.] (11 ff.); (iii) some twenty-seven newspaper cuttings, December 1893-February 1894, relating to Patti's tour of America, apparently sent to Edward Hall from Toronto, possibly by Patti herself; (iv) photographs, postcards and ephemera relating to Patti, 1889-1984; (v) an insert book for the EMI long play record 'Adelina Patti' (RLS 711), 1973; (vi) copies of five newspapers, 1805-1809, containing news relating to the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, together with a few other printed items, 1875, 1925, concerning the Theatre and Edward Hall; and (vii) largely unrelated items, comprising photographs of Nellie Melba, [?1911], Queen Elizabeth [the Queen Mother], [?1940s], and a 'Souvenir Programme of the Visit of… the Duke and Duchess of York to Cardiff... and Blaina', [1932].

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System of arrangement

Arranged at NLW as follows: letters (arranged chronologically); transcripts; newspaper cuttings (arranged chronologically); Patti ephemera; insert book; Covent Garden papers; miscellaneous.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.

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Usual copyright laws apply

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  • English

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See also NLW MS 23351B.

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Title based on contents.

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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

September 2018




Archivist's note

Description compiled by Rhys M. Jones.

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