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Collection Inventory

Series I. Programs, 1944-2004

Scope and Content Notes:

The first series of this collection arranges the hundreds of concert and opera programs that were amassed over the course of Mildred Miller's career. They are filed in chronological order. Each year can have several folders, one or more folders for Metropolitan Opera programs, one for concert and recital programs, and another for non-Met opera programs. Please note that several of the early programs are in poor condition.


Box 1
Folder 1 Undated programs
Folder 2-19 Programs, 1944-1953

Box 2
Folder 1-10 Programs, 1953-1955

Box 3
Folder 1-8 Programs, 1956-1958

Box 4
Folder 1-10 Programs, 1958-1960

Box 5
Folder 1-9 Programs, 1961-1963

Box 6
Folder 1-8 Programs, 1964-1966

Box 7
Folder 1-4 Programs, 1967

Box 8
Folder 1-9 Programs, 1968-1970

Box 9
Folder 1-16 Programs, 1971-1979
Folder 17 Programs, 1982
Folder 18 Programs, 1999
Folder 19 Programs, 2004

Series II. Ephemera, 1942-2008

Scope and Content Notes:

Within this series are miscellaneous materials including press releases, correspondence, speeches, etc. Of particular note are the materials that relate to the Mildred Miller fan club, materials from her performances on the Voice of Firestone and the Bell Telephone Hour, and printouts from the Metropolitan Opera’s database that list every one of Miller’s Met performances. The items are arranged alphabetically by folder title.


Box 10
Folder 1 Anniversary of Mildred Miller's Metropolitan Opera debut, 2002
Folder 2 Autographed material, 1956
Folder 3 Bell Telephone Hour, 1952-1968
Folder 4 Bell Telephone Hour scripts, 1953-1965
Folder 5 Biographies, 1969-1991
Folder 6 Boys Will Be Girls, Girls Will Be Boys: Cross Gender Roles in Opera - SUNY Buffalo campus Music Library exhibit catalog, October 2003
Folder 7 Cleveland concert transcript
Folder 8 Cleveland Institute of Music, 1942-1955
Folder 9 Cleveland Institute of Music - Distinguished Alumni Award, 1992
Folder 10 Cleveland's West Shore Concert Series 1953-1954 calendar, 2007
Folder 11 Columbia Artists Management, 1955-1961
Folder 12 Commercial recordings, 1995

Box 11
Folder 1 Correspondence, 1951-1995
Folder 2 Correspondence with Lotte Lehmann, 1965-1967
Folder 3-4 Fan club, 1952-1973
Folder 5 Famsworth, Clyde - unpublished article, 1963
Folder 6 Franklin Square House, 1947-1948
Folder 7 Goethe celebration Pittsburgh concert, 1982
Folder 8 Governor's office letter, 1972
Folder 9 Invitations, 1972-1975

Box 12
Folder 1 Metropolitan Opera, 1952-1967
Folder 2 Metropolitan Opera Archive materials, 1951-2008
Folder 3 Metropolitan Opera Association annual report, 1968-1969
Folder 4 Mildred Miller - Complete Metropolitan Opera Performances, 1951-1974
Folder 5 Mildred Miller - concerts and recitals, 1952-1972
Folder 6 New England Conservatory of Music and Boris Goldovsky, 1951-2008
Folder 7 Notable Women in the Arts, 2007
Folder 8 Notifications of Mildred Miller's absence from performances,
Folder 9 Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, 1982-1983
Folder 10 Paintings, 1951-1952
Folder 11 Press books and press kits, 1966
Folder 12 Press Releases - Miller reviews, 1972-1985

Box 13
Folder 1-2 Promotional material, 1951-1977
Folder 3 Speeches, 1978-1994
Folder 4 Telegrams, 1951-1954
Folder 5 Television appearances, 2008
Folder 6 Voice of Firestone, 1953-1958
Folder 7 YWCA's 20th Tribute to Women, 2002

Series III. Newspaper Clippings, 1949-2008

Scope and Content Notes:

In this series are newspaper and magazine clippings. There are concert reviews, advertisements, and articles on the Posvar's home life. The clippings are in chronological order.


Box 14
Folder 1-12 Newspaper clippings, 1949-1957

Box 15
Folder 1-19 Newspaper clippings, 1958-1975

Box 16
Folder 1-10 Newspaper clippings, 1976-2008

Series IV. Photographs, 1946-2008

Scope and Content Notes:

This series of photographs are arranged in alphabetical order by subject title. These photos show Mildred Miller Posvar in all of her various roles – opera star, recitalist, first lady, wife, and mother. There are several large photographs that are in the oversized materials series.


Box 17
Folder 1 Ariadne auf Naxos - Composer
Folder 2 Barber of Seville - Rosina, 1954
Folder 3 Boris Goldovsky, 1949
Folder 4 Carmen, 1947-1965
Folder 5 Carousel - Aunt Hettie, 1978
Folder 6 Cavalleria rusticana - Lola
Folder 7 Columbus Ohio concert, March 5, 1970
Folder 8 Contact sheets
Folder 9 Cosi fan tutte - Dorabella
Folder 10 Evening gown, 1973
Folder 11 Evening gown - negatives, 1973
Folder 12 Fairfax Virginia recital, October 1970
Folder 13 Falstaff, 1964-1966
Folder 14 Faust - Siebel, 1953-1954
Folder 15 La forza de destino, 1951-1957
Folder 16 Fyodor - Boris Goudouov
Folder 17 Goethe celebration Pittsburgh concert, October 31 1982

Box 18
Folder 1 Hansel and Gretel, 1948
Folder 2 Headshots, 1946-1963
Folder 3 Idomeneo, 1949
Folder 4 Lotte Lehmann - Lieder singer, 1966-1968
Folder 5 Madama Butterfly - Suzuki, 1960
Folder 6 Magic Flute, 1949
Folder 7 Marriage of Figaro - Cherubino, 1952-1957
Folder 8 Die Meistersinger
Folder 9 Merry Wives of Windsor film, 1965
Folder 10 Metropolitan Opera photos, 1966
Folder 11 Metropolitan Opera tours, 1948-1970s
Folder 12 New England Conservatory of Music and Boris Goldovsky, 1951-2008
Folder 13 Peter Grimes, 1946
Folder 14-15 Photo albums, 1961-1966

Box 19
Folder 1 Portraits
Folder 2 Portraits - negatives
Folder 3 Portraits in Chancellor's residence, 1967-1971
Folder 4 Portraits with family, 1958-1971
Folder 5 Portraits with Wesley Posvar, 1952-1980
Folder 6-7 Publicity shots, 1951-1974

Box 20
Folder 1 Recital Tour of Asia, 1962
Folder 2-3 Recitals, 1947-1984
Folder 4 Recitals - negatives
Folder 5 Recording shots, 1960
Folder 6 Der Rosenkavalier - Annina, 1970
Folder 7 Der Rosenkavalier - Octavian, 1957-1967
Folder 8 Tales of Hoffman - Nicklausse, 1953
Folder 9 Television photos, 1952-1963

Box 21
Folder 1 University of Pittsburgh, 1971-1972
Folder 2 White House, April 23, 1969
Folder 3 World Series, 1971
Folder 4-5 Unlabled photos
Folder 6 Unlabled photos - negatives,

Series V. Audio/Visual Recordings, 1953-1965

Scope and Content Notes:

There were over 200 audio recordings that were donated to the Curtis Collection along with Mrs. Posvar's papers. A small amount of the recordings were commercially available LPs; these were added to the Music Library's circulating collection. Of the non-commercially available materials, there were vinyl records, reel to reel tapes, and cassette tapes. These recordings have been transferred onto compact discs. Each of the recordings is in the process of being cataloged individually and indexed in the University of Pittsburgh Library System's online catalog, Pittcat+. For inquires into these materials please contact Special Collections staff.

There are also 10 VHS tapes in this series. Most of these VHS tapes are Mildred Miller's performances on the Bell Telephone Hour and Voice of Firestone television programs. Also included is a North American VHS copy of her Austrian film the Merry Wives of Windsor. They are available to be taken from the Special Collections Department Reading Room to the Stark Media Services Department on the ground floor of the Hillman Library for viewing.

Subseries 1. Audio (list of items coming soon)

Subseries 2. Video


Box 22
Videotape 1 Bell Telephone Hour, January 20 1961
Videotape 2 Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor Sigma III Corp., 1965
Videotape 3 Golden Voices, Silver Screen
Videotape 4 Metropolitan Opera documentary - segment on Mildred Miller
Videotape 5 Tale of Tanglewood: Peter Grimes Reborn
Videotape 6-10 Voice of Firestone, 1953-1963

Series VI. Scrapbooks, 1939-1973

Scope and Content Notes:

There are 15 scrapbooks in this series. They contain newspaper clippings, programs, and in some instances photographs. Some of the date ranges for the scrapbooks overlap and clippings are duplicated in multiple scrapbooks. For the most part, the scrapbooks center on the performing career of Mildred Miller from her days in high school through her years as a mainstay of the Metropolitan Opera. Not many of the scrapbooks have a more singular theme than that. But, there are a few that are more focused and have shorter date spans. For example the scrapbooks which cover Mildred's time in high school, her years in Colorado, and the Posvars tour of Asia. The scrapbooks are in chronological order by the first year that is covered. The majority of these scrapbooks are in fragile condition and should be handled with care.

Volume 1 Scrapbook - high school, 1939-1943
Volume 2 Scrapbook - Cleveland Institute of Music and Tanglewood, 1943-1947
Volume 3 Scrapbook - Cleveland Institute of Music and New England Conservatory of Music and New England Opera Theatre, 1946-1949
Volume 4 Scrapbook, 1946-1951
Volume 5-7 Scrapbooks - oversized pressbooks, 1950-1973
Volume 8 Scrapbook - Colorado years, 1950-1953
Volume 9 Scrapbook, 1951
Volume 10 Scrapbook, 1951-1955
Volume 11 Scrapbook - domestic life articles, 1951-1960
Volume 12 Scrapbook, 1952-1959
Volume 13 Scrapbook, 1957-1962
Volume 14 Scrapbook, 1960-1969
Volume 15 Scrapbook - tour of Asia, 1962

Series VII. Oversized Materials, 1952-1972

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains oversized materials that include awards, photographs, and posters. Several of the photographs are matted and in folio folders.


Box 23
Folder 1 Awards and proclamations, 1952-1958
Folder 2 Oversized clippings and journals, 1952-1956
Folder 3 Oversized portrait photographs
Folder 4 Posters
Folder 5 Posvar family portrait photograph
Folder 6 Publicity materials for the Merry Wives of Windsor film, 1968
Folder 7 Reproduction of painting of Mildred Miller
Folder 8 Serge de Gastyne and Mildred Miller photograph
Folder 9 University of Pittsburgh Chancellor's residence photographs