Scope and arrangement
The papers, primarily spanning the years 1900-1971, document the professional lives of Cia Fornaroli and Walter Toscanini: Cia as prima ballerina, choreographer and director and Walter as dance historian, curator and writer. The collection is arranged in three series: the Cia Fornaroli series which includes personal papers, correspondence, research files by year, photographs, and clippings; the Walter Toscanini series which includes historical research filed by year, notebooks and office files (correspondence, invoices, etc); and the Oversized series which contains Walter’s oversized historical research filed by year.
Of particular interest are Cia’s publicity and teaching material as connected with the Cecchetti method, her scrapbook entitled “Cia–Vista Dagli Artisti” which includes artwork by artists such as Anselmo Bucci, Pietro Canonica and Francesco Nonni, which honor Cia’s skill and beauty as a dancer, and documents (photographs, programs and clippings) pertaining to her dance lessons and contributions to the Casino Municipale di San Remo company. Walter’s correspondence found in Office Files, particularly with Antonio Chiesa, Antonio Corcione, Paolo Fabbri, Ifan Kyrle Fletcher, Ivor Guest, Gladys Lasky, La Scala Ballet Theatre / School, Lillian Moore, and Ted Shawn / Jacob’s Pillow, as well as his research files on Guglielmo Ebreo, Fanny Elssler, Carlo Blasis and Gaspare Angiolini, are also of especial interest.
Missing from the collection is significant documentation of Walter’s employment in RCA Manufacturing Company’s Recording and Record Sales division or related work upon his father’s behalf. In addition, few official records documenting Walter and Cia’s marriage, financial status, and relationship with one another or with Arturo Toscanini are available within collection.
The majority of this collection is in Italian.
The Cia Fornaroli and Walter Toscanini papers are arranged in three series:
- 1911 - 1954
This series contains the correspondence, personal papers (e.g. biography, friends / family photographs, and health documents), scores and research files associated with Cia Fornaroli’s careers as dancer, choreographer, teacher and company director. Of special interest are the documents connected to the Cecchetti method of teaching, L’Arte Della Danza e dell ‘Arte di Cia Fornaroli written by Toscanini, the Casino Municipale di San Remo items from 1933 and the scrapbook entitled Cia–Vista Dagli Artisti with contributions from artists including Anselmo Bucci, Francesco Nonni and Pietro Canonica.
- 1900 - 1971
This series contains the historical research, notebooks and office files created by Walter Toscanini. Within the historical research section that’s arranged by year, manuscripts, clippings, articles and photographs predominate; whereas, the office files are primarily correspondence based. Gaspare Angiolini, Fanny Elssler, Carlo Blasis and Guglielmo Ebreo were a few of the individuals to whom Toscanini devoted his research energies. Of special interest are the various Guglielmo Ebreo manuscript reproductions Toscanini accumulated, as well as the files for Ted Shawn, Lillian Moore, Paolo Fabbri and Gladys Lasky
- 1933 - 1971
The oversized historical research documents collected by Walter Toscanini can be found within this series. Of special interest are the 1880-1889 issues of Il Teatro Illustrato and the 1897 issues of Gazetta dei Teatri.