Scope and arrangement
This collection documents the professional vocal career of Patricia Brooks, most strongly representing her operatic performances. Personal material is limited; items can be found interfiled in correspondence and photographs, as well as in personal miscellany, which includes Brooks' wedding announcement, passport, and journal entries. The Patricia Brooks papers also contain professional correspondence; press clippings; programs and publicity materials, including a program for A Lincoln Evening signed by Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Stuart Udall, Secretary of the Interior; obituaries; photographs, playbills, and postcards used as research materials for character and costume period study; financial records and advanced ticket sales regarding Brooks' recital in 1977; as well as correspondence, notes, ticket lists, and potential performers relating to the New York City Opera's tribute to Brooks in 2008.
Reproductions of photographs documenting her operatic career are also in the collection, including photographs of Brooks with Placido Domingo and Frank Corsaro, and a poster sized reproduction of a photograph and inscription by Jacqueline Kennedy regarding Brooks' command performance of The Magic Flute at the White House in 1963. A few original, personal photographs are also included. Annotated, published scores make up the majority of the collection.
Audio and visual recordings document Brooks' operatic career and consist of in-house and commercial recordings. Inquiries regarding audio and video materials in the collection may be directed to the Music Division (firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance. Audio/visual materials may be subject to preservation and migration prior to access.
Commercial recordings of Patricia Brooks are held by the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and can be found by conducting an author search in the catalog (www.nypl.org/catalog); Brooks will be listed as a performer.
Alphabetical by subject.