Scope and arrangement
The Mrs. Lionello Perera Papers document select activities of a New York City patron of music, primarily from 1930 to 1965. The emphasis of the collection is on concerts attended by Mrs. Perera, and her main subject of interest, Giuseppe Verdi. The collection does not contain any of her work with welfare agencies, such as the Italian Welfare League; there is only scant evidence of her violin performances, and her involvement with music schools.
The Mrs. Lionello Perera Papers are arranged in three series:
- 1891-1966, undated.75 linear feet (1.5 boxes
This series consists of materials saved by Mrs. Perera that document the performing arts aspects of her life. Many of the programs found here are for musicians whom she knew personally, and likely hosted at her home. The program for Oklahoma! includes a note "with Toscanini," meaning that he was her guest at this production. Also of note is her self-published autobiography, Now It Should Be Told, which details significant events in her life.
- 1888-1966, undated.75 linear feet (1.5 boxes
The contents of this series reflect Mrs. Perera's strong interest in the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. However, these materials are mostly from secondary sources, such as newspapers, or programs and libretti from productions of his work. There is some data related to her primary Verdiana collection, but none of the actual items. Of note are the folders of correspondence, one of which is with Walter Toscanini, who was also a collector of Verdiana. Two folders document exhibits of their combined collections.
- 1898-1963, undated1.5 linear feet (1 box
This series contains three folders of oversized Verdi-related materials.