Scope and arrangement
The collection contains non-commercial recordings of live and recorded performances and interviews of Jan Peerce spanning the years 1938-1983. The collection also features performers such as: singers Zinka Milanov, Roberta Peters, Leonard Warren, Cesare Siepi, Robert Merrill, Lawrence Tibbett, Virginia Raye and Viola Philo ; conductors Arturo Toscanini, Fausto Cleva, Harry Horlick and David Rubinoff ; and interviewers Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson and Mike Douglas. Radio and television (audio only) programs included are: The A & P Gypsies, Radio City Music Hall On the Air, Carnegie Hall, The Chevrolet Hour, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Mike Douglas Show, and The Tonight Show. Works featured are selections from operas such as La boheme, I pagliacci, Don Giovanni, Cavalleria Rusticana, La traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor and Rigoletto ; musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof ; and songs by Handel and Schubert, among others.
The Jan Peerce collection of sound recordings are arranged in two series:
From a set of videotapes recorded during Peerce's trip to Israel, (September - October, 1980) for a documentary which was never produced. For full contents and subjects, see fully cataloged records in CATNYP.