Gowthorpe, Montague Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0177

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

The Montague F. Gowthorpe Opera Collection was created by Montague F. Gowthorpe during his time as the chairman of the Detroit Symphony and one of the original vice-presidents at Paramount Pictures. Gowthorpe was born in Kings Lyn, England, in 1898, and was a lifetime devotee of opera, which he regarded as the highest form of art and entertainment. After his death in 1980, this collection was passed to his niece, Bonnie Lamar, MD of Tennessee. She donated it to Special Collections in 1998. The collection consists of 200 reel-to-reel tapes recorded by Mr. Gowthorpe from radio. The tapes were recorded at 3 ¾ and 7 ½ speeds from the years of 1959 to 1968, though the bulk of the recordings were made in the early 1960s. The last box of the collection contains 48 libretto books collected and annotated by Mr. Gowthorpe to accompany the recordings he made.

Dates

  • 1893 - 1960

Conditions Governing Access

This collection may be viewed only in the reading room of Special Collections in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Collections should be requested 2-3 days prior to visiting in order to facilitate easier access. For questions or to request a collection, contact specialcollections@vanderbilt.edu.

Extent

7.5 Linear Feet (6 Paige boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Montague F. Gowthorpe Opera Collection was created by Montague F. Gowthorpe during his time as the chairman of the Detroit Symphony and one of the original vice-presidents at Paramount Pictures. The collection, consisting of 200 reel-to-reel tapes recorded from radio broadcasts, along with 48 libretto books to accompany the recordings, reflects his lifetime passion for opera.

Physical Location

Offsite Storage, Special Collections & Archives

Immediate Source of Acquisition

After Montague F. Gowthorpe's death in 1980 this collection was passed to his niece, Bonnie Lamar, MD of Tennessee. She donated it to Special Collections in 1998.

Title
Finding Aid for the Montague Gowthorpe Collection
Status
Completed
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Special Collections Library
1101 19th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37212 United States


 

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