Collection RBSC-ARC-1728 - Mme. Pauline Donalda Collection

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Mme. Pauline Donalda Collection

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  • c. 1890-1961; predominantly 1902-1945 (Creation)

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10 cm of graphic materials and one textual record

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Custodial history

Pauline Donalda gave the collection to Irving Guttman, a renowned Canadian opera director. The collection remained in the custody of Guttman and his partner Robert Dales until they donated the records to Rare Books and Special Collections.

Scope and content

The collection consists of 53 photographs of well-known 20th century opera singers, composers, musicians, and directors, as well as a performance program and a print of a portrait painting, given to and collected by Pauline Donalda as mementos of her career. The majority of the photographs are signed and dedicated to Pauline Donalda by their subjects, often with personal comments.

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The records were donated to Rare Books and Special Collections by Irving Guttman and Robert Dales in August 2014.


Prior to their donation the photographs were framed and displayed on a wall in the donors' home. The photographs were removed from their frames for the purposes of the donation, although the majority of the photographs remain on their backings.

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  • English
  • French
  • Italian

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Library and Archives Canada (LAC) hold some of Pauline Donalda's personal papers. The Marvin Duchow Music Library, Schulich School of Music at McGill University holds Donalda's music library and some of her personal correspondence.

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Finding aid prepared by Hannah Wiseman, April 2015.

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