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Eric Walter White fonds. First accrual. – 1826-1961. – 12.5 cm of textual records and graphic material.
Note: The third accrual is also described here.

Box 1
F.1 M.W. Balfe correspondence
A.L.S. to “Morrison”, April 24, 1839
A.L.S. to “Roberto”, 17 June 1840
A.L.S. to “my dear Sir”, [1846/7/8?]
A.L.S. to “Surman?”, 29 December 1852
A.L.S. to “Reeves”, 14 March 1868

F.2 M.W. Balfe
Notes, agreement, jottings and letters with A. Bunn over The Enchantress and Il Talismano

F.3 Ethel Smyth correspondence
A.L.S. to Sir Evelyn Wood, 18 May
A.L.S. to Sir Evelyn Wood, n.d.
A.Pcs. to James Pinker (her agent), 21 July 1916
A.L.S. to James Pinker, 25 July 1916
A.L.S. to James Pinker, 2 August 1923
A.L.S. to James Pinker, 11 August 1923

F.4 Ethel Smyth
Programmes, circulars, etc. concerning “The Wreckers”

F.5 Correspondence from various musical personages, in alphabetical order.
John Barnett, A.L.S. to Miss Linwood - 22 February 1847

Henry Bishop, A.L.S. to unidentified, 19 June
A.L.S. to unidenfied, 12 May 1826
A.L.S. to Edward Taylor, 6 September 1830

Michael Costa A.L.S. to G.W. Martin - 4 April 1804
Frederick Cowen, A.Pcs. to E. Schilsky - 24 November 1889
J. Sims Reeves, A.L.S. to Luther Mundy - 25 February 1891
W. Reeves, A.L.S. to Charles Farley - [no date]
Charles Santley, A.L.S. to Russell - 13 November 1886
C.V. Stanford, A.L.S. to W. Stephenson - n.d.
Anna Storace, A.L.S. to unidenfied, 12 July 1810
J. Vincent Wallace, A.L.S. to Mrs. Jerrold - 1 June 1860

F.6 Ronald Duncan
Holograph ms. of The Rape of Lucretia Act 1 Scene 1, 12 pp. Also 2 apcs. to Eric White from R. Duncan. 29 March 1961 and 5 April 1961.

F.7 Playbills
- for performances of The Night Dancers (1846)
- for performances of Dibdin’s Monument 1829
- for performance of Balfe’s Maid of Artois. 1837
- for performance of Balfe’s Enchantress 1845
- for performance of Mozart’s Casket 1829

F.8 Pictures and engravings of performers and composers

F.9 Catherine by Lord Burghersh - corrected proof copy of libretto (1830)

Eric White’s statement on these research materials, 21 April, 1977.

(Accession 6-2005; third accrual). Two items bound together in book format: autograph manuscript of short story entitled "No Accident", 1936, 11 pages; typescript "draft scenario for a ballet in 2 scenes", entitled "Apotheosis", undated, 5 pages.

Oversize material (Map Cabinet drawer 7)
Group 1
Photographs, engravings, and periodical clippings concerning various opera performances. Many of these illustrations are for use in E.W. White’s book on the history of English opera.

Group 2
The Wreckers by Ethel M. Smyth
Collection of photographs pasted in booklet. The photos are of the Cornish coast for use in making sets.

Group 3
Illustrations and portraits of operas and composers, as well as some clippings from publications, a playbill for Daughter of St. Mark 1844, and covers from the scores of operas.

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