- Majority of material found within 1933-2001
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Most of this collection is not housed at the Harvard Theatre Collection but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.
73 linear feet (153 boxes)
Series I. Correspondence: Letters between Vera Zorina and producers, writers, composers, directors, choreographers, and dancers, actors and opera singers, photographers and artists, fashion designers and architects, catholic nuns, friars and bishops, religious centers and monasteries, as well as doctors, legal firms, publishers of newspapers, magazines and books, various charity organisations, orchestras, opera, ballet and theatre companies, fans, friends and family. The series includes extensive correspondence between Vera Zorina and her second husband Goddard Lieberson from the period of their acquaintance and courtship throughout their life together until his death in 1977, correspondence with her mother Bille Hartwig, her sons, Peter and Jonathan, her grand-daughters, Katherine, Christina and Elizabeth and her third husband, Paule Wolfe.
Series II. Compositions: Manuscript and typescript drafts of 1st and 2nd volumes of Zorina's autobiography, essays, short stories and poems, lectures and speeches. Also includes publisher's proofs and galley proofs and promotional material.
Series III. Compositions by others: Screenplays and movie scripts for productions featuring Zorina, and other works.
Series IV. Production records: Production notes, memoranda, stage-plans, scripts, publicity material, research notes, liner notes, photographs, galley-proofs, and correspondence for theatrical production and sound recording albums.
Series V. Audiovisual material: Film reels of movies featuring Zorina, video recordings of various CBS productions, and audio recordings of concerts, rehearsals and interviews with Zorina.
Series VI. Music scores: Printed and manuscript scores of operas and musicals featuring Zorina.
Series VII. Programs: Programs of ballets, theatrical productions and operas featuring Zorina, and performances attended by her.
Series VIII Financial records: Records related to Zorina's business and personal finances including correspondence, contracts, agreements, bills, financial statements, legal papers concerning her property, insurance, and tax records, and her will.
Series IX. Biographical material: Material related to Zorina's household including records and objects.
Biographical / Historical
Upon her second marriage she left the stage, but returned in the 1950s as a performer and opera narrator. In 1968 Zorina began directing opera productions at Santa Fe and the New York City Opera, as well as directing and producing musicals, ballets and television programs in Oslo, Norway. In the 1970s she served as director with the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo. In 1976 she was elected Director General of Norwegian television but she resigned in 1977 upon the death of her second husband. In her later years, she produced recording albums, served on the board of directors at CBS and Santa Fe Opera, gave lectures and classes, published an autobiography, and wrote poetry, short stories and essays on dance and musical theater.
Among her most famous roles are leading parts in musical comedies On your toes and I married an angel by Rogers and Hart, the part of Ariel in Margaret Webster's Broadway production of The Tempest, Joan of Arc in the Honegger's oratorio Jeanne d'Arc au Bucher, and Persephone in Stravinsky's melodrama Persephone.
- I. Correspondence
- II. Compositions
- III. Compositions by others
- IV. Production records: A. Theatrical and television production records
- IV. Production records: B. Sound recording albums production records
- V. Audiovisual material: A. Videotapes and film
- V. Audiovisual material: B. Audiotapes and audiocassettes
- VI. Music scores
- VII. Programs
- VIII. Financial records
- IX. Biographical material
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Zorina, Vera. Vera Zorina papers, 1910-2001: Guide.
- Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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- EAD ID
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