Charles and Shirley Weiss collection of opera ephemera, 1951-2003

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Weiss, Charles, 1918- and Weiss, Shirley, 1921-2010
Collection contains programs from 1386 operas attended around the world from 1951-2003 by Drs. Charles and Shirley Weiss.
4.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
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Collection consists of 1386 opera programs collected from around the world by Charles and Shirley Weiss between 1951 and 2003. The programs are also detailed in a spreadsheet, documenting performance, date, location, performers, and other notable information about each program.

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The opera programs included represent a range of performances including classic, contemporary, and lesser-known operas. Venues are from around the world.

Biographical / historical:

Charles and Shirley Weiss were professors at the University of North Carolina, and were involved in a number of philanthropic efforts at UNC and Duke University. Charles M. Weiss (b. 1918) was a UNC professor of environmental biology from 1956 until his retirement in 1989. He and his wife Shirley were married for 68 years. Shirley Friedlander Weiss (1921-2010) was one of the first women faculty members at UNC Chapel Hill. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University in 1973, and was a pioneer in urban research. She served as Associate Research Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies, and was also Acting Director of the Women's Center at UNC. The couple also founded the Weiss Urban Livability Fellowship Program at UNC Chapel Hill's Graduate School.

Acquisition information:
The Charles and Shirley Weiss Collection of Opera Ephemera were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift in 2016.
Processing information:

Processed by Ben Saalfeld, February 2016

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2016-0023


Programs are sorted alphabetically by opera title.

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Opera -- 20th century
Opera -- United States -- North Carolina
Weiss, Charles, 1918-
Weiss, Shirley, 1921-2010


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[Identification of item], Charles and Shirley Weiss Collection of Opera Ephemera, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.