Lida Brodenova Papers, 1917-1992
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Brief Description: The collection includes correspondence, awards, travel accounts, opera and recital programs, clippings, photographs, diaries, postcards, reviews, scrapbooks, photo albums, tape and phono recordings. Much of the collection is in Czech, and is separated into personal and professional categories.
Held at:
Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA 92182 8050
Phone: 619-594-6791
Email: askscua [at]
Created by: Brodenova, Lida (1902-1990)
Volume: 12.5 Linear Feet
Acquired: 1992

I. Biographies, Writings, Etc.

II. Correspondence, ca. 1930s-1988

III. Personal

IV. Performance and Production Material

V. Scrapbooks of Performances

VI. Photographs

VII. Unsorted, Unclassified Miscellany

VIII. Audio Recordings

IX. Boris Brodenov Personal

Biographical Note for Brodenova, Lida (1902-1990) :

Lida Brodenova, born in Czechoslovakia in 1902, was a performer and producer of Czech operas. Early on she began playing the piano and taking singing lessons, with the Czech soprano Emma Destinnova as her inspiration. She studied under Leos Janacek, with her principal voice teacher Sigmund Auspitzer at the Music Conservatory in Brno, Czechoslovakia. She began her career in the French theatre in Brno, and spent most of the 1930s performing operettas in various German and Czech troupes.

In 1940 Lida and her husband Boris, who was Jewish, emigrated to America to avoid persecution. Once in America Lida began performing on the radio in New York.  It was the beginning of a long career in the theatre in which she performed, wrote, and taught Czech repertory. She died at the age of eighty-eight in 1990.

Access Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

The diaries of Boris Brodenov, in the collection of papers of Lida Brodenova, housed in the SDSU Library, may contain sensitive references to the personal lives of Lida Brodenova and Boris Brodenov. Researchers must agree that discretion will be used in the research and publication of such passages. Embarrassing or defamatory work will be avoided.

Subject Index
Brodenov, Boris--Diaries
Brodenova, Lida
Brodenov√°, Lida--Archives
Opera--Czechoslovakia--History--20th century--Sources
Opera--United States--History--20th century--Sources
Opera--United States--Sources
Singers--United States--Biography--Sources
Genres/Forms of Material
Audio Recordings
Personal Papers
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Czech [ces]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Acquisition Notes: Sokol Washingon and Judith Fiehler
PreferredCitation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Lida Brodenova Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.