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H. Robert Cohen collection on Teatro alla Scala

 Collection 0174-SCPA

Dr. H. Robert Cohen is notable for founding the Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (RIPM). From 1986-2006, Cohen taught as Professor of Music at the University of Maryland from 1986-2006, and was named Professor Emeritus in 2007. In December of 2007, he donated this collection of serials, programs, catalogues, and newsletters pertaining mainly to 19th century Italian opera, with a particular emphasis on the operas of Verdi. However, the La Scala programs also contain useful information about French and Russian opera.


  • 1963-2006
  • Majority of material found within 1991-1997

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please make an appointment with the curator: Tel: 301.405.9220, Email:


3.25 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The H. Robert Cohen collection on Teatro alla Scala covers the period from 1963-2006 with the bulk of the material from 1991-1997. This collection consists mostly of serials and programs, and also contains one catalogue and a newsletter. It contains a great deal of information on opera (mostly 19th century and early 20th century Italian opera), with several documents focusing specifically on the work of Giuseppe Verdi.


This collection is arranged into four series.

  1. Serials
  2. Programs
  3. Catalogues
  4. Newsletters

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The collection was given to SCPA in December 2007 by Dr. H. Robert Cohen.

J. Robert Cohen collection of Teatro alla Scala
Andrew Reitter, October 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States