Cavagna opera librettos and ballet programs
In gray archival boxes on top of the Fraenkel cabinets on the 2d floor of the Music and Performing Arts Library
From personal library of Count Antonio Cavagna Sangiuliani di Gualdana
1921; stored in Music Library prior to 2000
Total of 568 items, largely dating from 1800-1850; the majority from La Scala in Milan. (Some librettos also from Padua, Rome, and Vienna).
Arranged (in part alphabetically) between numbers 19,786 and 20,354 within a numbered series of Cavagna Collection document boxes
Collections File folder ("Cavagna") contains computer-produced shelf list of operas and ballets, providing information as to composer, librettist, title, place, date and pagination. Folder also includes term paper by graduate student Marcia Parks providing analysis of opera libretto topics within this collection
Cavagna Sangiuliani di Gualdana, Antonio; Milan. La Scala
26. Cavagna Sangiuliani di Gualdana, Antonio, conte, 1843-1913, collector
The Cavagna Library, 1116-1910.
ca. 30,000 volumes; manuscripts in 450 volumes and 138 portfolios.
Cavagna was an Italian public official and a recognized authority on the local history of Lombardy and Piedmont. His library contained a great many books on genealogy, biography, and local history, including materials on municipal governments. The manuscripts especially reflect the study of local history; most relate to Italian cities and towns, institutions, societies and families.
All aspects of Italian history, from the Middle Ages to the first years of the twentieth
century, are prominently represented in the Cavagna collection, as is literature on Italian art and
Other topics which are heavily represented are law, economics, biography, archaeology, chivalry, and records of Italian universities and academies.
Among the books in the collection, mostly written in Italian, are some incunabula, rare and early printed books, and first editions. Many of the historical documents are unique. In addition to books, pamphlets, and manuscripts, the Cavagna library includes several thousand maps, both ancient and modern.
There is a published catalog of part of the collection:
Manuscripts and printed documents of the Archivio Cavana Sangiuliani in the University of Illinois Library , compiled by Meta Maria Sexton, Urbana, 1950.