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David Breckbill, Wagner Singer Postcards

Identifier: MS-0506

Scope and Contents

The collection contains over 600 postcards dating from the 1900s to the 1930s. The bulk of the collection consists of portraits of opera singers in costume for Richard Wagner opera performances. Also included are postcards with pictures of opera sets for Wagner operas, sets and singers in costume for operas by other composers, a few musician portraits, and some calling cards. The original postcards are housed in binders, with some associaThe postcards are presented in digital format in the Libraries Media Commons. ted postcards in envelopes.


  • 1900-1940


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Access and Use:

Property rights reside with the University of Nebraska. These materials are in the public domain. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections.

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Biographical Note

The collector, David Breckbill (1957-2016), was a Wagner scholar, record critic, and collector. He attended Goshen College (BA), the University of Iowa (MA) and the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.) in piano and musicology. Breckbill taught in the music department at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. He worked as a music critic, writing record reviews for the BBC Music Magazine and the Wagner Journal. In Lincoln, he served on the board of the Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music, writing program notes and giving pre-concert lectures, and earlier he wrote concert and record reviews for the Lincoln Journal-Star. His publishing ventures focused mainly on Wagner pianists, and the history of singing. Included were contributions to the Wagner Compendium and the Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia.


2 boxes

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  • Images, photographic Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Opera Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Postcards Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Singers Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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Repository Details

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Archives & Special Collections
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
P.O. Box 884100
Lincoln NE 68588-4100 United States