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Elemer Nagy collection

Identifier: ARCH125

Scope and Contents

The majority of the collection consists of materials pertaining to the creation of opera sets and costumes designed by Elemer Nagy throughout his career as an opera director and stage designer. These materials include colorful drawings, sketches, and tracings of set and costume designs, as well as production notes and large lantern slides he created to project scenery.

The collection also includes photographs of his opera productions, as well as of Nagy, his colleagues, and photographs used for his work. The collection also consists of publicity materials, correspondence and other papers, as well as opera programs and in some cases the designs for the program artwork. There are also two costumes designed by Nagy in the collection.


  • 1923-2002
  • undated
  • Majority of material found within 1935-1971


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (U.S. Code: Title 17). Any use of the material which exceeds fair use requires permission from the copyright holder. Researchers are solely responsible for obtaining the proper permission(s) for their use of the material.

Biographical Note

Elemer Nagy was born in 1906 in Kezdivasarhely, Hungary. He was a multitalented member of the Hartt faculty. As director, set designer, and costume designer, Nagy was the main creative talent behind Hartt Opera productions from 1942-1971.


42.9 Linear Feet (132 containers)

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The collection contains the works and papers of Elemer Nagy throughout his career as an opera director from 1923-1971. The materials include his set and costume designs, production notes, correspondence and various subject files, as well as a collection of large scenery slides he designed and created for his multi-screen projection system.


The collection is arranged in nine series: I. Set and Costume Designs, II. Scenery Slides, III. Production Notes, IV. Photographs, V. Subject Files, VI. Publicity and Scrapbooks, VII. Opera Programs, Printed Ephemera, and Their Designs, VIII. Artifacts, and IX. Duplicates.

Existence and Location of Copies

A small portion of the collection has been digitized and is available at

Related Materials

Hartt School Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Unknown [likely Ethel Bacon and Margaret Mair] by 2007; Reprocessed by Amanda Talbot (2018), Sean Parke (2018-2019), and Joseph Spence (2018-2019).

The title of this collection in the original finding aid was unclear, so it was given the title "Elemer Nagy papers and opera collection" in 2015 when it was transcribed to ArchivesSpace because it described the two series of the collection at the time. During the 2018 reprocessing the original title was found to be the "Elemer Nagy Collection," and the name was changed back.

Guide to the Elemer Nagy collection
Ethel Bacon and Margaret Mair, 2007; Transcribed to ArchivesSpace from Word document by Tiffany Crawford, 2016; Joseph Spence and Sean Parke, 2018-2019.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Hartford Archives & Special Collections Repository

200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford CT 06117 United States