Hines, Jerome (1921-2003)
The Jerome Hines collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, correspondence, personal memorabilia, scrapbooks, photographs, audio, film and video, and artwork.
Manuscripts by Hines in the collection include a draft of The Theory of Collects and Extra-Numerical Information (ca. 1977); drafts, notes, and research for Primal Mathematics or Theory of Unachievably Large Numbers (1981); a draft of True-False Computations; Stalking the Elusive Glitch, or: Contradictions' Manifold Delights; The Un-Gospel of John; "God’s Way," a poem; notes for Great Singers on Great Singing, in English and Italian (1980); a draft of the libretto for Hines’ opera I Am the Way; an essay by Hines on the psychology of music; drafts of The Four Voices of Man (1997); drafts of essays by Hines on "The Religious Motivation in Opera," "The Psychology of Boris Godunov," and hymns; poems; and libretti by Hines.
Printed material in the collection includes a large number of scores and sheet music, both operatic and popular. Several scores are Italian genre songs owned by operatic bass Ezio Pinza. Other scores include I Am the Way: A Sacred Opera on the Life of Jesus Christ, by Jerome Hines; The Marriage of Figaro, by W.A. Mozart; Manon, by Jules Massanet; The Damnation of Faust, by Hector Berlioz; Requiem Mass by Giuseppe Verdi; and "This Nearly was Mine" from South Pacific, by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein (1949). Also present are posters and programs for operatic and concert performances, galas, and arts festivals from around the world; as well as advertising for network television appearances. There are a number of issues of "The Hines Herald," the official publication of the Jerome Hines fan club; articles from newspapers and magazines dating from Hines' debut in 1939 on; reviews from Opera News (1991-1993); TV listings documenting Hines' appearances on The Voice of Firestone with his wife, Lucia Evangelista (1957); an article by Hines in Decision Magazine, "To Opera and the Arts" (1993); material regarding various performances for various companies (1963-1983); press clippings; magazines with articles written by Hines on his career; and a production history of I Am the Way. There is also a reprint of The Theory of Extra Numerical Information Applied to the Fibonacci Sum; from A Collection of Manuscripts Related to the Fibonacci Sequence, 18th Anniversary Volume; and a reprint of "Operator Mathematics," from Mathematica Magazine, March/April 1955.
Correspondence mostly consists of letters from Hines to various managers concerning travel arrangements for tours and possible bookings; as well as letters concerning TV broadcasts of Hines in performance. Notable correspondence includes a letter of thanks from Vladimir Kokonian, Director General of the Bolshoi Theatre to New Jersey York City Governor, Jim Florio (1991); as well as letters of thanks to Hines for accepting an honorary doctorate from Rutgers University (1992); thanks from the University of Southern California for giving a Master Class (1992); Anniversary greetings sent to Hines from George Bush (1992); and a note to Hines from Bill Clinton (1993). There is a telegram to Hines from conductor James Levine, Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera Company (1985); and a letter from Governor of New Jersey, Thomas H. Kean (1986).
Personal memorabilia in the collection includes a set of clay heads used by Hines to help him apply make-up before performances; a reproduction on a wooden stand of the Metropolitan Opera's program for Hines' New York City debut in Boris Godunov (1946); a paperweight from the Jerusalem Conference on Biblical Prophecy (1971); a plaque with a picture of Hines as Jesus Christ, with the caption “I Am the Way” along with a ticket stub from a performance of the opera in New Orleans (1981). There is also a prop dagger, a decorated wooden cross, a leather bullwhip, and a hangman's noose. There are a number of costume pieces in the Hines collection, including a number of period costume robes, a crown, various silk shirts, pants, pantaloons, sashes, jackets, and vests. There are also costumes identified to specific roles: Hines' costume pieces for South Pacific include a helmet with camouflage, camouflage shirt and pants, a gun, holster, and belt. His costume pieces for the role of Attila the Hun include a fur stole, leather vest, and bracelets. Awards in the collection presented to Hines include a number of items of recognition from a number of cities across the United States. These include Fort Lauderdale, FL; Fort Worth, TX; Birmingham, AL; Knoxville, TN; New Orleans, LA; Rock Hill, SC; Baton Rouge, LA; Sarasota, FL; Nutley, NJ; Essex County, NJ; and New Rochelle, NY. He received a Mark Twain Society Membership (1962); the Grand Lodge Citizen of the Year award (1977); and a New Jersey Authors’ Citation (1983). He was named Alumnus of the Year by the UCLA Alumni Association (1965); and was honored by Seton Hall University (1978). He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Drew University (1987); and an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Rutgers University (1993). He was recognized by the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Inc. for twenty-five years of service to the Met (1971). He received a citation from the International Society of Christian Endeavor (1967); and the Americanism Award from the South Mountain Lodge of B'nai B'rith (1964). There is a certificate appointing Hines as a member of the New Jersey Council on the Arts, signed by Governor Thomas Kean (1985); a certificate from the State of New Jersey honoring Hines on the occasion of his 30th Anniversary with the Metropolitan Opera, signed by Governor Brendan Byrne (1976); and a proclamation from the State of New Jersey naming Lucia Hines Woman of the Year in the Arts, signed by Governor Thomas Kean (1894). Hines was also presented the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America, from Johns Hopkins University (1994).
There are two scrapbooks. One is titled "I Am the Way," and includes photographs and newspaper clippings related to Hines performance of the opera. The second is a scrapbook dealing with Hines' opera career, his proteges, friends, family, and influences (1844-2000); it includes a photograph of Hines with President Bill Clinton (1984) and documents the 50th Anniversary of Hines' stage debut.
The collection contains hundreds of photographs documenting his family, friends, performances, international tours, and various appearances. There are black and white and color prints, 35 mm slides housed in carousel trays, transparencies, and negatives. His major roles at the Metropolitan Opera are well-documented, as well as his appearances with politicians, at events, and television performances. There are photographs of Hines in the role of Sarastro in The Magic Flute (1951), as Ranfis in Aida, as Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress, rehearsing Boris Godunov, applying his make-up for Mephistopheles, and many others.
Audio recordings include a number of long-playing records, audio cassettes and eight-track tapes. Titles include Verdi's Macbeth, with Hines as Banquo, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and chorus, Eric Leinsdorf conducting (1959); Mozart's The Magic Flute, with Hines as Sarastro, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Tibor Kozma conducting; Meyerbeer's The Prophet, with Hines as Zacharie, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Ambrosian Opera Chorus with John McCarthy conducting (1976); Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, with Hines singing bass, NBC Symphony Orchestra and the Robert Shaw Chorale, Arturo Toscanini conducting (1954); Brahms’ A German Requiem, with Hines singing bass, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Eugene Ormandy and Richard Condie conducting (1963); and Bartok's Bluebeard’s Castle, with Hines as Bluebeard, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting (1963), to name the most prominent. There are audio cassette tapes of I Am the Way, recorded at two different performances in 1995; and Jerome Hines Sings Black and White Spirituals, both on cassette and eight-track tapes.
Film and video recordings include video cassette of Hines' opera, I Am the Way (1995); and 8" film reels of home movies, primarily filmed at his vacation home in Bonaire, many underwater. There are 16" film reels of Sam Jaffee interviewing Hines on ABC's Evening Report (1982); and other film reels.
Artwork in the Hines collection contains pieces both by Hines and pieces presented to Hines. These include an undated small bronze of Mephistopheles sculpted by Hines; an undated painting of Hines by Carl Sanden; a painting of Hines as Boris Godunov by Leroy Neiman (1988); a drawing of Hines as three different opera characters: Boris Godunov, Mephistopheles, and Don Basilio by Howard Sanded (1961); and a portrait drawing of Leroy Neiman in brown marker on wood by Jerome Hines (1989). There is a large undated oil painting of Hines as Jesus Christ by Grace Scarsboro; as well as several rubbings by Hines depicting Judas and Jesus, with bible verses attached.