Yolande Oglesby Theater Programs and Kitty Cheatham Papers, 1900-1970 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
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Consists of personal papers, including one piece of sheet music and two photographs, belonging to Kitty Cheatham. Also includes concert programs and theater playbills collected by Kitty Cheatham between 1917-1920 and Yolande Oglesby between 1930 and 1970. There is no clear distinction between these two bodies of programs and playbills, so they remain interfilled as one collection of programs. The concert programs and theatre playbills come from theaters and concert halls in Boston, New York, Paris, Chicago, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Atlanta, and Denver.
Of particular note are Vaudeville and Ziegfeld Follies programs featuring Eddie Cantor, W. C. Fields, Ed Wynn, Al Jolson, Rudee Vallee, and Ethel Merman. In addition, many playbills include premieres and early off-broadway runs of musicals and opera-musicals by Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein, Frank Loesser, Lew Brown, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, Sigmund Romberg, Victor Herbert, George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, Gian Carlo Menotti, Kurt Weill, Marc Blitzstein, Leonard Bernstein, and Meredith Wilson. Several souvenir programs from the premieres of films are included; among these are: Le Miracle des Loups (1924) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962). The collection also includes premiere playbills for plays by the following playwrights: Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Dubose Heyward, Eugene O'Neil, and George S. Kaufman. Many of these premiers feature such actors as: Lionel Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore, Walter Hampden, Helen Hayes, Ed Wynn, Fred Astair, George Cohen, Paul Robeson, Ethel Waters, Boris Karloff, and Christopher Plummer. There are also many dance programs, including performances by: the Ballet Russes, Shawn, Uday Shankar, and Veloz and Yolande. A smaller number of fine art music programs are included as well, and feature performances by Serge Kousevitsky, Serge Rachmaninoff, Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Kreisler, Yehudi Menuhin, and Moriz Rosenthal.
See also 35/3/68, Box 3, Folder 41, "Yolande Oglesby".