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Title: Yolande Oglesby Theater Programs and Kitty Cheatham Papers, 1900-1970
Primary Creator: Oglesby, Yolande (1917-2012)
Other Creators: Cheatham, Kitty (1864-1946)
Extent: 1.75 cubic feet
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by city and alphabetically by theater or subject therein, with personal papers at the beginning.
Date Acquired: 11/19/1996. More info below under Accruals.
Subjects: Boston, Massachusetts, Chicago, Illinois, Concert Programs, Concerts, Depression, 1929 United States, Films, Musical Repertoires, New York, Opera, Photographs, Prohibition, Theater orchestra music, Theatre, Theatrical Productions, Vaudeville, Vaudeville songs -- United States, Vocal Music
Languages: English, French, Italian
Scope and Contents of the Materials
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, other than the birth dates and death dates of the two women, between the body 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 there are 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. The film premiere programs include Le Miracle des Loups (1924) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and the stage plays includes premieres of new works by Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Dubose Heyward, Eugene O'Neil, and George S. Kaufman. Many of these stage play and musical 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. The dance programs include performances by Ballet Russ, Shawn, Uday Shankar, and Veloz and Yolande; and the fine art music programs 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".
Yolande Oglesby (1917-2012) was born in Chicago Illinois on January 13, 1917. She was the daughter of Frederick Wainwright Perkins, a wealthy architect from Chicago, and Yolande Vandeveer Perkins, whose family descended from the Vandeveer Family (one of the first families to settle in New Netherlands). At the age of 2, her family retired to the country in Morrisonville, Illinois. While her father continued his architectural practice in Morrisonville, he also co-owned a sugar plantation in Cuba with his brother that he managed from abroad. At the age of 4, the family moved to Boston. Her sister Emily, who was four years older than Yolande, enrolled in the Brimmer School near Boston College. Outside of school, the girls were raised by a governess and rarely saw their parents. At the age of 6, her father sent both sisters to the Lebec boarding school in Paris, France. At the age of 12, her father died and her mother transferred the girls to a boarding school in Sheffield, England for the remainder of the school year. At Age 13, the girls moved back to Boston where they attended Windsor School. Oglesby seems to have participated in school plays around this time, which may have later inspired her love for theatrical and musical productions later in life. The Great Depression seems not to have affected the family's lavish lifestyle, Oglesby claims that she never needed to work for a living and that her mother purchased several acres of land in Illinois during the Depression. They even spent several summers away from Boston in order to ride horses at their ranch in Wyoming during the Depression. After graduating high school, Oglesby did not enroll in college, but instead moved to New York City. Throughout the 1930s and 40s, Oglesby traveled exstensively as is noted by the location and dates of the concert programs and theatre playbills after 1930.
Oglesby was married three times during her life. At age 25, she married Tom Ponting, the two were divorced soon after they were wed. In 1943, she married, Dick Oglesby, with whom she had two children. The two were divorced by the late 1940s. After moving to Florida in the early 1950s, she married Mark Lasswell, with whom she had one child. After an unhappy and abusive marriage, the two divorced in 1953. Sometime after the 1960s, she moved back to her family's estate in Morrisonville, Illinois. Oglesby died in 2012.
Throughout her life, Oglesby attended numerous theatrical, musical, and dance programs in theatres around the world. Although it is unclear how she came to be in the possession of Kitty Cheatham's personal materials, it seems she not only collected programs attended by Cheatham but also amassed her own collection of theater programs.
Box and Folder Listing Browse by Box:
Browse by Box:
- Box 1
- Folder 1: Kitty Cheatham Photographs and Sheet Music, ca. 1900-1933
- Contains "Spring Greeting" for voice and piano with music by Kitty Cheatam and words by Mary Baker Eddy; and two photographs of Kitty Cheatam
- Folder 2: Yolande Perkins Oglesby Personal Papers and School Programs, ca. 1928-1933
- Folder 3: Boston, Colonial Theatre Programs, 1922-1934
- Of Note: Jerome Kern's "Sally," 1922; Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's "Sweet Adeline," 1930; Richard Roger's and Lorenz Hart's "Ed Wynn," 1930; Zieglfeld Follies, "The American Girl," 1931; Jerome Kern's "Roberta," 1934; Fred Astaire in "The Band Wagon Revue," 1934; Cole Porter's "Anything Goes," 1934.
- Folder 4: Boston, Copley Theatre Programs, 1922-1932
- Folder 5: Boston, Hollis Street Theatre Programs, 1929-1933
- Of Note: Dubose Heyward and Dorothy Heyward's "Porgy," 1929; Uday Shankar program of dance, 1933.
- Folder 6: Boston, Majestic Theatre Programs, 1929-1931
- Of Note: Victor Herbert's "Mlle. Modiste," 1930.
- Folder 7: Boston, Opera House Programs, 1934
- Of Note: Col. de Basil's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1934.
- Folder 8: Boston, Plymouth Theatre Programs, 1930-1933
- Of Note: Ethel Barrymore in "The School for Scandal," ca. 1925.
- Folder 9: Boston, Sam S. Schubert Theatre Programs, 1930-1934
- Of Note: Oscar Hammerstein and Sigmund Romberg's "The New Moon," 1930; Irving Berlin's "Face the Music," 1932; Lew Brown's "Calling All Stars," 1934.
- Folder 10: Boston, Symphony Hall Programs, 1921-1935
- Of Note: Serge Koussevitzky conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Programs featuring: Fritz Kreisler, violin, 1929; Serge Rachmaninoff, piano, 1931; Georges Laurent, 1933; Jascha Heifetz, 1934; Arthur Fiedler conducting Hector Berlioz, 1934.
- Folder 11: Boston, Tremont Theatre Programs, 1930-1931
- Of Note: George M. Cohan in "The Tavern," 1930; George M. Cohan's "Friendship," 1931.
- Folder 12: Boston, Various Theatre Programs, 1921-1934
- Of Note: Ford Hall Forum, featuring lecture concert series Soap Box Forum - lectures include Serwood Eddy, "Russia Today: what Th NRA can learn from the U.S.S.R.," Dorothy Thompson (Mrs. Sinclair Lewis) "The Author of 'I Saw Hitler' Evaluates 'My Battle'," Prof. Friedrich Schoenemann "Why I believe in the Hitler Government," 1934.
- Folder 13: Boston, Ye Wilber Theatre Programs, 1930-1932
- Of Note: Ethel Barrymore in "The Love Duel," 1930; Walter Hampden in "Richelieu," 1930.
- Folder 14: Boston Journals, The Boston Stage Vol. 1, No. 2, October 10, 1930
- Folder 15: Boston Journals, Boston Theatre Magazine, 1933-1934
- Folder 16: Chicago, A. H. Woods Theatre Programs, 1918-1919
- Of Note: Color Program Cover Design.
- Folder 17: Chicago, Blackstone Theatre Programs, 1917-1970
- Of Note: Color Program Cover Design.
- Folder 18: Chicago, Cinestage Theatre Programs, 1958-1963
- Folder 19: Chicago, Civic Theatre Program, 1945
- Of Note: Tennessee William's "The Glass Menagerie" Opening Season, 1945.
- Folder 20: Chicago, Colonial Theatre Programs, 1919-1920
- Of Note: Ziegfeld Follies 12 Edition, featuring music by Louis A. Hirsch and Dave Stamper with Interpolations by Irving Berlin and Victor Jacobi, performers include Eddie Cantor, Will Rogers, Allyn King, Frank Carter, and W.C. Fields, 1919; Ziegfeld Follies 13th Edition, featuring music of Irving Berlin, Gene Buck, Rennold Wolf and Dave Stamper with Ballet by Victor Herbert, performers include Eddie Cantor, Bert Williams, Johnny Dooley, Eddie Dowling, 1920.
- Folder 21: Chicago, Cort Theatre Programs, 1920-1921
- Of Note: Color Program Cover Designs.
- Folder 22: Chicago, Erlanger Theatre Programs, 1945-1951
- Of Note: Oscar Hammerstein and Georges Bizet "Carmen Jones," 1945; Paul Robeson in "Othello," 1945; Ethel Waters in "The Member of the Wedding," 1951.
- Folder 23: Chicago, Garrick Theatre Programs, 1917-1921
- Of Note: "Passing Show of 1917," music by Sigmund Romberg and Otto Motzan, 1917; Lionel Barrymore in "The Copperhead," 1918.
- Folder 24: Chicago, Grand Opera House Programs, ca. 1918-1937
- Of Note: George M. Cohan's "A Prince There Was," 1919. Color Program Cover Designs.
- Folder 25: Chicago, Harris Theatre Program, 1957
- Folder 26: Chicago, Illinois Theatre Programs, 1919-1920
- Of Note: Ed. Wynn's "Ed Wynn Carnival," 1920.
- Folder 27: Chicago, Olympic Theatre Programs, 1918-1919
- Folder 28: Chicago, Orchestra Hall Programs, 1918-1947
- Of Note: Jascha Heifetz, violin recital, 1918.
- Folder 29: Chicago, Powers Theatre Programs, 1917-1920
- Of Note: Ethel Barrymore in "The Off Chance," 1919; Ethel Barrymore in "Declassee," 1920. Color Program Cover Designs.
- Folder 30: Chicago, Schubert Princess Theatre Programs, 1919-1970
- Of Note: Richard Bennett in Eugene O'Neil's "Beyond the Horizon," 1920; Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein's "South Pacific, 1951; Gerome Ragni and Galt MacDermot's "Hair," 1970.
- Folder 31: Chicago, Studebaker Theatre Programs, 1917-1921
- Of Note: Jerome Kern's "Love O' Mike," 1917; Leslie Stuart and Paul Rubens' "Florodora," 1921. Color Program Cover Designs.
- Folder 32: Chicago, Various Theatre Programs, 1918-1963
- Of Note: Victor Herbert's "The Red Mill," 1947.
- Folder 33: Denver, Elitch Theatre Program, 1933
- Folder 34: Dublin, Abbey Theatre Program, 1928
- Folder 35: Edinburgh, Ross Bandstand Program, 1938
- Folder 36: London, Various Theatre Programs, 1917- 1949
- Folder 37: New York, Adelphi Theatre Programs, 1945-1947
- Of Note: Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein's "On the Town," 1945; Franz Steininger's adaptation of "Tchaikovsky Music in My Heart," 1947.
- Folder 38: New York, Alvin Theatre Programs, 1931-1957
- Of Note: George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin's "Girl Crazy," 1931; George M. Cohan in Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's "I'd Rather Be Right," 1937; Gertrude Lawrence in Ira Gershwin and Kurt Weill's "Lady in the Dark," 1941.
- Folder 39: New York, Belasco Theatre Programs, 1918-1954
- Of Note: Howard Teichmann and George S. Kaufman's "The Solid Gold Cadillac," 1954.
- Folder 40: New York, Bijou Theatre Programs, 1918-1957
- Folder 41: New York, Biltmore Theatre Programs, 1947-1951
- Of Note: Louis O. Coxe and Anthony B. Farrell's "Billy Budd," 1951.
- Folder 42: New York, Booth Theatre Programs, 1918-1949
- Of Note: Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's "You Can't Take it With You," 1937. Color Program Cover Designs.
- Folder 43: New York, Broadburst Theatre Programs, 1919-1938
- Folder 44: New York, Broadway Theatre Programs, 1931-1951
- Of Note: Cole Porter's "The New Yorkers," 1931; Frank Loesser's "Where's Charley?" 1951.
- Folder 45: New York, Carnegie Hall Programs, 1935-1956
- Of Note: Artur Schnabel and Hans Lange recitals, 1935; Moriz Rosenthal and Yehudi Menuhin recitals, 1938; Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra and Jascha Heifetz and Joseph Schuster recital, 1938; Ted Sawn Dancers, 1940; Egon Petri recital, 1942; Charles Muench conducting the Philharmonic Symphony Society of New York, 1946; Charles Muench conducting the Philharmonic Symphony Society of New York, 1947.
- Folder 46: New York, Center Theatre Programs, 1934-1949
- Of Note: Johann Strauss and Moss Hart's "The Great Waltz" 1934; George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's "The American Way," 1939.
- Folder 47: New York, Charles Dillingham's Globe Theatre Program, 1932
- Of Note: Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach's "The Cat and the Fiddle," 1932.
- Folder 48: New York, Coronet Theatre Programs, 1950-1957
- Folder 49: New York, Cort Theatre Programs, 1933-1946
- Of Note: Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windermere's Fan," 1946.
- Folder 50: New York, Empire Theatre Programs, 1932-1952
- Of Note: Moliere's "The School for Husbands," with music by Edmond W. Rickett, 1933.
- Folder 51: New York, Ethel Barrymore Theatre Programs, 1936-1952
- Of Note: Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill's "Knickerbocker Holiday," 1938; Gian Carlo Menotti's "The Telephone," and "The Medium," 1947.
- Folder 52: New York, Forty-Fourth Street Theatre Programs, 1931-1942
- Of Note: Richard Addensell's "The Good Companion's," 1931; Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's "Music in the Air," 1933; Johann Strauss's "Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus)," 1942.
- Folder 53: New York, Forty-Sixth Street Theatre Programs, 1933-1940
- Of Note: Cole Porter's "Du Barry Was a Lady," 1940.
- Folder 54: New York, Forty-Eighth Street Theatre Programs, 1919-1952
- Folder 55: New York, Guild Theatre Programs, 1932-1939
- Of Note: George M. Cohan in Eugene O'Neil's "Ah, Wilderness!" 1933; Devi Dja Balinese and Javanese Dancing with Gamelan, 1939.
- Folder 56: New York, Helen Hayes Theatre Program, 1959
- Of Note: Helen Hayes in Eugene O'Neil's "Touch of the Poet," 1959.
- Folder 57: New York, Henry Miller's Theatre Programs, 1932-1955
- Folder 58: New York, Hudson Theatre Programs, 1919-1946
- Folder 59: New York, Imperial Theater Programs, 1932-1957
- Of Note: Ed Wynn's "Laugh Parade," music by Harry Warren, 1932; George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin's "Let 'Em Eat Cake," 1933; "Song of Norway," Music by Edvard Grieg adapted by Robert Wright, George Forrest, and Arthur Kay, 1945; Frank Loesser's "The Most Happy Fella," 1957.
- Folder 60: New York, Longacre Theatre Programs, 1938-1959
- Of Note: Jean Anouilh's "The Lark" starring Brois Karloff and Christopher Plummer, 1956.
- Folder 61: New York, Lyceum Theatre Programs, 1942-1951
- Of Note: John P. Marquand and George S. Kaufman's "The Late George Apley," 1945.
- Folder 62: New York, Majestic Theatre Programs, 1930-1959
- Of Note: Otto Harbach and Sigmund Romberg's "Nina Rosa," 1930; Lew Brown and Ray Henderson's "Strike Me Pink," 1933; Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man," 1959.
- Folder 63: New York, Martin Beck Theatre Programs, 1943-1957
- Of Note: Tennesse Williams' "The Rose Tattoo," 1951; Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending," 1957.