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Title: Music and Performing Arts Library Small Special Collections, 1911-1981
Primary Creator: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Music and Performing Arts Library (1944-)
Other Creators: Bowen, Dorothy (ca. 1900-1980), Haussermann, John (1909-1986), Howenstein, Marshall (1901-2001), Lawrence Tibbett (1896-1960), Lew Williams (1934 -), Magyar, Gabriel (1914-2011), Mickel, Jere C. (1905-1985), Skinner, Frank (1897-1968), Ward, Harriet B. (ca. 1890-1950), Wilkey, Lucille V.
Extent: 3.0 cubic feet
Arrangement: Organized in five series: Series 1, Small Special Collections, Series 2, Lawrence Tibbett Music and Papers, 1919-1929, and Series 3, Jere C. Mickel Scrapbook and Opera Program Collection, 1920-1970. Content of each series is arranged alphabetically. Series 4 is a single item, Robert Delzell's scrapbook, and contains programs from 1940 arranged in no particular order. Series 5 is arranged into 3 subseries: Champaign-Urbana and the University of Illinois, Chicago Metropolitan Area, and Other Cities. Each subseries is arranged alphabetically by producing organization and chronologically within each organizational grouping.
Date Acquired: 02/23/2010. More info below under Accruals.
Subjects: Band Concerts, Band Musicians, Bands (Music), Biography, Cage, John, film music, Films, Jazz, Military Bands, Music, School of, Opera, Orchestra, Photographs, Radio Broadcasting, Sousa, John Philip, Symphony Orchestras, Theater orchestra music
Formats/Genres: Newspaper Clippings, Sheet music
Languages: English, French, Hungarian
Scope and Contents of the Materials
Consists of small collections of newspaper clippings, sheet music, correspondence, concert programs, biographical sketches, photographs, and radio show scripts documenting music performances by School of Music student ensembles and other nineteenth- and twentieth-century performers and composers. Of particular significance is an original published piano-vocal score of A. Dvorak's Stabat Mater with his hand-written dedication to J. Mandel-Merei.
The University of Illinois Music and Performing Arts Library was initially founded in the memorial room of Smith Hall in 1943. The school's first music librarian was Jay Allen (1943-1960) and his assistant was Virginia Shirley. In 1963, the University of Illinois received a generous gift from Ellnora Krannert (class of 1912). However, the grant arrived just as the School of Music was planning to construct a new educational building for music on campus. Since Krannert's grant was so substantial, the State of Illinois dropped the budget it had planned for two construction projects: a new library (conceived to alleviate the overcrowded music library in Smith) as well as an addition to Smith Hall. At the time, the library was under the direction of Thor E. Wood (1960-1965). While the new Krannert Center (opened in 1969) contained numerous performance spaces, it did not have space to accomodate the vast library of music books and recordings that had been collected by the School of Music. Funding eventually came in the early 1970s and the School of Music moved into its current location in the Music Building 1114 W. Nevada Street in 1972. The library soon followed, opening in 1974. Head librarian William McClellan (1965-1997) resided over the new library space and quickly began expanding the library's holdings to include not only books and audio recordings but also special collections. Wilma Jean Geil (assistant librarian 1965-1996) collected and processed many of the small special collections. In most cases, if a collection contained published music, LPs, or tape cassettes the items were ingested, cataloged, and dispersed among the circulating library collection. Many of the paper records within special collections acquired by the library remained unprocessed until 2015 when the majority of the special collections were transferred to the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music.
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
Ca. 1970 - Dorothy Bowen papers acquired; Ca. 1985 - Hausserman papers acquired from John W. Hausserman, Jr.; 1990 - Marhall Howenstein collection acquired; Ca. 1977 - Gabriel Magyar collection acquired; Ca. 1965 - Songs of France records acquired; Ca. 1980 - Harriet Ward programs acquired; Ca. 1960 - Lucille V. Wilkey music acquired; Ca. 1970 - Lew Williams Jazz Collection acquired. March 20, 2015 - The dePeaux collection (Unisonics score) acquired from Music and Performing Arts Library. May 13, 2015 - The Festival of Contemporary Arts Collection of programs, brochures, and clippings was acquired from the Music and Performing Arts Library.
On July 7, 2019, additional materials were found for the Kitty Cheatham Collection (formerly called the Yolande Oglesby Collection) and one folder was removed from Series 1 to be included within the Kitty Cheatham Collection in order to maintain the provenance of the original body of material.
Physical Access Note:
Technical Access Note:
Music and Performing Arts Library
The Music Library Administrative Records (35/3/68) contains many of the control files for these small collections.
University of Illinois Festival of Contemporary Arts Music and Sound Recordings (12/5/818) and the School of Music Audio Department Sound Recordings, Series 4 Festival of Contemporary Arts (12/5/64) both contain material related to the Festival of Contemporary Arts.
The Gabriel Magyar Papers (12/5/23) contain materials related to the Magyar collection.
Materials from Series 4 and 5 were acquired interfiled with the Allen S. Weller Program Collection (12/1/21) and the materials from Box 1, Folder 5 of the Hunleth Music Store Sheet Music and Photograph Collection (12/9/123).
Based on documents from MPAL's administrative records, the loose programs represented in Series 5 derived from 6 separate collections originally acquired by MPAL: the Harrison Edward Cunningham "Candy Box" Collection, the Hattie F Kaufman Collection, an unnamed collection identified only as "Two Boxes of Photographs," the Radcliffe Collection, the Frank Johnson Collection, and the Prehn Collection. These collections were all interfiled together. It was not possible to separate the programs into their original collections based on the descriptions in MPAL's administrative records.
Box and Folder Listing Browse by Series:
[Series 1: Small Special Collections
[Series 2: Lawrence Tibbett Music and Papers, 1919-1929
[Series 3: Jere C. Mickel Scrapbook and Opera Program Collection, 1920-1970
[Series 4: Robert F. Delzell Program Scrapbook, 1940
[Series 5: MPAL Program and Playbill Collection, 1883-1974
Browse by Series:
- Series 1: Small Special Collections
- Box 1
- Folder 1: Dorothy Bowen newspaper clippings, 1926-1960
- Folder 2: Dorothy Bowen concert programs, 1926-1960
- Folder 3: Dorothy Bowen photographs, 1926-1960
- Includes photographs of other performers signed and dedicated to Bowen.
- Folder 4: John W. Hausserman biographical sketches, 1979-1981
- Includes concert program for the Seventieth Birthday Recital of The Organ Works of John Haussermann, performed by Susan Summerfield, September 7, 1979, First Unitarian Church, San Francisco, as well as other biographical sketches and news paper clippings on the composer.
- Folder 5: Marshall Howenstein collection - Maud Powell photograph, undated
- Folder 6: Marshall Howenstein collection - Maud Powell newspaper clippings, undated
- Folder 7: Marshall Howenstein collection - Maud Powell concert programs and advertisements, 1905-1907/1921/1994
- Folder 8: Marshall Howenstein collection - correspondence and photocopy of "Caprice on Dixie" as played by Maud Powell, undated
- Correspondence from Maud Powell's cousin Mabel Love to Howenstein
- Folder 9: Marshall Howenstein collection - American String Teacher magazine, vol. 24, no. 4, 1974
- Features Maud Powell on cover, 1974
- Folder 10: Marshall Howenstein Collection - Maud Powell biographical information, undated
- Folder 11: Gabriel Magyar collection, ca. 1900-1910
- Includes a photograph of J. Mandel-Merei, an autographed portrait of the violinist Amely Heller, along with Mandel-Merei correspondence, including an autographed publication of A. Dvorak's Stabat Mater dedicated to Mandel-Merei.
- Folder 12: Lew Williams collection - newspaper and magazine clippings, 1948-1989
- Articles from New Yorker and other magazines on jazz
- Folder 13: Lew Williams Collection - Star Course concert program with Duke Ellington, 1948
- University of Illinois Star Course program, "Duke Ellington and his Orchestra" (Jan 23 and 24, 1948)
- Folder 14: Lew Williams collection - Duke Ellington Biographical information and research file, 1950-1989
- Includes undated copy of letter from Lew Williams to Crawford concerning loan of Ellington materials
- Folder 15: Lew Williams collection - photographs of Duke Ellington and other jazz performers, undated
- Folder 16: Lucille V. Wilkey music, 1930-1952
- Contains Certificate of Copyright Registration for Wikley's "You'll Never Know;" an article entitled "Music In the Twenties" written by Wilkey; "Sentimental Songs: Words and Music by Lucille Wilkey"; and Wilkey's "Spring's Again in the Heart of Me."
- Folder 17: Frank Scheibenreif Photographs, ca. 1930s-1950s
- Folder 18: Lawrence King Photographs and autographed opera programs, undated
- Folder 19: George Reeves newspaper clipping/photgraphs, 1949-1959
- Includes newspaper clipping from 1959 with photo of Reeves and University of Illinois violinist Homer Schmitt and autographed photograph from Ruth Ball, January 25, 1949
- Folder 20: Harriet B. Ward University of Illinois Concert Program Collection (Choral Society programs), 1910-1929
- Programs of the Choral and Orchestral Society of the University of Illinois (formerly University of Illinois Choral Society) , J. Lawrence Erb, conductor
- Folder 21: Harry Partch BMI Brochure, 1968
- Folder 22: John Cage Newspaper Clippings, 1952-1973
- Box 3
- Folder 6: Carleton Smith Photograph and Clipping Collection, c. 1940-1990
- Folder 8: Festival of Contemporary Arts Collection - Programs, brochures, and clippings, 1948-1959
- Contents: Works performed on U of Ill. Festival, 1948-1956, inclusive; March 1948 Brochure; March 10-14, 1948 Program, 2 copies; February 24, 1949 Brochure; Spring 1949 Brochure; February-March 1949 Program; 1950 Music in Painting Brochure; "British Compose Hails U. of I. Music School" (Irving Sablosky, Chicago Daily News), 1951 article; March-April 1951 Program; "Modernism in Illinois" (VirgilThompson, New York Herald Tribune, April 4, 1951) article; 1952 Brochure; 1953 Brochure; 1954 Brochure; 1955 Brochure, 2 copies; 1959 Brochure; March 1, 1959 program for "The Rape of Lucretia"
- Folder 9: Festival of Contemporary Arts Collection - Programs, brochures, and clippings, 1961-1973
- Spring 1961 Collection of Concert Programs; 1961 Brochure; 1963 Music Programs and Notes; 1963 Brochure; Spring 1963 Collection of Concert Programs; 1965 Music Programs and Notes; 1965 Brochure; Phoenix 73, includes notes on visiting artists, 1973
- Box 5
- Folder 1: Stabat Mater fur Soli, Chor, und Orchester, Op. 58 -- Anton Dvorak, 1881
- Full score. Published by Simrock in Berlin, 1881. Dedicated and autographed to Mandel-Merei by Antonin Dvorak on May 13, 188-. Evaluation of the score and Dvorak's signature by Donald Krummel can be found in the MPAL Small Special Collections control file. A copy has been placed with the score. Donated by Gabriel Magyar and part of the Gabriel Magyar Collection.
- Box 6
- Item 1: Frank Skinner Collection - "Music" by Dr. Bruno David Ussher, June 5, 1939
- Newspaper article about music at Universal Studios that mentions Skinner.
- Folder 2: Frank Skinner Collection - Variety Daily newsletters, undated, 1939-1954
- Includes Variety newsletters of January 13, 1939, February 25, 1939, March 17, 1939, November 1, 1939, July 21, 1954, and an undated issue.
- Folder 3: Frank Skinner Collection - The Orchestra World newsletter, 1937-1939
- Includes The Orchestra World newsletters from October 1937, May 1938, September 1939, and December 1939.
- Folder 4: Frank Skinner Collection - The Hollywood Reporter newsletters, 1939-1941
- Includes The Hollywood Reporter from January 13, 1939, February 25, 1939, November 1, 1939, and October 23, 1941.
- Folder 5: Frank Skinner Collection - Undated clippings, undated
- Includes Variety Daily clippings and unknown clippings.
- Folder 6: Frank Skinner Collection - Newsletter Clippings, 1939-1963
- Includes Tempo from January 1939, Revue Studios Club News from March 1963, and Christian Science Sentinel from October 14, 1939.
- Folder 7: Frank Sinner Collection - Mementos from Universal Studios, undated, 1940
- Includes dinner program from Universal Pictures Press Preview Dinner of "It's a Date" (March 19th), Studio Club Cafe menu from June 20, 1940.
- Folder 8: Frank Skinner Collection - Hollywood Spectator newsletters, 1939-1940
- Includes Hollywood Spectator clippings from February 4, 1939, March 18, 1939, June 10, 1939, September 2, 1939, September 30, 1939, October 28, 1939, November 11, 1939, November 25, 1939, January 20, 1940, and March 1, 1940.
- Item 9: Frank Skinner Collection - Music Manuscript sketch of "Old Timer", undated
- Item 10: Frank Skinner Collection - Scrapbook, 1937-1941
- Scrapbook of mostly newsclippings relating to Frank Skinner. Includes a few photographic images of Skinner. Also includes sheet music to "It Happened in Kaloha by Ralph Freed and Frank Skinner, a ticket stub to Gala World Premiere of "100 Men and a Girl" on September 10, 1937, and a Studio Cafe Menu.
- Oversize Portfolio Case 2: Richard De Peaux collection -- Unisonics score and artwork, 1978
- Portfolio of "Unisonics" for saxophone and piano by Curtis C. Smith, hand printed (serigraphy) score and two pages of artwork depicting the composer. Number 22 of 40 limited edition copies. Printed on 100% rag Stonehenge, deckled edge paper. 19 pages of score, 2 pages of artwork. Includes description of edition by De Peaux. Recording can be found in the Music and Performing Arts Library.
- Series 2: Lawrence Tibbett Music and Papers, 1919-1929
- Consists of 90 items of music from Tibbett's personal library (75 published songs or other vocal works and 15 unpublished items in manuscript or various forms of photo-duplication). Many items have Tibbett's signature and/or performance annotations, with occasional indications of where or when they were performed. One item of sheet music has a handwritten inscription to Tibbett from the composer Deems Taylor. Of special note is a large photograph of Tibbett performing before an audience in San Francisco, as well as three copies of a flyer displaying Tibbett's photograph and excerpts from several frequently-performed songs.
- Box 1
- Folder 23: Beethoven "Ninth Symphony" for alto, 1943
- Manuscript version in German and Spanish (from Cuba)
- Folder 24: Frank Bridge (lyrics by Robert Bridges) "So Perverse", 1916
- Folder 25: Tchaikovsky (English lyrics by Nathan Haskell Dole) "Tell me why" for mezzo-soprano or baritone, 1893
- In English, French and German. With Tibbett's hand-written annotations
- Folder 26: Liza Lehmann (English lyrics by Edward Fitzgerald) "Myself When Young", 1910
- Folder 27: R. Leoncavallo (English lyrics by Henry Grafton Chapman) "Pagliacci: Prologue", 1906
- With hand-written annotations
- Folder 28: Egidio Romoaldo Duni (Harmony by Alfred Pochon; English lyrics by Alice Mattullath) "Trois Chansons Anciennes" for Soprano, 1922
- In English and French
- Folder 29: Chaliapine and Koeneman (English lyrics by H.M. Buck) "El Ukhnem: The Song of the Volga Boatmen" for bass or baritone, 1924
- In Russian, English and French. With hand-written annotations
- Folder 30: David W. Guion "All Day on the Prairie: Texas Cowboy Song", 1930
- Folder 31: Gladys Rich "American Lullaby" for low voice, 1932
- Folder 32: Jacques Wolfe (lyrics edited by Clement Wood) "Short'nin' Bread", 1928
- with hand-written annotations
- Folder 33: Howard D. McKinney (lyrics by Nancy Byrd Tuner) "The Bagpipe Man" for range d-g, 1920
- Folder 34: Walter Damrosch (lyrics by Rudyard Kipling) "Danny Deever: Ballad" for Baritone and Male Chorus, 1897
- Folder 35: Oley Speaks (lyrics by Rudyard Kipling) "On the Road to Mandalay", 1907
- Also contains 1908 version for medium voice
- Box 2
- Folder 1: Schubert, Schuman and Oley Speaks, 1912 and 1914
- Franz Schubert (English lyrics by Alice Mattullath) "Night and Dreams", 1912, In German and English; R. Schuman "Traumerei", undated, For piano only, no voice; Oley Speaks (lyrics by Clinton Scollard) "Sylvia", 1914
- Folder 2: Handel and Guion, 1914-1930
- G.F. Handel (edited by Max Heinrich) "Where'er you walk" for low voice, 1914; David W. Guion "Home on the Range: Texas Cowboy Song" for low voice, 1930; G.F. Handel (arr. Arthur Somervell) "Silent Worship" for a low voice, 1928, In English and Italian
- Folder 3: Hughes, Wolfe and Hely-Hutchinson, 1920-1929
- Rupert Hughes (lyrics by Berton Braley) "The Roustabout" for medium or high voice, 1920; Jacques Wolfe (lyrics by Clement Wood) "De Glory Road", 1928; Victor Hely-Hutchinson "Old Mother Hubbard", 1929
- Folder 4: Weatherly, Handel and Aikin, 1911-1922
- Fred E. Weatherly "Danny Boy : Eily Dear", 1918; Handel (lyrics by Theo Marzials) "Hear Me, Ye Winds and Waves!", 1922; W.A. Aikin (lyrics by Shakespeare) "Sigh No More", 1911
- Folder 5: Wagner and Brahms, ca. 1915
- R. Wagner "Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg" for bass voice, undated, In English and German; R. Wagner "Wotan's Abschied: Wotan's Farewell", 1915, In English and German; Johannes Brahms "Minnelied" opus 71, number 5, In German, English and French
- Folder 6: Youmans, Schubert and Somervell, 1939 and 1904
- Vincent Youmans (lyrics by William Rose and Edward Eliscu) "Without a Song", 1939, For voice, piano and ukulele; Franz Schubert (lyrics by Ludwig Rellstab; English lyrics by Arthur Westbrook) "Serenade: Standchen", 1904, Arthur Somervell (lyrics by Edgar Allen Poe) "A Kingdom by the Sea" "sung by Lawrence Tibbett,? Includes Tibbett's manuscript scoring
- Folder 7: Robinson and Brahms, 1922 and 1937
- Avery Robinson "Water Boy: A Negro Convict Song", 1922; Johannes Brahms "One Thing Befalleth the Beasts" for low voice, undated, In English and German; Johannes Brahms (edited by Max Spicker; English lyrics by Henry G. Chapman) "Wir Wandelten", 1937, In English and German
- Folder 8: d'Hardelot, Kern and Guion, 1902-1933
- Guy d'Hardelot (English lyrics by Edward Teschemacher) "Because", 1902, In English and French; Jerome Kern (lyrics by Otto Harbach) "When Your Heart's On Fire Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", 1933; David W. Guion "Home on the Range: Texas Cowboy Song" for low voice, 1930
- Folder 9: Wolfe, Taylor, and Rachmaninoff, 1917-1933
- Jacques Wolfe (lyrics by Elias Lieberman) "The Hand-Organ Man" for medium voice, 1933; Deems Taylor (lyrics by James Stephens) "A Song for Lovers" for medium voice, 1920; Sergei Rachmaninoff (lyrics by Fet; English lyrics by George Harris, Jr. and Deems Taylor) "In the Silence of Night", 1917, English lyrics only
- Folder 10: Rachmaninoff, Kern, and Tchaikovsky, 1894-1927
- Sergei Rachmaninoff (lyrics by Khomiakoff; English lyrics by Rosa Newmarch) "To the Children", undated, English lyrics only; Jerome Kern (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein) "Ol' Man River" for Joe and Male Chorus, 1927, Contains ukulele part; Tchaikovsky (lyrics by Fred J. Whishaw) "To the Forest", 1894
- Folder 11: Campbell-Tipton, Schubert, and Brahms, 1901-1908
- Campbell-Tipton "A Spirit Flower", 1908; Franz Schubert (lyrics by Beranger) "The Wanderer", undated, Lyrics in English, German and French; Johannes Brahms (lyrics by Hans Schmidt; English lyrics by Arthur Westbrook) "Sapphic Ode", 1901
- Folder 12: Franz, Tchaikovsky, and Leoncavallo, 1902-1906
- Robert Franz "Widmung: Dedication", undated, In English and German; Tchaikovsky (lyrics by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; English lyrics by Arthur Westbrook) "None but the Lonely Heart" 1902; R. Leoncavallo (English lyrics by Henry Grafton Chapman) "Pagliacci: Arioso", 1906
- Folder 13: Moussorgsky, Messager, and Wille, 1901-1931
- Moussorgsky (lyrics by Robert Godet; English lyrics by M.C.H. Collet) "Chanson de la Puce: Song of the Flea", 1922, In Russian, English and French; Andre Messager (lyrics by F.W. Weatherly and Adrian Ross) "Long Ago in Alcala", 1901; Negro spiritual arranged by Stewart Wille "Lord, I Want to Be", 1931, "Dedicated to Lawrence Tibbett"
- Folder 14: Dvorak, Arlen, and Tibbett, ca. 1922
- Anton Dvorak (lyrics by William Arms Fisher) "Goin' Home" for medium voice, 1922; Harold Arlen (lyrics by E.Y. Harburg) "Last Night When We Were Young, (From 20th Century Fox production of "Metropolitan)" Manuscript version, undated; Lawrence Tibbett and Hit Paraders "Lucky Strike: Drums in My Heart," Manuscript version, undated.
- Folder 15: Charles and Brahms, undated
- Ernest Charles "When I Have sung my Songs", undated, manuscript; Johannes Brahms (English lyrics by Frank La Forge) "Treachery: Verrath", manuscript, undated
- Folder 16: Lehar, Rodgers, and Tibbett, ca. 1945
- Franz Lehar (lyrics by Clifford Grey) "The White Dove", undated, manuscript version; Richard Rodgers (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein) "You'll Never Walk Alone", 1945, manuscript; Lawrence Tibbett (G. Rossini) "Il Barbiere di Siviglia : Cavatina", undated, manuscript
- Folder 17: Cavallo and Handel, undated
- Leon Cavallo "Prologue to Papliacci", undated, manuscript; G.F. Handel "The Land of Dreams: S'ei non mi Vuol Amar", undated, manuscript in English and Italian
- Folder 18: Tibbett advertisements and Photograph
- Lawerence Tibbett "Concert and Radio Repertoire" advertisement, undated, Three copies; Performance candid, San Francisco, October 19, Black and white photograph
- Box 3
- Folder 1: Taylor and Brahms, ca. 1923-1938
- Deems Taylor "The Colonel's Air (You ask in Vain) from Peter Ibbetson", 1938, Lyrics by Alfred de Musset; English lyrics by Deems Taylor. Contains autograph of Deems Taylor and hand-written dedication to "Larry Tibbett"; Deems Taylor "Le Depart de L'Ame (The Soul's Departure)", 1923, Text in French and English, with French lyrics by Francois Coppee; Johannes Brahms (English lyrics by Frank La Forge) "Treachery: Verrath", undated, manuscript version
- Folder 2: Respighi, Giordano, and Hume, 1896-1927
- Ottorino Respighi "Four Scotting Songs", 1925, In German and English. Songs include "When the kye come hame"; "Within a Mile of Edinburgh town"; "My Heart's in the Highlands"; "The Piper of Dundee"; Umberto Giordano "Andrea Chenier" for Baritone, 1896, It Italian and French; Tobias Hume "Tobacco", 1927
- Folder 3: Aikin, Gershwin, and Strauss, 1896-1935
- W.A. Aikin (lyrics by Shakespeare) "Sonnet XVIII", 1911; George Gershwin (lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward) "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'", 1935; Richard Strauss (English lyrics by John Bernhoff) "Morgen! : To-morrow!" for a low voice, 1896/1897, In English and German
- Folder 4: Handel, Porter, and Romberg, 1923-1944
- G.F. Handel (English lyrics by Th. Baker) "Ombra mai fu", 1923; Cole Porter "Night and Day", 1932; Sigmund Romberg (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein) "Wanting You: Duet" for Soprano and Tenor, 1944
- Folder 5: Youmans, Porter and Romberg, 1928-1935
- Vincent Youmans (lyrics by Edward Heyman) "Drums in My Heart", 1931, For piano, voice and ukulele; Cole Porter "Begin the Beguine", 1935; Sigmund Romberg (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein) "Wanting You: Duet", 1928
- Box 4
- Folder 1: La Boheme, Musetta's Waltz, Undated
- Folder 2: Sir Frog, Johnny Comes Marching Home,Katie My Southern Rose, Swanne River, Undated
- Folder 3: Frederika, Undated
- Folder 4: Gypsy Baron, Undated
- Folder 5: Mignon, Connais-Tu le Pays, Undated
- Folder 6: Faufare, Undated
- Series 3: Jere C. Mickel Scrapbook and Opera Program Collection, 1920-1970
- Consists of programs and newspaper clippings documenting Mickel's career as Speech Professor as a Theater director at Millikin University, and elsewhere. Also includes opera newspaper clippings and programs from Chicago and the Midwest during the 1920s and 1930s, some of which were given to Mickel from John Call. Of special note are clippings and programs related to Mickel's founding and directing of the Illinois Pioneer Heritage Center Theater at Millikin University.
- Box 3
- Folder 7: Illinois Pioneer Heritage Theatre clippings, 1967
- Includes programs and scripts from productions at the Monticello theater
- Box 4
- Folder 1: Scrapbook, 1940-1960
- Contains programs and clippings related to Jere C. Mickel's involvement with various theatrical productions at the college campuses where he taught. Also includes correspondence relating to a fellowship Mickel received from the University of Chicago.
- Folder 2: Chicago and Midwest opera programs and clippings, 1920-1940
- Folder 3: John Call Opera scrapbook (1 of 2), 1920-1950
- Contains a listing of Midwestern opera performers and their repertoire. Also includes clippings and programs on related performances.
- Folder 4: John Call Opera Scrapbook (2 of 2), 1920-1950
- Series 4: Robert F. Delzell Program Scrapbook, 1940
- Consists of 1 item: Robert F. Delzell's scrapbook of programs and playbills from 1940 arranged in no particular order.
- Box 7
- Item 1: Robert F. Delzell Program Scrapbook, 1940
- Contains programs, Stagebills, dinner menus, promotional flyers and newsclippings from the Chicago area. Items of note include: a dinner menu from the College Inn Panther Room signed by Fats Waller; news clippings, promotional poster, and program for Life with Father at the Blackstone Theatre, starring Lillian Gish and Percy Waram; news clippings and program for Ladies in Retirement at the Harris Theatre, starring Flora Robson; nes clippings and program for musical revue Meet the People at the Grand Opera House, starring Fay McKenzie; news clippings and program for Ice Follies of 1941 musical revue on ice; Chicago Theatre of the Air program signed by Gladys Swarthout; a souvenir booklet from Tribune Tower; program for concert in honor of Irving Berlin by the Chicago Opera Orchestra and Grace Moore, with encores annotated; 2 programs of one-act plays from Northwestern University's Studio Theatre; program for The Knavery of Scapin at Northwestern University; clippings and progrm for Lady in Waiting at the Harris Theatre staring Gladys George; clippings and program for Pygmalion at the Selwyn Theater starring Ruth Chatterton; three booklets advertising the Chicago Opera Company's 1940 Season; flyer and program for Oscar Levant's first Chicago concert, performing Gershwin; program for Here Today at the Selwyn Theatre starring Ruth Gordon; programs and clippings for There Shall be No Night starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne; program for Sonja Henie's Hollywood Ice Revue; program and clippings for Du Barry was a Lady, with lyrics and music by Cole Porter, at the Erlanger Theatre starring Bert Lahr; program for persormance by Angna Enters at the Civic Theatre.
- Series 5: MPAL Program and Playbill Collection, 1883-1974
- Consists of programs and playbills for performances in Champaign-Urbana and the University of Illinois, the Chicago Metropolitan Area, and Other Cities from 1883 to 1974. Arranged into 3 subseries based on location.
- Sub-Series 1: Champaign, Urbana, and the University of Illinois, 1891-1974
- Consists of programs from Champaign, Urbana, and the University of Illinois from 1891 to 1974. Arranged alphabetically by producing organization and chronologically within each organizational grouping.
- Box 8
- Folder 1: Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Zeta Psi, 1952
- Folder 2: American Association of University Women, 1928
- Folder 3: Armenian and Syrian Relief Committee, 1918
- Folder 4: Banquet in Appreciation of Dr. and Mrs. W.L. Burlison, 1951
- Folder 5: Belvoir Theatre, 1917
- Folder 6: Ben Greet Woodland Players, The, 1912
- Folder 7: Big Twelve Music Festival, 1940
- Folder 8: Business Office, 1948
- Folder 9: Central Illinois Music Festival, 1948
- Folder 10: Champaign Urbana Symphony, 1967-1969
- Folder 11: China Aid Committee of Champaign-Urbana, 1940
- Folder 12: Coburn Players, The, 1916
- Folder 13: Coffer Miller Players, The, undated
- Folder 14: College of Fine and Applied Arts, 1935-1944
- Folder 15: Convocation Programs, 1918-1957
- Folder 16: Department of English, 1921-1964
- Folder 17: Festival of Contemporary Arts, 1948-1951
- Folder 18: First Presbyterian Church, 1942
- Folder 19: Girls' Annual Stunt Show, 1918-1919
- Folder 20: Hillel Players, 1930-1931
- Folder 21: Illinois All-State High School Orchestra and Chorus, 1940
- Folder 22: Illinois Federation of Music Clubs, 1940
- Folder 23: Illinois Theatre, 1912-1920
- Folder 24: Illinois Union Dramatic Club, 1912-1916
- Folder 25: Illini Theatre Guild, 1923-1952
- Folder 26: Illini Union, 1930-1963
- Folder 27: Inaugural James G. Randall Lecture Series, 1974
- Folder 28: Interscholastic Circus, 1919
- Folder 29: Lincoln Hall Theater, 1913-1934
- Folder 30: Lorado Taft Lectureship, 1943
- Folder 31: Mask and Bauble, 1914-1946
- Folder 32: May Day, 1914-1921
- Folder 33: Music Study Club, 1929-1931
- Folder 34: Orpheum Theatre, 1949
- Folder 35: Philomathean and Alethenai Literary Societies, 1915
- Folder 36: Pierrots, 1922-1933
- Folder 37: Players Club, The, 1911-1959
- Folder 38: Professional Societies, 1925-1952
- Folder 39: Ravinia Festival, 1971
- Folder 40: Rialto Theatre, 1919-1921
- Folder 41: School of Music, 1914-1951
- Folder 42: Service League of Champaign-Urbana, 1953
- Folder 43: Sigma Delta Phi, 1929-1930
- Folder 44: Star Course, undated
- Folder 45: Star Course, 1912-1922
- Folder 46: Star Course, 1923-1929
- Folder 47: Star Course, 1930-1939
- Folder 48: Star Course, 1940-1950
- Folder 49: Star Course, 1950-1962
- Folder 50: Symphony Concert Course, 1915-1924
- Folder 51: Tuesday Morning Musical Club, 1929-1953
- Folder 52: United States Marine Band, The, 1920
- Folder 53: University Auditorium, 1912-1947
- Folder 54: University Club, 1916-1918
- Folder 55: University Choral Society, 1903-1929
- Folder 56: University Concert and Entertainment Board, 1931-1955
- Folder 57: Univesrity Concert Course, 1917-1919
- Folder 58: University Presbyterian Church, 1942-1943
- Folder 59: University Theatre, 1954-1963
- Folder 60: University of Illinois Agricultural Club, 1924
- Folder 61: University of Illinois Annual Maypole, 1912-1913
- Folder 62: University of Illinois Concert Band, 1931-1938
- Folder 63: University of Illinois German Club, 1948
- Folder 64: University of Illinois Glee Clubs, 1923-1941
- Folder 65: University of Illinois Orchestral Concerts, 1913-1915
- Folder 66: University of Illinois Summer Session, 1918-1921
- Folder 67: University of Illinois Symphony Series, 1940-1941
- Folder 68: University of Illinois Women's Club, 1921-1931
- Folder 69: Walker Opera House, 1897-1913
- Folder 70: Women's Group System, 1942-1947
- Folder 71: Woman's League, 1920-1937
- Folder 72: Woman's Relief Corps, 1891
- Folder 73: Virginia Theatre, 1921-1960
- Sub-Series 2: Chicago Metropolitan Area, 1883-1972
- Consists of programs from the Chicago Metropolitan Area from 1883 to 1972. Arranged alphabetically by producing organization and chronologically within each organizational grouping.
- Box 8
- Folder 74: Auditorium Theatre, 1895-1940, undated
- Folder 75: Ben Greet Players, The, undated
- Folder 76: Bertha Ott Concert Management, 1942
- Folder 77: Biography of Henry Irving, 1883
- Folder 78: Blackstone Theatre, 1940
- Folder 79: Chicago Civic Opera House, 1944
- Folder 80: Chicago Musical College, 1900
- Folder 81: Chicago Stagebill, 1936-1952
- Box 9
- Folder 1: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1902-1935
- Folder 2: Chicago Theater of the Air, 1942-1944
- Folder 3: Cort Theatre Chicago, 1906
- Folder 4: Fourth Presbyterian Church, 1915
- Folder 5: Goodman Theatre, undated
- Folder 6: Horticultural Society of Chicago, 1904
- Folder 7: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 1954-1972
- Folder 8: National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1893
- Folder 9: Orson Welles' "Julius Caesar", 1938
- Folder 10: Press Club Entertainers, 1897
- Folder 11: Rothschild and Company, 1904
- Folder 12: Royal English Circus, The, undated
- Folder 13: Selwyn Theatre, undated
- Folder 14: Sherwood Music School, 1903-1904
- Folder 15: Slayton Lyceum Bureau, undated
- Folder 16: University of Illinois Commencement Program, 1946
- Sub-Series 3: Other Cities, 1889-1962
- Consists of programs from cities other than Champaign-Urbana and Chicago from 1889 to 1962. Arranged alphabetically by producing organization and chronologically within each organizational grouping.
- Box 9
- Folder 17: Aeolian Hall, New York, ca. 1912-1914
- Folder 18: Amateur Musical Club, 1948
- Folder 19: American Bandmasters' Association, 1936
- Folder 20: American Theatre St. Louis, 1950
- Folder 21: Arion Musical Club, 1889
- Folder 22: Central High School, Madison, WI, undated
- Folder 23: College Smoker Committee, The, 1920
- Folder 24: Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians, undated
- Folder 25: Illinois Music Teachers' Association, The, 1921
- Folder 26: Lambs, The, 1898
- Folder 27: London Symphony Orchestra, 1962
- Folder 28: Lyric Theatre London, 1962
- Folder 29: Municipal Opera St. Louis, 1945
- Folder 30: Phinney's United States Band, 1899
- Folder 31: Sousa Band, ca. 1920
- Folder 32: St. Olaf Lutheran Choir, 1927
- Folder 33: Town Hall New York, The, 1925
- Folder 34: Whitney Museum of American Art, undated
- Folder 35: William Gillette's "Secret Service", 1897-1898
[Series 1: Small Special Collections
[Series 2: Lawrence Tibbett Music and Papers, 1919-1929
[Series 3: Jere C. Mickel Scrapbook and Opera Program Collection, 1920-1970
[Series 4: Robert F. Delzell Program Scrapbook, 1940
[Series 5: MPAL Program and Playbill Collection, 1883-1974