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Alyene Westall Prehn theatre program collection


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Biographical Note

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Cities outside the U.S.


New York

Other U.S. cities

Touring productions

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Alyene Westall Prehn theatre program collection, 1871-1961 | Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Collection Overview

Title: Alyene Westall Prehn theatre program collection, 1871-1961Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1900-1958

ID: 02/Theater Programs (Prehn)

Primary Creator: Prehn, Alyene Elizabeth Westall (1905)

Extent: 8.2 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: Alphabetical by city, and alphabetical by venue thereunder.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1961

Subjects: Concerts--Illinois--Chicago, Concerts--New York (N.Y.), Theater, Theater -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- Sources, Theater -- New York (N.Y.) -- History -- Sources, Theater -- United States -- History -- Pictorial works, Theater -- United States -- History -- Sources, Theaters

Forms of Material: Advertising fliers, Broadsides, Concert programs, Playbills, Printed ephemera, Theater programs

Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish;Castilian, Danish, Swedish

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Theatre Program Collection consisting of individual and season programs, advertising broadsides, playbills, newsclippings, and souvenirs from dramatic, comedy, musical theater, vocal and instrumental music, and vaudeville performances in the United States, Great Britain, Europe, Australia, and Canada. The vast majority of the collection relates to venues in Chicago and New York. Many of the programs also contain extensive period advertising graphics and text, as well as editorial columns on fashion and hairstyles. Prominent individuals mentioned in the collection include Julie Andrews, Tallulah Bankhead, Sarah Bernhardt, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, Helen Hayes, Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, Adelina Patti, Chita Rivera, and Michael Todd.

Biographical Note

Alyene Elizabeth Westall Prehn is a 1927 graduate of the University of Illinois. Members of her extended family began collecting theatre programs in 1900.  Prehn sold the collection to the University of Illinois in 1961.

Subject/Index Terms

Concerts--New York (N.Y.)
Theater -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- Sources
Theater -- New York (N.Y.) -- History -- Sources
Theater -- United States -- History -- Pictorial works
Theater -- United States -- History -- Sources

Administrative Information

Repository: Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers.

Use Restrictions:

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This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order would damage materials or involve violation of copyright law.

Acquisition Source: Alyene Westall Prehn

Acquisition Method: Purchase

Appraisal Information: According to acquistion records, the collection originally came with a catalogue which contained cross-listings of performers, productions, and venues.  This was lost sometime prior to the collection's final move to the Main Library for full processing.

Related Materials:

Theatrical Print Collection (#35). Theatre Program Collection (#37).

Theater Programs (University Archives Record Series Number: 12/11/804).

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[Series 1: Cities outside the U.S.],
[Series 2: Chicago],
[Series 3: New York],
[Series 4: Other U.S. cities],
[Series 5: Touring productions],

Series 5: Touring productionsAdd to your cart.
Programs from touring productions (all in English) of "Oklahoma!", "The King and I", "Guys and Dolls", and "My Fair Lady".
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Folder 7: Touring ProductionsAdd to your cart.
Includes programs from touring productions of "Guys and Dolls"; "The King and I"; "My Fair Lady"; and "Oklahoma!"

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[Series 1: Cities outside the U.S.],
[Series 2: Chicago],
[Series 3: New York],
[Series 4: Other U.S. cities],
[Series 5: Touring productions],

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