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Theatre Program collection, 1868-1989 | Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

By Dawn Schmitz

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Collection Overview

Title: Theatre Program collection, 1868-1989Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1893-1985

ID: 02/Theater Programs

Primary Creator: Theatre Department

Extent: 28.5 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: Arrangement is by location, then name of theatre and date. Souvenir programs in Series 3 are arranged alphbetically bu production title.

Date Acquired: 00/00/2005

Subjects: Concerts -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- Sources, Concerts -- New York (N.Y.) -- History -- Sources, 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, Theater programs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Theatre programs dating from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century and some concert programs from the same time period. Bulk are from Chicago and New York, with many from other cities in the U.S. and a smaller number from other countries. Also included are souvenir programs; most are for theatrical productions; some are autographed; most are not dated; and most have no geographical information.  There are also three scrapbooks, ca. 1900-1910, containing theatre programs and clippings, primarily from Washington, D.C., and New York.

Subject/Index Terms

Concerts -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- Sources
Concerts -- New York (N.Y.) -- History -- Sources
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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Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

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: Theatre Department

Acquisition Method: Transfer of materials from the Theatre Department to the University Library.

Related Materials: Alyene Westall Prehn Theatre Program Collection (#36). Theatrical Print Collection (#37). Theater Programs, (University Archives Record Series Number: 12/11/804).

Processing Information: https://wiki.cites.uiuc.edu/wiki/display/librare/Home

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: U.S. Programs],
[Series 2: Programs from Outside U.S.],
[Series 3: Souvenir Programs],
[Series 4: Scrapbooks],

Series 4: ScrapbooksAdd to your cart.
Box 40: Scrapbook of Anne Lamborn, Washington, D.C., 1895-1904Add to your cart.
Box 41: Scrapbook of Anne Lamborn, Washington, D.C., 1900-1903Add to your cart.
Box 42: Scrapbook of Dr. Mary Arbenz, 1909-1912Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: U.S. Programs],
[Series 2: Programs from Outside U.S.],
[Series 3: Souvenir Programs],
[Series 4: Scrapbooks],

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