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Finding Aid of the Theater playbills

Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Hirsch and Sarah Guidas, 2010

The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Title
Theater playbills
Collection no.
0104
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1890-1980
Date [inclusive]
1866-1999
Extent
14.67 Linear feet, 15 boxes
Language
English
Language of Materials
Most of the materials in this collection are in English; however, there are also programs in Spanish, German and French.
Abstract
This collection primarily consists of twentieth century theater programs from New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London. However, it also includes nineteenth century prompt books, souvenir programs, and theater programs from the Midwest (especially Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota).

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Theater playbills, Collection no. 0104, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Historical Note

The programs and playbills in the Theater playbills demonstrate the evolution of one-sheet playbills into modern, multi-page theater programs.

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Scope and Content

The Theater playbills consists primarily of theater programs and other printed ephemera from twentieth century New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London. Also included are late nineteenth and early twentieth century theater programs from the Midwestern United States, scrapbooks of playbills and annotated prompt books from the same time period, and souvenir programs. A few miscellaneous publications (mostly related to the theater) are also present in this collection. It appears as though the collection was created through the combination of a number of smaller collections with differing provenances, including ones put together by Constance McCormick, Milton Lewis, and William J. Williams.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2010
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

Other special collections at USC that contain theater materials include Collection no. 0242, the Robert Richardson collection on Southern California Theater, and Collection no. 0116, the Federal Theatre Project scripts.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Playbills
  • Printed ephemera
  • Programs
  • Prompt books
  • Scrapbooks
  • Souvenir programs

Geographic Name(s)

  • Los Angeles (Calif.)--Social life and customs--Archival resources

Subject(s)

  • Playbills--Collections
  • Theater--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Theater--England--London--Archival resources
  • Theater--Illinois--Chicago--Archival resources
  • Theater--New York (State)--New York--Archival resources
  • Theaters--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Theaters--England--London--Archival resources
  • Theaters--Illinois--Chicago--Archival resources
  • Theaters--New York (State)--New York--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Theater Programs and Ephemera 

Arrangement

The programs in this series are arranged by state and then alphabetically by the name of the theater. Miscellaneous files are found at the end of a subseries.

 California 

Box
1-3

 Illinois 

Box
4

 New York 

Box
4-5

 Washington 

Box
5

 United States (Other than CA, WA, IL or NY) 

Box
5

 London and Great Britain 

Box
5-8

 Foreign (Other than Great Britain) 

Box
8

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Series 2:  Periodical and Book Publications 

Scope and Content

Series contains a few miscellaneous issues of theater periodicals and an assortment of small books, most of which are on subjects related to the theater.

Box
9

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Series 3:  Other Printed Ephemera and Clippings 

Scope and Content

Series contains magazine and newspaper clippings and printed ephemera not directly related to a specific theater.

Box
9
Box
9

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Series 4:  Souvenir Programs 

Scope and Content

Series contains oversized souvenir programs for twentieth century musicals, plays, and ballets.

Box
10

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Series 5:  William J. Williams 

Scope and Content

Series contains scrapbooks, photographs, and programs collected by William J. Williams, a musical theater and play actor, over the course of his career.

Box
10, 12-13

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Series 6:  Scrapbooks 

Scope and Content

Series contains seven scrapbooks of programs, playbills, and clippings from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Box
11

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Series 7:  Prompt Books 

Scope and Content

The prompt books in this series were published in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Arrangement Note

These prompt books are arranged in alphabetical order by the title of the play.

Box Volume

 Stirling, E. Aline or the Rose of Killarney (Clyde: A.D Ames). 

14 1

 Shakespeare, William. As You Like It (New York: Samuel French). 

14 2

 Archer, Thomas. Asmodeus or The Little Devil's Share (Chicago: McNally & Co.). 

14 3

 Archer, Thomas. Asmodeus or The Little Devil's Share (New York: Samuel French). 

14 4

 Jerrold, Douglas. Black Ey'd Susan or All in the Downs (London: Thomas Hailes Lacy). 

14 5

 Byron, Henry J. Blow for Blow (Chicago: M.J McGrath & Co's Western Dramatic Agency). 

14 6

 Harvey, Frank. Bought (New York: Samuel French). 

14 7

 Almar, George. Charcoal Burner or Dropping Well of Knaresborough (Chicago: McNally & Co.). 

14 8

 Payne, John Howard. Charles II or The Merry Monarch (New York: Samuel French & Son). 

14 9

  

14 10

 Craven, H.T. The Chimney-Corner (Chicago: The Dramatic Publishing Company). 

14 11

 Bouicacult, Dion. The Colleen Bawn or The Brides of Garryowen (New York: Samuel French & Son). 

14 12

 Stedman, W. Ellsworth. The Confederate Spy (Chicago: M.J. McGrath & Co.'s Western Dramatic Agency). 

14 13

 Danvers, H. A Conjugal Lesson (New York: Samuel French & Son). 

14 14

 Banim, John. Damon And Pytheas (New York: Samuel French & Son). (3 copies) 

14 15

 Brougham, John. David Copperfield (Chicago: W.J. McGrath). 

14 16

 Kemble, Charles. The Day after the Wedding (New York: Samuel French). 

14 17

 Smith, W.H. The Drunkard (Chicago: The Dramatic Publishing Company). (4 Copies) 

14 18

 Wood, Henry. East Lynne (Boston: Charles H. Spencer). 

14 19

 Wood, Henry. East Lynne (Chicago: The Dramatic Publishing Company). (7 Copies) 

14 20

 Falconer, Edmund. Eileen Oge or Dark's the Hour before the Dawn (New York: Robert M. De Witt). 

14 21

 Brown, Charles. Elfins and Mermaids or The Red Sock Wave Cruiser (New York: A.S. Seer's Engraving and Printing Establishment). 

14 22

 Baker, Geo. M. Enlisted for the War or The Home-Guard (Boston: Geo. M. Baker & Co.). 

14 23

 Coyne, J. Stirling. Everybody's Friend (London: Samuel French). 

14 24

 Waldauer, Aug. Fanchon. The Cricket (Chicago: M.J. McGrath & Co.'s Western Dramatic Agency). 

14 25

 Brougham, John. Flies in the Web (London: Samuel French). 

14 26

 Buckstone, John Baldwin. The Flowers of the Forest (New York: Samuel French & Son). 

14 27

 Webster, Benjamin. Giralda or The Miller's Wife (New York: Burton & Co.). 

14 28

 Buckstone, John Baldwin. Good for Nothing (New York: Samuel French). 

14 29

 Buckstone, John Baldwin. The Green Bushes (New York: Burnton & Co.). 

14 30

 Floyd, W.R. Handy Andy (New York: Samuel French & Son). 

14 31

 Emden, W.S. The Head of Tthe Family (London: Thomas Hailes Lacy). 

14 32

 Taylor, Tom. Henry Dunbar (London: Samuel French). 

14 33

 Townsend, Charles. Higbee of Harvard (Boston: Walter H. Baker & Co.). 

14 34

 White, Charles. Hippotheatron or Burlesque Circus (Chicago: The Dramatic Publishing Company). 

14 35

 Knowles, James Sheridan. The Hunchback (New York: Samuel French). 

14 36

 Merivale, H.C. A Husband in Clover (London: Samuel French). 

14 37

 Haines, J.T. The Idiot Witness (New York: Samuel French). 

14 38

 Lovell, Maria. Ingomar, the Barbarian (Chicago: M.J. McGrath & Co.'s Western Dramatic Agency). 

14 39

 Lovell, Maria. Ingomar, the Barbarian (New York: William Taylor & Co.). 

14 40

 Lovell, Maria. Ingomar, the Barbarian (New York: Samuel French). 

14 41

 Buckstone, John Baldwin. The Irish Lion (Chicago: M.J. McGrath & Co.'s Western Dramatic Agency). 

14 42

 Shakespeare, William. Julius Caesar (New York: Samuel French). 

14 43

 Travers, William. Kathleen Mavourneen or St. Patrick's Eve (New York: Samuel French). 

14 44

 Higgie, Thomas. Laid up in Port! or Sharks Along Shore! (New York: Burton & Co.). 

14 45

 Planche, J.R. The Loan of a Lover (New York: Clinton T. De Witt). 

14 46

 Bouricacault, Dion L. London Assurance (New York: Samuel French & Son) 

14 47

 Phillips, Watts. Lost in London (Chicago: T.S. Denison). 

14 48

 Brougham, John. The Lottery of Life, A Story of New York (London: Samuel French). 

14 49

 Westeon, J.M. Lucretia Borgia (Chicago: M.J. McGrath & Co.'s Western Dramatic Agency). 

14 50

 Weston, J.M. Lucretia Borgia (New York: Samuel French & Son). (2 Copies) 

14 51

 Shakespeare, William. Macbeth (New York: Samuel French & Son). 

14 52

 Shelby, Charles. The Marble Heart of the Sculptor's Dream (New York: Samuel French). 

14 53

 Taylor, Tom and Reade, Charles. Masks and Faces or Before and Behind the Curtain (New York: Samuel French).  

14 54

 Craven, H.T. Meg's Diversion (New York: Samuel French & Son). (2 copies) 

14 55

 Wilks, Egerton. Michael Erle or The Maniac Lover (New York: Samuel French). 

14 56

 Fitzball, Edward. The Monentous Question (New York: Samuel French). 

14 57

 Dumas, Alexandre. Monte Cristo (London: Samuel French). 

14 58

 Dance, Charles. Naval Engagements (London: Samuel French). 

14 59

 Raymond, R.J. Mr. & Mrs. Peter White (New York: Samuel French & Son). 

14 60

 Bunn, Alfred. My Neighbor's Wife (Chicago: M.J. McGrath & Co.'s Western Dramatic Agency). 

14 61

 Smith, S. Theyre. My Uncle's Will (New York: Samuel French). 

14 62

 Dalrymple, J.S. The Naiad Queen or The Revolt of the Naiads (New York: Burnton & Co.). 

14 63

 Pettitt, Henry and Conquest, Geo. Neck or Nothing (New York: Burnton & Co.). 

14 64

 Phillips, Watts. Not Guilty (New York: Robert M. De Witt). 

14 65

 Leslie, Henry and Rowe, Nicholas. The Orange Girl (London: Samuel French). 

14 66

 Robertson, T.W. Ours (New York: T.H. French). 

14 67

 Cook, S.N. Out in the Streets (New York: Harold Roorbach). 

14 68

 Falconer, Edward. Peep O' Day or Savoureen Deelish (New York:Samuel French & Son). 

14 69

 Jones, J.S. The People's Lawyer (New York: Samuel French & Son). (2 Copies) 

14 70

 Kemble, Charles. Personatino or Fairly Taken In (New York: Samuel French & Son). 

14 71

 Taylor, Tom. Plot and Passion (New York: Robert M. De Witt). 

14 72

 Planche, J.R. The Pride of the Market (New York: Samuel French & Son). 

14 73

 Suter, William. A Quiet Family (New York: Samuel French). 

14 74

 Shakespeare, William. Richard III (New York: Samuel French & Son). 

14 75

 Pocock, I. Rob Roy or Auld Lang Syne (New York: Burnton & Co.). 

14 76

 Lover, Samuel. Rory O'More (New York: Burnton & Co.). 

14 77

 Johnstone, J.B. The Sailor France or The Republicans of Brest (Chicago: McNally & Co.). 

15 1

 Simpson, J. Palgrave. A Scrap of Paper or Adventures of a Love Letter (Chicago: The Dramatic Publishing Company). 

15 2

 Robertson, T.W. The Sea of Ice or A Thirst for Gold and the Wild Flower of Mexico (New York: Burton & Co.). 

15 3

 Barnett, Morris. The Serious Family (Chicago: The Dramatic Publishing Company). 

15 4

 Barnett, Morris. The Serious Family (New York: Samuel French) (2 copies) 

15 5

 Hill, F.S. The Shoemaker of Toulous or The Avenger of Humble Life (Boston: William V. Spencer). 

15 6

 Buckstone, John Baldwin. The Snapping Turtles or Matrimonial Masquerading (London: Samuel French). 

15 7

 Mercer, S.C. The Star of Empire or Blue and Gray (Louisville: John P. Morton and Company). 

15 8

 Frederic Ferdinand Von Kotzeube, Augustus. The Stranger (New York: Samuel French). 

15 9

 Brougham, John. Temptation or The Irish Emigrant (New York: Samuel French). 

15 10

 Pratt, William W. Ten Nights in a Bar-room (New York: Samuel French). (2 copies) 

15 11

 Rice, Charles. The Three Guardsmen or The Queen, the Cardinal, and the Adventurer (New York: Burnton & Co.). 

15 12

 Rice, Charles. The Three Guardsmen or The Queen, the Cardinal, and the Adventurer (New York: Samuel French). 

15 13

 Rice, Charles. The Three Guardsmen or The Queen, the Cardinal, and the Adventurer (Chicago: Pierce & Snyder's Periodical Agency). 

15 14

 Wemyss, F.C. The Toodles (New York: Samuel French & Son). 

15 15

 Furlong, J.R. Tried and True (New York: Harold Roorbach). 

15 16

 Williams, Thomas J. Turn Him Out (New York: De Witt). 

15 17

 Williams, Thomas J. Turn Him Out (Chicago: T.S. Denison). 

15 18

 Oxenford, John. The Two Orphans (New York: Samuel French & Son). 

15 19

 Morton, J.M. The Two Puddifoots (Boston: Charles H. Spencer). 

15 20

 Townsend, Charles. Uncle Josh (Chicago: T.S. Denison). 

15 21

 Aiken, Geroge L. Uncle Tom's Cabin or Life Among the Lowly (New York: Samuel French & Son). (2 Copies) 

15 22

 Whalen, E.C. Under the Spell (Chicago: T.S. Denison). (4 copies) 

15 23

 Soane, George. Undine or The Spirit of the Waters (New York: Burnton Bookseller). 

15 24

 Woodward, T. Trask. The Veteran of 1812 or Kesiah and the Scout. (New York: De Witt). 

15 25

 Buckstone, John Baldwin. Victorine or "I'll Sleep On It" (New York: Burnton's). 

15 26

 Williams, T.J. Who is Who? or All in a Fog! (Clyde: A.D. Ames). 

15 27

 Knowles, James Sheridan. William Tell (Chicago: M.J. McGrath & Co.'s Western Dramatic Agency). (3 Copies) 

15 28

 Boucicault, Dion. The Willow Copse (New York: Samuel French & Son). 

15 29

 Reeve, Wybert. Won at Last. (Clyde: A.D. Ames). 

15 30

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