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Alice Gerstenberg Papers, 1903-1971
Correspondence, works and miscellaneous material reflecting Gerstenberg's activities in Chicago's social and cultural life in the first half of the 20th century, in particular her involvement with local theater.
Allied Arts Corp. (Chicago, Ill.). Records
Clippings, artist correspondence, box office records, concert programs, and photographs of the Allied Arts Corporation. Known as Zelzer Management until 1948, Allied Arts Corporation was run by Harry and Sarah Zelzer and was responsible for bringing many important musicians, dancers and other per...
American Circus Collection, 1891-1939
Late 19th and early 20th century circus and theater related illustrations, publicity, programs, photographs and memorabilia.
Ashton Stevens Papers, ca. 1850-1952
The papers of San Francisco and Chicago journalist and drama critic Ashton Stevens contain correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues from the entertainment world; works including newspaper clippings, playscripts, articles, and interviews; personal materials including biographical inform...
Auditorium Theater Programs, 1888-1938
Programs and other materials for events taking place in the early years at Chicago's Auditorium Theater. Envisioned as a world-class theater and opera house by Chicago impresario Ferdinand Peck, the Adler and Sullivan-designed Auditorium opened in 1889 on the corner of Congress and Michigan Avenue.
Auditorium Theatre Council Records, 1955-1970
Clippings, notes, memos, and press releases regarding the Auditorium Theatre. Collection includes details of the theater's condition at the end of the 1950s and the renovation to restore it to its former condition. Most materials seem to be used to generate attention and funds for the renovation ...
Ben Hecht Papers, 1879-1983
Works, correspondence, and papers of novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Ben Hecht, and also papers of his wife Rose Caylor Hecht (novelist) and daughter Jenny Hecht (actress).
Bessie Barnes Papers, 1896-1992
Photographs, newspaper reviews and miscellaneous personal items relating to Bessie Barnes, producer of nightclub theatrical reviews in Chicago and Milwaukee in the 1920’s and 1930’s
Bob Sickinger Papers, 1934-1985
Press reviews and photographs of Hull House Theater productions directed by Bob Sickinger, 1963-1969, together with copies of Sickinger's 1963 essay on the state of theater in Chicago and his press release regarding his involuntary departure from Hull House in 1969. Also a few programs, press rel...
Claudia Cassidy Papers, 1880s-1996
Articles and reviews, correspondence, broadcast scripts, photographs, and clippings of the Chicago Tribune performing arts critic from 1942 to 1965. Cassidy wrote her influential "On the Aisle" column for the Tribune, then wrote freelance criticism and hosted a weekly program of arts criticism fo...
Cloyd Head Papers, 1895-1968
Writings and correspondence, souvenirs and miscellany of Cloyd Head, Chicago playwright, theatrical director, business manager of the Goodman Theatre and husband of the poet Eunice Tietjens.
Eddie Deerfield scrapbooks, 1945-1947
Newspaper clipping scrapbooks of Chicago Times entertainment reporter Eddie Deerfield, containing copies of his bylined column "Night Life Notebook" from April 28, 1946 to August 3, 1947. Also several 1945 and 1946 articles by Deerfield and night club advertisements quoting his reviews.
Effie Mihopoulos Papers, ca. 1975-Ongoing
Chicago-based poet, critic, and cultural commentator. Along with publishing her own literary journal, Salome, Mihopoulos has conducted oral histories with prominent dancers and performers. Her papers consist of her own writings in addition to musical, theatrical, and dance programs, publicity, an...
Ellen Goldsmith Papers, 1933-2007
Large collection of photographs relating to the ballet, opera and cinema, dating from the 1940s through the early 1970s, amassed by Ellen (Teddy) Goldsmith, backstage worker at the Civic Opera House, home of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Many of the photographs are professional portraits of opera s...
Ellen Walsh Collection of Theater Programs, 1897-1899
Album containing Chicago, Boston, New York, and London theater programs, 1897-1899. Chicago theaters include McVicker's Hooley's, Auditorium, Steinway Hall, Grand opera House, Power's, and others.
George Ade Papers, 1865-1971
Correspondence, works, newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, miscellaneous pictorial items and memorabilia documenting the literary and personal life of George Ade, Midwestern journalist, humorist and playwright, best known for his Chicago Record column, "Stories of the Streets and of th...
Goodman Family Papers, 1795-2003
Papers, letters, photograph albums, cards, genealogical materials, diaries, and travel memorabilia from the family of Marjorie Sawyer Goodman Graff, daughter of playwright Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, and her mother, Marjorie Robbins Hopkins.
Haugh, Dolores. Riverview Amusement Park Collection, 1904-1975
Riverview Park archival records, including correspondence, accounts, publicity materials, concession contracts, minutes and reports, photographs, scrapbooks, clippings, and advertising materials, salvaged by Dolores Haugh from the abandoned park office one week before it burned down. Reports, min...
Hope Abelson Papers, 1914-2008
Materials related to the theater career, business, and personal life of Chicago theater producer and philanthropist Hope Abelson, including scripts, theater mementos, correspondence, financial documents, photographs, audio recordings, and video recordings.
The Jack and Jill Players, ca. 1927-1973
Scripts, newsletters, and photographs from the Jack and Jill Players in Chicago
James Dybas Papers, 1949-2010
Photographs and newspaper reviews of Bob Simpson's musical comedy revues at Fazio's in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the Del Prado Hotel in Chicago, 1960-1962, including James Dybas, a dancer in the company. Also current photographic portraits of Dybas. Also programs, reviews, notices, and photograph...
James O'Donnell Bennett Papers, 1896-1936
Letters written to James O'Donnell Bennett while he was a journalist for the
Julia W. Doane Memorabilia, 1876-1911
An autograph album from 1876 and a scrapbook from 1911 compiled by Julia Doane, a Chicagoan with connections to the theatrical and musical communities. Both items feature actors and other theatrical figures of the late 19th century.