TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

History of The Auditorium Theater

Scope and Content of the Collection

Arrangement

Selected Search Terms

Container List

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Inventory of the Auditorium Theater Programs, 1888-1938


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610-7324
USA
Phone: 312-255-3506
Fax: 312-255-3646
E-Mail: specialcolls@newberry.org
URL: http://www.newberry.org

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Alison Hinderliter, 2009

©2009.


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Auditorium Theater (Chicago, Ill.)
Title Auditorium Theater Programs
Dates 1888-1938
Extent 8.6 linear feet (17 boxes)
Abstract 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.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Midwest MS Auditorium
Collection Stack Location 3a 45 12

Administrative Information

Other Format Available

A microfilm of the programs is available in the Library, 2nd floor (General Collections Department), Microfilm # 122.

Cite As

Auditorium Theater Programs, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

unknown.

Processed by

Elinor Dahmer, 2009.

Access

The Auditorium Theater Programs are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Auditorium Theater Programs are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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History of The Auditorium Theater

Downtown Chicago theater and National Historic Landmark.

Ferdinand Peck, Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler began plans for the Auditorium Building in 1886 and on October 5, 1887, the cornerstone was laid. The Auditorium Theatre opened in 1889 and was immediately acclaimed as one of the most beautiful and functional theatres in the world. Its architectural integrity and perfect acoustics were internationally recognized. It was often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world.

For several years, the Auditorium Theatre, hotel and office block were used and profitable. The theatre was the first home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (originally called The Chicago Orchestra)and the Chicago Civic Opera Company. Concerts, recitals, lectures, charity balls, social gatherings and sporting events took place in the theatre.

In 1893 new hotels were built all over the city for the guests of the World’s Fair. Many of these new hotels included bathrooms in every room, making the Auditorium Hotel one of the last European-Style hotels built in the city. The common bathroom made the Auditorium Hotel less desirable to the elite guests. In 1904 the Symphony moved to a new smaller home, Orchestra Hall, and the Chicago Opera Company moved to the Civic Opera House in 1929. In the early 1930s, estimates were taken to demolish the building, but the cost of the demolition was more than the land was worth. [Source: Auditorium Theatre website, August 2009]

The Auditorium Theater is currently owned by Roosevelt University.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Programs and ther materials regarding performances and events held at the Auditorium Theater from 1888-1938. The item from 1888 is a Republican National Convention typed list of candidates; the Convention was held in the Auditorium before the building was even completed. The bulk of the programs are for the Apollo Musical Club, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Opera Association (later called the Chicago Civic Opera Company). There are also programs and souvenir books from smaller musical and theatrical companies, both within Chicago and touring from elsewhere. There are some programs from both World's Fairs (1893 Columbian Exposition; 1933 Century of Progress), as well as a few announcements and programs for political and social events (conventions, labor rallies, etc.)

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Arrangement

Programs arranged chronologically. The first two boxes contain programs and other materials that were previously undated. Most of these materials have now been assigned dates, and are listed as "previously undated" on the inventory.

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Apollo Musical Club of Chicago
  • Auditorium Theater (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.)
  • Chicago Civic Opera (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • World’s Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)

Subjects

  • Concert programs -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Manuscripts, American -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Music -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Opera -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Souvenir programs -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 1851-1900
  • Souvenir programs -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 1901-1950
  • Theater programs -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Theater programs -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 1851-1900
  • Theater programs -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 1901-1950
  • Theaters -- Illinois -- Chicago

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Container List

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Advertisements, Previously undated, [n.d.]
1 2 Programs, not held at the Auditorium, Previously undated, [n.d.], 1893, 1897
1 3 Information about the Auditorium, [n.d.]
1 4 Programs, Previously undated, [n.d.]
1 5 Programs, Previously undated, 1890
1 6 Programs, Previously undated, 1891
1 7 Programs, Previously undated, 1892
1 8 Programs, Previously undated, 1893
1 9 Programs, Previously undated, 1894-1896
1 10 Programs, Previously undated, 1897
1 11 Programs, Previously undated, 1898-1899
2 12 Programs, Previously undated, 1902-1903
2 13 Programs, Previously undated, 1904-1905
2 14 Programs, Previously undated, 1906
2 15 Programs, Previously undated, 1907
2 16 Programs, Previously undated, 1908-1909
2 17 Programs, Previously undated, 1910-1912
2 18 Programs, Previously undated, 1914, 1916-1918
2 19 Programs, Previously undated, 1924
2 20 Programs, Previously undated, 1933
3 21 Programs, 1888
3 22 Programs, 1889
3 23-25 Programs, 1890
3 26-28 Programs, 1891
4 29-31 Programs, 1892
4 32-34 Programs, 1893
5 35-38 Programs, 1894
5 39-42 Programs, 1895
6 43-44 Programs, 1896
6 45-47 Programs, 1897
6 48 Programs, 1898
7 49-50 Programs, 1898
7 51-53 Programs, 1899
8 54 Programs, 1899
8 55-58 Programs, 1900
9 59-62 Programs, 1901
10 63-67 Programs, 1902
11 68-71 Programs, 1903
12 72-75 Programs, 1904
12 76-78 Programs, 1905
13 79-81 Programs, 1906
13 82-85 Programs, 1907
14 86-90 Programs, 1908
15 91-94 Programs, 1909
15 95-96 Programs, 1910
16 97 Programs, 1911
16 98 Programs, 1912
16 99 Programs, 1913
16 100 Programs, 1915
16 101 Programs, 1916
16 102 Programs, 1918
16 103 Programs, 1919
16 104 Programs, 1920
16 105 Programs, 1921
16 106 Programs, 1924
16 107 Programs, 1927
16 108 Programs, 1928
16 109 Programs, 1929
16 110 Programs, 1931
16 111 Programs, 1932
16 112-113 Programs, 1933
17 114-116 Programs, 1934
17 117-118 Programs, 1935
17 119 Programs, 1936
17 120 Programs, 1938