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Abelson, Hope. Hope Abelson Papers, ca. 1914-2008, bulk 1949-2006.

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.

14.8 linear feet (26 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Abelson
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Allied Arts Corp. (Chicago, Ill.). Allied Arts Corp. Records, 1930-1970.

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 performing artists to Chicago.

25 linear feet
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Allied Arts
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American Circus Collection, 1891-1939.

Late 19th and early 20th century circus- and theater-related illustrations, publicity, programs, photographs and memorabilia, collected by Chicago architect Irving Kane Pond (1857-1939).

5.8 linear feet (5 boxes and 2 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS AmCircus
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Arts Club of Chicago. Arts Club of Chicago Records, 1892-1995.

Incorporated in 1916, the Arts Club was developed with objectives of maintaining a clubhouse in Chicago that provided galleries and exhibition facilities to foster high standards of art and develop the arts community. Records include clippings, correspondence, exhibition flyers, photographs, and other miscellaneous material relating to the Arts Club of Chicago.

98.2 linear feet (165 boxes, 16 oversize boxes, and 51 volumes)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Arts Club (formerly Ar)
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Auditorium Theater (Chicago, Ill.). 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 in1889 on the corner of Congress and Michigan Avenue

8.6 linear feet (17 boxes)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Auditorium (formerly Case +V 18896 .053); also Microfilm 122
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Auditorium Theatre Council. 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 project that took place throughout the 1960s.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Auditorium Council
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Barnes, Bessie. Bessie Barnes Papers, 1918-1992.

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.

2.8 linear feet (7 boxes)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Dance MS Barnes
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Baskes, Roger S. Roger S. Baskes Playscript Collection, 1986-2010.

Mainly signed playscripts from the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, but also three screenplays from the Saul Zaentz Company: The English Patient, The Mosquito Coast, and The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

0.6 linear feet (2 boxes)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Baskes Playscripts
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Bennett, James O'Donnell, 1870-1940. James O'Donnell Bennett Papers, 1896-1936.

Letters written to James O'Donnell Bennett while he was a journalist for the Chicago Record-Herald and the Chicago Tribune, primarily in his capacity as literary critic.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Bennett
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Cassidy, Claudia. Claudia Cassidy Papers, ca. 1880-1996, bulk 1930-1985.

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 for WFMT, helping to shape the course of music, theater, and dance in Chicago.

16 linear feet (42 boxes, 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Cassidy
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Conolly, Thomas. Thomas Connolly Papers, 1800-1944.

Material collected by Thomas Conolly, decorative plasterer and handyman for fifty-two years at the Auditorium Building in Chicago, which consists mainly of autographs and autographed historical letters. Also, bookplates, clippings, miscellaneous memorabilia, a few items relating to the Chicago Civic Opera Company and the Auditorium Theater, several photographs and pictures, and a group of personal letters to Conolly. Plays, librettos, pamphlets and photographs collected by Conolly are cataloged separately.

1.3 linear feet (3 boxes)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Connolly
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Newberry Library Bulletin, no. 4 (July 1946), p. 3-10.

Craig, Edward Gordon, 1872-1966. Edward Gordon Craig Letters, 1936-1945.

Letters from English actor, theatre director-designer and theorist Craig to printer Guido Morris, written from 1936-1945. They are accompanied by numerous enclosures, drawings, drafts, etc.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Wing Modern MS Cr
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Deerfield, Eddie. Eddie Deerfield scrapbooks, 1945-1947, bulk 1946-1947.

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.

0.9 linear feet (4 volumes in 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Deerfield
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Doane, Julia W. 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.

0.4 linear feet
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Doane
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Ervin, Mike. Mike Ervin Papers, 1970-2009, bulk 1980-2000.

Papers of and materials collected by Mike Ervin, a Chicago disability rights activist, writer on topics relating to the disabled, playwright, and poet. The collection contains many newspaper articles and magazine articles by Ervin, as well as his plays, poetry, short stories, correspondence, and photographs. There are also materials relating to the production of Ervin's pays, including publicity, reviews, scripts, and programs.

2.1 linear feet (5 boxes)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Ervin
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Gerstenberg, Alice. 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. She was one of the original members of Maurice Browne's Chicago Little Theatre, founded in 1912.

3.5 linear feet (6 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Gerstenberg (formerly Ge)
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Goldsmith, Ellen, 1926-2007. 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. Also, a group of photos of movie stills, popular celebrities and performers, plus a small amount of correspondence, memorabilia and signed theatrical programs, some Goldsmith drawings and writing, two scarves and a pair of ballet slippers.

3 linear feet (7 boxes)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Goldsmith
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Goodman Family. Goodman Family Papers, ca 1870-2009.

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.

27.8 linear feet (46 boxes, 6 record cartons, and 1 volume)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Goodman Family
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Goodman, Kenneth Sawyer, 1883-1918. Kenneth Sawyer Goodman Papers, 1883-1971, bulk 1900-1917.

Works and personal materials of Chicago playwright Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, including manuscript, typescript, and published plays, poems, and short stories, correspondence, drawings, diaries, and programs from theatrical productions, photographs, and mementoes, including wood printing blocks, military items, and scrapbooks.

5 linear feet (9 boxes, 4 scrapbooks)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Goodman
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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, minutes, correspondence, and other documents date mainly from the early years of the park. Advertising materials, clippings, and photographs are mainly from the last decades of park operation. There is information about rides and concessions, including the famous "Bobs," events like the Riverview Ramble and Mayor William Hale Thompson's 1920s outings for school children, staff members, and the general operation of the park. Also materials gathered by Haugh for her newspaper articles in the Arlington "Day" and her book, Riverview Amusement Park (2004).

3 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Riverview
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Head, Cloyd S. Cloyd Head Papers, 1895-1968.

Writings and correspondence, souvenirs and miscellany of Cloyd S. Head, Chicago playwright, theatrical director, business manager of the Goodman Theatre and husband of the poet Eunice Tietjens.

3.5 linear feet (11 boxes, 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Head
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Hecht, Ben, 1893-1964. Ben Hecht Papers, 1879-1983.

Chicago Daily Record and Chicago Daily News journalist, and active participant in the Chicago Literary Renaissance. Hecht continued his career in New York and California as a journalist, novelist, and playwright, and was a prolific Hollywood screenwriter and Jewish activist. His papers consist of correspondence, works, subject files, legal and financial materials, photographs, scrapbooks, sound recordings, film, video, artifacts, and miscellaneous ephemera documenting his life and literary output, as well as the lives and careers of his wife Rose, and his actress daughter Jenny.

92 linear feet (144 boxes and 19 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Hecht (formerly He)
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Hecht, Ben, 1894-1964. Ben Hecht Filmscript Collection, 1933-1968.

Collection of cinema scripts and associated material, both credited and uncredited to Ben Hecht. The range of material includes not only scripts (both draft, first, and final), but also such items as footage schedules, dialogue continuity, budget estimates, publicity memorabilia, trailer information, research, story treatments, and synopses.

5 linear feet (13 boxes)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Hecht 2
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Henshaw, Marguerite. Marguerite Henshaw Autograph Album, 1892-1931, bulk 1892-1904.

Autographs collected by Marguerite Henshaw ca. 1892-1904 (with additional autographs collected by Helen Gaspar Gunther, ca. 1930-1931). Autographs are mainly theatrical, military, and political persons. Notable autographs include Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and John Philip Sousa. Also includes some loose autographs, letters, and picture postcards.

0.1 linear feet
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS 179
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Jacobsen, Jacque. Jacque Jacobsen Papers, ca. 1890s-2004.

Photographs, slides, correspondence, family papers, and printed ephemera from Jacque Jacobsen, his wife Ann Dresmal, and other family members. Jacobsen was a Chicago painter active in the 1950s who came from a theatrical family.

2 linear feet (2 record cartons)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Jacobsen
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Lardner, Ring, 1885-1933. Ring Lardner Papers, 1805-2003, bulk 1885-1987.

Correspondence and writings of journalist and humorist author Ring Lardner. Also estate papers, including royalty records through 2003, biographical materials, publicity and reviews, adaptations of writings, and a few photographs.

9.3 linear feet (20 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Lardner (formerly Lar)
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Lederer, William L. William L. Lederer Papers, 1959-2006.

Chicago playwright and nephew of Studs Cunningham, upon whom James T. Farrell based the main character of his Studs Lonigan trilogy. Included are Lederer's original plays, screenplays, novel, novella, and poetry. Also eight letters from James T. Farrell to Lederer, 1972-1973, and one letters from Marshall Brooks, 2004.

3.5 cubic ft. (4 boxes)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Lederer
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McCullough, Mia. Mia McCullough Papers, 1979-2008

Drafts and copies of plays by Chicago playwright Mia McCullough, who has written plays produced by Steppenwolf , Chicago Dramatists, American Theater Company, and Stage Left Theatre in Chicago, as well as many other stages nationwide. Collection also includes promotional materials and some diaries.

3 linear feet (3 record cartons)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS McCullough
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Mihopoulos, Effie. Effie Mihopoulos Papers, ca. 1975-2008.

Chicago-based poet, critic, and cultural commentator. Along with publishing her own literary journal, Salome, Mihopoulos conducted oral histories with prominent dancers and performers. Her papers consist of her own writings in addition to musical, theatrical, and dance programs, publicity, and photographs.

20 cubic ft.
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Mihopoulos
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Monona, Olivia, 1888-1976. Olivia Monona Papaers, 1920-1935.

Photographs, ephemera, and newspaper clippings related to the career of opera singer Olivia Monona. Photographs include personal portraits, cast photographs from Chicago Grand Opera and Ravinia Park theatrical performances, and photographs of Monona's friends in Highland Park, IL throughout the 1920s. Ephemera includes theatrical programs, advertisements, and other promotional materials.

1.1 linear feet (2 boxes)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Monona
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Nussbaum, Mike. Mike Nussbaum Papers, 1971-1991.

Chicago actor. Fourteen playscripts that were written or adapted by David Mamet, in which Nussbaum performed or considered performing.  Also includes annotations by Nussbaum, correspondence from Mamet and other materials relating to the productions.

0.8 linear feet
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Nussbaum
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Sickinger, Bob. Bob Sickinger Papers, 1963-1971.

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 releases, advertisements, a fan letter, and a thesis on Hull House children's theater programs.

0.8 linear feet
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Sickinger
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Stevens, Ashton. Ashton Stevens Papers, ca. 1850-1952, bulk 1920-1940.

Correspondence, works, memorabilia and photographs of Ashton Stevens, "the dean of American drama critics." Stevens worked for the Hearst newspapers in San Francisco and New York and then for Chicago's Herald, Examiner, American, and Herald-American. Correspondents include Dr. Maurice Bernstein (Orson Welles' guardian), Gene Fowler, Gene Market, the Lunts, Jack Norwith, Abel Green, and others. The collection also includes a copy of the shooting script for Citizen Kane; playbills; materials on the banjo; and clippings.

40 linear feet (82 boxes, 5 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Stevens
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Stevens, Kay Ashton. Kay Ashton Stevens Papers, 1905-1978.

Works, radio scripts, audio interviews, correspondence, clippings, artifacts and memorabilia of Kay Ashton-Stevens, Chicago stage, radio, and television performer and wife of Chicago Tribune drama critic Ashton Stevens. Kay Ashton-Stevens performed on stage in the 1920s and '30s as Katherine Krug, and later hosted the radio interview show "Hands Across the Table."

20 linear feet. (36 boxes, 1 oversize box, and 124 reels)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS StevensK
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Theater programs, ca. 1755-present, bulk 1870-present.

Programs, playbills, and scrapbooks for theatrical productions, including music recitals, opera, some motion pictures, and other spectacles in addition to drama. Programs from Chicago, New York City, and England make up a large portion of the collection, but there are examples from theaters across the United States and Europe.

25 cubic ft.
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Theater
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Walsh, Ellen. 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.

0.2 linear feet (1 album in 1 folder)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS 181
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Westervelt, Louise St. John. Louise St. John Westervelt Collection of theatrical and musical photographs, 1869-1930, bulk 1870-1891.

Collection of photographs, mainly cabinet photographs but also a few cartes de visite and gelatin prints, of international musical and theatrical performers of the nineteenth century, all dated before 1900 with the exception of a photograph of the dancer Ruth Page taken in 1930. Also includes photographs of Sarah Bernhardt, Edwin Booth, Lilli Lehmann, Anton Rubinstein and Theodore Thomas.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Theater
Call Number: Midwest MS Westervelt
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