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Abelson, Hope, 1910-2006: 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.

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 in 1889 on the corner of Congress and Michigan Avenue.

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.

Barnes, Bessie: 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

Baskes, Roger S.: Roger S. Baskes Playscript Collection, 1986-2015

Playscripts, some signed, and primarily from the Goodman Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Also includes three screenplays from the Saul Zaentz Company: The English Patient, The Mosquito Coast, and The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

Bauer, Todd: Todd Bauer Collection of Chicago Writers' Playscripts, 2003-2014

Todd Bauer's collection of 31 playscripts written by Chicagoans.

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.

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

Conolly, Thomas, 1856-1945: Thomas Conolly 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.

Crane Co.: Crane Company Records, 1920-1955

Foundry established in Chicago in 1855 by R.T. Crane which became a major industry in manufacturing electrical and plumbing supplies. Records were kept by stenographer/cashier Margaret Laue, mostly pertaining to Crane Co.'s social events for employees, including plays, programs, centennial events, and an annual picnic at Riverview Amusement Park. Includes cards, invitations, programs, desk diaries, tickets, pins, and medals.

Deerfield, Eddie: 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.

Doane, Julia W., 1859-1937: 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.

Ervin, Mike: Mike Ervin Papers, 1970-2009

Papers of and materials collected by Mike Ervin, a Chicago playwright, writer on topics relating to the physically disabled, occasional poet, and activist on disability issues. The collection includes many clippings and articles by Ervin, and some articles about him, his plays and short stories, plus some poems and photographs, publicity materials for his plays, and correspondence. The collection also includes theater materials such as play scripts, programs, and reviews.

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.

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. Many of the photographs are professional portraits of opera stars and ballet dancers – many autographed – and hundreds of personal and backstage snapshots. 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.

Goodman family: 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.

Goodman, Kenneth Sawyer, 1883-1918: Kenneth Sawyer Goodman Papers, 1883-1971

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.

Haugh, Dolores: 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).

Head, Cloyd: 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.

Hecht, Ben, 1894-1964 : 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).

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.

Henshaw, Marguerite: Marguerite Henshaw Autograph Album, 1892-1931

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.

Jack and Jill Players.: The Jack and Jill Players, ca. 1927-1973

Scripts, newsletters, and photographs from the Jack and Jill Players in Chicago.

Lardner, Ring, 1885-1933 : Ring Lardner Papers, 1805-2003

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.

Lederer, William L.: William Lederer Papers, 1959-2013

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. Contains biographical statement, articles, clippings, and reviews. Also eight letters from James T. Farrell to Lederer, 1972-1973, and one letters from Marshall Brooks, 2004.

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.

McGrath, John Patrick: John Patrick McGrath Family Papers, 1944-1993

The John Patrick McGrath Family Papers contain materials created by John Patrick McGrath and his wife Adrienne McGrath. The papers include John Patrick McGrath's correspondence during his service in World War II, his manuscripts, Adrienne McGrath's photographic materials, and scrapbooks.

Mihopoulos, Effie: 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, and photographs. Includes two early photos of Effie Mihopoulos' family, including one of her and her mother, taken approximately in the late 1950s. Also included is a press packet containing her poetry, and a photo scrapbook from the mid-late 1980s, of vacation snapshots in Florida and Mexico.

MoMing Dance and Arts Center (Chicago).: MoMing Dance and Arts Center Records, 1968-1991

MoMing was a center in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood for dance training and avant-garde performance as well as an art gallery. It was formed in 1974 by Jackie Radis, Jim Self, Susan Kimmelman, Eric Trules, Kasia Mintch, Tem Horowitz, and Sally Banes. Along with local artists, it hosted many guest dancers and artists of renown, including Trisha Brown, Bill T. Jones, Mark Morris, and Meredith Monk. It officially dissolved in 1991.

Nussbaum, Mike: Mike Nussbaum Papers, 1945-2011

Papers of Chicago actor Mike Nussbaum, including playscripts (many written or adapted by David Mamet in which Nussbaum performed or considered performing). Also includes notation by Nussbaum, correspondence from Mamet and others, clippings, photographs, posters, and other materials relating to the productions.

Pfautsch, Shawn: Shawn Pfautsch Papers, 2012-2014

Drafts of the play "Season on the Line" by Chicago-based actor, writer, and musician Shawn Pfautsch. The play was first performed at the House Theatre of Chicago in September and October, 2014. Also includes outline cards for the play and the sheet music to "Jolly Is the Gale."

Raven Theatre: Raven Theatre Records, ca 1940-2015

Records related to Chicago’s Raven Theatre’s administration, development, history, and productions. Materials include box office reports, building plans, and correspondence, as well as budgets, flyers, photographs, reviews, press releases, programs, annotated scripts, and set designs for Raven Theatre’s main stage and “shorties”/one act productions.

Riverview Amusement Park (Chicago, Ill.).: 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).

Ruth Page Foundation.: Ruth Page Foundation Records, 1989-2013

Records of the Ruth Page Foundation, a cultural non-profit organization committed to the education, promotion, and presentation of dance in Chicago. Founded by Ruth Page in 1970, the Foundation continues to support a number of dance initiatives. Includes administrative, personnel, financial, and publicity materials for both the Foundation and the Ruth Page School of Dance.

Shakespeare Project of Chicago.: The Shakespeare Project of Chicago Records, 2008-2014

Chicago area theater company focused on works by Shakespeare and other classic dramatists. Production notes, scripts, promotional materials, and other documents related to performances.

Sickinger, Bob, 1926-2013: 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 releases, advertisements, a fan letter, and a thesis on Hull House children's theater programs. As director of Hull House Theater between 1963 and 1969, Sickinger was instrumental in founding Chicago’s Off Loop Theater.

Stevens, Ashton: 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 information, memorabilia, and materials pertaining to the banjo; photographs of actors, actresses, family, friends and colleagues; artworks and audio recordings; and a small number of artifacts.

Stevens, Kay Ashton: Kay Ashton-Stevens Papers, 1905-1978

Correspondence, personal and career related materials, photographs, and audiovisual materials of Chicago actress, television and radio personality, and wife of critic Ashton Stevens, Kay Ashton-Stevens.

Unknown: Theater programs, ca. 1755-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.

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.

Westervelt, Louise St. John: Louise St. John Westervelt Collection of Theatrical and Musical Photographs, 1869-1930

Photographs, mainly cabinet photographs, of nineteenth-century musical and theatrical persons.