Guide to the Samuel Stark Theatre collection addenda , 1868-1990

Department of Special Collections
Green Library
Stanford University Libraries
Stanford, CA 94305-6004
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The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Samuel Stark Theatre collection addenda , 1868-1990

Collection number: M0593

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

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  • Green Library
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Samuel Stark Theatre collection addenda ,
Date (inclusive): 1868-1990
Collection number: Special Collections M0593
Creator: Stark, Samuel.
Extent: 5 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions


Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


Bequest of Samuel Stark, 1991.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Samuel Stark Theatre collection addenda , M0593, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical Note

Authority on history of the theatre, particularly American theatre, and collector of theatre material, including photos, autographs, clippings, etc. Particular interest in Cole Porter.

Scope and Content

Correspondence and subject files, scrapbooks, vocal scores, Stark index addenda, photographs, autograph collections, etc. Much of the material deals with Cole Porter, including a video tape, 2 audio tapes, and several photographs.

Access Terms

Porter, Cole, 1891-1964.
Theatre--United States.

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

an article and note from Jack Aronson, actor (1971);a fountain pen that belonged to George Arliss, stage and film actor (1868-1946)

Box 1, Folder 2

correspondence with the Fred Astaire family

Box 1, Folder 3

autographs and autographed letters of obscure celebrities, last names A - G

Box 1, Folder 4

autographs and autographed letters of obscure celebrities, last names H - M

Box 1, Folder 5

autographs and autographed letters of obscure celebrities, last names N - S

Box 1, Folder 6

autographs and autographed letters of obscure celebrities, last names T - Z

Box 1, Folder 7

correspondence through Dolly Ashley about playwright Edwin Bronner (1972)

Box 1, Folder 8

correspondence, columns by Herb Caen, columnist

Box 1, Folder 9

information on Communism in the entertainnment industry, including letters, clippings, and concert programs

Box 1, Folder 10

correspondence with Mike Connolly, columnist (1959-64)

Box 1, Folder 11

correspondence, memorabilia, clippings about George Cukor, film director

Box 1, Folder 12

2 copies, Doc's Apothecary Illustrated Miscellany, 1958

Box 1, Folder 13

memorabilia, documents from the estate of Marie Dressler, stage and screen actress

Box 1, Folder 14

correspondence with columnist E.V. Durling of the Los Angeles Examiner, 1949-54

Box 1, Folder 15

correspondence with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. about theater history research, 1974

Box 1, Folder 16

correspondence with Morgan Farley, stage and film actor

Box 2, Folder 1

correspondence with stage and film actor Jose Ferrer, 1958-59

Box 2, Folder 2

film history, clippings and articles

Box 2, Folder 3

correspondence with Henry Fink, scriptwriter and hotel owner, 1958-60

Box 2, Folder 4

correspondence with Billy Hoffman, collector, 1959-60

Box 2, Folder 5

correspondence with and about K. T. Keller, president of Chrysler Corporation, 1946-51

Box 2, Folder 6

clippings, photo of Harry Lewis, actor and restauranteur (founded Hamburger Hamlet)

Box 2, Folder 7

Llanuza comic strips from 1912

Box 2, Folder 8

correspondence with Edna May Oliver

Box 2, Folder 9

clippings, Cole Porter

Box 2, Folder 10

theatre and film souvenir programs

Box 2, Folder 11

correspondence with May Robson (1939-42)and a tie she made and gave to Sam Stark in 1938

Box 2, Folder 12

correspondence with writer Alice B. Saarinen (married to architect Eero Saarinen) concerning theatre history

Box 2, Folder 13

correspondence about the San Francisco Theatre Union

Box 2, Folder 14

correspondence with Arthur Schlobohm, collector, about acquiring a china Floradora Sextet figurine manufactured in 1900 (1973-77)

Box 2, Folder 15

correspondence with Eddie Schwartz, advertiser

Box 2, Folder 16

issues of the Eddie Schwartz newsletter

Box 2, Folder 17

clippings about Gloria Swanson, silent screen and early sound film actress

Box 2, Folder 18

correspondence with Victor Allen, screenwriter, actor, and author of Johnny Belinda

Box 2, Folder 19

correspondence with Bert(ram) Yarborough, actor and stage director

Box 3, Folder 1

Theatre Design - photos, articles, etc.

Box 3, Folder 2

Theatre Design - Old European theatres - photos, drawings, etc.

Box 3, Folder 3

Theatre History - Baltimore, MD - the Mechanic Theatre

Box 3, Folder 4

Theatre History - Venetian marionettes - photos

Box 3, Folder 5

Theatre History - minstrels - unidentified photos

Box 3, Folder 6

Theatre History - Old American theatres - photos, clippings

Box 3, Folder 7

Theatre History - Old California theatres - photos

Box 3, Folder 8

Theatre History - The Play Pictorial magazine, 4 issues, nos. 66, 85, 140, 287 (circa 1909-1920)

Box 3, Folder 9

Theatre History - San Francisco, CA - the Pantages (Orpheum) Theatre

Box 3, Folder 10

Theatre History - St. Louis, MO - clipping, 1970-72

Box 3, Folder 11

Theatre History - South San Francisco Opera House - photos, clippings, articles

Box 3, Folder 12

Theatre History - Theatre obituaries

Box 3, Folder 13

Theatre History - miscellaneous photos, clippings, etc.

Box 4

contains the autograph book of Samuel Stark Gertzen from his schooldays at Wenonah Military Academy (1925)and the autograph book of the Viennese actress Edle von Brenneis (1896)

Box 5

contains one VHS videotape of An Evening at the White House in Honor of Cole Porter, 2/19/88;2 reels of 1/4 inch audiotape recordings of the USC Friends of the Library Tribute to Cole Porter, 2/12/67,dubbed 5/18/71;4 Cole Porter postcards; one clipping from the 5/15/82L.A. Times concerning Cole Porter's former home; one framed photograph of Cole Porter autographed to Sam Stark; one photograph of inventor Jean A. Le Roy autographed to Roger Imhof; one letter plus enclosures to Sam Stark from Margaret Cole Richards; one framed U.S. Postal Service Cole Porter stamp set

Box 6

contains one purple embossed leather scrapbook containing early 19th century documents in Spanish from colonial Latin America; [one red embossed leather scrapbook of theatre programs and theatre-related newspaper clippings


to M0622
Box 7

contains one large photo portfolio (woven grass cover) of 688 McCullough Drive, Brentwood, CA - a posh house Greta Garbo once lived in that Samuel Stark co-owned briefly


to M0622
Box 8

contains two scrapbooks of vaudeville theatre memorabilia left to Samuel Stark by Roger Imhof


to M0622
Box 9

4 books of music and lyrics by Cole Porter: Anything Goes, Can-Can, Kiss Me Kate, Songs by Cole Porter; two folders of Cole Porter Centennial memorabilia (Peru, Indiana 6/9/90)


to M0622
Box 10

contains one scrapbook - Roger Imhof's autograph collection (1930)


Box 11

contains a photograph collection of Mr. Stark's (it had been bound in a red vinyl binder)

Box 12

Card drawers of additional `Stark Index' cards, added to M0602.