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Henry Goodman collection of theater playbills, circa 1762 – circa early-1900s, 1951; bulk dates circa 1830s-1865
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  • Restrictions on Access
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  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement

  • Title: Henry Goodman collection of theater playbills
    Collection number: 2286
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 8.0 linear ft. (1 small flat box, 4 flat boxes, and 3 oversized flat boxes)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1830-1865
    Date (inclusive): circa 1762 – circa early-1900s, 1951; bulk dates, circa 1830s- circa 1865
    Abstract: Henry Goodman, Ph.D., faculty emeritus at UCLA, had distinguished career as professor of theater. The collection, assembled by Goodman, consists of 18th, 19th, and 20th century British theatre playbills, a small number of American and foreign language playbills, five scrapbooks and a small amount of illustrations.
    Language of Materials: English
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Goodman, Henry, d. 2012

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Henry Goodman Collection of Theater Playbills (Collection 2286). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7798530 

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Professor Henry Goodman.


    Henry Goodman was born November 21, 1919 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Goodman received his BA (1941), MA (1947), and Ph.D. (1952) from the University of Minnesota. From 1953-1956, he taught at Rockford College in Illinois and at Reed College in Oregon. In 1957, Goodman joined the faculty at University of California, Los Angeles, where he taught and directed until his retirement in 1990. Among his many accomplishments, he introduced and directed the world premiere of Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle at Carleton College. Henry Goodman died April 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of 18th, 19th, and 20th theater playbills and ephemera collected by UCLA professor of theater Henry Goodman. The bulk of the collection are British theater playbills from the 19th century and include specimens from Astley’s Royal Amphitheatre; Lyceum Theatre; Nottingham Empire; Royal Princess’s Theater; Surrey Theatre; Theatre Royal, Covent-Garden; Theatre Royal, Drury Lane; and others. Additionally, there are a very small number of American and foreign language playbills. Also included are five scrapbooks representing 19th and early 20th century theatre.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection is organized in the following series: 1. Theatre Playbills; 2. Scrapbooks, Illustrations, and Photographs.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Goodman, Henry--Archives., d. 2012