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Finding Aid of the Theater playbills 0104
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  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Related Archival Materials

  • Title: Theater playbills
    Collection number: 0104
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 14.67 Linear feet 15 boxes
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1890-1980
    Date (inclusive): 1866-1999
    Language of Materials: Most of the materials in this collection are in English; however, there are also programs in Spanish, German and French.
    Abstract: This collection primarily consists of twentieth century theater programs from New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London. However, it also includes nineteenth century prompt books, souvenir programs, and theater programs from the Midwest (especially Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota).

    Historical Note

    The programs and playbills in the Theater playbills demonstrate the evolution of one-sheet playbills into modern, multi-page theater programs.

    Scope and Content

    The Theater playbills consists primarily of theater programs and other printed ephemera from twentieth century New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London. Also included are late nineteenth and early twentieth century theater programs from the Midwestern United States, scrapbooks of playbills and annotated prompt books from the same time period, and souvenir programs. A few miscellaneous publications (mostly related to the theater) are also present in this collection. It appears as though the collection was created through the combination of a number of smaller collections with differing provenances, including ones put together by Constance McCormick, Milton Lewis, and William J. Williams.

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Theater playbills, Collection no. 0104, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Related Archival Materials

    Other special collections at USC that contain theater materials include Collection no. 0242, the Robert Richardson collection on Southern California Theater, and Collection no. 0116, the Federal Theatre Project scripts.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Los Angeles (Calif.)--Social life and customs--Archival resources
    Printed ephemera
    Prompt books
    Souvenir programs
    Theater--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
    Theater--England--London--Archival resources
    Theater--Illinois--Chicago--Archival resources
    Theater--New York (State)--New York--Archival resources
    Theaters--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
    Theaters--England--London--Archival resources
    Theaters--Illinois--Chicago--Archival resources
    Theaters--New York (State)--New York--Archival resources