Guide to the Joel N. Johnson Playbill Collection

Finding Aid Authors: Billy Hughes.
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Guide to the Joel N. Johnson Playbill Collection 1952/2003

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Joel N. Johnson Playbill Collection
Dates: 1952-2003
Identification: MS-0135
Creator: Johnson, Joel N.
Physical Description: 2.50 linear ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name:

San Diego Symphony Orchestra
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Genre/Form of Material:



Theatrical paraphernalia -- Specimens

Topical Term:

Performing arts -- California -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
Playbills -- Specimens
San Francisco Ballet
San Francisco Opera

Administrative Information



Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Joel N. Johnson Playbill Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of programs, fliers, and magazines pertaining to theater, music, and dance.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1


Scope and Contents

The king and I (program); South Seas Adventure (press release); The Shoes of the Fisherman (press release); Clara's Heart (poster)
Box 1, Folder 2

San Diego Symphony

Scope and Contents

Flyer (April 28, 1996 performance); Program Guide Winter 1991/92, vol.2 #3; Program Guide Winter 1991/92, vol.2 #4; Season Brochure 1998-99; Season Brohcure 1999-00; Performance Magazine (2002-October and December; 2003-February, May, August, August (Old Gloge), October-December
Box 1, Folder 3

Performing Arts (mini)

Scope and Contents

1985-December; 1986-September; 1988-February and November
Box 1, Folder 4

The Playgoer

Scope and Contents

1961-February; 1968;1970
Box 1, Folder 5

American Conservatory Theatre

Scope and Contents

Me and Bessie (program); Magazine May 1978; Magazine April 1980
Box 1, Folder 6

San Francisco Symphony

Scope and Contents

Poster 1954 season; Program 1960; Program, performance August 12, 1961; Program 1962; Program 1967; Program 1974; Stagebill Magazine February 1985; Stagebill Magazine May 1991; Programs (2) Beethoven Festival 1980 and 1981; San Francisco Symphony (2) 1976 April and May
Box 1, Folder 7

Curran Theatre

Scope and Contents

Flyer, I Love My Wife, March 1980; Flyer, Brigadoon, 1954; Program Annie, September 1978; Program, Bubbling Brown Sugar, October 1978
Box 1, Folder 8

San Diego Opera

Scope and Contents

1992-April, 1995-March
Box 1, Folder 9


Scope and Contents

1958-December; 1966-February and October; 1976-July; 1977-July, September (2); 1979-July; 1988-August; 1990-August; 1992-September (3); 1994-August; 1998-August; 1999-May and October (2); 2000-January, August, September; 2003-November
Box 1, Folder 10

Performing Arts (San Francisco edition)

Scope and Contents

1971-January, February; 1972-April, June, July (2); 1973-February, April, June, July, October, December; 1974-February, April, July, September (2), October; 1975-May, June, July, November; 1976-April and December; 1977-October; 1978-June and September; 1979-June
Box 2, Folder 1

Performing Arts (San Diego edition)

Scope and Contents

1989-January, February, October, November; 1990-March, May, June; 1991-February, April, July; 1992-March, May, June, July (2), August; 1993-February, May, June, July, August, October (2)
Box 2, Folder 2

Performing Arts (Los Angeles edition)

Scope and Contents

1968-July; 1969-July; 1970-August; 1971-August; 1974-July; 1987-July
Box 2, Folder 3

Performing Arts (Southern California edition)

Scope and Contents

1994-January, March, December; 1995-March, June, October; 1997-January, March, August; 1998-March, April, June; 2000-March (2); 2002-January, February
Box 2, Folder 4

Programs (Misc.)

Scope and Contents

San Francisco Opera 1952; Parada De Estrellas 1953; Vienna on Parade 1962; Hollywood Bowl 1968; Stanford Summer Festival of the Arts 1968; Carmel Beethoven Festival 1970; On Stage 1971; On Stage; Oakland Ballet COmpany 1974; Seven Sundays; Theatre Tonite 1986; Hollywood Bowl Summer Festival 1987; American Ballet Theatre 1988; Braodway Bound 1988; San Diego's Finest City Freedom Band 1989; San Diego Men's CHorus 1989; Michael Feinstein in Concert 1990; San Diego Comic Opera 1992 & 2002; Russian Center of San Francisco 1993; The Theatre in Old Town 1993; Starlight Musical Theatre 1994; Casa Del Prado Theatre 1996, 1998, 2000 (2); The Music Committee-First Unitarian Universalist Church 1996, 1997, 2002; San Diego Repertory Theatre 1996 (2); Stagebill 1999; Lyric Opera 2002; Sledgehammer Theatre; Program s.f.; Gays of Our Lives; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; A Texas Trilogy; Tubstrip; Basin Street West; Hold Me; Doctor Zhivago
Box 2, Folder 5

Programs (Misc.)

Scope and Contents

San Francisco Ballet 1954 & 1978; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 1966; Sna Francisco Pops 1968 & 1981; City Center Joffrey Ballet 1975 & 1987; The Playhouse Co. 1975; San Francisco Ballet 1978; San Francisco Art Commission-Pops 1979; San Diego Art Festival 1989; The 1940s Radio Hour 1995; Mainly Mozart Festival 1997; La Jolla Chamber Music Society 2002 & 2003; California Performing Arts Centre (tribute to James Cagney); Lysistrata; Jose Greco and his Company of Spanish Dancers