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[Pictorial material pertaining to Betty Cole and the Straw Hat Theatre].
BANC PIC 2019.044--AX box 1; BANC PIC 2019.044--NEG box 1; BANC PIC 19xx-2020--NEG(strip) misc. box 7; BANC PIC 2019.044
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[Pictorial material pertaining to Betty Cole and the Straw Hat Theatre]


Cole, Betty, 1929-2015, creator, creator.


Scrapbooks and photograph album pertaining to musical theater performer Betty Cole and the Straw Hat Theatre of Berkeley, Calif., with which Cole was affiliated for many years. Albums document the revue's productions and the performances of Cole and her fellow performers from 1951-1954 and 1965, at various venues in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout California. Albums include many snapshot and publicity photographs, as wells as programs and other printed theater ephemera, and clippings of reviews of and advertisements for Straw Hat productions. Also includes many negatives of the 1953 summer stock tour in New England (of which many corresponding prints are present, especially in vol. 4) and numerous negatives documenting Cole's personal life (of which very few corresponding prints are present). A small group of negatives pertain to the Straw Hat Theatre's 1966 season. Includes small file of snapshots depicting actress Jane Connell (U.C. Berkeley graduate) on the television studio set of Bewitched during filming of the "Hepzibah" episode 1970, with Cole as her on-set guest.


1951 (issued)


Cole, Betty -- 1929-2015 -- Archives
Cole, Betty -- 1929-2015 -- Photographs
Straw Hat Theatre, Inc. -- Photographs
Musical theater -- California -- Photographs
Community theater -- California -- Photographs
Women in the performing arts -- California -- Photographs
Actresses -- California -- Photographs
Women singers -- California -- Photographs
Women dancers -- California -- Photographs


Title devised by cataloger.
Collected by Betty Cole, with numerous photographs by her.
Multiple film negative formats present.
Also includes postcards, print ephemera and clippings.
Albums are well-captioned throughout.
Album contents have been disbound and foldered. Original album covers are present.
COLLECTION STORED, IN PART, OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Pictorial material pertaining to Betty Cole and the Straw Hat Theatre, BANC PIC 2019.044, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift ; of Maryan Tooker ; 2018 and 2019.
Related collection: Betty Cole diary (BANC MSS 2018/242).
Betty Cole (1929-2015) was born in Chico, California and had an interest in musical theater from an early age. In 1951, she joined the Straw Hat Theatre group and toured with the troupe in New England in 1953. In 1954, she married Warner Tooker, whom she divorced in 1972, before remarrying Lew Graham. She learned to play acoustic guitar and formed a folk group called The Untrapped Housewives that later became The Chimney Corner Singers and performed at various venues in South Lake Tahoe. Cole passed away in Reno, Nevada on November 28, 2015.


Albums (Books)
Photograph albums.

Physical Description:

approximately 550 photographs in 2 boxes and 2 sleeves : chiefly gelatin silver prints and film negatives ; various sizes




BANC PIC 2019.044--AX box 1
BANC PIC 2019.044--NEG box 1
BANC PIC 19xx-2020--NEG(strip) misc. box 7
BANC PIC 2019.044



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COLLECTION STORED, IN PART, OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.