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Daly's Theater records, 1872-1899

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0322
Bib ID 4078679 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Daly's Theatre (New York, N.Y. : 30th Street)
Title Daly's Theater records, 1872-1899
Physical Description 1 linear feet (11 volumes)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

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This collection consists of ten volumes of business records connected with the operation of Daly's Theatre between 1872 and 1899. Included are cash account books recording income and expenditures, rosters of personnel, attendance books for members of the company, salary accounts, receipt books, and one volume having to do with directions for the settings for various plays.

  • Series I: Theater Record Books

  • Series II: Box Office Records

    Give the run, the date, the Title, the Weather and Remarks of how events may conflict with box office. For example 4 Season, 9 Week, 60 Performance, Friday November 1, 1872 Play: Road to Ruin, Weather: Fine, Remarks: Horse epidemic still prevailing. Many large political meetings.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Daly's Theater records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Archival Materials

Related material is in the Dramatic Museum Collection and the Dramatic Library Manuscript Collection.


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number--M-59.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/89.

Revision Description

2010-01-27 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Account books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Attendance records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cashbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Financial records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Payrolls Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Personnel records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Receipts (financial records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Daly's Theatre (New York, N.Y. : 5th Avenue) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Daly, Augustin, 1838-1899 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dramatists, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drew, John Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Performing arts -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rehan, Ada, 1857-1916 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theater -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theater critics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theaters -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theatrical managers -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Augustin Daly, American playwright, adaptor, and critic, is often considered as one of America's greatest theatrical managers. He opened his first New York theater, The Fifth Avenue in 1869 and a few years later established his famous Daly's Theatre on Broadway with a stock company in which John Drew and Ada Rehan were stars and many other 19th century luminaries appeared from time to time.