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At a Glance
A collection of prints, photographs, pamphlets, clippings, playbills, and programs dealing with the theater, chiefly American and English, in all its aspects including drama, opera, dance, movies, puppets, and spectacles. The majority of the material documents the 19th century. This collection is divided into several units: portrait file, subject file, program file, playbill file, and scrapbooks.
Portrait File: Prints and photographs of actors, actresses, playwrights, composers, opera stars, movie stars, dancers and other performing artists. The portraits are arranged by name in three groups. 1) Prints and Photographs [60% American; 40% English and others] 2) Cabinet Photographs [75% American; 25 % English and others] 3) Carte de Visite Photographs and Prints [90% American; 10% English and others] (ca. 34,500 items) SEE CARD CATALOG FOR NAMES AND LOCATIONS
Subject File: Clippings, pamphlets, programs, prints, and photographs arranged by name and subject. Included are many prints and photographs of scenes from plays. There are extensive files on Shakespeare and Moliere. The programs included are a selective proup of twentieth century programs filed under playwright, producer, composer or other important person connected with a production. They are chiefly for the New York stage and to a lesser extent for other northeastern U. S. cities. In addition there is a selective group of late 19th and early American and English souvenir programs. (ca. 15,000 items)
Program File: A collection of mid-19th and 20th century American, English and to a lesser extent 20th century German and Austrian programs arranged alphabetically by country and subdivided alphabetically by city and theatre. The majority of these programs represent productions of the New York and London stage. For the American stage there are also miscellaneous files arranged alphabetically by title of play and by actor's name. (ca. 23,000 items)
Scrapbook File: A small collection of scrapbooks of programs, norices, reviews, photographs and other clippings relating to the American and English stage and to a lesser extent the German and Austrian stage for the late 19th and 20th centuries. (109 volumes in 46 boxes, includes index). At ReCAP
Playbill File: American and English playbill broadsides ca. 1750-1900, arranged by country and subdivided by city and theatre, chiefly the New York and London stage with some English provincial and northeastern U. S. cities represented. (ca. 18,000 items)
Poster File: A miscellaneous collection of some 400 19th and 20th century mostly English and American posters from dramatic and musical productions, minstrel shows and other theatrical entertainments. The posters are arranged by country and subdivided by lithographic company, where known. [The posters were microfiched in 1996. The only posters not filmed were duplicate copies. Researchers should use the fiche to identify posters that wnat to see]
Lantern Slides: Twelve lantern slides from various productions of "Romeo and Juliet" showing different stars in the leads (Ellen Terry, John Barrymote, etc.), three from Macbeth and one of a stage rendering from a production of "Midsummer Nights Dream." In addition there are 36 slides in the Theatre Department at Barnard College
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Restrictions on Access
This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Brander Matthews Dramatic Museum records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
317 Posters filmed on 157: Type of reproduction--microfiche (; Agency responsible for reproduction--funded by the New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Materials)
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/1989.
Scrapbooks sent to ReCAP PL 8/30/2005.