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Theatre Playbills and Programs Collection

Theater programs of the late 19th and 20th centuries, (approximately 8,500 items).

The largest of the division's theater program collections is the Theater Playbills and Programs Collection which consists of theater programs divided into multiple series with individually cataloged programs and playbills.

Items are organized by subject, format and donor and include Shakespeare plays, historical American playbills, foreign productions, souvenir programs, scrapbooks and miscellany. There is a special card file index located in the divison's reading room.

The Theater Playbills and Programs Collection includes materials from the following:

  • The Arts Club of Washington (Washington, D.C.) (1924-1935) A collection of theater programs for performances by the Arts Club of Washington between 1924 and 1935.
  • The Blackfriars (University of Alabama), 1937-1942. A collection of theater programs for performances by the Blackfriars Theatre group at the University of Alabama under the direction of Lester Raines between 1937 and 1942.
  • Burton Holmes Travelogue Programs (1903-1936) A small collection of scattered programs and playbills for travelogues by Burton Holmes (1903-1932). Venues include the National Theater (1912-1920) and New National Theater (1923-1936) in Washington, D.C. and single programs from the Lyric Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland (1903) and Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Illinois (1931-1932).
  • Carolina Playmakers (1938-1939) A collection of theater programs and playbills for performances of the Carolina Playmakers under Frederick H. Koch from 1938-1939. Also includes promotional materials and oversize playbills.
  • Carolina Playmakers (1940-1947) A collection of theater programs and playbills for performances of the Carolina Playmakers under Frederick H. Koch from 1940-1943 and 1946-1947. Also includes promotional materials, season subscription and scholarship application forms and oversize playbills.
  • Dinner, luncheon and breakfast menus and programs miscellany (1869-1938): A small collection of items from 1869 to 1938 that include menus for dinners, luncheons, breakfasts and banquets with associated entertainments or ceremony programs. Items are from various locations including Albany, Brooklyn, New York City and Niagara Falls, New York and one item from Geneva, Switzerland with most items from Washington, D.C. Includes a few seating lists, invitations and song sheets. Items were found in the Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division Theater Playbills and Programs Collection miscellany.
  • Drama League of America, Washington Center bulletins (1912-1915): A collection of miscellaneous bulletins of the Playgoing Committee, Washington Center of the Drama League from November 4, 1912 to April 19, 1915.
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