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Series VI: Financial Records, 1919-1970

Call Number: YCAL MSS 436, Series VI

Scope and Contents

This series of financial records documents the Theatre Guild's various fiscal activities from 1919 to 1970, with the majority of material dating from the 1920s through the 1960s. Administrative Financial Records (1919-1967) consist of stockholders records, including meeting minutes, agreements, certificates, several files relating to individual stockholders, and account books; financial records of Lawrence Langner and Armina Marshall Langner; audit reports and weekly, monthly, and annual financial statements. Production Files (circa 1920-1969) include a variety of materials documenting the expenditures for and income from Theatre Guild productions including cost statements, periodic financial statements and related correspondence, tax related documents and other associated material. Box Office Records (1919-1962) include box office receipt books as well as printed cards used to note receipts from each performance within a given week. Payroll Records (1921-1956) consist of lists for individual productions which include names of actors and other production personnel for both touring and New York productions, with weekly salaries and any special contractual agreements noted. Account Books and Ledgers (1919-1970) include general and subsidiary ledgers; weekly accounts of vouchers, general registers, subscribers, receipts, and other accounts; ledgers for individual productions; and production expenses/running costs ledgers. There are also account books for the Theatre Guild's radio productions. Contracts (1927-1948) include agreements made between the Theatre Guild and representatives of venues (theatres, halls, high school auditoriums) where productions were performed; contracts with several authors and composers of the 1925, 1926, and 1930 productions of Garrick Gaieties; and Actors’ Equity, American Federation of Musicians, Association of Theatrical Agents and Managers, and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees contracts with actors and other production personnel of various companies of Carousel and Oklahoma!


  • 1919-1970


Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 1267-1269, 1289-1292, 1303, 1319, and 1328-1333 are restricted pending preservation treatment.

Boxes 1483-1490 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Art 1570-1572, 1599: Restricted fragile. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Box 1597: Restricted fragile. Reference surrogates have been substituted in the main files. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Broadside 1598: Restricted fragile. For further information consult the appropriate curator.


Series VI is organized into six subseries: Administrative Financial Records, Production Files, Box Office Records, Payroll Records, Account Books and Ledgers, and Contracts.


36.98 Linear Feet (102 boxes)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Processing Information

Some material within this series that was originally organized in three-ring binders has been removed from the binders and foldered for preservation purposes; the arrangement and any label information has been maintained. Covers of ledgers that were heavily damaged by leather red rot were removed and discarded; any label information has been maintained.

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