Souvenir performance program collection
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of souvenir performance programs, the majority of which document anniversary or other special performances of individual actors, theatrical productions, theatres, and theatrical production companies in the United States and Great Britain. There are several souvenir programs documenting dance performances and films. Some of the programs are accompanied by additional related brochures, serial issues, broadsides, etc. The program formats include single sheet programs on paper, die-cut paper board, and silk. Multi-page publications include photographs, narrative biographies and histories of individuals, theatres, and plays, and reproductions of sets and costume designs. In addition to the souvenir programs, there are a small number of programs documenting recitals and dramatic readings; school performances; religious dramas; church services and concerts; and miscellaneous meetings, ceremonies, and exhibitions. The majority of the material dates from the late-nineteenth through the mid-twentieth century.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Souvenir Performance Program Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred from the Yale Drama Library in 2007.
Material is organized into eight series: Actors; Plays; Theatres; Theatre Companies; Dance Performances; Films; Recitals and Amateur Performances; and Ceremonies, Meetings, and Exhibitions.
4.63 Linear Feet (9 boxes)
Language of Materials
A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog
The collection consists of souvenir performance programs, the majority of which document anniversary or other special performances of individual actors, theatrical productions, theatres, and theatrical production companies in the United States and Great Britain.
- Guide to the Souvenir Performance Program Collection
- Under Revision
- by Susan Brady
- July 2007
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository
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