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Souvenir performance program collection

Call Number: YCAL MSS 260
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