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William A. Speck collection of Goetheana : theater ephemera

 Collection
Call Number: YCGL MSS 24

Scope and Contents

The William A. Speck Collection of Goetheana: Theater Ephemera consists of eighteenth- through twentieth-century theater playbills, programs, broadsides, posters, and other ephemera documenting performances of plays, operas, magic and puppet shows, burlesques and lectures based on works by Goethe (primarily Faust) and other German and European writers and composers. The collection reveals the extent to which Goethe's work was popularized and incorporated into a wide range of theatrical and musical performance genres. While the majority of materials document performances in Germany, performances in other European and American cities are also represented. The collection also includes original catalogue cards which formerly served to provide access to the collection.

Dates

  • circa 1725-1984
  • Majority of material found within 1829 - 1940

Creator

Language of Materials

Chiefly in German.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The William A. Speck Collection of Goetheana: Theater Ephemera 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

Most of the material in the Speck Collection was assembled by William A. Speck. Much of the Faust material probably came from the Ehrhardt Collection, purchased by the library in 1922. Additional items have been added more recently by the library.

Arrangement

Organized into three series: I. Performances of Goethe's Works and Other Productions Based on Them, circa 1725-1984. II. Performances of Plays and Operas by Other Writers, 1759-1929. III Additional Playbills, Programs, Posters, and Other Ephemera, 1806-1934.

Associated Materials

Associated Materials: William A. Speck Collection of Goetheana: Manuscripts (YCGL MSS 6), William A. Speck Collection of Goetheana: Music (YCGL MSS 9), and William A. Speck Collection of Prints (YCGL MSS 11), Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Extent

2 Linear Feet ((10 boxes) + 5 broadside folders)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.specktheater

Overview

The William A. Speck Collection of Goetheana: Theater Ephemera consists of eighteenth- through twentieth-century theater playbills, programs, broadsides, posters, and other ephemera documenting performances of plays, operas, magic and puppet shows, burlesques and lectures based on works by Goethe (primarily Faust) and other German and European writers and composers.

William A. Speck (1864-1928)

William A. Speck, the son of German immigrants, was born in New York City in 1864. A pharmacist by profession, he amassed the largest Goethe collection outside of Germany. In 1913, he and his collection came from Haverstraw, New York to Yale, where he served as curator of the collection until his death in 1928. For further biographical information on William A. Speck and a general history and description of the Speck Collection, see the finding aid for the William A. Speck Collection of Goetheana: Manuscripts (YCGL MSS 6).

Processing Information

This finding aid was produced primarily from information on the folders in which the material was formerly housed. All pertinent descriptive information has been retained, including photocopies of folder labels and see references on cards within the folders. "Speck numbers" formerly used to classify material have been replaced by standard box and folder references.
Title
Guide to the William A. Speck Collection of Goetheana: Theater Ephemera
Status
Under Revision
Author
by Susan Brady and Andrea Benefiel
Date
September 2009
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

Contact:
P. O. Box 208330
New Haven CT 06520-8330 US
(203) 432-2977

Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

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