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Guide to the University of Chicago Blackfriars Records 1904-1983

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

University of Chicago. Blackfriars. Records

Dates:

1904-1933

Size:

7.5 linear feet (12 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

The records of the University of Chicago Blackfriars, a student dramatic organization, include by-laws, correspondence, contracts, lists of members, productions and officers, printed and manuscript scores of productions, posters, photographs, and recordings.

Information on Use

Access

No restrictions. Open for research.

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: University of Chicago. Blackfriars. Records, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Historical Note

The Blackfriars was formed in late 1903 by Frank R. Adams, the first Abbot of the order. Named after the notable theater of Elizabethan London, the Blackfriars was inspired by Harvard's Hasty Pudding, Princeton's Triangle, and other early collegiate musical comedy groups. Membership was restricted to male students, and included one man from each University fraternity as well as any campus actors "fitted for amusing themselves and others". The first production, a satire of the Department of Political Economy titled "The Passing of Pahli Kahn," was presented in the spring of 1904. The new organization proved to be so popular that original Blackfriars musical comedies became an eagerly awaited feature of every spring season.

While the early shows sometimes suffered from awkward staging, the Blackfriars satires of the 1920's and 1930's benefited from shrewd publicity and the aid of professional designers and directors. In the wake of the Depression and World War II, however, lavish extravaganzas were abandoned for productions of a more modest scale. In the 1950s the Blackfriars began admitting women. The group remained an active group on the University campus, finally merging with the University Theater in 1986.

Scope Note

The records of the University of Chicago Blackfriars, a student dramatic organization, comprise 7.5 linear feet of material and include by-laws, contracts, lists of productions and officers, printed and manuscript scores of productions, posters, photographs, and recordings. The collection has been arranged chronologically by production, followed by tape recordings, disk recordings, and slides.

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Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Box 1   Folder 1

By-Laws, 1914, 1927-1928; contracts, 1925-1941

Box 1   Folder 2

"Blackfriars, University of Chicago," ritual of the Blackfriars, member signatures up to the "243 seven," leather bound volume, 1904-ca. 1940

Box 1   Folder 3

Historical accounts, lists of productions, 1904-1942; list of officers, 1904-1963, 1976-1983

Box 1   Folder 4

Correspondence, 1912-1941

Box 1   Folder 5

Board meeting agendas and notes, 1982-1983

Box 2   Folder 1

"The Passing of Pahli Kahn," 1904

Box 2   Folder 2

"The King's Kalendar Keeper," 1905

Box 2   Folder 3

"The Rushing of Raxes," 1906

Box 2   Folder 4

"Sure Enough Segregation," 1907

Box 2   Folder 5

"The Sign of the Double Eagle," 1908

Box 2   Folder 6

"The Pseudo-Suffragettes," 1910

Box 2   Folder 7

Initiation banquet program, 1911

Box 2   Folder 8

"Capturing Calypso," 1911

Box 2   Folder 9

"The Pursuit of Portia," 1912

Box 2   Folder 10

"Pranks of Paprika," 1913

Box 2   Folder 11

"The Student Superior," 1914

Box 2   Folder 12

"A Night of Knights," 1915

Box 3   Folder 1

"A Rhenish Romance," 1916

Box 3   Folder 2

"Myth in Mandel," 1917

Box 3   Folder 3

"Naughty Nineties," 1919

Box 3   Folder 4-5

"Barbara Behave," 1920

Box 3   Folder 6

"The Machination of Max," 1921

Box 3   Folder 7-9

"Anybody's Girl," 1922

Box 4   Folder 1-2

"The Filming of Friars," 1923

Box 4   Folder 3-4

"So Long Susan," 1924

Box 4   Folder 5-6

"Kaiti from Haiti," 1925

Box 4   Folder 7-8

"Wallie Watch-Out," 1926

Box 5   Folder 1

"Plastered in Paris," 1927

Box 5   Folder 2-3

"The House that Jack Built," 1928

Box 5   Folder 4

"Mr. Cinderella," 1929

Box 5   Folder 5

"Smart Alec," 1930

Box 5   Folder 6

"Captain Kidd Junior," 1931

Box 5   Folder 7

"Whoa Henry!" 1932

Box 5   Folder 8

"Gypped in Egypt," 1933

Box 5   Folder 9

"Merger for Millions," 1934

Box 6   Folder 1

"In Brains We Trust," 1935

Box 6   Folder 2

"Fascist and Furious," 1936

Box 6   Folder 3

"One Foot in the Aisle," 1937

Box 6   Folder 4

"Where in the World," 1938

Box 6   Folder 5

"Love over the Line," 1939

Box 6   Folder 6

"Patients, Please," 1940

Box 6   Folder 7

"Dust It Off," 1941

Box 6   Folder 8

Clipping, 1956

Box 6   Folder 9

"Gamma Delta Iota," 1957

Box 6   Folder 10

"Sour Mash," 1959

Box 6   Folder 11

"Silver Bells and Cockle Shells," 1960

Box 6   Folder 12

"Mad Money," 1961

Box 7   Folder 1

"Sing Out Sweet Rock," 1962

Box 7   Folder 2

"Aside From All That," 1963

Box 7   Folder 3

"Casino in the Sky," 1965

Box 7   Folder 4

"Hey, Manny," 1966

Box 7   Folder 5

"The Boys from Syracuse," 1967

Box 7   Folder 6

"Amerika," 1968

Box 7   Folder 7

"The Fantastiks," 1969

Box 7   Folder 8

"The Charge of the Nubian Cavalry," 1969

Box 7   Folder 9

"Sweetlife," 1970

Box 7   Folder 10

"The Democratic Way," 1971

Box 7   Folder 11

"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," 1972

Box 7   Folder 12

"The Scholar's Progress," 1972

Box 7   Folder 13

"The Deceitful Dean," 1972

Box 8   Folder 1

"Harper's Folly," 1973

Box 8   Folder 2

"The History of Musical Comedy; From Herbert to Hair," 1973

Box 8   Folder 3-4

"Struggling Upward," 1973

Box 8   Folder 5

"What U.C. Is What You Get," 1973

Box 8   Folder 6

"The Apple Tree," 1974

Box 9   Folder 1-2

"Arthur," 1974

Box 9   Folder 3

Orientation Show, 1974

Box 9   Folder 4

Production Notes, 1974-1975

Box 9   Folder 5

"South Side Story," 1975

Box 9   Folder 6

"Anything Goes," 1975

Box 9   Folder 7

Orientation Show, 1975

Box 9   Folder 8

"The Beggar's Opera," 1976

Box 10   Folder 1-2

"Publish or Perish," 1976

Box 10   Folder 3

Orientation Show, 1976

Box 10   Folder 4

"Merlin," 1976

Box 10   Folder 5

"The Castle," 1977

Box 10   Folder 6

Orientation Show, 1977

Box 10   Folder 7

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," 1977

Box 10   Folder 8

"The Wind in the Willows," 1977

Box 10   Folder 9

"Me & Juliet," 1978

Box 10   Folder 10

"Once Upon a Mattress," 1978

Box 10   Folder 11

"Sweet Charity," 1979

Box 10   Folder 12

"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," 1979

Box 10   Folder 13

"Godspell," 1980

Box 10   Folder 14

"Man of La Mancha," 1980

Box 10   Folder 15

"Pippin," 1981

Box 10   Folder 16

"Publish or Perish," 1981

Box 10   Folder 17

"All's Fair," 1982

Box 10   Folder 18

"Guys & Dolls," 1982

Box 10   Folder 19

"Bye Bye Birdie," 1983

Box 10   Folder 20

"Roommates," undated

Box 10   Folder 21

Miscellaneous undated programs and drawings

Box 11   Folder 1

"Merlin," 1976, two cassette tapes

Box 11   Folder 2

"Merlin," 1976, two reel-to-reel tapes

Box 11   Folder 3

"Struggling Upward," 1973, two reel-to-reel tapes

Box 11   Folder 4

"Sour Mash," 1959, record, fourteen copies

Box 11   Folder 5

"Publish or Perish," 1975, three boxes of slides

Box 11   Folder 6

"Guys & Dolls," 1982, one cassette tape

Box 11   Folder 7

Two boxes of unidentified slides

Box 12   Folder 1

"Sour Mash", 1959, record, one copy

Box 12   Folder 2

"Alpha Centauri," 1958, record, seven copies

Box 12   Folder 3

"Gamma Delta Iota," 1957, record, one copy

Box 12   Folder 4

"Sing Out Sweet Rock," 1962, record, one copy