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Guide to the Chicago Drama Performances Index 1839-1955

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

Chicago Drama Performances. Index

Dates:

1839-1955

Size:

29.5 linear feet (59 boxes)

Repository:

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

Abstract:

Compiled by University of Chicago Professor Napier Wilt. Primarily index cards with information on theatrical performances in Chicago theaters, 1839-1955. Cards include title of play, dates of performances, author, theater where play was performed, actors, and sometimes comments on the play. Also includes scripts, playbills, reviews, and some information on New York theaters in the 20th century.

Information on Use

Access

The collection is open for research.

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Chicago Drama Performances Index [Box #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Scope Note

The Chicago Drama Performances Index represents a record of theatrical performance in the Chicago theaters from 1839-1955. There is also some information on New York theaters in the twentieth century. The Chicago Drama Performances Index is the result of theater history projects conducted by Napier Wilt, a faculty member in the University of Chicago's Department of English who specialized in the study of theater. The index was developed over a period of time by Wilt, with contributions from his students and colleagues.

The material is collected in multiple index files, as well as on unindexed cards. The largest and most cohesive files are an author index, title index, chronological index, index of plays performed annually, indexes of German plays, and an actor index.

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Napier Wilt. Papers

Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Box 1

Author Index, à Beckett -- Oxenford

Box 2

Author Index, Pacaud -- Zangwill

Box 2

Author Index, Anonymous authors

Box 2

Alphabetical list of plays, Abadella -- Bertha; or, The Sewing Machine Girl

Box 2

Alphabetical list of and notes on plays, Chatterton -- A Trip to Chinatown

Box 2

Reviews of plays

Box 2

Miscellaneous cards of theater reviews and play lists

Box 3

Title Index, A.D. 1900 (What Are We Coming To?) -- Ballet Russe

Box 4

Title Index, Ballet Theater -- Broken Wing

Box 5

Title Index, Brollopet pa Ulfasa -- The Clockmaker's Troubles

Box 6

Title Index, The Clod - Divorçons, 1826-1952

Box 7

Title Index, Dixie -- Father Malachy's Miracle

Box 8

Title Index, Fatinitza -- The Gipsy Trail

Box 9

Title Index, Giralda -- His Grace the Duke

Box 10

Title Index, His Grace of Grammont -- Joshua Whitcomb

Box 11

Title Index, Josie, The Little Madcap -- Living Mask

Box 12

Title Index, Living on Air -- Mary Stuart

Box 13

Title Index, Mary Tudor -- Mutt and Jeff's Wedding

Box 14

Title Index, The Mutton Trial -- The Organ Grinder

Box 15

Title Index, Oriana -- Pousse Café

Box 16

Title Index, Pouter’s Wedding -- Romeo and Juliet

Box 17

Title Index, Romeo Jaffer Jenkins -- Sleep No More

Box 18

Title Index, A Sleep of Prisoners -- Three’s a Crowd

Box 19

Title Index, Thrice Married -- The Usurper

Box 20

Title Index, V.V.V. -- The Wyoming Whoop

Box 21

Title Index, Yacup (The Peddler’s Story) -- Ziegfeld Follies of 1910

Box 21

German plays, notes and indexes, 1834-1928

Box 21

German and Swedish plays, alphabetical index, 1834-1928

Box 22

German language theater, chronological index, 1876-1897

Box 22

German language theater, drama titles, 1861-1871

Box 22

German language theater, play titles, 1859-1922

Box 22

Chronological Index, 1872-1878

Box 23

Chronological Index, 1879-1889

Box 24

Chronological Index, 1889-1894

Box 25

Chronological Index, 1894-1908

Box 26

Chronological Index, 1902-1905

Box 27

Chronological Index, May 1905-August 1907

Box 28

Chronological Index, September 1907-1913

Box 29

Chronological Index, 1914-1920

Box 30

Chronological Index, 1921-1929

Box 31

Chronological Index, 1930-1955

Box 31

Plays annually by title, A-Z, 1902

Box 32

Plays annually by title, A-Z, 1903

Box 32

Plays annually by title, A-Z, 1904-1905

Box 33

Plays annually by title, A-Z, 1906

Box 33

Plays annually by title, A-Z, 1907

Box 33

Plays annually by title, A-Q, 1908

Box 34

Plays annually by title, R-Z, 1908

Box 34

Plays annually by title, A-Z, 1914

Box 34

Dictionary of critical terms of Chicago and New York theaters for 1873-1874

Box 34

Book reviews, A.E., Voices of the Stones – Stefan Zweig, Passion and Pain, 1924-1925

Box 34

Calendar of book releases, 1924-1925

Box 34

Play reviews, 1920-1931

Box 34

Play reviews, 1921-1922

Box 34

Play reviews, 1876-1877

Box 34

Unfiled chronological index sheets, 1855-1867

Box 35

Unfiled chronological index sheets, 1868-1871

Box 35

Unfiled actor index sheets, 1837-1881

Box 35

Play sheets, 1857-1862

Box 36

Play sheets, 1863-1865

Box 36

Bound play sheets, 1860-1877

Box 37

Bound play sheets, 1885

Box 37

Actor index, Abbey -- Gutherie

Box 38

Actor index, by name, Habelman -- Waverly

Box 39

Actor index, by name, Weatherman – Zorete, 1858-1890

Box 39

Actor index, Barili – Zoe, 1863

Box 39

Star index, actors before the Chicago Fire, 1839-1871

Box 40

Reviews by source, circa 1873-1889

Box 40

Notes on theatres and theatre managers, by year, 1873-1945

Box 40

Notes on censorship, ticket pricing, audience behavior, circa 1874-1889

Box 41

Bibliography by author, American drama, plays, criticism, and theory

Box 41

Art, music, literary, and political events, together with reviews and comments, 1922-

Box 41

1923

Box 41

New York theater listings by date with reviews and comments, 1924-1925

Box 41

Chicago theater listings by date with reviews and comments, 1924-1925

Box 41

Headings from the New York Times, 1924-1925

Box 41

Theater, poetry, and book reviews, 1925-1926

Box 41

Notes on William Byrd, Histories of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North

Box 41

Carolina, ed. William K. Boyd, 1929

Box 41

Bibliography, drama and literature

Box 41

English plays performed at McVicker’s Theater, Chicago, June 1860

Box 41

Plays performed at McVicker’s Theater, with review notes, 1882-1884

Box 41

Notes on Studebaker, 1897-1907

Box 41

Notes on theaters, circa 1842-1903

Box 41

Notes on the National Theater Company and the People’s Theater, 1846

Box 41

Performances by theater, 1955

Box 41

Plays by title, L, undated

Box 41

Performances of "Gamecock of the Wilderness," 1842-1861

Box 41

Plays performed by genre, 1860-1925

Box 41

Notes from the Tribune, 1880

Box 41

Notes from the Record-Herald, 1909

Box 41

Performances by date, 1870

Box 41

Plays by title, undated

Box 41

Playwrights by name, undated

Box 41

Notes on casting, undated

Box 41

Reviews from the Washington, New York, and Chicago papers, 1887-1906

Box 41

Performances by theater, 1910

Box 41

Performances by date, 1924

Box 41

French plays given in English, undated

Box 41

Matinee days for minor theaters, undated

Box 41

Notes on actors and reviews, circa 1860s

Box 41

Performances, 1839

Box 41

Reviews of the Irish Players, 1933

Box 41

Performances by the Playwrights Company, 1954

Box 41

Performances by date, 1857-1858

Box 42

Actors and directors by name, circa 1830s-1870s

Box 42

Performances by play, with review notes, 1871-1880

Box 42

Norwegian plays performed in Chicago by name, 1866-1872

Box 42

Norwegian Drama Societies in Chicago, by Napier Wilt, 1938

Box 42

Notes on performances of "Backwoodsmen," 1849

Box 42

Actors, A-G, circa 1860s

Box 43

Index corrections, circa 1899-1902

Box 43

Performances by play and date, 1874-1908

Box 43

Notes on "Adelphi" and "Hoodman Blind," circa 1880s

Box 43

Postcard of Coimbra University, Portugal, undated

Box 43

Newspaper clippings, circa 1903-1940

Box 43

Plays by title, 1886-1908

Box 43

Notes on plays, 1935

Box 43

Performances by theater, 1800-1861

Box 43

Notes on Arlington, Kelly, Leon, and Donniker’s Minstrels, circa 1860s

Box 43

Performances by date, 1886

Box 43

Notes on drama

Box 43

Plays, undated

Box 43

Performances by city, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

Box 43

Narratives of early Virginia

Box 43

Play abstracts, undated

Box 43

Performances by play, undated

Box 43

Performances by theater, 1874

Box 43

Performances by genre, 1875-1917

Box 43

Plays at the Grand Theater, circa 1914-1923

Box 43

Unsorted indexes

Box 44

Plays by title, starting at C, circa 1756-1858

Box 44

Play abstracts, John Maddison Morton

Box 44

Actors, plays, and playwrights, with notes on performances, undated

Box 45

Performances by play, circa 1830s-1880s

Box 45

Performances by play, with comments 1858-1864

Box 45

Performances by play, undated

Box 45

Performances by theater, circa 1839-1873

Box 45

Performances by theater, 1856

Box 45

Performances in Chicago, June 1876

Box 45

British and Irish playwrights and theater managers by name, circa 1750-1850

Box 45

Bibliography, Herman Melville

Box 45

Authors and playwrights by name, 1920-1931

Box 45

Notes on filing and organization, undated

Box 45

Performances with review notes, 1859

Box 45

Notes on Jewish, French, and German plays, undated

Box 45

Performances in Chicago, January 1873

Box 45

Notes on plays by name, undated

Box 45

Performances by play, 1827-1828

Box 45

Performances in London with reviews, circa 1764

Box 45

Performances in London, circa 1750s

Box 46

Performances by date, 1942-1943

Box 46

Performances by play, playwright, and director, circa 1942-1944

Box 46

Bibliographic information for books on drama, circa 1943

Box 47

Performances in New York by theater, circa 1943

Box 47

Performances by date, 1886

Box 48

Plays, 1901-1917

Box 48

Plays, 1903-1907

Box 49

Plays, 1908

Box 49

Bibliography by subject

Box 49

Bibliography by genre

Box 49

Plays by author and title, undated

Box 50

Plays by title, undated

Box 51

Performances by actor, 1941

Box 51

Performances by author, 1941

Box 51

Performances by city, 1941

Box 52

Performances by theater, 1941

Box 52

Performances by director, circa 1940-1942

Box 52

Performances by city, A-N, 1942

Box 53

Performances by city, O-W, 1942

Box 53

Performances by title, circa 1938-1944

Box 54

Performances by playwright, 1847-1857

Box 54

Play abstracts by genre, undated

Box 55

General notes by topic, undated

Box 55

Plays by title, A-B

Box 56

Plays by title, B-G

Box 57

Plays by title, G-H

Box 57

Plays by title A, with notes on reviews, circa 1805-1936

Box 57

Library call slip, undated

Box 58

Performances, 1866-1877

Box 59

Performances, 1885

Box 59

Plays by title, with notes on performances, circa nineteenth century