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Learned supplementary collection on German-language theater

Ms. Coll. 902

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Learned, Marion Dexter, 1857-1917
Title:
Learned supplementary collection on German-language theater
Date [inclusive]:
1879-1912
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 902
Extent:
12 boxes
Language:
German
Language note:
In German
Cite as:
Learned supplementary collection on German-language theater, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Marion Dexter Learned was a professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania from 1895 to 1917, serving as the department's first chair.

Scope and Contents

Collection assembled by Learned on German-language theater performed in Philadelphia in the last quarter of the 19th century and first decade of the 20th century. Among the materials documenting twelve plays are annoted published texts, manuscript role books, playbills, and music, although not all forms of material exist for each title. Also included in the collection are scrapbooks of (1) newspaper clippings documenting the history of the German-language theater in Philadelphia, in particular the years 1870 to 1894, and (2) programs for the Arch Street Deutsches Theater Programm, 1901-1904, 1907-1908. The majority of the collection was originally the property of Theodor Bloch, a German immigrant who was active in German-language theater in Philadelphia from approximately the mid-1860s until at least 1895.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2012

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Nancy M. Shawcross

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Transferred/donated by Archives and Special Collections, Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pennsylvania), 2012.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

At the University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts:

Learned Collection on German Language Theater, 1832-1898 (bulk 1873-1895), Ms. Coll. 638

Marion Dexter Learned papers, circa 1885-1913, Ms. Coll. 705

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Arch Street Theatre (Philadelphia, Pa.).
  • Germania Theater. (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Form/Genre(s)
  • Librettos
  • Manuscripts, American--19th century
  • Manuscripts, German--19th century
  • Playbills
  • Prompt books
  • Scores
  • Scrapbooks
  • Scripts
  • Theater programs
Subject(s)
  • Performing arts
  • Theater
  • Theater--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia

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Collection Inventory

Box

Graupenmüller.

1

Hendemann und Sohn.

2

Der Jongleur.

3

Kläffer.

4

Klein Geld.

5

Eine leichte Person.

6

Der letzte Thaler.

7

Das Mädel ohne Geld.

8

Moses und Propheten.

9

Sodom und Gomorrah.

10

Die Spitzenkönigen.

11

Undine, oder.

12

Eine verlorene Seele, and miscellaneous material.

12

Scrapbooks.

13

Scrapbooks, 1870-1877.

14

Scrapbooks, 1876-1877.

15

Scrapbooks, 1879-1880.

16

Scrapbooks, 1881.

17

Scrapbooks, 1882-1890.

18

Scrapbooks, 1891-1892.

19

Scrapbooks, 1892-1893.

20

Scrapbooks, 1893-1894.

21

Arch Street Deutsches Theater Programm programs, 1901-1904, 1907-1908.

22