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Savoy Company records

Ms. Coll. 905

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Savoy company, Philadelphia.
Title:
Savoy Company records
Date [inclusive]:
1901-2010
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 905
Extent:
226 linear feet (326 boxes)
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Savoy Company is the oldest amateur theater company dedicated to the production of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. The collection contains administrative material, programs, musical and vocal scores, scrapbooks, audio-visual material and photographs which document its annual performance.
Cite as:
The Savoy Company records, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

The Savoy Company of Philadelphia was founded in 1901 by Dr. Alfred Reginald Allen with the assistance of his sister Anne Carrington Allen (Nance) and Maria Scott Beale (Rydie). Dr. Allen's intent was for the Company to perform the operas based on the original English staging. He believed Americans had ruined the operas in their attempt to circumvent copyright laws.

Despite Dr. Allen's resignation from the Company in 1902, it has produced one of the thirteen surviving Gilbert and Sullivan operas annually since its inception, excluding the years 1918-1919, and 1942-1945 due to the World Wars. The operas performed include Trial by Jury;  The Sorcerer;  H.M.S. Pinafore;  The Pirates of Penzance;  Patience;  Iolanthe;  Princess Ida;  The Mikado,  Ruddigore;  The Yeomen of the Guard;  The Gondoliers;  Utopia, Limited; and  The Grand Duke. The productions are produced entirely through the volunteer labor of the Company’s membership, which includes the actors, chorus members, backstage crew, board members, officers and committee chairs.

Revenue from each performance is donated to local charities including the Alfred Reginald Allen Scholarship Fund. The Fund was established in 1921 by Savoy members in memory of its founder and supports the acquisition of books and scores for the University of Pennsylvania’s Otto E. Albrecht Music Library.

Scope and Contents

The Savoy Company records provide insight into the workings of the Savoy Company from its founding in 1901 through the beginning of the twenty-first century. Ranging from files pertaining to the Company's history and productions to the files of individual Company presidents, members, administrative board and committees. The first five sections constitute the bulk of the collection and provide the most insight into the Company's daily functioning. The remaining sections include programs and publicity materials, opera scores and parts, published annals, scrapbooks and photo albums, audio-visual, miscellaneous and oversize materials.

The structure of the collection deviates minimally from that of the Records as they were transferred from the Company to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and so reflects the Company's organizational structure. The distinction between production and presidential files, for example, though their contents overlap, indicates a separation between administrative and production-related responsibilities.

Throughout the lifespan of the Company represented in this collection, its members have consistently and actively not only preserved materials important to Company history, but published annals of its history in increasing detail; these can be found in Series VIII. Noteworthy items in the collection can also be found in the Historical Files, including correspondence between early Company members and from W.S. Gilbert, and the Company Files and miscellaneous sections, including early bound books of minutes, accounts and performance roles.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2013

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Leah Germer

Access Restrictions

The bulk of this collection is open for research use; however, access to original audio/visual materials and computer files (located in Series X. Audio-Visual) is restricted. The Kislak Center will provide access to the information on these materials from duplicate master files. If the original does not already have a copy, it will be sent to an outside vendor for copying. Patrons are financially responsible for the cost. The turnaround time from request to delivery of digital items is about two weeks for up to five items and three to seven weeks for more than five items. Please contact Reprographic Services (reprogr@upenn.edu) for cost estimates and ordering. Once digital items are received, researchers will have access to the files on a dedicated computer in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. Researchers should be aware of specifics of copyright law and act accordingly.

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

Gift of The Savoy Company, 2011.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Audiovisual materials
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Concert programs
  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Scores
Personal Name(s)
  • Gilbert, W.S. (William Schwenck), 1836-1911
  • Sullivan, Arthur, Sir, 1842-1900
Subject(s)
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Operas--Scores

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Other Finding Aids

The personal papers founder Alfred Reginald Allen and his son are located at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Collection Inventory

I.  Historical Files.

Scope and Contents note

Arranged Chronologically.

Box Folder

Undated; 1901.

1 1-4

Roesham letter to Lippincott, 1902.

1 5

1903-1905.

1 6-7

Gilbert Letter to Lippincott, 1904.

1 8

1905-1920.

1 9-21

Booklet: History of the Savoy Company, 1921.

1 22

1923-1934.

1 23-34

Booklet: History of the Savoy Company, 1936.

1 35

1937-1940.

1 36-38

1940-1947.

2 39-50

1948-1949.

3 51-54

Savoy Song, 1950.

3 55

1950-1955.

3 56-65

1956-1970.

4 66-70

Eddy Letter to Hood, 1958.

4 71

1958-1961.

4 72-81

1962-1967.

5 82-95

1968-1970.

6 96-106

1970-1974.

7 107-118

1975-1976.

8 119-128

1976-1978.

9 129-140

1978-1981.

10 141-152

1982-1995.

11 153-169

1995-2006.

12 170-178

Annals, 1951-1980.

13 179-193

Annals, 1980-1992.

14 194-205

Annals; Annals Committee, 2001 and undated.

15 206-215

By-laws and Charter, 1912-1990.

16 216-225

Constitution, Policies and Standard Operating Procedures, 1912-2002.

16 227-228

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II.  Production Files.

Series Description

Arranged chronologically; see Savoy Annals 1901-2001 p. 24 for lists of the years in which each production was done. Contents for each production generally include the following subheadings: Academy of Music, Budget, Casting, Costumes, Events, General, Longwood, Miscellaneous, Music, Production, Program, Publicity, Rehearsals, Scenery, Schedule, Stage Direction, and Stage Management.

Box Folder

1960-1966.

17 229-237

1967-1972.

18 238-257

1972-1974.

19 258-268

1974-1976.

20 269-290

1977.

21 291-309

1977-1978.

22 310-327

1978-1979.

23 328-344

1979-1980.

24 345-359

1980-1983.

25 360-368

1981.

26 369-382

1982.

27 383-389

1983-1984.

28 390-407

1984-1986.

29 408-422

1986-1987.

30 423-430

1988.

31 431-443

1988-1990.

32 444-459

1990-1991.

33 460-473

1991-1994.

34 474-485

Grand Duke Press and P.R., 1994.

35

1994-1996.

36 486-494

1997-2004.

37 495-505

2004.

38

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III.  Presidential Files.

Series Description

Arranged chronologically; see Savoy Annals, 1901-2001 for a complete list of company presidents.

Box Folder

Ruth, 1967-1968.

39

Willoughby, 1969-1970.

40-42

Willoughby, 1969-1970; Tuttle, 1971-1972.

43 506-510

Knight: Admissions-Cast, 1975-1976.

44 511-523

Knight: Club House-Longwood, 1975-1976.

45 524-540

Knight: Longwood-Publicity, 1975-1976.

46 541-552

Knight: Publicity-75th Anniversary, 1975-1976.

47 553-565

Pierce: Academy of Music-Correspondence, 1980-1981.

48 566-578

Pierce: D.C. Memorial-Rehearsals, 1980-1981.

49 579-593

Pierce: Taxes-Trial Troupe, 1980-1981.

50 594-599

Carnwath: Admissions-Tickets, 1983-1984.

51 600-620

Berwind: Academy-Entertainment, 1985-1986.

52 621-636

Berwind: Envoy-Publicity, 1985-1986.

53 637-652

Berwind: Publicity-Tickets, 1985-1986.

54 653-658

Nimick: Academy-Tickets, 1988-1989.

55 659-681

Randall: Beneficiary-Tickets, 1990-1991.

56 682-703

Randall: Bound Calendars, 1990-1991.

57

Crumlish: Academy-Financial, 1992-1993.

58 704-716

Crumlish: Financial-Traveling Troupe, 1992-1993.

59 717-733

Tyler: Academy-Financial, 1994-1995.

60 734-754

Tyler: Financial-Miscellaneous, 1994-1995.

61 755-767

Tyler: Nominating-Taxes, 1994-1995.

62 768-782

Porter: Academy-Events, 1996-1997.

63 783-794

Porter: Financial-Rehearsals, 1996-1997.

64 795-805

Porter: Summer Festival-Tickets, 1996-1997.

65 806-807

Porter: Arco Chemical Grant and Rental Proposal, 1996-1997.

66

Bosch: Academy-Business Volunteers, 1998-1999.

67 808-823

Bosch: Calendar-G&S Festival, 1998-1999.

68 824-838

Bosch: Grants-Production, 1998-1999.

69 839-854

Bosch: Production-Tickets, 1998-1999.

70 855-868

Bosch: Tickets-100 Year Gala, 1998-1999.

71 869-874

Wittich: Academy-Mann Advertising, 2000-2001.

72 875-894

Wittich: Mann Advertising-Mann Program Design, 2000-2001.

73 895-912

Wittich: Mann Programs-Publicity, 2000-2001.

74 913-923

Wittich: Publicity-100th Anniversary, 2000-2001.

75 924-929

Wittich, 2000.

76

Segermark: Academy-Funding, 2002-2003.

77 930-960

Segermark: Global Neighborhood-Quotas, 2002-2003.

78 961-980

Segermark: Rehearsal-Website, 2002-2003.

79 981-991

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IV.  Member Files.

Series Description

Files of individual members who held office are arranged alphabetically and chronologically thereunder.

Box Folder

Berwind Files, 1979-1987.

80 992-1003

Knight Files, 1968-1981.

81 1004-1020

Knight Files, 1981-1986.

82 1021-1028

Knight Files, 1987-2000.

83 1029-1038

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V.  Company Files.

Series Description

Files of groups/committees within the Company. Arranged chronologically within each category.

Box Folder

Meetings of the Board, 1974-1977.

84

Meetings of the Board, 1976-1978.

85

Meetings of the Board, 1981-1998.

86 1039-1047

Meetings of the Board, 1991-1992.

87

Meetings of the Board, 1998-2003.

88 1048-1056

Board of Directors, 1968-1987.

89 1057-1067

Minutes, 1902-2006.

90-108

Committees: Building, 1997-1999.

109

Committees: Entertainment and Guide for Committee Chairman, 1970-1973.

110

Committees: Entertainment, 1992.

111

Committees: Program, 1970.

112

Committees: Publicity, 1974, 1976.

113

Committees: Tickets, 1968-1980.

114 1068-1077

Building Fund, 1981-1999.

115 1078-1084

Building Fund, 1997-1999.

116-117

Traveling Troupe, 1963-2007.

118 1085-1098

Traveling Troupe Music.

119-121

England Trip, 1972-1980.

122 1099-1108

England and British Isles Trips, 1980-1983.

123 1109-1121

England and France Trips, 1985-1988.

124 1122-1125

Costume Files, 1986-1994.

125-130

Hood & Company, 1963-1965.

131

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Printed Materials.

Series Description

Arranged chronologically within each category.

Box Folder

Savoy Envoy, 1985-2006.

132 1126-1147

Membership Season Booklet, 1957-2010.

133 1148-1153

Publicity Flyers.

134

Programs, 1901-1926.

135 1154-1188

Programs, 1927-1948.

136 1189-1208

Programs, 1949-1961.

137 1209-1222

Programs, 1961-1967.

138 1223-1230

Programs, 1968-1972.

139 1231-1241

Programs, 1973-1977.

140 1242-1251

Programs, 1977-1981.

141 1252-1261

Programs, 1981-1985.

142 1262-1274

Programs, 1985-1988.

143 1275-1283

Programs, 1989-1991.

144 1284-1289

Programs, 1992-1995.

145 1290-1295

Programs, 1996-2000.

146 1296-1304

Programs, 2000-2003.

147 1305-1309

Programs, 2004-2008.

148 1310-1314

Programs, 2009-2010.

149 1315-1316

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VII.  Librettos, Parts, Scores and Orchestrations.

Series Description

Arranged alphabetically by opera title within each category. Staging scores refer to scores with staging notes written and pasted into them.

A.  Librettos.

Box Folder

Mikado,  Ruddigore,  H.M.S. Pinafore,  Princess Ida,  Ruddigore,  Sorcerer,  Utopia, Limited.

150

B.  Parts.

Box Folder

Grand Duke: Strings.

151

Grand Duke: Winds, Brass, Percussion.

152

Grand Duke: Conductor's Score.

153

Iolanthe.

157

Pirates of Penzance.

155

Trial by Jury.

156

Utopia Limited.

157

Mikado: Violin I.

158

Mikado: Violin II, Viola, Cello.

159

Mikado: Cello, Bass.

160

Mikado: Flute.

161

Mikado: Reeds.

162

Mikado: Brass, Percussion, Full Score.

163

C.  Orchestrations.

Box Folder

Gondoliers,  Iolanthe,  Princess Ida,  Ruddigore,  Sorcerer,  Utopia, Limited: Vocal Score.

164

D.  Vocal Score.

Box Folder

Cox and Box.

165

Gondoliers.

166-168

Grand Duke.

169-170

H.M.S. Pinafore.

171-173

Iolanthe.

174-175

Mikado.

176-177

Patience.

178-182

Pirates of Penzance.

183-186

Princess Ida.

187-188

Ruddigore.

189-190

The Sorcerer.

191-193

Thespis.

194

Trial by Jury.

195-196

Utopia, Limited.

197

Yeomen of the Guard.

198-199

The Sorcerer/  Trial by Jury (photocopies).

200

Thespis,  Utopia, Limited (photocopies).

201

Mann Gala Concert (photocopy).

202

E.  Staging Scores.

Box Folder

Gondoliers,  Grand Duke.

203

H.M.S. Pinafore.

204-205

Iolanthe.

206-207

Mikado.

208-207

Patience,  Pirates of Penzance.

210

Princess Ida.

211

Ruddigore.

212

The Sorcerer.

213

Yeomen of the Guard.

214-215

.

216

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VIII.  Annals.

Series Description

Bound publications arranged chronologically.

Box Folder

1901-1940.

217

1901-1950.

218

1960 Supplement; Annals, 1901-1980.

219

1901-1980.

220

1981-1990 Supplement;, 1901-2001.

221

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IX.  Scrapbooks, Photo albums and Photographs.

Series Description

Arranged chronologically.

A.  Scrapbooks.

Box Folder

Scrapbook, 1901-1905; 1915.

222

Scrapbook, 1901-1907.

223

Scrapbook, 1902-1905.

224

Scrapbook, 1902-1906.

225

Scrapbook, 1906-1907.

226

Scrapbook, 1908-1911.

227

Scrapbook, 1912-1916.

228

Scrapbook, 1917-1936.

229

Scrapbook, 1938.

230

Scrapbook, 1939.

231

Scrapbook, 1940.

232

Scrapbook, 1941.

233

Scrapbook, 1949-1953.

234

Scrapbook, 1950 and 1954.

235

Scrapbook, 1964-1966.

241

Scrapbook, 1970s-1980s.

244

Scrapbook, 1978.

248

Scrapbook, 1979.

249

Scrapbook, 1981.

252

Scrapbook, 1982.

253

Scrapbook, 1983.

254

Scrapbook, 1985-1986.

256

Scrapbook, 1955.

236-237

Scrapbook, 1956.

238

Scrapbook, 1956-1957.

249

Scrapbook, 1957-1959.

240

Scrapbook, 1968-1969.

242

Scrapbook, 1970s.

243

Scrapbook, 1976.

245-246

Scrapbook, 1977.

247

Scrapbook, 1980.

250-251

Scrapbook, 1985.

255

B.  Photo albums.

Box Folder

Photo album, 1956.

257

Photo album, 1961.

258

Photo album, 1961.

259

Photo album, 1988-2007.

260

Photo album, 1995.

261

Photo album, 1996.

262

Photo album, 1997-1999.

263

Photo album, 1998.

264

Photo album, 2000.

265

Photo album, 2001.

266

Photo album, 2001.

267

Photo album, 2001.

268

Photo album, 2003-2004.

269

Photo album, 2005-2006.

270

Photo album, 2007.

271

Photo album, undated.

272

C.  Photographs.

Box Folder

Photographs, 1906-1956.

273

Photographs, 1957-1960.

274

Photographs, 1961-1963.

275

Photographs, 1964-1965.

276

Photographs, 1966-1967.

277

Photographs, 1968-1969.

278

Photographs, 1970-1971.

279

Photographs, 1972-1973.

280

Photographs, 1974-1975.

281

Photographs, 1976-1978.

282

Photographs, 1979-1983.

283

Photographs, 1984-1985.

284

Photographs, 1986-1989.

285

Photographs, 1990-1992.

286

Photographs, 1993.

287

Photographs, 1994.

288

Photographs, 1995.

289

Photographs, 1996.

290

Photographs, 1997.

291

Photographs, 1998.

292

Photographs, 1998.

293

Photographs, 1998-1999.

294

Photographs, 1995.

295

Photographs, 2000.

296

Photographs, 2001-2002, 2007.

297

Portraits, Ad Photos and Undated.

298

Duplicate Photographs, 1939-2001.

299-300

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X.  Audio-Visual.

Conditions Governing Access note

Access to original audio/visual materials and computer files is restricted. The Kislak Center will provide access to the information on these materials from duplicate master files. If the original does not already have a copy, it will be sent to an outside vendor for copying. Patrons are financially responsible for the cost. The turnaround time from request to delivery of digital items is about two weeks for up to five items and three to seven weeks for more than five items. Please contact Reprographic Services (reprogr@upenn.edu) for cost estimates and ordering. Once digital items are received, researchers will have access to the files on a dedicated computer in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. Researchers should be aware of specifics of copyright law and act accordingly.

LPs, 1952-1961.

Box
301-306
Folder
Box Folder

1951-1960.

301

1960 May 13-June 4.

301

1981 May 29-June 6.

305

1970 May 22-June 9.

304

1982 May 28-June 5.

305

1965 May 14-June5.

302

1974 May 31-June 10.

303

1985 May 17-June 1.

306

1958 May 9-June 21.

301

1978 May 19-June 3.

305

1968 May 31-June 8.

304

1963 May 17-June 8.

302

1972 May 19-June 3.

304

1983 June 3-June 18.

306

1961 May 12-June 3.

301

1984 May 18-June 2.

306

1971 May 14-June 5.

304

1957 May 10-June 22.

301

1967 May 19-June 3.

302

1976 May 21-June 5.

303

1966 May 20-June 4.

302

1979 June 1-June 9.

305

1962 May 11-June 2.

302

1973 May 4-June 2.

303

1952 May 16-June 7.

301

1964 May 15-June 6.

302

1977 May 27-June 11.

303

1953 May 15-June 6.

301

1975 May 16-June 9.

303

1959 May 15-June 6.

301

1969 May 9-June 7.

304

1980 May 16-May 31.

305

Cassette and CD.

Box
307
Folder
Box Folder

1996 July 14.

307

Rotary Club of Lewes rehearsal, undated.

307

Savoy at Met Museum, 1998 October 24.

307

1986.

307

May 26-June 10 2006.

307

Slides.

Box Folder

Princess Ida-1966;  Gondoliers-1970.

308

Iolanthe, 1978.

309

Reel to Reel.

Box
310-311
Folder
Box Folder

1973 May 19.

311

undated.

310

VHS.

Box
312-313
Folder
Box Folder

1997 May 15.

312

1989.

313

2001 May 24-May 26.

312

1995 May 25.

312

Newsmakers: Sam Griffin, 2001 May 3.

312

1999 June 3.

312

1990.

313

2002 May 17-June 1.

312

1986 May 16.

313

1998 May 14.

312

Savoy Company sings the National Anthem, Phillies game, 2000.

312

1991 June 7.

313

1991 May.

313

1991 June 7.

313

1988.

312

2000 May 18.

312

WYBE commercial for Princess Ida, 2002.

312

1992.

313

DVD, 2008-2009.

Box
314
Folder
Box Folder

Patience, Longwood Gardens, 2008 June 15.

314

Pirates of Penzance, Longwood Gardens, 2009 June 12.

314

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XI.  Miscellaneous and Oversize.

Box Folder

Account Book, 1902-1910.

315

Role Book, 1926-1936.

316

Kelly Writers House.

317-318

Props.

319

Miscellaneous.

320

Oversized: Photographs.

321

Oversized: Framed Photographs.

322

Oversized: Newspaper Clippings.

323-324

Oversized: Posters.

325-326

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