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Charlotte Cushman Club records

Ms. Coll. 1223

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Charlotte Cushman Club (Philadelphia, Pa.).
Title:
Charlotte Cushman Club records
Date [bulk]:
1907-1998
Date [inclusive]:
1818-2000
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 1223
Extent:
16.6 linear feet (26 boxes)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Founded in 1907, the Charlotte Cushman Club was originally intended to provide respectable lodgings for actresses appearing in Philadelphia theaters. In the years of World War II the Club ceased to provide residential services, becoming a favorite gathering place of theater lovers as well as of the many actresses and actors visiting the city with their touring companies. The Charlotte Cushman Club Records offer insight into the activities, the administration, and the membership of the Club during the whole life of the organization, until its closure in 1998. The collection also includes part of the holdings of the former Club’s museum and library.
Cite as:
Charlotte Cushman Club records, 1836-2000, MS. Coll. 1223, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Founded in 1907 by Lydia Ellicott Morris and a group of subscribers, the Charlotte Cushman Club was intended to provide respectable lodgings for actresses appearing in Philadelphia theaters. After having discarded the original idea of naming the Club after British actress Sarah Siddons – a member of the famed Kemble theatre family – Morris and her friends opted for a local figure, and eventually dedicated their organization to Charlotte Cushman (1816-1876), America's first internationally renowned actress, who briefly served as manager of the Walnut Street Theatre in the 1840s.

The Club’s main house changed several addresses over the years. Initially located in a building on 10th and Pine Street, which the management had leased for one year, the house moved first to 1200 Locust Street, and later to 1010 Spruce Street (1920), where it would remain until the Depression years. In that period, financial difficulties led many touring companies to reduce their activities, and the Club, deeming its lodging services no longer a priority, relocated its headquarters to a suite at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in the years between 1932 and 1941. By the time the organization opened its new house at 1216 Locust Street, in 1942, it was no longer a residential club, having become a favorite gathering place for theater lovers as well as for the many actresses and actors visiting the city with their touring companies. A museum and a library were also opened and maintained during the clubhouse's subsequent relocations to 1314 Locust Street (1958-1964) and to the former home of the Poor Richard’s Club, at 239 South Camac Street (1964-1998).

The activities and events organized by the Club included member parties and receptions in honor of some among the most prominent actresses, actors, and companies visiting Philadelphia. These events are very well documented in the collection, along with other initiatives launched by the Club beginning in the 1950s. The most notable of them was the Cushman Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, inaugurated in 1957 as “a tribute to a man or woman for distinguished contribution to the vitality of the American theatre”. The list of recipients of the Award includes Helen Hayes, Julie Harris, Dame Judith Anderson, Angela Lansbury, Katherine Hepburn, Richard Burton, John Houseman, Henry Fonda, Joshua Logan and Zoe Caldwell. Other activities included the Fanny Kemble Award, annually bestowed in the 1960s to honor an actress and an actor for performances in Philadelphia in non-featured roles, and the Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Award (1970-1998), to support promising actresses and actors in the early stages of their career. In the late 1990s, believing that the Club had overcome its original residential and educational purposes, the management decided to cease its activities. In 2000, the clubhouse was sold, and its collections, including the Eleanor Westcott Library of rare theater memorabilia and books, were dispersed. The Club has recently transformed itself into the Charlotte Cushman Foundation, which awards theater-related grants in the Greater Philadelphia area. The Foundation also provides scholarships to performing arts students in area colleges and universities and continues to give the Cushman Award “for outstanding leading actress in a play”, as part of the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre organized annually by Theatre Philadelphia. The University of the Arts, where the Foundation now has its offices, is home to the Cushman Club Board Room and Exhibit, which were established in 1999.

Scope and Contents

The Charlotte Cushman Club records offer insight into the activities, the administration, and the membership of the Club. At the same time, because of the direct involvement in the Club’s activities of several theatrical actresses, actors, directors, playwrights, and theater companies that visited Philadelphia during the whole twentieth century, the collection provides a privileged perspective on many of the theatrical events organized in the city in that period. The clippings, photographs, and correspondence documenting such events, as well as the wide number of nineteenth- and twentieth-century playbills, programs, and engravings also included in the collection, will be of special interest to theatre and cultural historians focusing on the United States and on Philadelphia in particular.

The collection is divided into 19 different series. Series I-III are dedicated to administrative, financial, and property records. Series IV is devoted to membership records, including nomination and resignation forms and letters, information cards, and other correspondence with the membership. Series V is dedicated to the rest of the Club’s correspondence. Series VI-VII consist of the material relating to the guests and the social events hosted and organized by the Club. Series VIII gathers the Club’s publicity records. Series IX includes the material relating to the Club library and museum. Series X-XI contain clippings and photographs documenting the city’s theatrical activities and the events organized by the Club. Series XII consists of a collection of scrapbooks. Series XIII is devoted to scripts and theatrical production plans. Series XIV-XV include collections of theatrical playbills, programs, brochures, plays, and libretti. Series XVI is dedicated to drawings and engravings. Series XVII comprises published material, such as theatrical magazines, books, and articles. Series XVIII consists of a small collection of memorabilia relating to the Club. Finally, series XIX is devoted to artifacts and includes two toy theaters and their related stage sets. Please see the finding aid for more detailed information on each series.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  May 25, 2017

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Siel Agugliaro

Access Restrictions

The bulk of this collection is open for research use. However, items within Box 8, Folders 5, 6, 9, 12, and 21 are restricted because they contain personally identifiable information. For further information regarding access to portions of these folders, please contact the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rarebooks, and Manuscripts.

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 Charlotte Cushman Club, 2000-2001

Processing Information note

A portion of the collection, including programs and playbills, artifacts, scrapbooks, and engravings, had been previously processed as Print Collection no. 3. The engravings have been digitized and can be consulted on the Penn Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts catalogue.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

At the Library of Congress: Charlotte Cushman Papers, 1823-1941

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Charlotte Cushman Club (Philadelphia, Pa.).
Form/Genre(s)
  • Account books
  • Awards
  • Brochures
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Engravings (prints)
  • Minutes (Records)
  • Photographs
  • Plays (performed works)
  • Scrapbooks
  • Scripts
  • Theater programs
Personal Name(s)
  • Cushman, Charlotte, 1816-1876
Subject(s)
  • Actors
  • Actors, American
  • Clubs
  • Theater
  • Theater--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
  • Theater--United States
  • Toy Theaters
  • Women
  • Women in the theater

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Collection Inventory

I. Administrative records.

Scope and Contents note

Series I includes the 1920 charter of the Cushman Club, the Club’s bylaws (1927-1996) and annual reports (1910-1946), the board of directors meeting minutes (1916-1978 and 1990s), the daily plan books (1933-1994), and reports and correspondence from board members and committees. Whenever possible, the documentation was arranged in chronological order. As a whole, this material allows for a solid grasp over the internal organization of the Club and the many activities it promoted during the century. In particular, the board meeting minutes, which cover the entire period 1916-1978, could serve as a useful starting point for more in-depth investigations on the many branches of activities of the Cushman Club – receptions and social events, residential services, library and museum –, each documented more in detail by the other series of the collection. The annual reports allow researchers to easily trace the many address changes of the Club's main house in the first decades of the organization.

Drawer Folder

Charter of the Charlotte Cushman Club, 1920 September.

100

Excerpts for the charter of the Charlotte Cushman Club, 1960 March 21.

99
Box Folder

Bylaws, 1927.

1 1

Bylaws, 1943.

1 2

Bylaws, 1951.

1 3

Bylaws, 1990s.

1 4

Bylaws, undated.

1 5

Proposed amendments and additions to bylaws, 1998, undated.

1 6

Annual reports, 1910s.

1 7

Annual report, 1920.

1 8

Annual report, 1921.

1 9

Annual report, 1922.

1 10

Annual report, 1923.

1 11

Annual report, 1924.

1 12

Annual report, 1925.

1 13

Annual report, 1926.

1 14

Annual report, 1927.

1 15

Annual report, 1928.

1 16

Annual report, 1929.

1 17

Annual reports, 1930, 1934.

1 18

Annual report, 1946.

1 19

Monthly board meetings, minute book, 1916-1925.

1 20

Monthly board meetings, minute book, 1926-1937.

1 21

Monthly board meetings, minute book, 1937-1945.

1 22

Monthly board meetings, minute book, 1945-1952.

1 23

Monthly board meetings, minute book, 1952-1958.

1 24

Monthly board meetings, minute book, 1958-1964.

1 25

Monthly board meetings, minute book, 1964-1971.

2 1

Monthly board meetings, minute book, 1971-1978.

2 2

Monthly board meetings, minutes, 1990s.

2 3

Monthly board meetings, notes for minutes, 1955-1962.

2 4

Monthly board meetings, notes for minutes, undated.

2 5

Entertainment committee reports, 1936-1992, undated.

2 6

House committee reports, 1960-1992, undated.

2 7

Library committee reports, 1955-1997.

2 8

Membership committee reports, 1948-1998, undated.

2 9

Board meetings, notes and reports, 1926-1996.

2 10

Board meetings, notes and reports, undated.

2 11

Monthly board meetings, attendance register, 1943-1996.

2 12

Annual board of directors meetings, minutes and reports, 1956-1997.

2 13

Board, reports and communications from the president, 1942-1996, undated.

2 14

Board, member lists, 1944-1997.

2 15

Board, nominations and elections, 1951-1996.

2 16

Board, nominations and elections, undated.

2 17

Board, resignations, undated.

2 18

Board, correspondence, 1932-1998.

2 19

Board, correspondence, undated.

2 20

Daily plan book, 1933-1938.

2 21

Daily plan book, 1939-1946.

2 22

Daily plan book, 1946-1951.

3 1

Daily plan book, 1961-1976.

3 2

Daily plan book, 1973-1979.

3 3

Daily plan book, 1987.

3 4

Daily plan book, 1988.

3 5-6

Daily plan book, 1991.

3 7

Daily plan book, 1993.

3 8

Daily plan book, 1994.

3 9

II. Financial records.

Scope and Contents note

Series II is dedicated to the financial records of the Cushman Club. It contains the Club’s general ledger (1936-1958, 1975-1992), the cash disbursement journal (1932-1978), the cash and petty cash books (1941-1954 and 1959-1971 respectively), the budget and salary book (1960-1962), as well as documentation and correspondence relating to tax payments, investments, and insurance. All of this material has been catalogued in chronological order. A list of inventories and appraisals written in 1997-1998 show the extent and the estimated value of the Club's holdings prior to their dispersal after the closure of the organization. The series provides researchers with useful information on the financial side of the Cushman Club’s activities, from the Club’s involvement in stock market investments to the smaller expenses connected with the many social and cultural events promoted by the organization during the years.

Box Folder

General ledger, 1936-1958.

3 10

General ledger, 1975-1992.

3 11

Cash book, 1941-1944.

3 12

Cash book, 1946-1954.

3 13

Cash disbursement journal, 1932-1951.

3 14

Cash disbursement journal, 1951-1958.

3 15

Cash disbursement journal, 1959-1963.

3 16

Cash disbursement journal, 1962-1968.

4 1

Cash disbursement journal, 1968-1974.

4 2

Budget and salary book, 1960-1962.

4 3

Petty cash book, 1959-1971.

4 4

Treasurer's reports and notes, 1943-1998.

4 5

Accountant's review reports, 1942-1944.

4 6

Accountant's review report, 1978.

4 7

Accountant's review reports, 1996-1998.

4 8

Correspondence with accounting firm Hotchkin & Dohan, 1950s.

4 9

Administrative procedures Cushman Club, memorandum, 1980 February 3-February 10.

4 10

Account book Integrity Trust Company, 1929-1943.

4 11

First Pennsylvania Banking Trust Company checking account, transaction list, 1956-1957.

4 12

Checking account, transaction list, 1996-1998.

4 13

Corestates Bank, statements, 1997-1998.

4 14

Deposit and withdrawal slips, 1956-1998.

4 15

Canceled checks, 1950s.

4 16

Canceled checks, 1990s.

4 17

Safe-deposit box, content list, 1956 June 8.

4 18

Banking, correspondence, 1963-1999.

4 19

Tax forms, Internal Revenue Service, 1954-1958, 1997.

4 20

Tax forms, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1954-1956.

4 21

Taxes, bills and receipts from Internal Revenue Service, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and City of Philadelphia, 1947-1981.

4 22

Federal tax deposit coupon books, 1990s.

4 23

Internal Revenue Service, correspondence, 1954-1998 (Bulk, 1993-1998) .

4 24

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, correspondence, 1983-1998.

4 25

City of Philadelphia, correspondence, 1955-1998, undated.

4 26

Taxes, payroll, 1954-1980, 1997.

4 27

Taxes, correspondence with Corestates Bank, 1998.

4 28

Taxes, correspondence with accounting firm Connor and Connor, 1980-1997.

4 29

Taxes, correspondence with other accountants, 1947-1958.

4 30

Taxes, notes and statements, 1986-1998, undated.

4 31

Investment portfolios, 1963, 1996.

4 32

Sheets from investment portfolio book, undated.

4 33

Investment account, statements, 1956-1997.

4 34

Investments, transaction confirmations, 1948-1997.

4 35

Investments, stock lists, 1937-1943.

4 36

Investments, correspondence with Drexel and Company, 1937-1964.

4 37

Investments, correspondence with Delaware Treasury Reserves, 1983-1996.

4 38

Investments, correspondence with other banks and investments firms, 1944-1997.

4 39

Investment, notes, undated.

4 40

Insurance, policies and certificates, 1954-1963, 1990s.

4 41

Insurance, Selective policies, 1998-1999.

4 42

State Workmen's Insurance Fund, policies and certificates, 1957-1961, 1990s.

4 43

State Workmen's Insurance Fund, notices, 1958-1962.

4 44

State Workmen's Insurance Fund, bulletin and informational material, 1990s.

4 45

Insurance, bills and receipts, 1947-1958, 1998-1999.

4 46

Insurance, invoices, State Workmen's Insurance Fund, 1948-1961.

4 47

Insurance, correspondence, 1931-1999.

5 1

Insurance, correspondence, State Workmen's Insurance Fund, 1951-1994.

5 2

Insurance, memoranda and reports, 1998, undated.

5 3

Insurance, inventories and appraisals, 1997-1998.

5 4

III. House and property records.

Scope and Contents note

Series III gathers the papers relating to the Cushman Club’s house and properties. It includes documentation on the administration, maintenance and renovations of the Club’s buildings, as well as household inventories and assessment reports. This material allows researchers to reconstruct the bureaucratic and financial aspects relating with the maintenance and the many relocations underwent by the Club’s main building during the years. Of particular interest is the assessment report included in the series, which, having been compiled in 1996, offers a useful description of the state of the main house only a few years before the Club ceased its activities. Included in the series is also an illustrated auction catalogue published in 2000, which describes a selection of items from the former Club collections. This document is useful for identifying at least part of the Club’s possessions before their dispersal following the sale of the main house in 2000.

Box Folder

Building permits, 1971-1977.

5 5

House, 1010 Spruce Street, records of sale, 1931.

5 6

House, 1216 Locust Street, rental, correspondence, 1943-1962.

5 7

House, 1216 Locust Street, rental, statements, 1959-1963.

5 8

House, 1216 Locust Street, purchase proposal, 1963.

5 9

Assessment reports, 1996-1997.

5 10

Household inventories, 1962-1981.

5 11

R. M. Smythe Millennium Strasburg January Auction n. 194, catalogue, including selections from the Charlotte Cushman Club, 2000 January 21-22.

5 12
Drawer Folder

Renovations, plans and blueprints, circa 1960s.

108 1
Box Folder

Renovations, invoices and estimates, 1956-1997, undated.

5 13

Renovations, correspondence, 1946-1989, undated.

5 14

Renovations at 239 South Camac Street, correspondence, 1963-1964.

5 15

Renovations, notes, 1963-1964, undated.

5 16

Maintenance, certificates, 1963.

5 17

Maintenance, fire protection and security, 1958-1998.

5 18

Maintenance, general, correspondence, 1955-1994.

5 19

Maintenance, correspondence with Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and City of Philadelphia, 1964-1997.

5 20

Maintenance, piano, correspondence, 1991-1992.

5 21

Maintenance and renovations, business cards, undated.

5 22

Maintenance, notes, 1979-1980, undated.

5 23

Invoices, general, 1951-1999.

5 24

Invoices, pest control and fire protection, 1953-1998.

5 25

Invoices, American Telephone and Telegraph, 1005-1998.

5 26

Invoices, Bell Atlantic, 1956-1957, 1997-1998.

5 27

Invoices, City of Philadelphia, water and sewer, 1947-1956, 1997-1998.

5 28

Invoices, Philadelphia Electric Company, 1951-1953, 1956-1957, 1997-1998.

5 29

Invoices and correspondence, Philadelphia Gas Works, 1956-1998.

5 30

Invoices, The Printer's Place, 1997.

5 31

Petty cash receipts, undated.

5 32

American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA), certificates, 1963-1964.

5 33

Subscriptions to magazines, 1956, 1990s.

5 34

IV. Membership records.

Scope and Contents note

Series IV consists of the documentation relating to the Club membership. It includes letters of nomination and resignation, membership lists, information cards, address books, and the correspondence with the Club members. This documentation allows for a glimpse into the Club's recruitment dynamics, and into the social composition of its membership. Mostly arranged in alphabetical order for ease of access, this material offers a unique perspective on the connection between the Cushman Club and the many businesses and organizations with which the Club members were also affiliated.

Box Folder

Membership, nominations, A-B, circa 1970s-1990s.

5 35

Membership, nominations, C, circa 1970s-1990s.

5 36

Membership, nominations, D, circa 1970s-1990s.

5 37

Membership, nominations, E-F, circa 1970s-1990s.

5 38

Membership, nominations, G, circa 1970s-1990s.

5 39

Membership, nominations, H, circa 1970s-1990s.

5 40

Membership, nominations, I-K, circa 1970s-1990s.

5 41

Membership, nominations, L, circa 1970s-1990s.

5 42

Membership, nominations, M, circa 1970s-1990s.

5 43

Membership, nominations, N-P, circa 1970s-1990s.

5 44

Membership, nominations, R, circa 1970s-1990s.

5 45

Membership, nominations, S, circa 1970s-1990s.

6 1

Membership, nominations, T-Z, circa 1970s-1990s.

6 2

Membership, resignations, circa 1950s-1980s.

6 3

Membership lists, 1944-1978, undated.

6 4

Membership information cards, circa 1960s-1970s.

13

Membership, address book, 1929-1939.

6 5

Membership, address book, 1940s.

6 5

Membership, payment register, 1965-1973.

6 6

Due notices, circa 1970s-1990s.

6 7

Payment and deposit receipts, 1970-1972.

6 8

Communications from the board and the president, 1958-1995.

6 9

Membership, correspondence, 1942-1998, undated.

6 10

Membership, newsletter, 1962-1972.

6 11

Membership, application forms and surveys, undated.

6 12

Membership, notes, undated.

6 13

V. Correspondence and relations with other organizations.

Scope and Contents note

Series V includes the correspondence of the Cushman Club, and other material concerning the relationship between the Club and other national and local organizations.

Letters have been organized by correspondent name only in those cases in which a substantial number of letters is available. A group of letters and other material, including a transcription of a radio broadcasting, document the relationship with the American Theatre Wing (1941-1945), an organization that was part of the Allied Relief Fund during World War II and for which the Cushman Club served as the Philadelphia unit. Two separate folders are dedicated to the correspondence with the Theatre Library Association (1960s) and the Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival (1990s). The series also include the correspondence with writer Dawn Langley Simmons (known at the time as Gordon Langley Hall), who was working on a biography of the actress and contacted the Club in 1960 for information on Charlotte Cushman. The correspondence between banker and collector Frank S. Stone and the Benjamin Pollock Toy Shop (1926-1948), a firm still active today in London and especially known for its model theaters and theater-related toys and games, is also part of this series. Stone, a former member of the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Athenaeum and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, probably donated this correspondence to the club, along with some notes and brochures also relating to the Pollock Toy Shop. This material, a large part of which was written by Benjamin Pollock himself and other members of his family, will be of use to theater historians interested in toy theaters and their lasting popularity in twentieth-century America.

The rest of the correspondence is divided in nine different folders and arranged in chronological order from 1866 to 1998. This section contains autograph letters from several actresses, actors, singers, and theatre directors, such as Charlotte and Ursula Cushman, Hilda Spong, Wilson Barrett, Marcella Sembrich, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Douglass Montgomery, Lionel Barrymore, Maury Tuckerman, Helen Hayes, Ezra Stone, Cyril Ritchard, Anthony Newley, Martyn Green, and Eugenia Rawls. The list of institutions and organizations with which the Club corresponded include the American Society for Theatre Research, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the New York Public Library, the Walter Hampden Memorial Library, the Warren Public Library, the Beaver College, the Players Club, the Moore Institute of Art, Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN), the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.

Box Folder

Letters from Charlotte Cushman and Ursula Cushman, 1866-1873.

6 14

Correspondence, 1886-1916.

6 15

Correspondence, 1923-1938.

6 16

Correspondence, 1940-1949.

6 17

Correspondence, 1950-1959.

6 18

Correspondence, 1960-1969.

6 19

Correspondence, 1970-1978.

6 20

Correspondence, 1980-1989.

6 21

Correspondence, 1990-1998.

6 22

Correspondence, undated.

6 23

Correspondence with Gordon Langley Hall (Dawn Langley Simmons), 1960-1968, undated.

6 24

Correspondence with Benjamin Pollock Limited, 1926-1948.

6 25

Benjamin Pollock Limited, other material, circa 1920s-1940s.

6 26

Correspondence and other material about actress Eugenia Rawls, 1976-1980, undated.

6 27

Correspondence, American Theatre Wing, 1941-1946, undated.

7 1

American Theatre Wing, brochures and other material, circa 1940s-1950s.

7 2

Correspondence, Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival, 1990-1997, undated.

7 3

Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival, newsletter, 1991-1995.

7 4

Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival, brochures, press review, and other material, circa 1990s.

7 5

The Players Club, informational material and clippings, 1959, undated.

7 6

Correspondence with the Theatre Library Association, 1960, 1969.

7 7

Theatre Library Association, newsletter, 1959-1964, 1969-1974, 1985-1993.

7 8

Theatre Library Association, other material, 1970, undated.

7 9

Other bulletins and newsletters, 1946-1971.

7 10

Brochures and invitations sent to the Charlotte Cushman Club, 1932, 1955-1998, undated.

7 11

VI. Guests.

Scope and Contents note

Series VI contains the material concerning the guests of the Charlotte Cushman Club. The series includes guest and gift registers, room receipts, notes, and correspondence with the guests. All of this material has been arranged in chronological order, except for the room receipts, which are organized alphabetically.

The correspondence consists of thank you letters, and letters regarding gifts and donations to the Club on the part of guests and members. Thank you letters include several notes from the theatrical casts that were hosted by the Club during their visits in Philadelphia, and messages sent by famous actresses and actors such as Neva Small and Hugh Martin. Dating from the 1920s to the 1970s, the letters concerning donations and gifts provide a glimpse into the relationship between the Club and its guests, but they also offer useful information on the books, plays, ephemera, and memorabilia accumulated across those decades by the Club library and museum.

Box Folder

Guest register, 1979-1998.

7 12

Guest register, 1983-1999.

7 13

Room receipts, 1970s-1980s.

7 14

Guests, correspondence, 1962-1991, undated.

7 15

Guests, notes, undated.

7 16

Invitations to stay at the Charlotte Cushman Club, 1949-1954.

7 17

Tour catalog of the Charlotte Cushman Club and Library, 1998 May.

7 18

Gift register, 1921-1925.

7 19

Gift register, 1957-1969.

7 20

Gift register, 1971-1975.

7 21

Gifts and donations to the Charlotte Cushman Club, correspondence, 1924, 1944-1968.

7 22

Gifts and donations to the Charlotte Cushman Club, correspondence, 1971-1996.

7 23

Gifts and donations to the Charlotte Cushman Club, correspondence, undated.

7 24

Gifts and donations to the Charlotte Cushman Club, notes, 1978, undated.

7 25

VII. Events.

Scope and Contents note

Series VII is dedicated to the events organized by the Club: award ceremonies, cast reception and suppers, and member-only social events. Most of this documentation is dated between the 1950s and the late 1990s, although a smaller portion of material from the 1920s to the 1940s is also included. In most cases, this material is organized chronologically and divided by event title. The same organizing principle is followed also in series X and XI (photographs and clippings), allowing researchers to collate more easily different documentation relating to the same events.

The main bulk of the series consists of the documentation about the awards organized annually by the Cushman Club: the Charlotte Cushman Award (1957-1994), the Fanny Kemble Award (1962-1968), and the Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Award (1970-1998). These folders include brochures, invitations, planning material, and correspondence with the awardees, including autograph letters from Beatrice Lillie, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Ginger Rogers, Martyn Green, Judith Anderson, Peter Ustinov, Harry Rigby, and Lelia Barry.

The vast majority of these events are documented in the rich collection of posters included in the series, also organized chronologically and dating from 1966 to 1999. Because they provide an extensive list of the events organized by the Club over the years, the posters will offer a useful starting point for research around a given event.

Conditions Governing Access note

Items within Box 8, Folders 5, 6, 9, 12, and 21 are restricted because they contain personally identifiable information. For further information regarding access to portions of these folders, please contact the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rarebooks, and Manuscripts.

Box Folder

Entertainment account, 1974-1976.

7 26

Notes and forms, 1967, 1971, undated.

7 27

Cushman Award 1958-1961, correspondence, 1959-1960.

7 28

Cushman Award 1957-1962, publicity and administrative material, circa 1957-1963.

7 29

Cushman Award 1962, correspondence, 1961-1963.

7 30

Cushman Award 1963, administrative material, probably 1964.

7 31

Cushman Award 1964, administrative material, 1965.

7 32

Cushman Award 1964, correspondence with Beatrice Lillie, 1965.

7 33

Cushman Award 1965, administrative material, 1966.

7 34

Cushman Award 1965, correspondence, probably 1966.

7 35

Cushman Award 1967, administrative material, 1968.

7 36

Cushman Award 1967-1969, correspondence, 1966-1969.

7 37

Cushman Award 1970, administrative material, 1970.

7 38

Cushman Award 1970, correspondence, probably 1970.

7 39

Cushman Award 1971, administrative material, 1971.

7 40

Cushman Award 1971, correspondence, 1969-1971.

7 41

Cushman Award 1972, administrative material, 1972.

7 42

Cushman Award 1972, correspondence, 1972.

7 43

Cushman Award 1974-1979, administrative material, 1974-1979.

7 44

Cushman Award 1974-1980, correspondence, 1974-1979.

7 45

Cushman Award 1980-1986, correspondence, 1980-1986.

7 46

Cushman Award 1984, biographical material on John Houseman, 1983-1984.

8 1

Cushman Award 1997, correspondence and informational material, 1997.

8 2

Fanny Kemble Award 1962-1968, planning and administration, 1962-1968.

8 3

Fanny Kemble Award, correspondence, 1960-1984, undated.

8 4

Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Award 1970-1976, applications and administrative material [RESTRICTED], circa 1970-1976.

8 5

Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Award 1981-1989, applications and administrative material [RESTRICTED], circa 1981-1989.

8 6

Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Award 1990-1996, applications and administrative material, circa 1990-1996.

8 7

Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Award 1997, organizational material, circa 1997.

8 8

Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Award 1997, applications [RESTRICTED], 1997.

8 9

Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Award 1997, audition grading sheets, possibly 1997.

8 10

Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Award 1998, organizational material, circa 1998.

8 11

Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Award 1998, applications [RESTRICTED], 1998.

8 12

Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Fund and Award 1968-1970, correspondence, 1968-1970.

8 13

Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Award 1971, correspondence, 1971.

8 14

Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Award 1972, correspondence, 1972-1973.

8 15

Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Award 1973, correspondence, 1973.

8 16

Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Award 1974, correspondence, 1974.

8 17

Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Award 1975-1976, correspondence, 1975-1976.

8 18

Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Award 1981-1984, correspondence, 1981-1984.

8 19

Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Award 1985-1989, correspondence, 1985-1989.

8 20

Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Award 1990-1994, correspondence [RESTRICTED], 1990-1994.

8 21

Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Award 1995-1998, correspondence, 1995-1998.

8 22

Planning and correspondence, 1921-1930.

8 23

Planning and correspondence, circa 1940-1947, 1955-1957.

8 24

Planning and correspondence, 1960-1964.

8 25

Planning and correspondence, 1965-1966.

8 26

Planning and correspondence, 1971-1979.

8 27

Planning and correspondence, 1980-1988.

8 28

Planning and correspondence, 1995-1997.

8 29

Planning and correspondence, 1997-1998.

8 30

Planning and correspondence, 1998-1999.

8 31

Posters, 1966-1999.

8 32

Posters and invitations, undated.

9 1

Posters and invitations, drafts, undated.

9 2

VIII. Publicity and informational material on Charlotte Cushman Club.

Scope and Contents note

Series VIII contains the informational material produced and issued by the Cushman Club to present itself to the general public. The series includes the Club’s fact sheets and publicity, along with their related preparatory material, and the documentation regarding the development of the Club’s web site in the 1990s. As a whole, this material provides useful information to reconstruct the history of the Club, and particularly of its first decades of activity.

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Fact sheets and informational material, 1959, undated.

9 3

Informational publications on the Charlotte Cushman Club, 1925, undated.

9 4

Publicity, correspondence and receipts, 1959-1982, undated.

9 5

Web site, planning and development, 1996-1998.

9 6

IX. Library and museum materials.

Scope and Contents note

Series IX gathers the documentation on the Club’s library and museum. It includes material on the administration and on the sales and acquisitions of new collectible items, as well as a list of inventories, a complete catalogue of the Club’s museum, the correspondence with scholars interested in Charlotte Cushman and on the Club’s holdings, and research material on Charlotte Cushman, on actor Joseph Jefferson’s Philadelphia house, and on Philadelphia theaters in general. Wherever possible, this documentation was arranged in chronological order.

The museum’s catalogue will help researchers gain insight into the Club’s collections prior to their dispersal in the late 1990s (further information on the former museum’s collections can also be found in the auction catalogue included in series III). On the expansion of the Club’s holdings over time, researchers are recommended to consult the correspondence on the donations and gifts to the Club included in series VI, whereas the material on sales and acquisition that is part of this series, dating mostly from the 1980s, can be only of limited support. The research material on the Philadelphia theaters includes a typescript list of theatrical institutions opened in Philadelphia since 1724, which might have been written by Jean Rapp, chairwoman of the museum and library committee, in preparation to her unpublished volume “The Philadelphia Theatres” (series XIII).

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Catalogue of the Charlotte Cushman Club Museum, undated.

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Museum, sales and acquisitions, 1980-1992.

9 8

Library and museum, inventories and notes, circa 1950s-1960s.

9 9

Library and museum, conservation, 1997-1998.

9 10

Library, notes and administration, 1960s, 1998, undated.

9 11

Library and museum, correspondence, 1954-1998, undated.

9 12

Library, research questions, 1950-1988, undated.

9 13

Correspondence with Joseph Leach about biography of Charlotte Cushman, 1964-1970.

9 14

Charlotte Cushman's family history, research notes and correspondence, 1959-1966, undated.

9 15

Research material on Joseph Jefferson's house, 514 Delancey Street, circa 1950s.

9 16

Photograph of 514 Delancey Street, 1957 January 18.

9 16

Research material on Philadelphia theaters, undated.

9 17

Research notes, undated.

9 18

Lists of theater and music reviews, after 1960, undated.

9 19

Biographical information relating to photographic and painted portraits, possibly 1990s.

9 20

Exhibitions of Cushman Club materials, catalogues and correspondence, 1976-1986.

9 21

X. Photographs.

Scope and Contents note

Series X is dedicated to photographic material. Researchers can find in the series photographs of some of the Club’s board members, the various Club houses, and the many events organized by the Club from the 1930s to the 1990s. The material is arranged in chronological order, whereas events are organized by title to facilitate comparisons with other portions of the collection (especially series VII and XI).

The series includes photographs of several Club awardees, such as John Mielziner, Helen Menken, Beatrice Lillie, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Ginger Rogers, José Ferrer, Martyn Green, Judith Anderson, Carol Channing, Harry Rigby, John Houseman, Robert Morse, Zoe Caldwell, Olga Bellin, Keith Baxter, Ann Williams, Ralph Williams, Barbara Stanton, Ken Kercheval, Jennifer Hilary, James Luisi, Jean Hepple, Richard Benjamin, Alice Playton, and Hal Linden. Other events and exhibitions from the 1940s to the Club’s final years are also extensively covered. A collection of movie stills, and another group of portraits and autographed pictures are also part of the series.

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House, 1010 Spruce Street, 239 South Camac Street, 1216 Locust Street, Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, other, 1920s-1970s.

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Exhibitions, 1949-1966.

9 23

Charlotte Cushman Award, 1958-1995.

9 24

Fanny Kemble Award, 1962-1968.

9 25

Charlotte Cushman scholarship, undated.

9 26

Events, 1937-1938.

9 27

Events, 1950, 1955.

9 28

Events, 1962-1968.

9 29

Events, 1970-1982.

9 30

Events, 1990-1996.

9 31

Events, 1997-1998.

10 1

Events, undated.

10 2

Portraits of board members, 1930s, 1954, undated.

10 3

Movie stills and stage photographs, undated.

10 4

Portraits and autographed pictures, undated.

10 5

Photographs of actor Edwin Forrest, black and white (P/Fo600.19 ML), undated.

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Transparencies, portraits, undated.

10 6

Transparencies, theaters in Philadelphia, undated.

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XI. Clippings.

Scope and Contents note

Series XI includes clippings and articles on the Club and its many events and exhibitions, but also on specific playwrights and other theatrical figures, as well as on cultural institutions theaters and shows in Philadelphia, the United States, and Europe.

The clippings relating to the Club’s awards (Charlotte Cushman Award, Fanny Kemble Award, and Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Award), as well as those covering the events hosted by the Club, are organized in chronological order for ease of comparison with other series. The extensive collection of articles on Philadelphia theaters, arranged alphabetically and dating from the 1940s to the 1970s, will be of interest to historians focusing on the city’s theatrical life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Two distinct folders are respectively dedicated to the press review of the shows of Eugenia Rawls, an actress who visited the Club in many occasions, and on the sex reassignment surgery and following interracial marriage of writer Dawn Langley Simmons, who had long corresponded with the Club in the 1960s (see series V).

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Clippings on the Charlotte Cushman Club, 1914-1995, undated.

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Exhibitions, 1941-1986.

10 9

Charlotte Cushman Award, 1957-1987.

10 10

Fanny Kemble Award, 1960-1967.

10 11

Charlotte Cushman Scholarship Award, 1973-1992.

10 12

Events, possibly 1910s, 1922-1923.

10 13

Events, 1925-1926.

10 14

Events, circa 1930-1939.

10 15

Events, 1941-1996.

10 16

Events, publicity file of John Francis Marion, member of the Cushman Club, 1958-1961.

10 17

Articles on actors, playwrights, and other cultural figures, 1902, 1916, circa 1950s-1990s.

10 18

Articles about Dawn Langley Simmons's sex reassignment surgery, 1968-1969.

10 19

Press review of Eugenia Rawls' shows and other articles collected by Eugenia Rawls, 1971-1982, undated.

10 20

Obituaries, circa 1940s-1998.

10 21

Clippings about Charlotte Cushman, 1965-1970.

10 22

Shows and events in Philadelphia and other cities, 1902, 1927-1998.

10 23

Theaters in Philadelphia, with photographs, circa 1960s-1970s.

10 24

Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, with photographs and informational material, circa 1940s-1970s.

10 25

Theaters, other cities in the Unites States, circa 1950s-1970s.

10 26

Theaters, Europe, circa 1960s.

10 27

Theater history in Philadelphia and in other cities in the Unites States, undated.

10 28

Articles on monuments, museums, and other cultural institutions, 1941-1997, undated.

10 29

XII. Scrapbooks.

Scope and Contents note

Series XII contains three different scrapbooks. The oldest of the three is also the most peculiar. Formerly a children’s book by English writer and translator Henry William Dulcken titled Animal Life All the World Over (1868) – whose original 83 pages are all still present in the binding – it was later turned into a scrapbook (possibly in the last decades of the 19th century) by pasting on the blank pages of the volume anecdotes, reviews of plays, obituaries, pictures, and autographs, including one by actor Edwin Forrest. The scrapbook also includes a carte de visite with a photograph of the bloodstained dress of actress Laura Keene, who supported President Abraham Lincoln after he had been fatally shot at Ford’s Theatre (Washington, D.C.) by John Wilkes Booth in 1865.

The other two scrapbooks consist of a collection of portraits of actresses and actors and a series of theater articles and reviews. Because of the poor condition of the latter scrapbook, a copy is also included in the series and is to be preferred for consultation.

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Clippings of quotations, anecdotes, pictures, and reviews of plays all pasted onto both the backs of pages and blank pages of a complete copy of a book by Henry William Duncken titled Animal Life all the World Over: With Remarks on the Trees and Plants of Various Regions, London, New York: George Routledge and Sons, circa 1870.

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Collection of portraits of actors and actresses, circa 1910-1930.

11 1

Collection of theater articles and reviews, circa 1930-1960.

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Collection of theater articles and reviews, copy, circa 1930-1960.

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XIII. Manuscripts and scripts.

Scope and Contents note

Series XIII includes scripts of articles and book and originals and copies of plays, as well as prompt books and production plans.

Historians focusing on Philadelphia’s theatrical life may be interested in consulting the unfinished script of Jean Rapp’s book “The Philadelphia Theaters” (1996), of which three different copies are included in the series along with another unpublished article on the same topic.

Typescripts include a copy of “Fit for Treason”, an unpublished play by George Ford – the son of impresario John Thompson Ford, who built the theatre in which president Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865 – about the life of actor and Lincoln’s murderer John Wilkes Booth. Another unpublished play, written by Carol Wright Krause and based on the life of Charlotte Cushman, is also part of the series. Typescript or printed copies of published plays include the fantasy in one act The Pierrot of the Minute by Ernest Dowson,  The Affected Young Ladies by Molière, and a collection of plays by Florence Converse, Lord Dansany and Wilbur Daniel Steele. The series also comprises two manuscript copies of published works: an incomplete 1845 copy of the play  Michael Erle by Thomas Elgerton Wilks, and an arrangement of the text to  Amorita, the English version of a 1884 German operetta entitled  Pfingsten im Florenz (music by Alphons Czibulka, original text by Richard Genee and Julius Riegen). A nineteenth-century copy of the cautionary North-American folk ballad "Young Charlotte," accompanied by a typewritten transcription of the song, is also part of the series.

Researchers can also find material relating to the production of the play Royal Gambit by Herrmann Gressieker, and to other two productions of the Plays & Players Theatre – William Shakespeare’s  The Merchant of Venice (1946) and Robinson Jeffers’  Medea (1960).

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Jean Layton Rapp, "The Philadelphia Theatres", typescript, 1996 July.

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Joan Layton Rapp, "The Philadelphia Theatres", typescript, copy I, possibly 1996.

11 3

Joan Layton Rapp, "The Philadelphia Theatres", typescript, copy II, chapters 15-20 only, possibly 1996.

11 4

Article on theatre history of Philadelphia, typescript, undated.

11 5

Plays, George Ford, "Fit for Treason", original typescript, circa 1939.

11 6

Plays, Carol Wright Krause, "Charlotte Cushman", original typescript, 1989.

11 7

Plays, "Amorita, as arranged by Mme H. Daly", manuscript, with indication of music numbers and stage movements, 1892.

11 8

Plays, Florence Converse Thy Kingdon Come and two other plays, printed collection, undated.

11 9

Plays, Ernest Dowson, The Pierrot of the Minute, typescript copy, undated.

11 10

Plays, Moliere, The Affected Young Ladies, typescript copy, undated.

11 11

Plays, Thomas Egerton Wilks, Michael Erle, manuscript copy, after 1839.

11 12

Hermann Gressieker, Royal Gambit, prompt script and notes, after 1959.

11 13

Robinson Jeffers, Medea, James Kirk Merrick's director's script and notes, Plays and Players, May 1960, before 1960 May.

11 14

Plans for production of "Charlotte Cushman" by Carol Wright Krause, circa 1989.

11 15

William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, three annotated copies, before 1946.

11 16

Plans for production of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice at the Plays and Players, 24-27 April, 1946, circa 1946.

11 16

Manuscript of the song "Young Charlotte", with annotations in pencil, and typescript copy of the song, circa 1840s, circa 1960s.

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XIV. Playbills, programs, and brochures.

Scope and Contents note

Series XIV comprises around 160 theatrical playbills and programs, along with exhibitions catalogues and checklists, and brochures relating to special events, theaters, and other cultural institutions.

The many playbills and programs are arranged in chronological order and divided according to their provenance – Philadelphia, other cities in the United States, and European countries (England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Austria, and Italy). Highlights include performances featuring actresses and actors Fanny Kemble, Helena Modjeska, Fanny Janauschek, Tommaso Salvini, Ada Rehan, Richard Mansfield, Ellen Terry, Paul Robeson, and Eugenia Rawls, singers Jenny Lind and Fortunata Tedesco, dancer Anna Pavlova, and many other internationally famous artists and performers.

Exhibition checklist and catalogues mainly concern Philadelphia events or other exhibitions in the United States to which the Club lent items from its collection. Brochures about theaters are arranged alphabetically and are mostly relating to American institutions.

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Playbills and programs, Philadelphia, 19th century, 1849-1899.
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"Grand operatic vocal concert" at the Musical Fund Hall, featuring soprano Fortunata Tedesco, contralto Rosina Pico Vietti, and tenor Adelindo Vietti, Musical Fund Hall (item 1), possibly 1849 April 13.

15 1

Seventy-fourth Concert, "third of the season 1849-50", Musical Fund Society (item 2), 1850 May 30.

15 1

"A musical masque to celebrate the centenary anniversary of the Musical Fund Society", featuring soprano Jenny Lind, Musical Fund Hall (item 3), possibly 1851 May 4.

15 1

Rachel the Reaper, featuring actress Laura Keene, Walnut Street Theatre (item 4), 1864 April 2.

15 1

"Public reception to James E. Murdoch", Association Hall (item 5), 1878 December 5.

15 1

Confusion in the Continental Hotel, Arch Street Opera House (item 6), 1881 February 7.

15 1

The Tourists, Walnut Street Theatre (item 6), circa 1881 February.

15 1

Pour Pendre Conge, or Seeing Switzerland, Walnut Street Theatre (item 6), possibly 1881 February.

15 1

The Beggar Student, McCaull Opera Comique Company, Chestnut Street Opera House (item 7), 1883 October.

15 1

Pirates of Penzance, by Gilbert and Sullivan, J. C. Duff Comic Opera Company, New Arch Street Opera House (item 8), 1883 December 24.

15 1

Program of the National Theatre, Philadelphia, season 1883-1884 (item 9), circa 1883.

15 1

The Princess of Trebizonde, McCaull Opera Comique Company, Haverly's Theatre (item 10), 1884 January 28.

15 1

Die Kindsfrau, New Arch Street Opera House (item 11), 1884 February 15.

15 1

Mrs. Partington, featuring comedian Charles Fostelle, Summer Pavillon Theatre on Ridge Avenue and Mount Vernon Street (item 12), 1885 August 3.

15 1

The Pulse of New York, play by Robert Griffin Morris, Chestnut Street Opera House (item 13), 1884 August 5.

15 1

Belmont Mansion concert program, featuring The Prince Lichtenstein Hungarian Gypsy Band and Paul Sentz Military Band (item 14), 1885 July 4.

15 1

The Chouans, by Pierre Berton, featuring actress Helena Modjeska, Arch Street Theatre (item 15), 1887 February 7.

15 1

Meg Merrilles, farewell appearance of Fanny Janauschek, with press clippings, Chestnut Street Opera House (item 16), 1887 February 14.

15 1

The Boy Tramp, Or, The Maniac Mother, by Rosina Neuville, featuring Rosina Neuville and Augustin Neuville, National Theatre (item 17), 1888 May 14.

15 1

Two Johns, featuring John Stewart and Paul Dresser, possibly Music Hall (item 18), possibly 1889.

15 1

The Gladiator, tragedy by Alexandre Saumet, featuring Tommaso Salvini, Chestnut Street Theatre (item 19), 1890 February 10.

15 1

Little Lord Fauntleroy, possibly based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, possibly Park Theatre (item 20), 1890 February 17.

15 1

"Seventy-First Anniversary of Odd Fellowship in America", program, Harmonie Hall (item 21), 1890 April 26.

15 1

The Sea King, William J. Gilmore Opera Company, Grand Opera House (item 22), 1890 November 17.

15 1

The Irish Minstrel, by Fred Marsden, featuring William J. Scanlan, possibly Park Theatre (item 23), 1890 December 29.

15 1

Jack Royal of the 92nd, by Nym Crinkle (Arthur Carpenter Wheeler), featuring Harry Lacy, possibly Park Theatre (item 24), 1891 October 5.

15 1

The Fencing Mask, comic opera, music by Reginald DeKoven, libretto by Harry Bache Smith, J. M. Hill Opera Comique Company, featuring Marie Tempest, Park Theatre (item 25), 1892 October 10.

15 1

Winter Circus, Broad and Cherry Streets, Philadelphia (item 1), 1894 January 8.

15 2

Blue Jeans, by Joseph Arthur, and  The Dazzler, by Cosgrove and Grant, National Theatre (item 26), circa 1894 January 22.

15 1

The Princess Nicotine, opera comique, music by William Furst, libretto by Charles Alfred Byrne and Louis Harrison, Lillian Russell Opera Comique Organization, Broad Street Theatre (item 27), 1894 March 5.

15 1

Little Christopher, by George Robert Sims and Cecil Raleigh, Darden Theatre Burlesque Company, Chestnut Street Opera House (item 28), 1895 September 16.

15 1

Lucia di Lammermoor, opera by Gaetano Donizetti, Castle Opera Square Company, Grand Opera House (item 29), circa 1898 January 31.

15 1

Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand, featuring actress Ada Rehan and Augustin Daly's Company, Chestnut Street Opera House (item 30), 1898 October 3.

15 1

Little Tycoon, comic opera by William Spenser, unspecified location (item 31), possibly 1898 October 24.

15 1

Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand, featuring actor Richard Mansfield, Walnut Street Theatre (item 32), 1899 April 3.

15 1
Playbills and programs, Philadelphia, 20th century, 1900-1957.
15 2
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"Concert for the benefit of British Soldiers' Families' Fund", Broad Street Theatre (item 1), 1900 February 26.

15 2

Academy of Music, Philadelphia, program, including performances of Messaline by Isidore de Lara,  Il Flauto Magico by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and  Die Walkuere by Richard Wagner (item 2), 1902 February.

15 2

Keith's Chestnut Street Theatre, program (item 3), 1904 April 18.

15 2

Keith's Chestnut Street Theatre, program (item 4), 1905 March 27.

15 2

Piff, Paff, Pouff, "musical cocktail in two acts", music by Jean Schwartz, book by Stanislaus Stange, lyrics by William Jerome, Grand Opera House (item 5), 1907 February 4.

15 2

The Witching Tour, by Augustus Thomas, Adelphi Theatre (item 6), possibly 1908 October 5.

15 2

"Shakespeare's Heroines with Illustrative Acting", featuring actress Ellen Terry, Garrick's Theatre (item 7), 1910 November 21.

15 2

Program of the Globe Theatre, including the films Trilby, with Clara Kimball Young and Wilton Lackaye,  Seven Sisters, with Marguerite Clark,  The Secret Orchard, with Blanche Sweet,  The Final Judgement, with Ethel Barrymore,  The Dictator, with John Barrymore, and  Rags, with Mary Pickford (item 8), 1915 November 29.

15 2

Program of the Benjamin Franklin Keith's New Theatre (item 9), 1915 December 27.

15 2

Program of the Victoria Theatre, including the world premiere of the film Undine, featuring Ida Schnall, and the film series  The Strange Case of Mary Page, with Henry Brazeale Walthall and Edna Mayo (item 10), 1916 January 31.

15 2

Program of the Park Theatre, including the films The Daughter of MacGregor, with Valentine Grant,  Fifty-Fifty, with Norma Talmage,  Behind the Screen, with Charles Chaplin,  Ashes and Embers, with Pauline Frederick,  The Unwritten Law, with Beatrice Michelena, and live performances of operatic excerpts (item 11), possibly 1916 November 20.

15 2

Monthly program of the Jefferson Theatre and the Park Theatre, including the films The Silent Woman, with Edith Storey,  The Road to France, with Carlyle Blackwell,  Border Wireless, with William Surrey Hart,  Cleopatra, with Theda Bara,  Peck's Bad Girl, with Mabel Normand,  Our Mrs. McChesney, with Ethel Barrymore,  When Do We Eat, with Enid Benett,  Battling Jane, with Dorothy Gish,  Fame and Fortune, with Tom Mix,  Just For Tonight, with Tom Moore,  Flower of the Dusk, with Viola Diana,  Johanna Enlists, with Mary Pickford,  Carmen of the Klondikes, with Clara Williams,  Her Only Way, with Norma Talmage,   Kingdom of Youth, with Madge Kennedy,  In Judgement Of, with Franklyn Farnum, the anti-German propaganda film  The Prussian Cur, The Better Half, with Alice Brady,  The Goat, with Fred Stone,  Kultur, with Gladys Brockell,  Laughing Bill Hyde, with Will Rogers,  Just Sylvia, with Barbara Castleton,   He Comes Up Smiling, with Douglas Fairbanks,  The Turn of the Wheel, with Gerardine Farrar,  A Woman of Impulse, with Lina Cavalieri,  The Gypsy Trail, with Bryant Washburn,  Riders of the Purple Sage, with William Farnum,  The Make-Believe Wife, by Billie Burke,  Shoulder Arms, with Charles Chaplin,  Mirandy Smiles, with Vivian Martin,  My Cousin, with Enrico Caruso,  Private Peat, with Harold Reginald Peat,  The Ordeal of Rosetta, with Alice Brady,   Such a Little Pirate, with Lila Lee,  Fuss and Feathers, with Enid Benett,  Tinsel, with Kitty Gordon,  The Rainbow Trail, with William Farnum,  A Woman's Weapons, with Ethel Clayton,  Under the Greenwood Tree, with Elsie Ferguson (item 12), 1918 December 2-December 28.

15 2

Program of the Stanley Theatre, including the films Scarlet Days, by David Wark Griffith, and  Counterfeit, by George Fitzmaurice, with Elsie Ferguson (item 13), possibly 1919.

15 2

Chris, by Eugene O'Neill, directed by George C. Taylor, Broad Street Theatre (item 14), 1920 March 23.

15 2

Capt. Applejack, Garrick Theatre (item 15), 1923 April 9.

15 2

The Cherry Orchard, by Anton Chekhov, produced by the Moscow Art Theatre, Lyric Theatre (item 16), 1923 April 30.

15 2

Loyalties, by John Galsworthy, Garrick Theatre (item 17), 1923 October 15.

15 2

Program of the York Street Palace, includug the films Only a Shop Girl, by Edward LeSaint,  Love's Old Sweet Song,  Look Your Best, with Colleen Moore and Antonio Moreno,  Marshall of Money Mint, with Jack Hoxie,  When Romance Rides, and  Brass Commendments, with William Farnum (item 18), possibly 1923 June 25-June 30.

15 2

Andre Charlot's Revue of 1924, featuring actors Beatrice Lillie, Herbert Mundin, and Sam B. Hardy (item 19), 1924 December 22.

15 2

Earle Theatre magazine (item 20), 1927 May 23.

15 2

Aldine Theatre Magazine, including the film The Way of All Flesh, directed by Victor Fleming and featuring Emil Jannings, the Krazy Kat cartoon  Sealing Whacks, and the film  King of Kings by Cecil Blount DeMille (item 21), 1927 September 12.

15 2

The Plough and the Stars, The Irish Players, Broad Street Theatre (item 22), 1928 February 6.

15 2

Dixie Capers, vaudeville presented by Jay Mills, and screening of the film  Florodora Girl, featuring actress Marion Davies, Earle Theatre (item 23), 1930 June 27.

15 2

Weekly program of the Plays and Players Theatre, including Juno and the Paycock and  The Shadow of a Gunman by Sean O'Casey,  The Workhouse Ward and  Spreading the News, by Augusta, Lady Gregory,  The Far Off Hills, by Lennox Robinson,  Riders to the Sea and  The Playboy of the Western World, by John Millington Synge,  The New Gossoon, by George Shiels, all performed by the Irish Players, from Dublin's Abbey Theatre (item 24), 1932 November 21.

15 2

The Great Ziegfeld, film directed by Robert Zigler Leonard, Chestnut Street Opera House (item 25), 1936 May 17.

15 2

Dead End, play, directed by Sidney Kingsley, Erlanger Theatre (item 26), 1937 January 11.

15 2

Lady Windermere's Fan, by Oscar Wilde, with Cornelia Otis Skinner, Forrest Theatre (item 27), possibly 1946 October 13.

15 2

The Moon is Blue, play by Frededick Hugh Herbert, directed by Otto Preminger, Forrest Theatre (item 28), 1951 October 29.

15 2

Gala evening in occasion of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Academy of music, invitation and program (item 29), 1957 January 26.

15 2
Playbills and programs, Philadelphia, undated, undated.
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Charity Concert "for the benefit of The Boyerton Sufferers", Musical Fund Hall (item 1), undated.

15 3

The Shadow of the Glen,  A Pound of Demand, and  Riders to the Sea, The Dublin Players, Academy of Music (item 2), undated.

15 3

Pirates of Penzance, opera by Arthur Sullivan and William Schwenck Gilbert, Chestnut Street Opera House (item 3), undated.

15 3
Playbills and programs, United States, 19th century, 1848, 1870-1896.
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Fra Diavolo,  Pet of the Petticoats,   Pilot of the German Ocean, program of the concert at the Bowery Theatre (item 1), 1848 September 7.

16 1

" Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by the Morlacchi Ballet Troupe" (item 2), 1870, January 8.

16 1

French Spy, program of the show at Boston Museum (item 2), 1871 June 12.

16 1

Grand Sacred Concert, Boston Theatre (item 3), 1873 May 4.

16 1

Guy Mannering!, "farewell appearance of Miss Charlotte Cushman", Boston Theatre (item 4), 1873 December 13.

16 1

Bouquets and Bombshells, Park Theatre, New York City (item 5), 1878 October 9.

16 1

Il Trovatore, Emma Abbott Grand English Opera Company (item 6), 1881 February 3.

15 1

Olivette, opera, Wilmington, Delaware (item 7), 1881 March 21.

16 1

Iolanthe, Charles Ford English Comic Opera Company, Louisville, Kentucky (item 7), 1883 April 4.

16 1

Les Manteaux Noirs, or The Black Cloaks, Charles E. Ford Comic Opera Company, Uhrig's Cave, St. Louis, Missouri (item 8), 1883 June 24.

16 1

Ranch 10, "under the management of Mr. T. Slater Smith", Boston Theatre (item 9), 1883 July 4.

16 1

Orpheus and Eurydice, adapted by Max Freeman from Jacques Offenbach's  Orphee aux Enfers, Bijou Opera House, New York City (item 10), 1884 February 27.

16 1

The Romany Rye, by G. R. Simms, Roberts Opera House, Hartford, Connecticut (item 11), 1884 May 5-6.

16 1

Madam Piper, "musical melange in three acts... music composed and play concocted by Mr. Woolson Morse", Wallack's Theatre, New York City (item 12), 1884 May 19.

16 1

Falka, "opera comique in three acts" by Francis Chassaigne, McCaull Opera Comique Company, The Casino, New York City (item 13), circa 1884 May 25.

16 1

Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant, opera by Gilbert and Sullivan, Garden Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri (item 14), circa 1884 June 3.

16 1

Nell Gwynne, opera by Robert Planquette, Charles E. Ford Comic Opera Company, Garden Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri (item 15), 1884 June 30.

16 1

Queen Lace Handkerchief, by Johann Strauss, Charles E. Ford Comic Opera Company, Garden Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri (item 16), circa 1884 July 21.

16 1

A Merry War, operetta by Johann Strauss, Charles E. Ford Comic Opera Commpany, Garden Theatre, St, Louis, Missouri (item 17), circa 1884 July 21.

16 1

Bridal Trap, opera, Adelaide Randall and the Bijou Opera Company, The Howard Ocean Pier and Opera House, Atlantic City, New Jersey (item 18), 1886 August 23.

16 1

The Rivals, Jefferson-Florence Comedy Company, Star Theatre, New York City (item 19), 1889 October 24.

16 1

Capt. Lettarblair, by Marguerite Merington, Lyceum Theatre, New York City (item 20), 1892 October 24.

16 1

The Merry Wives of Windsor, by William Shakespeare, William H. Crane Company, Star Theatre, New York City (item 21), 1894 October 6.

16 1

"Second Grand Tour around the World of Camilla Urso, the Great Violin Virtuoso", concert program, unspecified location (item 22), before 1895.

16 1

Magic show by Alexander Herrmann (Herrmann the Great), unspecified location (item 1), possibly before 1896 December 17.

15 2
Playbills and programs, United States, 20th century, 1900-1972.
16 2
Box Folder

Barnum's Baby Boliver, musical comedy, Kernan's Hollywood Park Casino, Baltimore (item 1), 1900 May 28-June 2.

16 2

"Programme this week", Tony Pastor's Opera House, New York City (item 2), 1902 July 7.

16 2

Higgledy-Piggledy and  The College Widower, Joe Weber's All-Star Stock Company, Garrick Theatre, New York City (item 3), 1905.

16 2

Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare, presented by the Furness Shakespeare Club, "given for the Saturday Club at Panhurst" (item 4), 1911 June 2.

16 2

Serge Diaghileff's Ballet Russes, performed "for the first time in America", including Petrouchka,  Le Pavillon d'Armide, and  L'Après-Midi d'un Faune, The Century Theatre, New York City (item 5), undated, possibly 1916.

16 2

If I were King, by Justin Huntley McCarthy, farewell season of Edward Hugh Sothern, Shubert Theatre, possibly New York City (item 6), 1916 May 8.

16 2

Ballet performance of Anna Pavlova, including Egyptian Ballet,  Snowflakes,  Thais,  Chopiniana, and  Divertissements, possibly Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (item 6), 1920 November 27.

16 2

Ballet performance of Anna Pavlova, farewell appearance, Schenley Theatre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (item 6), possibly 1925 April 19.

16 2

Gala opening souvenir program, Brown Theatre, Louisville, Kentucky (item 7), 1925 October 5.

16 2

The Garrick Gaieties, Garrick Theatre, New York City (item 8), 1926 June 7.

16 2

Madame Bovary, presented by the Theatre Guild, with Constance Cummings (item 9), possibly 1937.

16 2

The Old Foolishness, by Paul Vincent Carroll, "Supervised and Directed by Rachel Crothers", Windsor Theatre, New York City (item 10), 1940 December 20.

16 2

Othello, by William Shakespeare, presented by the Theatre Guild, and directed by Margaret Webster, with Paul Robeson (item 11), possibly 1943.

16 2

The Lady's Not For Burning, by Christopher Fry, directed by John Gielgud, Royale Theatre, New York City (item 12), 1950 November 27.

16 2

Remains to Be Seen, by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, Morosco Theatre, New York City (item 13), 1951 October 15.

16 2

Concert tenor Marco Sorisio, New York Town Hall, New York City (item 14), 1957 June 9.

16 2

The Road to Frisco, or Eastern Villainy and Western Virtue, directed by Laverne Seeman, California's First Theatre, Monterey, California (item 15), circa 1964 June 5.

16 2

The Birthday Party, by Harold Pinter, directed by Alan Schneider, autographed program, The Booth Theatre, New York City (item 16), 1967 October 3.

16 2

The Birds, by Aristophanes, adapted by Walter Kerr, directed by J. J. Garry, Jr., performed as part of The American College Theatre Festival, The Dorothy Bess Marvin Theatre, Washington, District of Columbia (item 17), 1972 March 21.

16 2
Drawer Folder

Affectionately Yours, Fanny Kemble, with Eugenia Rawls, The Elizabethan Theatre, The Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, District of Columbia, playbill autographed by the actress (item 7), 1976 April 19.

108 2
Playbills and programs, United States, undated, undated.
16 3
Box Folder

The Bohemian Girl, opera by Michael William Balfe, unknown location (item 1), undated.

16 3

Cinderella, Or, The Little Glass Slipper, unknown location (item 2), undated.

16 3

La Doctor del Confusion, ballet, and  The House that Jack Built, "comic pantomime", Theatre Comique, Boston (item 3), undated.

16 3

Tannhauser, opera by Richard Wagner, with Nellie Melba, unknown location (item 1), undated.

15 2
Playbills and programs, England, Ireland, and Scotland, 19th century, 1818-1899.
17 1
Box Folder

The Apostate, and  Sharp and Flat, Theatre-Royal, Hull (item 1), 1818 February 6.

17 1

The Green Man,   Animal Magnetism, Theatre-Royal, Hull (item 2), 1819 February 18.

17 1

The Slave,   Don Juan, Or, The Libertine Destroyed, Theatre Royal, Hull (item 3), 1819 February 19.

17 1
Drawer Folder

"King Henry IV" ,  Aladdin or the Wonderful Lamp, Theatre Royal, Adelphi, Glasgow (item 1), 1844 August 21.

108 2

Town and Country, or, Cotton Mills and Spinning Jennies,  A Scotch Pas de Deux, and  Rob Roy, or, Auld Langsyne, Theatre Royal, Adelphi, Glasgow (item 2), 1844 September 20.

108 2

Gaspardo the Gondolier,  Norma Travestie,  The Adopted Child,  Deeds of Dreadful Note, featuring singer H. Hall and actor Hudson Kirby, The Royal Queen's Theatre, Dublin (item 3), 1845 December 6.

108 2

Gladiator,  Anthony and Cleopatra,  The Dog of the Pyrenees, with Edwin Forest, Theatre Royal, Dublin (item 4), 1846 April 20.

108 2
Box Folder

All For Money,  The Old Guard,  A Quiet Day, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London (item 4), 1869 July 12.

17 1

Fox v. Goose,  Joan of Arc, Royal Strand Theatre, London (item 5), possibly 1869.

17 1
Drawer Folder

Richelieu or the Conspiracy, by Edward Bulyard-Lytton, and  Funny Folks including Tommy and Joey, a show by ventriloquist E. D. Davies, Victoria Theatre, London (item 5), 1870 March 23.

108 2
Box Folder

On and Off,  Living at Ease,  The Idle 'Prentice, Royal Strand Theatre, London (item 6), 1870 October 5.

17 1

Crystal Palace Panorama, Crystal Palace, London (item 7), 1883 October 12.

17 1

Robespierre, by Victorien Sardou, Royal Lyceum Theatre, London (item 8), 1889 April.

17 1

Recitals on the Great Organ, Royal Albert Hall, London (item 9), 1893 September 3.

17 1

Madame Sans-Gêne, by Victorien Sardou, Royal Lyceum Theatre, London (item 10), 1898 June 22.

17 1

The Geisha, Prince's Theatre, Manchester (item 11), 1898 November 21.

17 1

The Manxman, Theatre Royal, Brighton (item 12), 1899 January 23.

17 1
Playbills and programs, England, 20th century, 1903-1994 (Bulk, 1903-1968) .
17 2
Box Folder

Em'ly, Adelphi Theatre, London (item 1), 1903 August 1.

17 2

What Every Woman Knows, by James Matthew Barrie, Duke of York's Theatre, London (item 2), possibly 1909 July 22.

17 2

Our Miss Gibbs, Gaiety Theatre, London (item 3), possibly 1909 July 30.

17 2

The Gay Lord Quex, by Arthur Wing Pinero, Garrick Theatre, London (item 4), circa 1912.

17 2

The Beggar's Opera, by John Gay, with music arranged and composed by Frederic Austin, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London (item 5), possibly 1926 May 24.

17 2

Show Boat, musical play by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London (item 6), possibly 1928.

17 2

The Parson's Bride, captain Andy Hawk's Cotton Blossom Troupe, leaflet included in program of the Drury Lane Theatre production of Show Boat (item 6), possibly 1928.

17 2

The Lady with a Lamp, by Reginald Berkeley, Garrick Theatre, London (item 7), 1929 May 27.

17 2

Wake Up and Dream!, London Pavillon, London (item 8), 1929 June 3.

17 2

Death Takes a Holiday, by Walter Ferris, Adelphi Theatre, London (item 9), 1929 December 2.

17 2

Bitter-sweet, by Noel Coward, His Majesty's Theatre, London (item 10), circa 1929.

17 2

Program of the eleventh Malvern Festival, Malvern, Worcestershire (item 11), 1939 August 7-September 2.

17 2

The Mikado or the Town of Titipu, comic opera by William Schwnck Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, Wimbledon Theatre, London (item 12), 1943 June 24.

17 2

While the Sun Shines, by Terence Rattigan, Globe Theatre, London (item 13), possibly 1945 September 10.

17 2

The Red Mill, by Emile Littler, directed by Charles Hickman, Palace Theatre, London (item 14), 1947 April 28.

17 2

"Theatre Guide of London", published by the Society of West End Theatre Managers (item 15), 1947 May 5-May 10.

17 2

Oliver!, book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, New Theatre, London (item 16), circa 1960 June 30.

17 2

Our Man Crichton, book and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, music by David Lee, Shaftersbury Theatre, London (item 17), 1965 May 17.

17 2

Robert and Elizabeth, book and lyrics by Ronald Millar, music by Ron Grainer, Lyric Theatre, London (item 18), 1965 May 21.

17 2

You Never Can Tell, by Bernard Shaw, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London (item 19), 1966 January 12.

17 2

Halfway Up the Tree, by Peter Ustinov, Queen's Theatre, London (item 20), 1967 November 23.

17 2

Man of La Mancha, book by Dave Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, music by Mitch Leigh, Piccadilly Theatre, London (item 21), 1968 April 24.

17 2

Three Tall Women, by Edward Albee, Wyndham's Theatre, London (item 22), 1994 October 28.

17 2
Playbills and programs, England, undated, undated.
17 3
Box Folder

"Concerts à la Jullien", Her Majesty's Theatre, London (item 1), undated.

17 3

The Dover Road, by Alan Alexander Milne, The Royal Theatre Haymarket, London (item 2), undated.

17 3

The Hasty Heart, by John Patrick, Aldwych Theatre, London (item 3), undated.

17 3

A Man About the House, adapted by John Perry, Piccadilly Theatre, London (item 4), undated.

17 3

Magic Carpet: A New Musical Extravaganza, "devised and staged by Robert Nesbitt", Princes Theatre, London (item 5), undated.

17 3

Mary Rose, by James Matthew Barrie, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London (item 6), undated.

17 3

Olivia, by William Gorman Wills, Theatre Royal, Nottingham (item 7), undated.

17 3

Touch Wood, by C. L. Anthony (Dodie Smith), Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London (item 8), undated.

17 3
Playbills and programs, Austria and Germany, 1893-1898, undated.
17 4
Box Folder

Münchener Kunst und Theater-Anzeiger, n. 1872, including programs of opera  Der Bajazzo [Pagliacci] by Ruggero Leoncavallo and dance-poem  Die Jahreszeiten by Peter Ludwig Hertel and Emil Graeb at the National Theater, Die beiden Leonoren by Paul Lindau, at the Residenz-Theater, operetta  Mamsell Nitouche by Hervé at the Theater am Gärtnerplatz, and  Im Austragstüberl by Maximilian Schmidt and Hans Reuert at the Theater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich (item 1), 1893 March 25.

17 4

Das kleine Theater-Journal, n. 46, with the program of an event at the Königliche Schauspiele Opernhaus in Berlin, including the ouverture of the opera  Euryanthe by Carl Maria von Weber, the premiere of the one-act play  Hosterwitz by Ernst von Wildenbruch, and the six-hundredth performance of the opera  Der Freischütz by Carl Maria von Weber (item 2), 1897 December 18.

17 4

Das neue Theater-Journal, including programs of  Helga's Hochzeit, by Franz von Schönthan and Franz Koppel-Ellfeld, Schauspielhaus,  Margarethe, opera by Charles Gounot, Königliche Schauspiele Opernhaus,  Odette, by Victorien Sardou, Residenz-Theater,  Heimath, by Hermann Sudermann, Lessing-Theater,  Renaissance, by Franz von Schönthan and Franz Koppel-Ellfeld, Berliner Theater,  Hänsel und Gretel, by Gustav Seitz, Thalia-Theater,  Madame Favart, operetta by Jacques Offenbach, Theater Unter den Linden,  Trilby, Neues Theater,  Weh' dem, der lügt, by Franz Grillparzer, Schiller-Theater,  Tohu-Bohu, vaudeville by Maurice Ordonneau,   Ein Tropfen Gift, by Oscar Blumenthal, Schiller-Theater,   Hans Huckebein, by Oscar Blumenthal and Gustav Kadelburg, Lessing Theater,  Agnes Jordan, by Georg Hirschfeld, Deutsches Theater,   Die Räuber, by Friedrich von Schiller, Deutsches Theater, Berlin (item 3), possibly 1897.

17 4

Das neue Theater-Journal, including programs of   Helga's Hochzeit, by Franz von Schönthan and Franz Koppel-Ellfeld, Schauspielhaus,  Der Evangelimann, opera by Wilhelm Kienzl, Königliche Schauspiele Opernhaus,  Phantasien im Bremer Rathskeller, music by Adolf Steinmann,  Berliner Fahrten, by Julius Freund and Wilhelm Mannstädt, Central-Theater,   Mein Leopold, by Adolph L'Arronge, Berliner Theater,  Odette, by Victorien Sardou, Residenz-Theater,  Die Großherzogin von Gerolstein (  La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein), operetta by Jacques Offenbach, Theater Unter den Linden,  Re Lear, by William Shakespeare, by the Italian dramatic company of Ermete Zacconi, Neues Theater,  Der Salontyroler, by Gustav von Moser, Goethe-Theater,  Tohu-Bohu, vaudeville by Maurice Ordonneau, music by Viktor Reger, Thalia-Theater,  Kyritz-Pyritz, musical play, by Heinrich Wilken and Oskar Justinius, music by Gustav Michaelis, Schiller-Theater,  Hans Huckebein, by Oscan Blumenthal and Gustav Kadelburg, Lessing Theater,   Mutter Erde, by Max Halbe, Deutsches Theater, Berlin (item 4), possibly 1897.

17 4

Das kleine Theater-Journal, n. 50, with the program of  Margarethe, opera by Charles Gounod, Königliche Schauspiele Opernhaus, Berlin (item 5), 1898 January 31.

17 4

Das kleine Theater-Journal, n. 51, with the program of  Faust, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Berliner Theater (item 6), 1898 February 9.

17 4

Orchestra concert and revue at the Apollo-Theater, Berlin (item 7), 1898 March 23.

17 4

Die Jahreszeiten, oratorio by Joseph Haydn, Schnöpf'schen Gesangvereins, program of the concert of the Philarmonic Orchestra, possibly Berlin (item 8), 1898 March 30.

17 4

Das kleine Theater-Journal, n. 54 (item 9), possibly 1898.

17 4

Münchener Kunst und Theater-Anzeiger, invitation to subscribe (item 10), undated.

17 4

Advertisement for hotels, possibly in connection with the show Chicago! (item 11), undated.

17 4

Leinen aus Irland, by Stefan von Kamare, Theater in der Josefstadt, Wien (item 12), undated.

17 4
Playbills and programs, France, 1899-1919, undated.
17 5
Box Folder

Plus que Reine, by Émile Bergerat, Théatre de la Porte-Saint-Martin, Paris (item 1), possibly 1899.

17 5
Drawer Folder

L'Entr'acte newsletter, Paris (item 2), 1905 March 3.

108 2
Box Folder

Rousslan et Ludmila,   Les Sylphides,  Cléopatre, "Saison Russe avec le Concours des artistes, l'orchestre et les choeurs des Théatres de Saint-Pétersbourg et de Moscou", Théatre du Chatelet, Paris (item 2), 1909 May-June.

17 5

American Girl, operetta, libretto by Paul Bonhomne, music by Léo Pouget, Empire, Paris (item 3), 1919 March 7-March 13.

17 5

It's In the Air (  Dans Les Airs), film, directed by Anthony Kimmins, Cinépalace, possibly Paris (item 4), circa 1938.

17 5

Bonjour! Bonsoir!, "revue en 2 Actes et 30 Tableaux de Valentin Tarault et de William Burtey", Théâtre Caumartin, Paris (item 5), undated.

17 5

Program of revue, unspecified location (item 6), undated.

17 5
Playbills and programs, Italy, 1897.
17 6
Box Folder

Concert of Jeannette Gieter, Teatro Olympia, Rome (item 1), 1897 February 1.

17 6

Program of the concert of Guerrina Fabbri, conductor Ottavio De Piccolellis, possibly Florence (item 2), 1897 March 8.

17 6

Exhibition catalogues and checklists, 1926, 1942-1943, 1984-1989, undated.

11 18

Brochures, theaters, A-N, circa 1920s-1990s.

11 19

Brochures, theaters, O-Z, circa 1920s-1990s.

11 20

Brochures, events and anniversaries, 1898, 1922, 1937, 1953.

11 21

Brochures, schools, colleges, and other cultural institutions, circa 1930s-1980s.

11 22

XV. Plays and libretti.

Scope and Contents note

Series XV consists of a collection of published plays and libretti. It includes a copy of the 1830s edition of Jacob Jones’ tragedy The Gladiator, a French comedy by Jules Juvenet printed in Philadelphia in 1890 (  La Visite de L'Escadre Française à Philadelphie en 1889), and a late nineteenth-century American edition of Shakespeare’s  Hamlet (New York City: Samuel French and son, circa 1885).

The series also includes a small number of nineteenth-century plays for toy theaters published by John Kilby Green and Benjamin Pollock, two important British manufacturers of model theaters. Further documentation and material on this form of domestic entertainment may be found in series V (especially the Frank Stone-Benjamin Pollock correspondence), and series XIX.

Box Folder

Collection of plays and libretti excerpted from Theatre Arts Magazine and other unidentified journals, titles beginning with A, circa 1930s-1960s.

11 21

Collection of plays and libretti excerpted from Theatre Arts Magazine and other unidentified journals, titles beginning with B-C, 1950s-1960s.

12 1

Jacob Jones, The Gladiator, annotated copy, after 1836.

12 2

Jules Juvenet, La Visite de L'Escadre Française à Philadelphie en 1889, 1890.

12 3
Green's Juvenile Dramas, 1854-1857.
12 4
Box Folder

Battle of the Alma, "a Pictorial Drama, in Three Acts. Written expressly for and adapted only to Green's Characters and Scenes in the same" (item 1), 1854.

12 4

Dred: The Freeman of the Dismal Swamp, adapted from Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, "written expressly for and adapted only to Green's Characters and Scenes in the same" (item 2), 1857.

12 4

The Life of a Soldier, or, the Sailor's Daughter, and the Soldier's Bride, "A domestic drama; in four parts. Written expressly for and adapted only to Green's Characters and Scenes in the same" (item 3), 1854.

12 4

Sixteen String Jack, or, the Highwaymen of Hounslow Heath, "a Romantic Drama in Three Acts. Written for and adapted only to Green's Characters and Scenes in the same" (item 4), 1856.

12 4

Tomthumb, "a burletta, in two acts. Written expressly for and adapted only to Green's Characters and Scenes in the same" (two copies) (item 5), 1854.

12 4
Pollock's Juvenile Dramas, undated.
12 5
Box Folder

Douglas, A Tragedy, in Five Acts, original play by John Home, 1756, "adapted only for Pollock's characters and scenes" (item 1), undated.

12 5

King Henry, or the Miller of Mansfield, a Comic Drama, "adapted only for Pollock's characters and scenes" (item 2), undated.

12 5

Miller and His Men, original play by Isaac Pocock, "adapted only for Pollock's characters and scenes" (item 3), undated.

12 5

The Silver Palace, and the Golden Poppy, A Water Pageant, "adapted only for Pollock's characters and scenes" (item 4), undated.

12 5

William Shakespeare, Hamlet: A Tragedy in Five Acts, "as produced by Mr. Henry Irving, under the direction of Mr. Henry E. Abbey", New York, London: Samuel French and son, circa 1885.

12 6

Philadelphia Historical Pageant, Book of the Words, by Francis Howard Williams, 1912 October 7-October 10.

12 7

John Gay, The Beggar's Opera as it is Performed at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith With new Settings of the Airs and additional Music by Frederic Austin, score for voice and piano, 1920.

12 8

XVI. Drawings and engravings.

Scope and Contents note

Series XVI consists of a collection of 19th-century drawings and engravings, divided in two different sections. The first section contains 16 engravings excerpted from the book The stage and its stars past and present : a gallery of dramatic illustration and critical biographies of distinguished English and American actors from the time of Shakespeare till today, edited by Howard Paul and George Gebbie, (Philadelphia, Gebbie and Co., 1887-1889), a portion of which is also included in the series. The second section includes a book of sketches for the show  Monte Cristo Jr., produced at the Gaiety Theatre of London in 1886, and fourteen additional engravings of actors, actresses, and theatrical characters, published in England and in the United States.

Box Folder
Engravings excerpted from The stage and its stars past and present : a gallery of dramatic illustration and critical biographies of distinguished English and American actors from the time of Shakespeare till today, edited by Howard Paul and George Gebbie, Philadelphia, Gebbie and Co., circa 1887-1889.
22
Box Folder

"Ben De Bar as Falstaff", from The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare, photomechanical print (P/De200.1a ML), undated.

22 1

"Fanny Davenport as Margaret Gauthier", from Camille by Alexandre Dumas, with a page of text illustrating the life of the actress, photomechanical print, black and white, Gebbie and Husson, Philadelphia (P/Da850.8 ML, P/Da850.8a ML), circa 1889.

22 2

"William H. Crane as Falstaff", from The Merry Wives of Windsor by Wiliam Shakespeare, act I, scene 1, with a page of text illustrating the life of the actor, photomechanical print, black and white, Gebbie and Husson, Philadelphia (P/Cr300.1a ML, P/Cr300.1b ML), circa 1889.

22 3

"Mr. Squire Bancroft as Triplet" from Masks and Faces by Charles Reade and Tom Taylor, act III, scene 3, with a page of text illustrating the life of the actor, photomechanical print, black and white, Gebbie and Husson, Philadelphia (P/Ba317.1 ML, P/Ba317.1a ML), circa 1888.

22 4

"Ada Rehan and Miss Dreher as Mrs. Ford and Mistress Page", from The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare, act II, scene 1, with a page of text illustrating the scene, photomechanical print, black and white, Gebbie and Husson, Philadelphia (P/Dr100.1a ML, P/Dr100.1b ML), circa 1888.

22 5

"Charles Fechter as Hamlet", from the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, act V, scene 1, with a page of text illustrating the life of the actor, photomechanical print, Gebbie and Husson, Philadelphia (P/Fe200.5a ML, P/Fe200.5b ML), circa 1888.

22 6

"Nat G. Goodwin as Modus", from The Hunchback, with a page of text illustrating the life of the actor, photomechanical print, black and white, Gebbie and Husson, Philadelphia (P/Go675.1 ML, P/Go675.1a ML), circa 1888.

22 7

"John Philip Kemble as Cato", from Cato, by Joseph Addison, act V, scene 1, with a page of text illustrating the scene and the life of the actor, photomechanical print, black and white, Gebbie and Co., Philadelphia (P/Ke700.17 ML, P/Ke700.17a ML), undated.

22 8

"Mr. Macready as Henry IV", from Henry IV, part 2, by William Shakespeare, act III scene 2, photomechanical print, black and white, Gebbie and Co., Philadelphia (P/Ma225.11a ML), undated.

22 9

"Miss Neilson as Juliet", from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, act III, scene 2, with a page of text illustrating the scene and the life of the actress, photomechanical print, black and white, Gebbie and Husson, Philadelphia (P/Ne100.9a ML, P/Ne100.9b ML), circa 1888.

22 10

"Samuel Phelps as Cardinal Wolsey" from Henry VIII by William Shakespeare, act III, scene 2, with a page of text illustrating the scene and the life of the actor, photomechanical print, black and white, Gebbie and Co., Philadelphia (P/Ph100.1a ML, P/Ph100.1b ML), circa 1888.

22 11

"Stuart Robson as Slender", from The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare, act I, scene 1, with a page of text illustrating the scene and the life of the actor, photomechanical print, black and white, Gebbie and Husson, Philadelphia (P/Ro260.1 ML, P/Ro260.1a ML), circa 1888.

22 12

"Lucille Western as Lucretia Borgia", from Lucretia Borgia by Victor Hugo, act II, scene 3, with a page illustrating the scene and the life of the actress, photogravure, Gebbie and Co., Philadelphia (P/We525.1 ML, P/We525.1a ML), undated.

22 13

"Charles Wyndham as David Garrick", from David Garrick by Thomas William Robertson, with a page commenting on the play and the actor's life, photogravure, black and white, Gebbie and Co., Philadelphia (P/Wy500.2 ML, P/Wy500.2a ML), circa 1888.

22 14

"Romeo and Juliet", from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, act V, scene 2, with a page describing the scene, photogravure, black and white, Gebbie and Co., Philadelphia (S/ShROM.5.2.1 ML, S/ShROM.5.2.1a ML), circa 1888.

22 15

"The Merry Wives of Windsor", from The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare, act III, scene 3, with a page describing the scene, photogravure, black and white, Gebbie and Co., Philadelphia (S/ShWIV.3.3.2a ML, S/ShWIV.3.3.2b ML), circa 1888.

22 16

Pages excerpted from The stage and its stars past and present : a gallery of dramatic illustration and critical biographies of distinguished English and American actors from the time of Shakespeare till today, edited by Howard Paul and George Gebbie, Philadelphia, Gebbie and Co., parts 21 to 24, pages 57-88, circa 1887.

22 17
Other, circa 1840-1886, undated.
21
Box Folder

Book of sketches by Percy Anderson for Monte Cristo Jr., written by Richard Henry and produced by Charles Harris, Gaiety Theatre, London, circa 1886.

21 1

"Mr. Bird as Urban Wheeler", engraving, color (P/Bi375.1 M), undated.

21 2

"The Blood Red Knight", engraving, color, published by John Redington, London (P/Bl800.1 M), circa 1851-1876.

21 3

"Madame Celeste as The Princess Katherine", from Henry V by William Shakespeare, act V, scene II, engraving by George Hollis, black and white, published by John Tallis and Company, London and New York (P/Ce075.1 M), possibly 1840.

21 4

"Mr. Cooke as Richmond", scene from Richard III by William Shakespeare, engraving, color, published by John Redington, London (P/Co575.16 M), circa 1851-1876.

21 5

"Mr. Creswick as Cassius", from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, engraving, color, published by John Redington, London (P/Cr525.1 M), circa 1851-1876.

21 6

"Charlotte Cushman as Mrs. Haller", from The Stranger by Augustus de Kotzebue, engraving, black and white, published by Messrs. Fores, London (P/Cu400.7 M), undated.

21 7

"Miss Julia Dean as Beatrice", from Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, act III, scene 1, print, black and white, published by Johnson Fry and Company, New York City (P/De100.2 M), undated.

21 8

"Mr. Hicks, as Robert Macaire", engraving, color, published by John Redington, London (P/Hi200.2 M), circa 1851-1876.

21 9

"Mr. N. T. Hicks as Morden Brenner", engraving, color, published by John Redington, London (P/Hi200.3 M), circa 1851-1876.

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"Fanny Kemble (Butler) as Isabella", from Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare, engraving, black and white, published by Johnson Fry and Company, New York City (P/Ke650.4 M copy 2), undated.

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"Manrico. In Il Trovatore", engraving, color, published by John Redington, London (P/Ma385.1 M), circa 1851-1876.

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"Mrs. Mowatt as Beatrice", from Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, act II, scene 1, published by John Tallis and Company, London (P/Mo900.2 M copy 2), circa 1850.

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"King Rufus", etching, color, published by John Redington, London (P/Ru150.1 M), circa 1851-1876.

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"Mr. Ryder as the Duke in the Fool's Revenge", from the play The Fool's Revenge, English adaptation of  Le roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo, engraving, color (P/Ry075.1 M), undated.

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XVII. Magazines, journals, articles, and books.

Scope and Contents note

Series XVII contains a collection of magazines and journals, some pamphlets and conference proceedings, and two books. Most of the journals (especially Marquee, and other special publications) are connected to the Theatre Historical Society, of which the Cushman Club was part. Many of the pamphlets were issued by local organizations, such as the Shakspere Society of Philadelphia and the Edwin Forrest Home. The series also include the proceedings of a conference on actor John Wilkes Booth, held in Maryland in 1988, and two biographies. In the first, the life and correspondence of Charlotte Cushman are gathered and commented on by sculptor Emma Stebbins, who was Cushman’s partner in the final decades of the actress's life. The second book, written by William Winter, is about the life of producer, impresario, and playwright David Belasco.

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Equity, 1951 April, 1960 December.

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Germantowne Crier, vol. 16 no. 1, 1964 March.

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Marquee: The Journal of the Theatre Historical Society of America, 1969-1979.

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Marquee: The Journal of the Theatre Historical Society of America, 1982-1992.

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Marquee: The Journal of the Theatre Historical Society of America, 1993-1998.

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Marquee: The Journal of the Theatre Historical Society of America, indexes volumes 1-24, circa 1992.

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Theatre Historical Society of America, special annual publications, 1992-1999.

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Theatre Library Association and Theatre Historical Society, membership lists, 1972-1996.

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Shakspere Society of Philadelphia, "Some remarks on Mr. W. H. Edwards' "Shaksper not Shakespeare" by R. L. Ashhurst, vice-dean, read before the society January 23rd 1901", 1901.

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Harry C. Freeborn, The Elizabethan Stage, Philadelphia: Kenilworth, undated.

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John Wilkes Booth, actor : the proceedings of a conference weekend in Bel Air, Maryland 1988, edited by Arthur Noel Kincaid, North Leigh, Oxfordshire: A. Kincaid, 1989.

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A. Edward Newton, Edwin Forrest and his noble creation, "published by the managers of the Edwin Forrest Home, Philadelphia", 1928.

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Edward Hugh Sothern, My Remembrances: The melancholy tale of "me", "With the Compliments of the Author and the Publishers", first chapter of the book published by  Scribner's Magazine, 1916.

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Emma Stebbins, Charlotte Cushman: Her Letters and Memories of Her Life, 1878.

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William Winter, The Life of David Belasco, volume 1, 1920.

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William Winter, The Life of David Belasco, volume 2, 1920.

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XVIII. Memorabilia.

Scope and Contents note

Series XVIII consists of a small collection of memorabilia relating to the Club. Notable items include the Club’s seal, a printer block representing an actress, and six wooden blocks with images of the Club house in the 1920s. The original photographs from which these images were derived can be found in series X.

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Six wooden printer blocks representing the Charlotte Cushman Club houses at 1010 Spruce Street and 1021 Spruce Street, possibly 1920s.

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Printer block representing an actress, undated.

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Seal of the Charlotte Cushman Club, undated.

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Key for safe deposit box, undated.

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Wilson College 1869, Anne Morgan Horner, A.B., official delegate", conference badge, undated.

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XIX. Artifacts.

Scope and Contents note

Series XIX includes two wooden toy theaters and a small collection of accompanying characters and stage sets. Most of this material was coriginally donated to the Club by Philadelphia banker and collector Frank S. Stone. The first toy theater was built in the second half of the nineteenth century by Charles Boucher, master carpenter at the Academy of Music of Philadelphia, while the other was manufactured in 1883 by New York-based toy company J. H. Singer. The series also includes three complete sets of characters and scenes, also published by J. H. Singer, along with another set for Boucher’s theater, and additional scenes on wood and canvas. Mostly in good condition, this material allows for a direct examination of a popular form of domestic entertainment of the late Victorian era.

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Toy theater, stage and proscenium, wood and cardboard, J. H. Singer, New York City, 1883.

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Play of Pocahontas for the Theatre Imperial, including play script, characters, and scenes, printed by J. H. Singer, New York City, 1883.

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Play of Robinson Crusoe for the Theatre Imperial, including play script, characters, and scenes, J. H. Singer, New York City, 1883.

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Play of The Battle of Bunker Hill for the Theatre Imperial, including play script, characters, and scenes, printed by J. H. Singer, New York City, 1884.

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Wooden toy theater proscenium and stage, made by Charles Boucher, master carpenter at the Academy of Music of Philadelphia, circa 1880.

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Scenes for Charles Boucher's wooden toy theater, cardboard, circa 1880.

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Wooden proscenium for toy theater, undated.

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Scenes for toy theater, wood and canvas, undated.

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