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Playbill collection

Identifier: MS-126

Content Description

The Playbill Collection contains over 700 programs and playbills from performances in various theatres in Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, and other locations. Many of the playbills include associated reviews and performer information clipped from newspapers and magazines. The performances include plays, opera, musicals, vaudeville, and other concerts.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1903 - 1910


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research without restriction. Researchers are advised to contact the Archives and Special Collections prior to visiting. Advance notice may be needed to retrieve items for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers must obtain a signed Permission to Publish Form if they wish to reproduce, broadcast, or otherwise disseminate information from published and unpublished works held by ASC. Permission to reproduce, broadcast, or otherwise disseminate information materials from ASC does not constitute permission from the holder of copyright or literary rights. The researcher is responsible for securing permission from the copyright holder to publish or reproduce content from materials found in the collections.


13 Linear Feet (22 document boxes and 1 oversize flat box)

Language of Materials



Most of this collection is arranged alphabetically by title of the play. Oversize items are located at the end of the collection.

Boxes 1-13 are arranged alphabetically by play title. Box 14 is from the Metropolitan in Minneapolis and is arranged alphabetically by play title. Boxes 15-16 are mostly arranged alphabetically by location or theater name. Boxes 17 - 21 are from various theaters around the world and are arranged alphabetically by play title. Box 22 is duplicates and miscellaneous. Box 23 is oversize. For some of the playbills, theater, location, and date are included following the title.

Cultural context

Playbill collection
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the USD Archives and Special Collections Repository