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Historic Scenic Collection

Overview

Abstract

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Production Notebooks

Blueprints

Floorplans

Photographs

Illustrations

Programs

Libretto

Timesheets

Scripts

Correspondence

Accounts

Expense Reports

Purchase and Work Orders

Material Orders

Receipts

Property Lists

Inventory

Reference Material

Miscellaneous



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Collection Overview

Title: Historic Scenic Collection, 1865-2012

ID: RBSC/SPX/012

Extent: 250.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Production Notebooks, Series II: Blueprints, Series III: Floorplans, Series IV: Photographs, Series V: Illustrations, Series VI: Programs, Series VII: Libretto, Series VIII: Scripts, Series IX: Correspondence, Series X: Timesheets, Series XI: Accounts, Series XII: Expense Reports, Series XIII: Purchase Orders, Series XIV: Material Orders, Series XV: Receipts, Series XVI: Property Lists, Series XVII: Inventory, Series XVIII: Reference Material, and Series XIX: Miscellaneous.

A copy of the old finding aid is located in Series I, Box 1 and it provides details of the orginal inventory made for the collection. When the collection was fully processed this inventory was adapted and used in the current finding aid which includes how some series were arranged.

Languages: English, French, German, Italian

Abstract

The Historic Scenic Collection contains intriguing documentation, photos, blueprints, and advertisements of the Chicago Opera dating back to the early 1900s.  This collection is 250 linear feet that spans an entire century of theatre performances.  Some of the highlights ­­are production photos of scenes and play actors, blueprints of the sets and stages, and old-time programs that were handed out to avid theatre goers.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of printed paper-based materials, photographs, books, correspondence, illustrations, and blueprints that relate directly to the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  This collection is divided into series based upon format.  Series I is composed of production notebooks; Series II and III are Blueprints and Floorplans respectively (which are currently still being processed).  Series IV consists of photographs; Series V is Illustrations of sets, stage design, and costumes; Series VI consists of Programs that describe the opera acts and story; Series VII is Libretto (which are the texts of the opera, translated from their original language into English).  Series VIII is Scripts; Series IX is Correspondence; Series X consists of Timesheets, which are further broken down into Timesheet subseries of Anuual Tours, Rehearsal Timesheets, and Performance Timesheets.  Series XI is Accounts; Series XII Expense Reports; Series XIII is Purchase Orders; Series XIV is Material Orders; Series XV is Receipts; Series XVI is Property Lists; and Series XVII is Inventory.  Series XVIII is Reference Material that includes books (some of these books have call numbers listed that can be found in our online catalogue).  Lastly, Series XIX is Miscellaneous material.

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: no restrictions


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: Production Notebooks],
[Series II: Blueprints],
[Series III: Floorplans],
[Series IV: Photographs],
[Series V: Illustrations],
[Series VI: Programs],
[Series VII: Libretto],
[Series X: Timesheets],
[Series VIII: Scripts],
[Series IX: Correspondence],
[Series XI: Accounts],
[Series XII: Expense Reports],
[Series XIII: Purchase and Work Orders],
[Series XIV: Material Orders],
[Series XV: Receipts],
[Series XVI: Property Lists],
[Series XVII: Inventory],
[Series XVIII: Reference Material],
[Series XIX: Miscellaneous],
[All]

Series III: Floorplans
Status: Still being processed.
Box 1
Folder 1: Cavalleria Rusticana [acts not listed], no date
Folder 2: Carmen [Acts 1-4], no date
Folder 3: La Bohme [Acts 1-4], no date
Folder 4: Barber of Seville [Acts 1-3], no date
Folder 5: Boris [Acts 1-3], no date
Folder 6: Andre Chenier [Acts 1-4], no date
Folder 7: L'Amore Dei Tre Re [Acts 1-3], no date
Folder 8: Aida [Acts 1-4], no date
Folder 9: Tales of Hoffman [Prologue|Acts 1-3|Epilogue], no date
Folder 10: La Bohme [Acts 1-4], no date
Folder 11: Tosca [Acts 1-3], no date
Folder 12: Mignon [Acts 1-4], no date
Folder 13: Trouatore [Act 3|Scene 1 and 2], no date
Folder 14: Mask Ball [Act 1-4], no date
Folder 15: Falstaff [Acts 1-3], no date
Folder 16: Faust [Acts 1-4], no date
Folder 17: Road Faust [Acts 1-4], no date
Folder 18: Fete of Robinson [no acts listed], no date
Folder 19: Die Fledermaus [Acts 1-3], no date
Folder 20: Fra Diavolo [Acts 1-3], no date
Folder 21: Gianni Schicchi [no acts listed], no date
Folder 22: Herodiade [Acts 1-4], no date
Folder 23: Jewles of the Madonna [Acts 1-2], no date
Folder 24: Juggler of Notre Dame [Act 1-3], no date
Folder 25: Lakme [Acts 1 and 3], no date
Folder 26: Light of St. Agnes [acts not listed], no date
Folder 27: Linda Di Chamounix [Acts 1-3], no date
Folder 28: Lohengrin [Acts 1-3], no date
Folder 29: Loreley [Acts 1-3], no date
Folder 30: Louise [Acts 1-4], no date
Folder 31: Lucia [Acts 1-3], no date
Folder 32: Madame Butterfly [Acts 1-3], no date
Folder 33: Manon Lescaut [Acts 1-4], no date
Folder 34: Martha [Acts 1-4], no date
Folder 35: Mefistofele [Acts 1-4], no date
Folder 36: Monna Vanna [Acts 1-3], no date
Folder 37: Namika San [no acts listed], no date
Folder 38: Othello [Acts 1-4], no date
Folder 39: I Pagliacci [Act 1], no date
Folder 40: Pearl Fishers [Acts 1-3], no date
Folder 41: Pelleas and Melisande [Acts 1-4], no date
Folder 42: Resurrection [Acts 1-4], no date
Folder 43: Rigoletto [Acts 1-4], no date
Folder 44: Romeo [Acts 1-5], no date
Folder 45: Rosenkavalier [Acts 1-3], no date
Folder 46: Sampson and Delilah [Acts 1-3], no date
Folder 47: Sapho [Acts 1-5], no date
Folder 48: Snow Maiden [Acts 1-5], no date
Folder 49: Tannhauser [Acts 1-3], no date
Folder 50: Thais [Acts 1-3], no date
Folder 51: La Traviata [Acts 1-4], no date
Folder 52: IL Trovatore [Acts 1-4], no date
Folder 53: Die Walkure [Acts 1-3], no date
Box 2
Folder 1: Bound notebook of floorplans [various plays], no date
Folder 2: Bound notebook of floorplans [various plays], no date
Folder 3: Bound notebook of floorplans [various plays], no date
Folder 4: Bound notebook of floorplans [various plays], no date
Folder 5: Bound notebook of floorplans [various plays], no date
Folder 6: Bound notebook of floorplans [various plays], no date
Folder 7: Bound notebook of floorplans [various plays], no date
Folder 8: Bound notebook of floorplans [various plays], no date
Box 3
Folder 1: Pique Dame [The Queen of Spades] [scene sketches, supplementary designs], circa 1931
Folder 2: Bound notebook of floorplans [various plays], 1908
Folder 3: Bound notebook of floorplans [various plays], no date
Folder 4: Bound notebook of floorplans [various plays], no date
Folder 5: Bound notebook of floorplans [various plays], no date
Folder 6: Bound notebook of floorplans [various plays], no date
Folder 7: Bound notebook of floorplans [various plays], no date
Folder 8: Bound notebook of floorplans [various plays], no date
Folder 9: Bound notebook of floorplans [various plays], no date

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Production Notebooks],
[Series II: Blueprints],
[Series III: Floorplans],
[Series IV: Photographs],
[Series V: Illustrations],
[Series VI: Programs],
[Series VII: Libretto],
[Series X: Timesheets],
[Series VIII: Scripts],
[Series IX: Correspondence],
[Series XI: Accounts],
[Series XII: Expense Reports],
[Series XIII: Purchase and Work Orders],
[Series XIV: Material Orders],
[Series XV: Receipts],
[Series XVI: Property Lists],
[Series XVII: Inventory],
[Series XVIII: Reference Material],
[Series XIX: Miscellaneous],
[All]


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