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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 V: Illustrations
Box 1
Folder 1: Lorenzaccio [9 set illustrations], no date
Folder 2: [Faust] [two illustrations of angels], 1978
Folder 3: Set design [unknown play], no date
Folder 4: Set design [unknown play], no date
Folder 5: Set design [unknown play], 1927
Folder 6: Set design [unknown play], no date
Folder 7: Halida [3 scene drawings], 1927
Folder 8: Set design [unknown play], no date
Folder 9: Set design [unknown play], no date
Folder 10: Set design [unknown play], no date
Box 2
Folder 1: Faust [Binding wrapped around Faust artwork], no date
Folder 2: Drawing of a piece of a set [unknown play|Egyptian], no date
Folder 3: 30 color prints [scenic and home], no date
Folder 4: Conchita [set design drawing], no date
Folder 5: Nabucco [mounted drawing|act 3], no date
Folder 6: Faust [4 scene drawings], no date
Folder 7: Faust [stage design drawing|artist unknown], no date
Folder 8: [Egyptian play][stage design drawing|artwork by Nordfriesische Landschaft|No. 42], no date
Folder 9: Faust [stage design drawing|Angels|artwork by H. Jarweki], no date
Folder 10: Faust [stage design drawing|The Devil|artist unknown], no date
Folder 11: Title unknown [stage design drawing|artwork by G.R. Tholz], 1953
Folder 12: [Rector's] [stage design drawing|artist unknown], no date
Folder 13: Pique Dame [The Queen of Spades] [drawing of a piece of the set], no date
Folder 14: Pique Dame [The Queen of Spades] [stage design drawing|artwork by Schild], 1931
Folder 15: Pique Dame [The Queen of Spades] [stage design drawing|scene 4|artwork by Schild], 1931
Folder 16: Pique Dame [The Queen of Spades] [stage design drawing|artwork by Schild], 1931
Folder 17: Pique Dame [The Queen of Spades] [stage design drawing|Act 3 Scene 3|artwork by Schild], 1931
Folder 18: Pique Dame [The Queen of Spades] [stage design drawing|Act 1 Scene 2|artwork by Schild], 1931
Folder 19: Pique Dame [The Queen of Spades] [stage design drawing|scene 5|artwork by Schild], 1931
Folder 20: Title unknown [drawing of a piece of the set], no date
Folder 21: Dejanire [costume and scene sketches|within 2 booklets], 1911
Folder 22: Cendrillon [5 scene and costume sketches], no date
Folder 23: Marie Magdeleine [18 costume and scene sketches], no date
Folder 24: Quand La Cloche Sonnera [1 costume sketch and 1 scene sketch], no date
Folder 25: Tracing paper [Craftini No.45|bound], no date
Box 3
Folder 1: Unknown play [costume design drawing and frame|Naroomor], no date
Folder 2: Unknown play [costume design drawing and frame|Sooren], no date
Folder 3: Unknown play [costume design and frame|Guards chorus 8], no date
Folder 4: Unknown play [costume design and frame|Eletzki|Act 1 and 3], no date
Folder 5: Unknown play [costume design and frame|Nurces|chorus], no date
Folder 6: Unknown play [costume design and frame|Comtesse|Act 2], no date
Folder 7: Unknown play [costume design drawing and frame|Guerman], no date
Folder 8: Unknown play [costume design drawing and frame|Lise|Act 2], no date
Folder 9: Unknown play [costume design drawing and frame|Lise], no date
Folder 10: Unknown play [costume design drawing and frame|Lise|Act 3], no date
Folder 11: Unknown play [costume design drawing and frame|Tomsky], no date
Folder 12: Unknown play [costume design drawing and frame|Eletzki|Act 2], no date
Folder 13: Unknown play [costume design and frame|Comtesse|Act 1], no date
Folder 14: Unknown play [costume design drawing and frame|Chekalinsky], no date
Folder 15: Unknown play [costume design and frame|Comtesse|Act 3], no date
Folder 16: Unknown play [costume design and frame|Imferatrice Catherine|Act 2], no date
Box 4
Folder 1: Set design [unknown play], no date
Folder 2: Costume design [unknown play], no date
Folder 3: Supercircus Drop [stage design drawing|artist unknown], no date
Folder 4: Title unknown [stage design drawing|artwork by J. Dove], no date
Folder 5: Title unknown [stage design drawing|artwork by J. Dove], no date
Folder 6: Supercircus Drop [stage design drawing|artist unknown], 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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