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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


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[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],
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Series XII: Expense Reports
Box 1
Folder 1: Expense Records, 1916 - 1931
Folder 2: Expense Records, 1922 - 1925
Folder 3: Expense Records, 1922 - 1925
Folder 4: Expense Records, 1922 - 1925
Folder 5: Cost of Labor and Materials for seasons 1923 and 1924, 1923, 1924
Folder 6: Cost of Production for seasons 1924 and 1925, 1924, 1925
Folder 7: Expense Records, 1925 - 1930
Folder 8: Fire and water losses [Property Department|fire of Apr 2, 1927 at 510 West 25th street], 1927
Box 2
Folder 1: Tour expenses, 1927
Folder 2: Cost of Production for seasons 1927 and 1928, 1927, 1928
Folder 3: Expense Records, 1930 - 1932
Folder 4: Expenses and material needed [for Pique Dame|the Queen of Spades], circa 1931
Folder 5: 45 index cards [with addresses and material supply costs|possible supply souces], no date
Folder 6: Stock Sheets [Aida - Werther], no date
Box 3: Oversized Expense Reports
Folder 1: Weekly expense reports, Oct 1926 - Oct 1928
Folder 2: Miscellaneous expense reports, 1926 - 1930
Folder 3: New opera house expenses, 1929
Folder 4: Carmen [expenses], 1929 - 1931
Folder 5: Payroll, 1929 - 1931
Folder 6: Payroll, 1932

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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