Series 01 - Programs

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US MBE MSS 001-01

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  • 1870 - 1988 (Creation)


1 linear foot; 2 boxes

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This series contains programs from a large range of productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operas, from professional theatres London to high school glee clubs. Some programs have been clipped from newspapers or magazines, and a number of productions from the 1980s have “Playbill” programs. This series has great strengths in programs from D’Oyly Carte productions from the late 1800s and early 1900s, as well as Boston-area productions across the span of the collection. Some items are “souvenir” programs and may contain special photographs of the actors or drawings of scenes in the operas. Programs have been sorted out by individual productions, but programs with multiple operas listed have been placed together.

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This series is arranged alphabetically by production.

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Some materials may be subject to copyright. No part of the materials protected by copyright may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission from the copyright holder. Researchers are required to seek permission from the copyright holder to reproduce and/or publish materials under copyright.

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Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [Container number], Sigmund A. Lavine Gilbert and Sullivan Collection, Emerson College Archives, Emerson College, Boston, MA.

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