Guide to the Mona Mitchell Theater Program Collection

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Guide to the Mona Mitchell Theater Program Collection 1925/1991

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Mona Mitchell Theater Program Collection
Dates: 1925-1991
Bulk Dates: 1925-1950
Bulk Dates: 1925-1950
Creator: Mitchell, Mona
Physical Description: 1.68 linear ft
Language of Materials: English French German
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

A lifelong lover of the theater, Mona Mitchell collected over 200 theater programs, playbills, and related press clippings during her lifetime. The first play she attended was Hamlet starring Walter Hampden and Ethel Barrymore at the Hampdens Theater in New York City, 1925.
Theater programs are usually booklets that outline a performance and provide general background information about a production. They can also include photos of the production, a cast list, biographies of actors and production staff, the name of the production's theater, background information about the show, and advertisements.
The term "playbill" is sometimes used interchangeably with "theater program." Program companies, including Playbill, usually pay theaters for the rights to produce a production's program. The Playbill focused on Broadway and off-Broadway theaters through most of the twentieth century. In the 1990s Playbill expanded into dance, opera, symphony, and other performing arts.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Publications

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Mona Mitchell Theater Program Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Scope and Contents

The Mona Mitchell Theater Program Collection dates from 1925 – 1991, and documents theatrical productions especially in New York City throughout those years, particularly the 1930s.  Alphabetized by production title, the collection consists mainly of theater programs, but also includes newspaper clippings relevant to a particular production.  Any clippings relevant to a particular show are filed with that production's program.  The collection includes programs from A Streetcar Named Desire starring Jessica Tandy and Marlon Brando, and numerous other performances by noted actors and actresses including Laurence Olivier, Katherine Hepburn, Bob Hope, Orson Wells, Humphrey Bogart, Lillian Gish, Gene Kelly, Danny Kaye, Paul Newman and Walter Matthau, among others.  The majority of the programs in this collection are from New York theaters, but programs from London, Heidelberg, Paris, Washington DC, Oregon, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego are also included.  Most programs are The Playbill or Playbill programs.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

3 for Tonight April 11, 1955

Box 1, Folder 2

20th Century January 9, 1933

Box 1, Folder 3

Abe Lincoln in Illinois April 10, 1939

Box 1, Folder 4

Accent on Youth May 20, 1935

Box 1, Folder 5

The Age of Innocence February 11, 1929

Box 1, Folder 6

Ah, Wilderness! November 27, 1933

Box 1, Folder 7

Amadeus February 2, 1983

Box 1, Folder 8

Angel Street March 2, 1942

Box 1, Folder 9

The Animal Kingdom May 16, 1932

Box 1, Folder 10

Anne of the Thousand Days January 31, 1949

Box 1, Folder 11

Antigone March 4, 1946

Box 1, Folder 12

Anything Goes March 25, 1935

Box 1, Folder 13

Applause June 27, 1970

Box 1, Folder 14

Applause November 16, 1972

Box 1, Folder 15

Arsenic and Old Lace May 26, 1941

Box 1, Folder 16

At Home Abroad October 21, 1935

Box 1, Folder 17

Autumn Crocus December 5, 1932

Box 1, Folder 18

Babes in Arms May 17, 1937

Box 1, Folder 19

The Band Wagon June 3, 1931

Box 1, Folder 20

The Barretts of Wimple Street April 13, 1931

Box 1, Folder 21

Becket December 13, 1961

Box 1, Folder 22

Berkeley Square December 16, 1929

Box 1, Folder 23

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn August 1987

Box 1, Folder 24

Biography May 15, 1933

Box 1, Folder 25

Bitter Sweet February 17, 1930

Box 1, Folder 26

Blind Alley October 7, 1935

Box 1, Folder 27

Blithe Spirit March 2, 1942

Box 1, Folder 28

Boy Meets Girl March 2, 1936

Box 1, Folder 29

Bus Stop May 23, 1955

Box 1, Folder 30

Cabin in the Sky December 2, 1940

Box 1, Folder 31

Candida, The Wingless Victory March 15, 1937

Box 1, Folder 32

Caprice May 13, 1929

Box 1, Folder 33

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof July 4, 1955

Box 1, Folder 34

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof January 6, 1976

Box 1, Folder 35

CAT's-PAW March 22, 1986

Box 1, Folder 36

Cats December 1986

Box 1, Folder 37

Chapter Two Jult 10, 1979

Box 1, Folder 38

The Cherry Orchard June 10, 1990

Box 1, Folder 39

Children of Darkness December 13, 1930

Box 1, Folder 40

The Children's Hour March 25, 1935

Box 1, Folder 41

The Circle April 25, 1938

Box 1, Folder 42

Clear All Wires October 10, 1932

Box 1, Folder 43

Cloud 9 August 31, 1983

Box 1, Folder 44

La Compagnie de Mime, Marcel Marceau

Box 1, Folder 45

The Constant Wife March 6, 1952

Box 1, Folder 46

The Contractor April 10, 1970

Box 1, Folder 47

Coquette April 9, 1928

Box 1, Folder 48

The Corn is Green February 10, 1941

Box 1, Folder 49

The Crown Prince March 28, 1927

Box 1, Folder 50

Cymbeline July 2, 1957

Box 1, Folder 51

Cynara November 16, 1941

Box 1, Folder 52

Cyrano de Bergerac December 25, 1928

Box 1, Folder 53

Dangerous Corner February 6, 1933

Box 1, Folder 54

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs December 5, 1957

Box 1, Folder 55

The Dark is Light Enough March 7, 1955

Box 1, Folder 56

Darkness at Noon May 14, 1951

Box 1, Folder 57

Dead End June 1, 1936

Box 1, Folder 58

Dear Daddy March 5, 1978

Box 1, Folder 59

Design for Living April 17, 1933

Box 1, Folder 60

The Desperate Hours April 17, 1955

Box 1, Folder 61

The Distaff Side October 29, 1934

Box 2, Folder 1

Diversions and Delights June 27, 1979

Box 2, Folder 2

The Doctor's Dilemma April 7, 1941

Box 2, Folder 3

Dodsworth May 21, 1934

Box 2, Folder 4

A Doll's House May 26, 1990

Box 2, Folder 5

Don Juan in Hell April 28, 1952

Box 2, Folder 6

Driving Miss Daisy July 2, 1989

Box 2, Folder 7

Edward, My Son October 4, 1948

Box 2, Folder 8

The Elocution of Benjamin Franklin September 20, 1978

Box 2, Folder 9

Endgame No Date

Box 2, Folder 10

Elizabeth the Queen January 19, 1931

Box 2, Folder 11

Emlyn Williams as Charles Dickens November 21, 1981

Box 2, Folder 12

Ethan Frome February 17, 1936

Box 2, Folder 13

The Eve of Saint Mark December 13, 1942

Box 2, Folder 14

A Farewell to Arms September 22, 1930

Box 2, Folder 15

Faversham October 7, 1929

Box 2, Folder 16

Flight to the West April 20, 1941

Box 2, Folder 17

Forty Carats November 27, 1968

Box 2, Folder 18

French without Tears November 22, 1937

Box 2, Folder 19

George White's Scandals November 28, 1931

Box 2, Folder 20

Gigi January 27, 1991

Box 2, Folder 21

The Glass Menagerie September 23, 1945

Box 2, Folder 22

The Gondoliers September 7, 1936

Box 2, Folder 23

The Good Doctor November 27, 1979

Box 2, Folder 24

The Good Doctor November 27, 1979

Box 2, Folder 25

The Good Fairy February 22, 1932

Box 2, Folder 26

Grand Hotel April 13, 1931

Box 2, Folder 27

Hadrian VII January 8, 1969

Box 2, Folder 28

Hamlet October 10, 1925

Box 2, Folder 29

Hamlet November 16, 1925

Box 2, Folder 30

Hamlet December 7, 1936

Box 2, Folder 31

Hamlet October 24, 1938

Box 2, Folder 32

Harvey October 7, 1945

Box 2, Folder 33

Hello Out There October 25, 1942

Box 2, Folder 34

Henry IV February 6, 1939

Box 2, Folder 35

Here Come the Clowns February 6, 1939

Box 2, Folder 36

The Hidden King September 2, 1957

Box 2, Folder 37

High Tor January 18, 1937

Box 2, Folder 38

I am a Camera March 31, 1952

Box 2, Folder 39

I Married an Angel May 11, 1938

Box 2, Folder 40

I'm Not Rappaport July 3, 1986

Box 2, Folder 41

An Ideal Husband August 13, 1966

Box 2, Folder 42

Idiot's Delight May 25, 1936

Box 2, Folder 43

Indians May 1, 1969

Box 2, Folder 44

Janie September 20, 1942

Box 2, Folder 45

The Jest February 22, 1926

Box 2, Folder 46

Journey's End April 1, 1929

Box 2, Folder 47

Julius Caesar, The Shoemaker's Holiday February 7, 1938

Box 2, Folder 48

Junior Miss April 27, 1942

Box 2, Folder 49

Key Largo February 12, 1940

Box 2, Folder 50

King Richard II March 15, 1937

Box 2, Folder 51

King Richard II May 3, 1937

Box 2, Folder 52

King Richard II September 20, 1937

Box 2, Folder 53

King Richard II October 4, 1937

Theater: St. James Theater, New York
Box 2, Folder 54

King Richard II April 1, 1940

Box 2, Folder 55

Ladies in Retirement May 6, 1940

Box 2, Folder 56

Lady in The Dark January 19, 1942

Box 2, Folder 57

Laugh, Town, Laugh July 5, 1942

Box 2, Folder 58

Leave it to Me December 5, 1938

Box 2, Folder 59

Libel January 13, 1936

Box 2, Folder 60

Life with Father October 7, 1940

Box 3, Folder 1

The Little Foxes March 13, 1939

Box 3, Folder 2

Look Homeward, Angel November 28, 1927

Box 3, Folder 3

Louisiana Purchase October 21, 1940

Box 3, Folder 4

Love's Labour's Lost September 1980

Box 3, Folder 5

MacBeth January 19, 1942

Box 3, Folder 6

The Man in Possession November 24, 1930

Box 3, Folder 7

Man of La Mancha November 22, 1965

Box 3, Folder 8

The Man Who Came to Dinner February 19, 1940

Box 3, Folder 9

The Man Who Came to Dinner June 17, 1940

Box 3, Folder 10

Marcel Marceau Dcember 29, 1962

Box 3, Folder 11

Margin for Error February 11, 1940

Box 3, Folder 12

Mary of Scotland February 5, 1934

Box 3, Folder 13

'Master Harold'...and the boys June 1983

Box 3, Folder 14

The Merchant of Venice January 16, 1928

Box 3, Folder 15

Les Miserables June 1988

Box 3, Folder 16

A Moon for the Misbegotten January 28, 1969

Box 3, Folder 17

A Moon for the Misbegotten February 1981

Box 3, Folder 18

The Mound Builders March 4, 1980

Box 3, Folder 19

The Mound Builders March 4, 1980

Box 3, Folder 20

Music in May October 22, 1928

Box 3, Folder 21

My Fair Lady April 30, 1958

Box 3, Folder 22

My Sister Eileen February 10, 1941

Box 3, Folder 23

Night Must Fall January 1981

Box 3, Folder 24

No Time for Comedy May 1, 1939

Major Cast Members: Katherine Cornell; Margalo Gillmore; Laurence Olivier
Box 3, Folder 25

Nureyev with Dutch National Ballet January 31, 1975

Box 3, Folder 26

Odd Man In No Date

Box 3, Folder 27

Of Mice and Men February 7, 1938

Box 3, Folder 28

Oklahoma December 9, 1945

Box 3, Folder 29

Old Acquaintance January 20, 1941

Box 3, Folder 30

On Borrowed Time June 6, 1938

Box 3, Folder 31

On the Verge, or the Geography of Yearning January 25, 1986

Box 3, Folder 32

On Your Toes August 10, 1936

Box 3, Folder 33

Oscar Wilde November 7, 1938

Box 3, Folder 34

Our Town August 15, 1938

Box 3, Folder 35

Outward Bound January 2, 1939

Box 3, Folder 36

Pal Joey May 26, 1941

Box 3, Folder 37

Paths of Glory September 30, 1935

Box 3, Folder 38

Personal Appearance October 29, 1934

Box 3, Folder 39

Peter Pan; On the High Road; The Lady from Alfaqueque; Hedda Gabler, The Cherry Orchard January 1929

Box 3, Folder 40

The Petrified Forest February 25, 1935

Box 3, Folder 41

The Philadelphia Story June 26, 1939

Box 3, Folder 42

Players (periodical, not a playbill) August-September 1971

Box 3, Folder 43

Porgy and Bess October 28, 1935

Box 3, Folder 44

Porgy and Bess June 21, 1942

Box 3, Folder 45

Pride and Prejudice January 13, 1936

Box 3, Folder 46

Private Lives February 23, 1931

Box 3, Folder 47

Pump Boys and Dinettes March 27, 1986

Box 3, Folder 48

Pygmalion January 12, 1986

Box 3, Folder 49

Reunion in Vienna November 16, 1931

Box 3, Folder 50

Roberta February 12, 1934

Box 3, Folder 51

Robin Hood November 24, 1928

Box 3, Folder 52

Romeo and Juliet January 14, 1935

Box 3, Folder 53

Room Service August 2, 1937

Box 3, Folder 54

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead October 16, 1967

Box 3, Folder 55

Rumors September 22, 1988

Box 4, Folder 1

Ruth Draper, Her Company of Characters, Paul Draper December 26, 1954

Box 4, Folder 2

Sailor, Beware! October 9, 1953

Box 4, Folder 3

Saint Joan March 23, 1936

Box 4, Folder 4

The Seven Year Itch November 1, 1954

Box 4, Folder 5

Shadow and Substance March 7, 1938

Box 4, Folder 6

Shakeapeare and the Performing Arts September 1973

Box 4, Folder 7

She Loves Me Not January 15, 1934

Box 4, Folder 8

The Shining Hour May 21, 1934

Box 4, Folder 9

Show Boat October 17, 1932

Box 4, Folder 10

The Show-Off January 1969

Box 4, Folder 11

The Show-Off October 12, 1991

Box 4, Folder 12

Side by Side by Sondheim January 15, 1980

Box 4, Folder 13

Sleuth June 29, 1988

Box 4, Folder 14

Speed-the-Plow December 1990

Box 4, Folder 15

Spokesong March 9, 1986

Box 4, Folder 16

Spring Again November 24, 1941

Box 4, Folder 17

Springtime for Henry January 18, 1932

Box 4, Folder 18

Stage Door November 30, 1936

Box 4, Folder 19

State of the Union March 3, 1947

Box 4, Folder 20

A Streetcar Named Desire January 31, 1949

Box 4, Folder 21

Susan and God December 6, 1937

Box 4, Folder 22

Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street July 2, 1979

Box 4, Folder 23

The Taming of the Shrew October 24, 1928

Box 4, Folder 24

The Taming of the Shrew December 9, 1935

Box 4, Folder 25

The Taming of the Shrew, The Tragedy of King Richard III, The Tempest, Timon of Athens, Tartuffe, Mother Courage and her Children September 24, 1978

Box 4, Folder 26

Tchin-Tchin December 31, 1962

Box 4, Folder 27

The Teahouse of the August Moon November 8, 1954

Box 4, Folder 28

There Shall Be No Night April 29, 1940

Box 4, Folder 29

There's Always Juliet February 22, 1932

Box 4, Folder 30

This Thing Called Love October 8, 1928

Box 4, Folder 31

The Time of Your Life February 5, 1940

Box 4, Folder 32

'Tis Pity She's a Whore August 2, 1972

Box 4, Folder 33

Tonight at Eight-Thirty December 7, 1936

Box 4, Folder 34

Tovarich December 28, 1936

Box 4, Folder 35

Toys in the Attic February 25, 1960

Box 4, Folder 36

Twelfth Night February 17, 1941

Box 4, Folder 37

The Two Gentlemen of Verona June 1980

Box 4, Folder 38

Uncle Vanya May 5, 1930

Box 4, Folder 39

Victoria Regina May 25, 1936

Box 4, Folder 40

The Voice of the Turtle January 14, 1946

Box 4, Folder 41

The Waltz of the Toreadors September 9, 1957

Box 4, Folder 42

Watch on the Rhine November 10, 1941

Box 4, Folder 43

When Ladies Meet December 5, 1932

Box 4, Folder 44

Where (periodical, not a playbill) June 3, 1972

Box 4, Folder 45

The Whispering Gallery April 8, 1929

Box 4, Folder 46

The White Steed February 13, 1939

Box 4, Folder 47

Who's Happy Now? March 1981

Box 4, Folder 48

The Wingless Victory January 18, 1937

Box 4, Folder 49

The Winter's Tale October 1978

Box 4, Folder 50

Witness for the Prosecution February 19, 1980

Box 4, Folder 51

The Women October 11, 1937

Box 4, Folder 52

The Wookey October 6, 1941

Box 4, Folder 53

You Can't Take It With You August 2, 1937

Box 4, Folder 54

You Can't Take It With You October 23, 1979