This collection documents the history of the American stage before talking cinema, reflecting the birth and death of vaudeville
and the advent of the modern Broadway musical. The collection includes books, posters, theater programs, sheet-music covers,
souvenirs, rare film footage of vaudevillians, including Weber & Fields, and manuscripts and research notes for Armond Fields'
Armond Fields (1930-2008) was an author, artist, art collector and business consultant. Born in Chicago, Illinois, to Louis
Max and Esther Fields, he attended schools in the Mid-West. He received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin (1953),
M.A. from the University of Illinois (1955) and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1956). He wrote several biographies,
primarily on vaudeville performers. His oil paintings, drawings and prints have been exhibited in the United States and Europe.
He curated, wrote catalogues, and donated the art for various exhibitions (most recently:
Paris, Turn-of-the-Century, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 2003;
Vaudeville is Dead! Long Live Vaudeville!, Doheny Library, University of Southern California, 2005). Fields also served as a consultant in the areas of market strategy
and consumer behavior including as a self-employed marketing consultant (1969), for Interpublic Co. (marketing and research
vice president, 1960-69), for Audio-Video Entertainment, Inc. (corporate officer, 2000-?) and for AltaVoice Communications
(consumer behavior consultant, 2001?).
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian.
Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended
to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.