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Mona Mitchell Theater Program Collection, 1925-1991 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Mona Mitchell Theater Program Collection, 1925-1991Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1925-1950

Primary Creator: Mitchell, Mona

Extent: 1.68 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 10/17/1991

Languages: English, French, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: 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.

Acquisition Source: Mona Mitchell

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.


Box and Folder Listing


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 3 for Tonight, April 11, 1955Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Harry Belafonte; Marge Champion; Gower Champion
Theater: Plymouth Theatre, New York
Folder 2: 20th Century, January 9, 1933Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Moffat Johnston; Eugenie Leontovich
Theater: Broadhurst Theatre, New York
Folder 3: Abe Lincoln in Illinois, April 10, 1939Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Raymond Massey; Muriel Kirkland; Adele Longmire
Theater: Plymouth Theatre, New York
Folder 4: Accent on Youth, May 20, 1935Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Joseph Cotton; Constance Cummings
Theater: Plymouth Theatre, New York
Folder 5: The Age of Innocence, February 11, 1929Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Katherine Cornell; Franchot Tone
Theater: Empire Theatre, New York
Folder 6: Ah, Wilderness!, November 27, 1933Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: George M. Cohan; Gene Lockhart; Marjorie Marquis
Theater: Guild Theatre, New York
Folder 7: Amadeus, February 2, 1983Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: John Wood; Mark Hamill
Theater: Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco
Folder 8: Angel Street, March 2, 1942Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Vincent Price; Judith Evelyn; Leo G. Carrol
Theater: John Golden Theatre, New York
Folder 9: The Animal Kingdom, May 16, 1932Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Leslie Howard; Ilka Chase; Wm Gargan; Percy Hammond
Theater: Empire Theatre, New York
Folder 10: Anne of the Thousand Days, January 31, 1949Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Rex Harrison; Joyce Redman; Percy Waram; Viola Keats; Walter Matthau
Theater: Sam S. Shubert Theatre, New York
Folder 11: Antigone, March 4, 1946Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Ralph Bellamy; Kay Francis; Myron McCormick; Margalo Gillmore; Minor Watson
Theater: Cort Theatre, New York
Folder 12: Anything Goes, March 25, 1935Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Ethel Merman; Victor Moore
Theater: Alvin Theatre, New York
Folder 13: Applause, June 27, 1970Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Lauren Bacall
Theater: Her Majesty's Theatre, London
Folder 14: Applause, November 16, 1972Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Lauren Bacall
Theater: Her Majesty's Theatre, London
Folder 15: Arsenic and Old Lace, May 26, 1941Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Boris Karloff; Jean Adair; Josephine Hull; Allyn Joslyn
Theater: Fulton Theatre, New York
Folder 16: At Home Abroad, October 21, 1935Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Beatrice Lilly; Ethel Waters; Eleanor Powell
Theater: Winter Garden, New York
Folder 17: Autumn Crocus, December 5, 1932Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Francis Lederer; Dorothy Gish
Theater: Morosco Theatre, New York
Folder 18: Babes in Arms, May 17, 1937Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Alfred Drake; Mitzi Green; Ray Heatherton; Dan Darley
Theater: Sam S. Shubert Theatre, New York
Folder 19: The Band Wagon, June 3, 1931Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Fred Astaire; Adele Astaire; Frank Morgan, Helen Broderick
Theater: New Amsterdam Theatre, New York
Folder 20: The Barretts of Wimple Street, April 13, 1931Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Katherine Cornell; Brian Aherne
Theater: Empire Theatre, New York
Folder 21: Becket, December 13, 1961Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Christopher Plummer; Eric Porter; Diana Rigg
Theater: Globe Theatre, London
Folder 22: Berkeley Square, December 16, 1929Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Leslie Howard; Margalo Gillmore
Theater: Lyceum Theatre, New York
Folder 23: Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, August 1987Add to your cart.
Theater: San Diego Civic Center, San Diego
Folder 24: Biography, May 15, 1933Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Ina Claire; Earl Larimore
Theater: Avon Theatre, New York
Folder 25: Bitter Sweet, February 17, 1930Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Evelyn Laye
Theater: Shubert Theatre, New York
Folder 26: Blind Alley, October 7, 1935Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: George Coulouris; Roy Hargrave
Theater: Booth Theatre, New York
Folder 27: Blithe Spirit, March 2, 1942Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Peggy Wood; Clifton Webb; Mildred Natwick
Theater: Morosco Theatre, New York
Folder 28: Boy Meets Girl, March 2, 1936Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Jerome Cowan; Allyn Joslyn
Theater: Cort Theatre, New York
Folder 29: Bus Stop, May 23, 1955Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Kim Stanley; Elaine Stritch; Albert Salmi
Theater: The Music Box, New York
Folder 30: Cabin in the Sky, December 2, 1940Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Ethel Waters; Todd Duncan; Dooley Wilson; Katherine Dunham
Theater: Martin Beck Theatre, New York
Folder 31: Candida, The Wingless Victory, March 15, 1937Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Katherine Cornell; Kent Smith; Mildred Natwick
Theater: Empire Theatre, New York
Folder 32: Caprice, May 13, 1929Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Alfred Lunt; Lynn Fontanne; Douglas Montgomery
Theater: Guild Theatre, New York
Folder 33: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, July 4, 1955Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Barbara Bel Geddes; Burl Ives; Mildred Dunnock; Ben Gazzara; Pat Hingle
Theater: Morosco Theatre, New York
Folder 34: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, January 6, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 35: CAT's-PAW, March 22, 1986Add to your cart.
Theater: Old Globe Theatre, New York
Folder 36: Cats, December 1986Add to your cart.
Theater: Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco
Folder 37: Chapter Two, Jult 10, 1979Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Jerry Orbach
Theater: Curran Theatre, San Francisco
Folder 38: The Cherry Orchard, June 10, 1990Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Lynn Redgrave; William Ball
Theater: La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego
Folder 39: Children of Darkness, December 13, 1930Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Basil Sydney; Mary Ellis
Theater: Biltmore Theatre, New York
Folder 40: The Children's Hour, March 25, 1935Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Katherine Emery; Anne Revere; Robert Keith; Florence McGee,
Theater: Maxine Elliott's Theatre, New York
Folder 41: The Circle, April 25, 1938Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Tallulah Bankhead; John Emery; Grace George
Theater: The Playhouse, New York
Folder 42: Clear All Wires, October 10, 1932Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Thomas Mitchell; Dorothy Mathews
Theater: Times Square Theatre, New York
Folder 43: Cloud 9, August 31, 1983Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Drew Eshelman; Lorri Holt
Theater: Marines Memorial Theatre, San Francisco
Folder 44: La Compagnie de Mime, Marcel MarceauAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: The Constant Wife, March 6, 1952Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Katherine Cornell; Brian Aherne; Grace George
Theater: National Theatre, New York
Folder 46: The Contractor, April 10, 1970Add to your cart.
Theater: Fortune Theatre, London
Folder 47: Coquette, April 9, 1928Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Helen Hayes; Una Markel
Theater: Maxine Elliott's Theatre, New York
Folder 48: The Corn is Green, February 10, 1941Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Ethel Barrymore; Richard Waring; Mildred Dunnock
Theater: National Theatre, New York
Folder 49: The Crown Prince, March 28, 1927Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Basil Sydney; Mary Ellis
Theater: Forrest Theatre, New York
Folder 50: Cymbeline, July 2, 1957Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Robert Harris; Peggy Ashcroft; Richard Johnson
Theater: Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford
Folder 51: Cynara, November 16, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Cyrano de Bergerac, December 25, 1928Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Walter Hampden
Theater: Hampden's Theatre, New York
Folder 53: Dangerous Corner, February 6, 1933Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Nedda Harrigan; Colin Keith-Johnson
Theater: Fulton Theatre, New York
Folder 54: The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, December 5, 1957Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Teresa Wright; Pat Hingle; Eileen Heckart
Theater: The Music Box, New York
Folder 55: The Dark is Light Enough, March 7, 1955Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Katherine Cornell; Tyrone Power; Arnold Moss; Christopher Plummer
Theater: ANTA Theatre, New York
Folder 56: Darkness at Noon, May 14, 1951Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Claude Rains; Kim Hunter; Robert Keith, Jr.; Alex Scourby
Theater: Royale Theatre, New York
Folder 57: Dead End, June 1, 1936Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Huntz Hall; Leo Gorcey; Elspeth Eric
Theater: Belasco Theatre, New York
Folder 58: Dear Daddy, March 5, 1978Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Jack Aranson
Theater: English Theatre, San Francisco
Folder 59: Design for Living, April 17, 1933Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Alfred Lunt; Lynn Fontane; Noel Coward
Theater: Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York
Folder 60: The Desperate Hours, April 17, 1955Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Karl Malden; Nancy Colmen; Paul Newman
Theater: Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York
Folder 61: The Distaff Side, October 29, 1934Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Mildred Natwick; Estelle Winwood
Theater: The Booth Theatre, New York

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