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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 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Diversions and Delights, June 27, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 2: The Doctor's Dilemma, April 7, 1941Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Katherine Cornell; Raymond Massey; Ralph Forbes; Colin Keith-Johnson
Theater: Sam S. Shubert Theatre, New York
Folder 3: Dodsworth, May 21, 1934Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Walter Huston; Fay Bainter; Nan Sunderland
Theater: Sam S. Shubert Theatre, New York
Folder 4: A Doll's House, May 26, 1990Add to your cart.
Theater: Grossmont College Theatre Art Department, San Diego
Folder 5: Don Juan in Hell, April 28, 1952Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Charles Laughton; Charles Boyer; Cedric Hardwicke; Agnes Moorehead
Theater: Plymouth Theatre, New York
Folder 6: Driving Miss Daisy, July 2, 1989Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Sada Thompson
Theater: Old Globe Theater, San Diego
Folder 7: Edward, My Son, October 4, 1948Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Robert Bellamy; Peggy Ashcroft; Ian Hunter; Leueen MacGrath
Theater: Martin Beck Theatre, New York
Folder 8: The Elocution of Benjamin Franklin, September 20, 1978Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Gordon Chater
Theater: Alcazar Theatre, San Francisco
Folder 9: Endgame, No DateAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Elizabeth the Queen, January 19, 1931Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Alfred Lunt; Lynn Fontanne
Theater: Martin Beck Theatre, New York
Folder 11: Emlyn Williams as Charles Dickens, November 21, 1981Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Emylyn Williams
Theater: Alcazar Theatre, San Francisco
Folder 12: Ethan Frome, February 17, 1936Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Raymond Massey; Pauline Lord; Ruth Gordon; Tom Ewell
Theater: National Theatre, New York
Folder 13: The Eve of Saint Mark, December 13, 1942Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Aline MacMahon; Martin Ritt
Theater: Cort Theatre, New York
Folder 14: A Farewell to Arms, September 22, 1930Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Elissa Landi; Glenn Anders
Theater: National Theatre, New York
Folder 15: Faversham, October 7, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Flight to the West, April 20, 1941Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Paul Henried; Hugh Marlowe; Arnold Moss; Karl Malden
Theater: Royale Theatre, New York
Folder 17: Forty Carats, November 27, 1968Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Julie Harris; Glenda Farrell; Murray Hamilton
Theater: National Theatre, New York
Folder 18: French without Tears, November 22, 1937Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Frank Lawton; Penelope Dudley Ward; Cyril Raymond
Theater: Henry Miller's Theatre, New York
Folder 19: George White's Scandals, November 28, 1931Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Ethel Merman; Ray Bolger; Willie Howard; Eugene Howard
Theater: Apollo Theatre, New York
Folder 20: Gigi, January 27, 1991Add to your cart.
Theater: Grand Dinner Theatre, Los Angeles
Folder 21: The Glass Menagerie, September 23, 1945Add to your cart.
Major Cast Member: Laurette Taylor; Eddie Dowling; Julie Haydon
Theater: The Playhouse, New York
Folder 22: The Gondoliers, September 7, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 23: The Good Doctor, November 27, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 24: The Good Doctor, November 27, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 25: The Good Fairy, February 22, 1932Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Helen Hayes; Walter Connolly
Theater: Henry Miller's Theatre, New York
Folder 26: Grand Hotel, April 13, 1931Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Henry Hull; Sam Jaffe; Eugenie Leontovich
Theater: National Theatre, New York
Folder 27: Hadrian VII, January 8, 1969Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Alec McCowen
Theater: Helen Hayes Theatre, New York
Folder 28: Hamlet, October 10, 1925Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Walter Hampden; Ethel Barrymore
Theater: Hampden's Theatre, New York
Folder 29: Hamlet, November 16, 1925Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Basil Sydney; Helen Chandler
Theater: Booth Theatre, New York
Folder 30: Hamlet, December 7, 1936Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: John Gielghud; John Emery; Arthur Byron; Lillian Gish; Judith Anderson
Theater: Empire Theatre, New York
Folder 31: Hamlet, October 24, 1938Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Maurice Evans; Wesley Addy; Mady Christians; Katherine Locke
Theater: St. James Theatre, New York
Folder 32: Harvey, October 7, 1945Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Frank Fay; Josephine Hull
Theater: Forty-Eighth Street Theatre, New York
Folder 33: Hello Out There, October 25, 1942Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Eddie Dowling; Julie Haydon
Theater: Belasco Theatre, New York
Folder 34: Henry IV, February 6, 1939Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Maurice Evans; Edmond O'Brien; Charles Dalton; Wesley Addy; Mady Christians
Theater: St. James Theatre, New York
Folder 35: Here Come the Clowns, February 6, 1939Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Eddie Dowling; Madge Evans; Hortense Alden
Theater: John Golden Theatre, New York
Folder 36: The Hidden King, September 2, 1957Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Sebastian Shaw; Robert Eddison
Theater: Assembly Hall, Scotland
Folder 37: High Tor, January 18, 1937Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Burgess Meredith; Peggy Ashcroft; Hume Cronyn
Theater: Martin Beck Theatre, New York
Folder 38: I am a Camera, March 31, 1952Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Julie Harris; William Prince
Theater: Empire Theatre, New York
Folder 39: I Married an Angel, May 11, 1938Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Dennis King; Vivienne Segal; Audrey Christie; Vera Zorina; Walter Slezak; Richard Watts Jr.; Richard Lockridge
Theater: Sam S. Shubert Theatre, New York
Folder 40: I'm Not Rappaport, July 3, 1986Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Paul Scofield; Howard Rollins
Theater: The Apollo, London
Folder 41: An Ideal Husband, August 13, 1966Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Margaret Lockwood; Richard Todd; Roger Livesey; Ursula Jeans
Theater: Piccadilly Theatre, London
Folder 42: Idiot's Delight, May 25, 1936Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Alfren Lunt; Lyn Fontanne; Stephen Sandes; Sydney Greenstreet; Alan Hewitt; Richard Whorf
Theater: Sam S. Shubert Theatre, New York
Folder 43: Indians, May 1, 1969Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Stacy Keach; Raul Julia
Theater: Arena Stage, Ford's Theatre
Folder 44: Janie, September 20, 1942Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Gwen Anderson
Theater: Henry Miller's Theatre, New York
Folder 45: The Jest, February 22, 1926Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Basil Sydney; Violet Haming; Maria Ouspenskaya
Theater: Plymouth Theatre, New York
Folder 46: Journey's End, April 1, 1929Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Colin Keith Johnston; Jack Hawkins
Theater: Henry Miller's Theatre, New York
Folder 47: Julius Caesar, The Shoemaker's Holiday, February 7, 1938Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Orson Welles; Joseph Cotton; George Coulouris; Martin Gabel; Polly Rowles
Theater: National Theatre, New York
Folder 48: Junior Miss, April 27, 1942Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Alexander Kirkland; Lenore Lonergan; Paula Laurence; Philip Ober
Theater: Lyceum Theatre, New York
Folder 49: Key Largo, February 12, 1940Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Paul Muni; Jose Ferrer; Uta Hagen; Karl Malden
Theater: Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York
Folder 50: King Richard II, March 15, 1937Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Maurice Evans; Federick Worlock
Theater: Saint James Theatre, New York
Folder 51: King Richard II, May 3, 1937Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Charles Dalton; Wesley Addy; Philip Truex
Theater: Saint James Theatre, New York
Folder 52: King Richard II, September 20, 1937Add to your cart.
Theater: St. James Theatre, New York
Folder 53: King Richard II, October 4, 1937Add to your cart.
Theater: St. James Theater, New York
Folder 54: King Richard II, April 1, 1940Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Maurice Evans
Theater: Saint James Theatre, New York
Folder 55: Ladies in Retirement, May 6, 1940Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Flora Robson; Estelle Winwood; Isobel Elsom
Theater: Henry Miller's Theatre, New York
Folder 56: Lady in The Dark, January 19, 1942Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Gertrude Lawrence; Danny Kaye; Macdonell Carey; Victor Mature; Bert Lytell
Theater: Alvin Theatre, New York
Folder 57: Laugh, Town, Laugh, July 5, 1942Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Jane Froman; Ed Wynn; Carmen Amaya
Theater: Alvin Theatre, New York
Folder 58: Leave it to Me, December 5, 1938Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: William Gaxton; Victor Moore; Sophie Tucker; Tamara; Mary Martin; Gene Kelly
Theater: Imperial Theatre, New York
Folder 59: Libel, January 13, 1936Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Colin Clive; Wilfred Lawson; Ernest Lawford
Theater: Henry Miller's Theatre, New York
Folder 60: Life with Father, October 7, 1940Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Dorothy Stickney; Howard Lindsay; Teresa Wright
Theater: Empire Theatre, New York

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