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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 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Little Foxes, March 13, 1939Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Talullah Bankhead; Charles Dingle; Patricia Collinge; Frank Conroy
Theater: National Theatre, New York
Folder 2: Look Homeward, Angel, November 28, 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Louisiana Purchase, October 21, 1940Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: William Gaxton; Victor Moore; Vera Zorina; Irene Bordoni
Theater: Imperial Theatre, New York
Folder 4: Love's Labour's Lost, September 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 5: MacBeth, January 19, 1942Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Maurice Evans; Judith Anderson; Viola Keats
Theater: National Theatre, New York
Folder 6: The Man in Possession, November 24, 1930Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Leslie Banks; Isabel Jeans
Theater: Booth Theatre, New York
Folder 7: Man of La Mancha, November 22, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 8: The Man Who Came to Dinner, February 19, 1940Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Monty Woolley; Edith Atwater; Dudley Clements; Mary Wickes
Theater: The Music Box, New York
Folder 9: The Man Who Came to Dinner, June 17, 1940Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Virginia Hammond; Monty Woolley
Theater: The Music Box, New York
Folder 10: Marcel Marceau, Dcember 29, 1962Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Marcel Marceau
Theater: Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C.
Folder 11: Margin for Error, February 11, 1940Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Sam Lavene; Bramwell Fletcher; Bert Lytell
Theater: Plymouth Theatre, New York
Folder 12: Mary of Scotland, February 5, 1934Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Helen Hayes; Philip Merivale; Helen Menken
Theater: Alvin Theatre, New York
Folder 13: 'Master Harold'...and the boys, June 1983Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: James Earl Jones
Theater: Curran Theatre, San Francisco
Folder 14: The Merchant of Venice, January 16, 1928Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: George Arless; Peggy Wood; Spring Byington
Theater: Broadhurst theatre, New York
Folder 15: Les Miserables, June 1988Add to your cart.
Theater: Shubert Theatre, Los Angeles
Folder 16: A Moon for the Misbegotten, January 28, 1969Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Salome Jens; Mitchell Ryan
Theater: Circle in the Square at Ford's Theatre, New York
Folder 17: A Moon for the Misbegotten, February 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 18: The Mound Builders, March 4, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 19: The Mound Builders, March 4, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Music in May, October 22, 1928Add to your cart.
Theater: The Majestic, New York
Folder 21: My Fair Lady, April 30, 1958Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Charles Stapley; James Hayter; Zena Dare
Theater: Theatre Royale, London
Folder 22: My Sister Eileen, February 10, 1941Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Shirley Booth; Jo Ann Sayers; Richard Quine
Theater: Blitmore Theatre, New York
Folder 23: Night Must Fall, January 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 24: No Time for Comedy, May 1, 1939Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Katherine Cornell; Margalo Gillmore; Laurence Olivier
Theater: Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York
Folder 25: Nureyev with Dutch National Ballet, January 31, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Odd Man In, No DateAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Of Mice and Men, February 7, 1938Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Wallace Ford; Broderick Crawford; Claire Luce; Richard Walter Jr.
Theater: The Music Box, New York
Folder 28: Oklahoma, December 9, 1945Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Harold Keel; Ruth Weston; Vivienne Allen; Joseph Buloff
Theater: Saint James Theatre, New York
Folder 29: Old Acquaintance, January 20, 1941Add to your cart.
Majore Cast Members: Jane Cowl; Peggy Wood; Kent Smith
Theater: Morosco Theatre, New York
Folder 30: On Borrowed Time, June 6, 1938Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Dudley Digges; Dorothy Steckney; Frank Conroy
Theater: Longacre Theatre, New York
Folder 31: On the Verge, or the Geography of Yearning, January 25, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 32: On Your Toes, August 10, 1936Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Ray Bolger; Monty Woolley; Luella Gear; Tamara Geva
Theater: Imperial THeater, New York
Folder 33: Oscar Wilde, November 7, 1938Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Robert Moreley; John Buckmaster
Theater: Fulton Theatre, New York
Folder 34: Our Town, August 15, 1938Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Frank Craven; Martha Scott; Jay Fassett; Evelyn Varden
Theater: Morosco Theatre, New York
Folder 35: Outward Bound, January 2, 1939Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Laurette Taylor; Vincent Price; Alexander Kirkland; Helen Chandler; Bramwell Fletcher
Theater: The Playhouse, New York
Folder 36: Pal Joey, May 26, 1941Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Gene Kelly; June Havoc; Vivienne Segal; Van Johnson
Theater: Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York
Folder 37: Paths of Glory, September 30, 1935Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Jerome Cowan; Ann Dere; Myron McCormick
Theater: Plymouth Theatre, New York
Folder 38: Personal Appearance, October 29, 1934Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Gladys George
Theater: Henry Miller's Theatre, New York
Folder 39: Peter Pan; On the High Road; The Lady from Alfaqueque; Hedda Gabler, The Cherry Orchard, January 1929Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Eva Le Gallienne
Theater: Civic Repertory Theatre, New York
Folder 40: The Petrified Forest, February 25, 1935Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Leslie Howard; Humphrey Bogart; Peggy Conklin; Blanche Sweet
Theater: Broadhurst Theatre, New York
Folder 41: The Philadelphia Story, June 26, 1939Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Katherine Hepburn; Shirley Booth; Van Heflin; Joseph Cotton; Nicholas Joy
Theater: Sam S. Shubert Theatre, New York
Folder 42: Players (periodical, not a playbill), August-September 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Porgy and Bess, October 28, 1935Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Todd Duncan; Anne Brown; John Bubbles
Theater: Alvin Theatre, New York
Folder 44: Porgy and Bess, June 21, 1942Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Todd Duncan; Etta Moten; Avon Long; Ruby Elzy
Theater: Majestic Theatre, New York
Folder 45: Pride and Prejudice, January 13, 1936Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Colin Keith-Johnston; Helen Chandler; Adrianne Allen
Theater: Plymouth Theatre, New York
Folder 46: Private Lives, February 23, 1931Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Noel Coward; Gertrude Lawrence; Laurence Olivier
Theater: Times Square Theatre, New York
Folder 47: Pump Boys and Dinettes, March 27, 1986Add to your cart.
Theater: Old Globe Theatre, San Diego
Folder 48: Pygmalion, January 12, 1986Add to your cart.
Theater: Old Globe Theatre, San Diego
Folder 49: Reunion in Vienna, November 16, 1931Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Robert Garland; Lunt Fontanne; Lloyd Nolan; Harry Travers; ALfred Lynn
Theater: Martin Beck Theatre, New York
Folder 50: Roberta, February 12, 1934Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Bob Hope; George Murphy; Lyda Roberti; Fay Templeton; Tamara; Sydney Greenstreet
Theater: New Amsterdam Theatre, New York
Folder 51: Robin Hood, November 24, 1928Add to your cart.
Theater: Brooklyn Little Theatre, New York
Folder 52: Romeo and Juliet, January 14, 1935Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Basil Rathbone; Katherine Cornell; Brian Aherne; Orson Welles
Theater: Martin Beck Theatre
Folder 53: Room Service, August 2, 1937Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Hume Cronyn; Betty Field; Sam Levene
Theater: Cort Theatre, New York
Folder 54: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, October 16, 1967Add to your cart.
Theater: Eugene O'Neill Theatre, Great Britain
Folder 55: Rumors, September 22, 1988Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Andre Gregory; Ron Leibman; Jessica Walter; Ken Howard
Theater: Old Globe Theatre, San Diego

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