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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 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ruth Draper, Her Company of Characters, Paul Draper, December 26, 1954Add to your cart.
Theater: Bijou Theatre, New York
Folder 2: Sailor, Beware!, October 9, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Saint Joan, March 23, 1936Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Katherin Cornell; Brian Aherne; Charles Waldron; Maurice Evans; Tyrone Power
Theater: Martin Beck Theatre, New York
Folder 4: The Seven Year Itch, November 1, 1954Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Elliot Nugent; Rita Morley; Sally Forrest; Gena Rowlands
Theater: Fulton Theatre, New York
Folder 5: Shadow and Substance, March 7, 1938Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Cedric Hardwicke; Julie Haydon; Sara Allgood
Theater: John Golden Theatre, New York
Folder 6: Shakeapeare and the Performing Arts, September 1973Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Maurice Evans; Natalia Makarova
Theater: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
Folder 7: She Loves Me Not, January 15, 1934Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: John Beal; Burgess Meredith; Florence Rice
Theater: Forty Sixth Street Theatre, New York
Folder 8: The Shining Hour, May 21, 1934Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Raymond Massey; Gladys Cooper
Theater: The Booth Theater, New York
Folder 9: Show Boat, October 17, 1932Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Norma Terris; Helen Morgan; Sammy White; Tess Gardella
Theater: Casino Theatre, New York
Folder 10: The Show-Off, January 1969Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Helen Hayes; Alexander Clark
Theater: National Theatre, New York
Folder 11: The Show-Off, October 12, 1991Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Sade Thompson
Theater: Old Globe Theatre, San Diego
Folder 12: Side by Side by Sondheim, January 15, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Sleuth, June 29, 1988Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Stacy Keach; Maxwell Caulfield
Theater: San Diego Civic Center, San Diego
Folder 14: Speed-the-Plow, December 1990Add to your cart.
Theater: Bowery Theatre, San Diego
Folder 15: Spokesong, March 9, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Spring Again, November 24, 1941Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Grace George; C. Aubrey Smith; Ann Andrews; Robert Keith
Theater: Henry Miller's Theatre, New York
Folder 17: Springtime for Henry, January 18, 1932Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Leslie Banks; Helen Chandler; Nigel Bruce
theater: Bijou Theatre, New York
Folder 18: Stage Door, November 30, 1936Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Margaret Sullavan; Frances Fuller; Tom Ewell; Lee Patrick; Phyllis Brooks
Theater: The Music Box, New York
Folder 19: State of the Union, March 3, 1947Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Ralph Bellamy; Kay Francis; Myron McCornick; Margalo Gillmore; Minor Watson
Theater: Hudson Theatre, New York
Folder 20: A Streetcar Named Desire, January 31, 1949Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Jessica Tandy; Marlon Brando; Kim Hunter; Karl Malden
Theater: Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York
Folder 21: Susan and God, December 6, 1937Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Gertrude Lawrence; Paul McGrath; Edith Atwater; Richard Lockridge
Theater: Plymouth Theatre, New York
Folder 22: Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, July 2, 1979Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Angela Lansbury; Len Cariou
Theater: Uris Theatre, New York
Folder 23: The Taming of the Shrew, October 24, 1928Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Basil Sydney; Mary Ellis
Theater: Garrick Theatre, New York
Folder 24: The Taming of the Shrew, December 9, 1935Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Alfred Lunt; Sydney Greenstreet; Dorothy Matthews
Theater: Guild Theatre, New York
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, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Tchin-Tchin, December 31, 1962Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Anthony Quinn; Margaret Leighton
Theater: Plymouth Theater, New York
Folder 27: The Teahouse of the August Moon, November 8, 1954Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Burgess Meredith; Scot McKay; Paul Ford
Theater: Martin Beck Theatre, New York
Folder 28: There Shall Be No Night, April 29, 1940Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Alfred Lunt; Lynn Fontanne; Sydney Greenstreet; Richard Whorf; Montgomery Cleft
Theater: Alvin Theatre, New York
Folder 29: There's Always Juliet, February 22, 1932Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Edna Best; Herbert Marshall; May Whitty
Theater: Empire Theatre, New York
Folder 30: This Thing Called Love, October 8, 1928Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Violet Heming; Minor Watson
Theater: Mazine Elliott's Theatre, New York
Folder 31: The Time of Your Life, February 5, 1940Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Eddie Dowling; Julie Haydon; Gene
Folder 32: 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, August 2, 1972Add to your cart.
Theater: National Theatre, London
Folder 33: Tonight at Eight-Thirty, December 7, 1936Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Noel Coward; Gertrude Lawrence
Theater: National Theatre, New York
Folder 34: Tovarich, December 28, 1936Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: John Halliday; Marta Abba; Ernest Lawford; Cecil Humphreys
Theater: Plymout Theatre, New York
Folder 35: Toys in the Attic, February 25, 1960Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Jason Robards, Maureen Stapleton, Anne Revere
Theater: Hudson Theatre, New York
Folder 36: Twelfth Night, February 17, 1941Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Helen Hayes; Maurice Evans; Wesley Addy; June Walker
Theater: St. James Theatre, New York
Folder 37: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, June 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Uncle Vanya, May 5, 1930Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Lillian Gish; Osgood Perkins; Walter Connolly
Theater: Cort Theatre
Folder 39: Victoria Regina, May 25, 1936Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Helen Hayes; Vincent Price
Theater: Broadhurst Theatre, New York
Folder 40: The Voice of the Turtle, January 14, 1946Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Martha Scott; John Beal; Vivki Cummings
Theater: Morosco Theatre, New York
Folder 41: The Waltz of the Toreadors, September 9, 1957Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Edward Rees; Vivienne Bennet
Theater: Criterion Theatre
Folder 42: Watch on the Rhine, November 10, 1941Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Paul Lukes; Anne Blyth; Lucile Watson; Frank Wilson
Theater: Martin Beck Theatre, New York
Folder 43: When Ladies Meet, December 5, 1932Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Walter Abel; Spring Byington; Fireda Inescort
Theater: Royale Theatre, New York
Folder 44: Where (periodical, not a playbill), June 3, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 45: The Whispering Gallery, April 8, 1929Add to your cart.
Theater: 49th Street Theatre, New York
Folder 46: The White Steed, February 13, 1939Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Barry Fitzergald; Jessica Tandy; Liam Redmond
Theater: Broadhurst Theatre, New York
Folder 47: Who's Happy Now?, March 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 48: The Wingless Victory, January 18, 1937Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Katherine Cornell; Walter Abel; Myron McCormick
Theater: Emipire Theatre
Folder 49: The Winter's Tale, October 1978Add to your cart.
Theater: American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco
Folder 50: Witness for the Prosecution, February 19, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 51: The Women, October 11, 1937Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Ika Chase; Margalo Gillmore; Betty Lawford
Theater: Ethel Berrymore Theatre, New York
Folder 52: The Wookey, October 6, 1941Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Edmund Gwenn; Heather Angel; Carol Goodner
Theater: Plymouth Theatre, New York
Folder 53: You Can't Take It With You, August 2, 1937Add to your cart.
Major Cast Members: Josephine Hull; Frank Wilcox; Frank Conlan; Henry Travers
Theater: Booth Theatre, New York
Folder 54: You Can't Take It With You, October 23, 1979Add to your cart.

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