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Theatre Magazine Ephemera Collection, 1901-1931 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Theatre Magazine Ephemera Collection, 1901-1931Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Theatre Magazine (1901-1931)

Extent: 0.42 Linear Feet

Subjects: Theater programs--New York (State)--New York, Theater programs--United States

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Theatre Magazine Ephemera Collection includes a full run of Theatre Magazine, documenting theatre from 1901-1931. However, the collection consists of only front covers of the magazine, as well as a few advertisements and fashion style pages.

Biographical Note

During the 1900’s, theatre was the most popular form of entertainment in New York and other major cities. One of the first magazines dedicated to theatre was Our Players Magazine, founded by Lois and Paul Meyer and later renamed The Theatre in May, 1901. At the time, many individuals in the publishing industry were experimenting with different forms and styles to capture the art of theatre. The Theatre changed its name again in August 1917 to Theatre Magazine.

Theatre Magazine was well known because of the contributions of respectable actors and screenwriters. It included interviews with well-known actors, playwrights and critics, and displayed fashion styles from each play. The magazine also included summaries of plays as well as photographs to capture the attention of the general public. When film and radio developed, the magazine embraced these too by adding new sections to the magazine. Above all, advertising was a major part of the magazine. Every product was featured in its role in "a night out at the theatre." Products advertised included cigarettes, Lincoln automobiles, beauty products, and restaurants that were near the theatre. The magazine’s last issue was April, 1931.

Subject/Index Terms

Theater programs--New York (State)--New York
Theater programs--United States

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.

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Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1],

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Theatre, no. 3-10, May - December, 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 2: The Theatre, February - December, 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 3: The Theatre, no. 25 - 34, March - December, 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 4: The Theatre, no. 35 - 46, January - December, 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 5: The Theatre, March - December, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The Theatre, no. 59 - 70, January - December, 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 7: The Theatre, January - December, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 8: The Theatre, no. 83 - 94, January - December, 1908Add to your cart.
Folder 9: The Theatre, January - December, 1909Add to your cart.
Folder 10: The Theatre, January - December, 1910Add to your cart.
Folder 11: The Theatre, January - December, 1911Add to your cart.
Folder 12: The Theatre, January - December, 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 13: The Theatre, January - December, 1913Add to your cart.
Folder 14: The Theatre, April - December, 1914Add to your cart.
Folder 15: The Theatre, March - December, 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Theatre Magazine Advertisement, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Theatre Magazine, January, July, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Theatre Magazine Advertisement, June, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Theatre Magazine, March - September, 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Theatre Magazine, January, June - December, 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Theatre Magazine, February - November, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Theatre Magazine and Motion Picture, September and November, 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Theatre Magazine, January, July - September, 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Theatre Magazine, January - November, 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Theatre Magazine, January - December, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Theatre Magazine, January - December, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Theatre Magazine, January - April, 1931Add to your cart.

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