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Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera

Donor:
Hauber, Joseph R.  Search this
Collector:
Stubblebine, Donald J., 1925-2010  Search this
Extent:
285 Cubic feet (600 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Posters
Playbills
Sheet music
Design drawings
Theater programs
Date:
1866-2009, undated
Scope and Contents:
One of the most comprehensive collections of material relating to musical stage and film productions, the collection consists of an assortment of material including sheet music written specifically for or included in stage and screen musicals, television programs, Big Band performances, and radio. Some productions may have been produced under more than one title, especially if the production was presented internationally.

The collection is arranged alphabetically by title of production or personality using proper name. Folders for each entry may include sheet music, ephemeral items related to that specific production or personality such as theater programs, reviews, and posters. There are a number of costume design drawings. Folders will rarely include full printed scores. Published scores were separated from this collection before donation.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into six series.

Series 1, Stage Musicals and Vaudeville, 1866-2007, undated

Subseries 1.1, United States Stage Musicals, 1866-2007, undated

Subseries 1.2, Ziegfeld Productions, 1911-1958, undated

Subseries 1.3, British Stage Musicals, 1890-1943, undated

Subseries 1.4, Assorted Countries Stage Musicals, 1896-1935, undated

Series 2, Motion Pictures, 1912-2007, undated

Subseries 2.1, United States Motion Pictures, 1919-2007, undated

Subseries 2.2, British Motion Pictures, 1912-1988, undated

Subseries 2.3, Foreign Motion Pictures, Assorted Countries, 1921-1985, undated

Subseries 2.4, Silent Motion Picture Cue Sheets, 1915-1930, undated

Series 3, Television, 1933-2003, undated

Series 4, Big Bands and Radio, 1925-1998,undated

Subseries 4.1, Big Bands, 1929-1998, undated

Subseries 4.2, Radio, 1925-1948, undated

Series 5, Personalities, 1875-2009, undated

Series 6, Ephemera and Single Sheet Music, 1908-2005, undated
Biographical / Historical:
Donald J. Stubblebine was born on February 4, 1925 in Reading, Pennsylvania, to Edgar W. and Emma Stubblebine. He had an older brother Edgar W. Stubblebine, Jr. His father was a sheet metal worker employed by the railroad in Reading. Stubblebine was first exposed to musicals through motion pictures. His mother attended "dish night" with her son twice a week. During the Great Depression, in order to draw an audience, theaters would give out dishes with each admission. He credited this with beginning his love of musicals. By the 1940 United States Census his mother is listed as a widow. Stubblebine attended the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation he was employed for forty years as controller by the Chilton Publishing Company. He retired in 1994.

As a lifelong film and theater fan, Stubblebine began collecting sheet music, programs, and ephemera from stage and film musicals in the early 1970s. As his collection grew, so did his expertise in the history of musical theatre and film. He eventually authored four reference books dealing with United States and British stage and film musicals as well as films from Canada and Australia. He became an often sought-after expert in stage and film music. His obsession with collecting eventually filled his Philadelphia apartment with one of the largest collections of material centered on music in the United States. He collected not only the sheet music and scores from musicals but often collected copies of reviews, programs, photographs, and costume sketches.

Stubblebine died on May 1, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Provenance:
Donated to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smitsonian Institution by Joseph Regis Hauber in memory of Donald J. Stubblebine, in 2010.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research but is stored offsite. Arrangements must be made with the Archives Center staff two weeks prior to a scheduled research visit.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark.
Topic:
Silent films  Search this
Motion pictures  Search this
Vaudeville  Search this
Music -- United States  Search this
Motion pictures, British  Search this
Musical revue, comedy, etc  Search this
Music -- Performance  Search this
Musicals  Search this
Musical theater  Search this
Music -- 20th century  Search this
Music -- 19th century  Search this
Revues -- 1900-1910  Search this
Theater  Search this
Silent films -- Musical accompaniment  Search this
Genre/Form:
Posters -- 20th century
Playbills
Sheet music
Design drawings
Theater programs
Citation:
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Musical Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera, 1866-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1211
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Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1211

Minstrel Shows

Collection Donor:
Hauber, Joseph R.  Search this
Collection Collector:
Stubblebine, Donald J., 1925-2010  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1855-1904, undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research but is stored offsite. Arrangements must be made with the Archives Center staff two weeks prior to a scheduled research visit.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark.
Collection Citation:
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Musical Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera, 1866-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1211, Subseries 1.5
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Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera / Series 1: Stage Musicals and Vaudeville
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1211-ref17832

Wood's Minstrels

Collection Donor:
Hauber, Joseph R.  Search this
Collection Collector:
Stubblebine, Donald J., 1925-2010  Search this
Container:
Box 599, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1855-1853
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research but is stored offsite. Arrangements must be made with the Archives Center staff two weeks prior to a scheduled research visit.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark.
Collection Citation:
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Musical Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera, 1866-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera / Series 1: Stage Musicals and Vaudeville / 1.5: Minstrel Shows
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1211-ref19967

Rosedale

Collection Donor:
Hauber, Joseph R.  Search this
Collection Collector:
Stubblebine, Donald J., 1925-2010  Search this
Container:
Box 445, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1869-1893
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research but is stored offsite. Arrangements must be made with the Archives Center staff two weeks prior to a scheduled research visit.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark.
Collection Citation:
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Musical Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera, 1866-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera / Series 1: Stage Musicals and Vaudeville / 1.1: United States Stage Musicals
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1211-ref14138

White Lady

Collection Donor:
Hauber, Joseph R.  Search this
Collection Collector:
Stubblebine, Donald J., 1925-2010  Search this
Container:
Box 446, Folder 38
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1865
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research but is stored offsite. Arrangements must be made with the Archives Center staff two weeks prior to a scheduled research visit.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark.
Collection Citation:
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Musical Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera, 1866-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera / Series 1: Stage Musicals and Vaudeville / 1.1: United States Stage Musicals
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1211-ref14229

San Francisco Minstrels, N.Y.

Collection Donor:
Hauber, Joseph R.  Search this
Collection Collector:
Stubblebine, Donald J., 1925-2010  Search this
Container:
Box 533, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1868-1871
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research but is stored offsite. Arrangements must be made with the Archives Center staff two weeks prior to a scheduled research visit.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark.
Collection Citation:
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Musical Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera, 1866-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera / Series 1: Stage Musicals and Vaudeville / 1.1: United States Stage Musicals
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1211-ref17811

Sharply's Minstrels

Collection Donor:
Hauber, Joseph R.  Search this
Collection Collector:
Stubblebine, Donald J., 1925-2010  Search this
Container:
Box 535, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1862
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research but is stored offsite. Arrangements must be made with the Archives Center staff two weeks prior to a scheduled research visit.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark.
Collection Citation:
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Musical Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera, 1866-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera / Series 1: Stage Musicals and Vaudeville / 1.1: United States Stage Musicals
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1211-ref17854

Sinbad the Sailor

Collection Donor:
Hauber, Joseph R.  Search this
Collection Collector:
Stubblebine, Donald J., 1925-2010  Search this
Container:
Box 536, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1869
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research but is stored offsite. Arrangements must be made with the Archives Center staff two weeks prior to a scheduled research visit.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark.
Collection Citation:
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Musical Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera, 1866-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera / Series 1: Stage Musicals and Vaudeville / 1.1: United States Stage Musicals
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1211-ref17874

The Spirit of Burlesque

Collection Donor:
Hauber, Joseph R.  Search this
Collection Collector:
Stubblebine, Donald J., 1925-2010  Search this
Container:
Box 539, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1868
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research but is stored offsite. Arrangements must be made with the Archives Center staff two weeks prior to a scheduled research visit.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark.
Collection Citation:
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Musical Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera, 1866-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera / Series 1: Stage Musicals and Vaudeville / 1.1: United States Stage Musicals
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1211-ref17921

Twirley Whirley

Collection Donor:
Hauber, Joseph R.  Search this
Collection Collector:
Stubblebine, Donald J., 1925-2010  Search this
Container:
Box 548, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1867
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research but is stored offsite. Arrangements must be made with the Archives Center staff two weeks prior to a scheduled research visit.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark.
Collection Citation:
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Musical Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera, 1866-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera / Series 1: Stage Musicals and Vaudeville / 1.1: United States Stage Musicals
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1211-ref18098

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Collection Donor:
Hauber, Joseph R.  Search this
Collection Collector:
Stubblebine, Donald J., 1925-2010  Search this
Container:
Box 549, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1852-1914
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research but is stored offsite. Arrangements must be made with the Archives Center staff two weeks prior to a scheduled research visit.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark.
Collection Citation:
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Musical Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera, 1866-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera / Series 1: Stage Musicals and Vaudeville / 1.1: United States Stage Musicals
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1211-ref18112

La Vie Parisienne

Collection Donor:
Hauber, Joseph R.  Search this
Collection Collector:
Stubblebine, Donald J., 1925-2010  Search this
Container:
Box 550, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1869
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research but is stored offsite. Arrangements must be made with the Archives Center staff two weeks prior to a scheduled research visit.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark.
Collection Citation:
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Musical Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera, 1866-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera / Series 1: Stage Musicals and Vaudeville / 1.1: United States Stage Musicals
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1211-ref18139

The White Fawn

Collection Donor:
Hauber, Joseph R.  Search this
Collection Collector:
Stubblebine, Donald J., 1925-2010  Search this
Container:
Box 553, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1868
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research but is stored offsite. Arrangements must be made with the Archives Center staff two weeks prior to a scheduled research visit.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark.
Collection Citation:
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Musical Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera, 1866-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera / Series 1: Stage Musicals and Vaudeville / 1.1: United States Stage Musicals
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1211-ref18183

United States Stage Musicals

Collection Donor:
Hauber, Joseph R.  Search this
Collection Collector:
Stubblebine, Donald J., 1925-2010  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1866-2007, undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research but is stored offsite. Arrangements must be made with the Archives Center staff two weeks prior to a scheduled research visit.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark.
Collection Citation:
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Musical Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera, 1866-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1211, Subseries 1.1
See more items in:
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera / Series 1: Stage Musicals and Vaudeville
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1211-ref17714

Stage Musicals and Vaudeville

Collection Donor:
Hauber, Joseph R.  Search this
Collection Collector:
Stubblebine, Donald J., 1925-2010  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1866-2007, undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research but is stored offsite. Arrangements must be made with the Archives Center staff two weeks prior to a scheduled research visit.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark.
Collection Citation:
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Musical Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera, 1866-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1211, Series 1
See more items in:
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Theater and Motion Picture Music and Ephemera
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1211-ref680

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