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Phillip Graneto Broadway Theater Collection

Names:
Dixey, Henry E., 1859-1943  Search this
Jefferson, Joseph, 1829-1905  Search this
Donor:
Graneto, Phillip  Search this
Extent:
1.1 Cubic feet (3 boxes, 1 folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Theater programs
Date:
1885-1937
Summary:
A collection of late 19th and early 20th century theatre programs and theatre ephemera from Broadway and Off-Broadway Theatres in New York, New York.
Content Description:
A collection of late 19th and early 20th century Broadway and Off-Broadway (New York, New York) theatre programs and related ephemera collected by Phillip A. Graneto and assembled by Graneto for a prospective book project that was not completed. The cover of the programs are predominately in color. The inventory sheets in Series 4 contain Graneto's notes on each theatre represented. The ephemera consists of material on Henry E. Dixey, well-known actor in the late 19th early 20th century, broadsides from the Varieties Theatre in New Orleans, Louisiana, and other non-theatrical programs perhaps most notably from the 1926 Warner Brothers film production of Don Juan starring John Barrymore, the first motion picture to use the Vitaphone sound on disc recording for synchronized music and sound effects, but not spoken dialogue. There is one piece of sheet music from the play, Balieff's Chauve-Souris.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged into four series.

Series 1: Dixey, Henry E., actor, 1885-1937

Series 2: Varieties Theatre (New Orleans, Louisiana), 1868

Series 3: Oversize Motion Picture and Theater Programs, and Sheet Music, 1924-1929

Series 4: Broadway Theater Programs (New York, New York) 1919-1930, undated
Biographical / Historical:
Phillip A. Graneto is a theatrical designer and illustrator. Originally he collected the bulk of this material with the intention of writing and publishing a book on Broadway and Off Broadway theatres of New York, New York centering on the decade of the 1920s. Graneto began researching and writing, gathering programs from each of the then existing theatres, fleshing out their histories with notes about their productions, changes in names and purpose, and in some cases their ultimate demolition. He collected and assembled the theatre programs into four binders with accompanying notes. Ultimately the proposed book did not come to fruition.

Graneto writes about the 1920s New York theatre scene, "The decade of the 1920s was a period of wild speculation in many areas, and the audience for live theatre in the New York area was enormous. Building theatres seemed like a great way to make lots of money. And then, the bubble burst. When motion pictures learned to talk in 1927 show business moved to Hollywood, and took much of Broadway's glamour with it."

Graneto goes on to write, "The 1920s is a seminal decade in the history of American Entertainment. The names Ziegfeld, Belasco, Cohan, Barrymore, Jolson, Shubert, Brice, and Cantor written in white lights on Broadway's theatre marquees cast a unique spell over 20th century entertainment as it developed from the Stage to Radio, to Film and ultimately to Television. These beautiful little colored booklets are part of that story. These cherished mementos of great performances and special occasions have survived in cedar chests, chifferobes, and bookcases for nearly a hundred years because of the uniqueness of the performers and the plays, but also because the booklets are beautiful."

The programs from the decade of the 1920s, in many ways, represent the colorful, Bohemian, Jazz Age attitude of the United States before the Great Depression of the 1930s and the subsequent entry of the United States into World War II. A time when New York City was the cultural capital of the entire United States.

Sources:

Letter, Keen, Cathy to Graneto, Phillip, undated (Archives Center control file AC1486) E-mail, Graneto, Phillip to Lintelman, Ryan, 2019 July 21 (Archives Center control file AC1486)
Provenance:
Donated by Phillip Graneto in December 2017 to the Division of Culture and the Arts (now the Division of Cultural and Community Life).
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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.
Topic:
Theater -- History -- 19th century  Search this
Theater -- 1910-1970  Search this
Theater -- 1920-1940  Search this
Genre/Form:
Theater programs -- 1880-1910
Theater programs -- 1910-1990
Citation:
Phillip Graneto Broadway Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1486
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Phillip Graneto Broadway Theater Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep86670ae41-6d13-40bd-a872-84e05ed86f06
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1486
Online Media:

St. Felix Sisters' Scrapbook

Collector:
St. Felix Sisters  Search this
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969  Search this
Names:
D'Oyly Carte (theater company)  Search this
E.E. Rice's Opera Comique Company  Search this
Tony Pastor's Vaudeville Theater  Search this
Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881  Search this
St. Felix, Charlotte  Search this
St. Felix, Clementina  Search this
St. Felix, Henrietta  Search this
St. Felix, Leonore  Search this
Extent:
0.15 Cubic feet (1 box)
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Programs
Theater programs
Clippings
Scrapbooks
Date:
1880-1904
Scope and Contents:
This scrapbook contains newspaper reviews & theatre programs in which the St. Felix Sisters are named, and which covers the period from April, 1880 to November, 1898.

The scrapbook also contains a newspaper article on the death of President Garfield, and article about Greenwood Cemetery where many "stage artists" were buried in the public lots, and an engraving titled "Puck and the Fairies" (Midsummer Night's Dream).
Biographical / Historical:
The three Felix sisters, Henrietta, Clementina and Charlotte, performed in theatre companies, such as Tony Pastor's Vaudeville Theatre, and the D'Oyly Carte and E.E. Rice's Opera Comique Company. A fourth sister, Leonora, died in 1880. Their act consisted of original song and dance sketches which were described as "refined and elegant." They had a great variety of costumes of "richness of fabric and elegance of design."

On their annual tours with the vaudeville companies they performed in cities across the United States and in Montreal, Canada. Between 1887 and 1888 they toured Europe, playing for seven months in London; then in Paris, Vienna, Hanover, Dresden, Berlin and Rotterdam.
Provenance:
Transferred from the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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.
Topic:
Women entertainers -- 1880-1910  Search this
Entertainers -- 1880-1910  Search this
Entertainment  Search this
Vaudeville -- 1880-1910  Search this
Burlesque (Theater) -- 1880-1910  Search this
Theater -- 1880-1910  Search this
Genre/Form:
Programs
Theater programs -- 1880-1910
Clippings -- 1880-1910
Scrapbooks -- 1880-1910
Citation:
St. Felix Sisters' Scrapbook, 1880-1904, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0294
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8a93e747e-6473-4c44-9bc6-1cc805ee8c48
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0294

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