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About this collection

Become a playgoer at Chicago’s great early theaters. Examine more than 2,000 playbills and programs dating from 1848 to 1922. Of interest are playbills from shows starring Edwin Booth, Joseph Jefferson and Sarah Bernhardt at the well-known McVicker’s Theatre as well as playbills from vaudeville houses and neighborhood theaters. The Historic Programs digital archive is made possible by a generous grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Chicago Public Library Foundation. 

The Library presents these documents as part of the record of the past. It does not endorse the views expressed in these items, which may contain materials offensive to some readers.

Chicago Theater Collection-Historic Programs finding aid
The complete and ever-increasing inventory of theater programs past and present.

 
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