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  • Theatre programmes


  • Bound volume collection of theater programs for performances at Greene's Opera House, Cedar Rapids from 1895 and 1896. Includes programs for performances by Roland Reed, Davis & Keogh's Comedians, Henderson's Great American Extravaganza Co., Gordon & Gibney Co, Wm. Henry Rice, Edwin Rostell, Gladys Wallis, Frederick Paulding, William Gillette, John Stapleton Company, Ed. R. Slater and Al. W. Martin Uncle Tom's Cabin Co., Edwin Foy, The American Burlesque Co., Clement Bainbridge's New York Company, Mr. Francis Jones, Tim Murphy, Emily Bancker, Cosgrave & Grant's Comedians, Rice's Surprise Party, James B. Mackie, Walker Whiteside, Lelia Wolstan, The American Extravaganza Co., Clay Clement, Wm. C. Andrews, Ezra Kendall, A.Y. Pearson's Big Stock Company, Nellie McHenry, A.M. Palmer's Company, Frederick Warde, Charles L. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Whytal, Dan's Sully, Laura Biggar, Burt Haverly, Gus Heege, Ida van Cortland, Murray & Mack [Charles Murray and Ollie Mack], Alexander Salvini and others.


  • Laurance, Charles A., 1855-1943, donor
  • Greene's Opera House (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
  • Theater Playbills and Programs Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • 1895-1896.


  • Theater programs and playbills 1895: "The Politician, or, The Woman's Plank" (Sept. 2) -- "Darkest America" (Sept. 6) -- "The Hustler," (Sept. 17) -- "Ali Baba, or, Morgiana and the Forty Thieves" (Sept. 19) -- "The Prince of Liars" (Sept. 24) -- "Shadows of a Great City" (Sept. 26) -- "The Ohio Girl" (Sept. 27) -- "Divorce!" (Sept. 28) -- "W.S. Cleveland's Greater Minstrelsy," "Trilby" (Oct. 1) -- "Richelieu" (Oct. 2) -- "Hamlet" (Oct. 3) -- "Fanchon, the Cricket" (Oct. 4) -- "Too Much Johnson!" (Oct. 5) -- "The Wife" (Oct. 7) -- "The Cotton King" (Oct. 8) -- "Charley's Aunt" (Oct. 9) -- "Rush City" (Oct. 10) -- "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (Oct. 12) -- "On the Bowery" (Oct. 17) -- "Jolly Old Chums" (Oct. 19) -- "The Derby Winner" (Oct. 21) -- "Little Robinson Crusoe" (Oct. 22) -- "The Black Crook" (Oct. 24) -- "Alabama" (Oct. 30) -- "In Old Madrid" (Nov. 2) -- "A Texas Steer" (Nov. 7) -- "The Defaulter" (Nov. 8) -- "A Cracker Jack" (Nov. 12) -- "The Old Homestead" (Nov. 19) -- "Darkest Russia" (Nov. 20) -- "Our Flat" (Nov. 22) -- "The Dazzler" (Nov. 23) -- "1492" (Nov. 26) -- "Grimes' Cellar Door" (Nov. 28) -- "Merchant of Venice" (Dec. 2) -- "Sinbad, or, The Maid of Balsora" (Dec. 4) -- "Grand Benefit for St. Patrick's Church," "Chatterton" (Dec. 6) -- "Baron Hohenstauffen" (Dec. 10) -- "Down in Dixie" (Dec. 11) -- "Charity Benefit" (Dec. 16) -- "Devil's Auction, or, The Golden Branch" (Dec. 18) -- "My Wife's Friend" (Dec. 23) -- "A Pair of Kids" (Dec. 25) -- "On the Mississippi" (Dec. 27) -- "White Squadron" (Dec. 30) -- "Land of the Midnight Sun" (Dec. 31).
  • Theater programs and playbills 1896: "White Squadron" (Jan. 2) -- "Derby Mascot" (Jan. 3) -- "Police Patrol" (Jan. 4) -- "The Bicycle Girl" (Jan. 13) -- "The Rajah" (Jan. 16) -- "Trilby" (Jan. 20) -- "The Mountebank" (Jan 21) -- "Alvin Joslin" (Jan. 23) -- "Wang" (Jan. 24) -- "For Fair Virginia" (Jan. 30) -- "A Bachelor's Wives" (Feb. 1) -- "A Trip to Chinatown" (Feb. 8) -- "A Yenuine Yentleman" (Feb. 10) -- "The Irish Alderman" (Feb. 11) -- "Forget Me Not" (Feb. 17) -- "Queena" (Feb. 18) -- "The New Magdalen" (Feb. 21) -- "Finnigan's Ball" (Feb. 24) -- "The Three Guardsmen" (Feb. 26) -- "The Merry World," "Trilby" (March 3).


  • -  Theater programs--Specimens
  • -  United States--Iowa--Cedar Rapids


  • Theater programs--1895
  • Theater programs--1896
  • Theater programs--Iowa--Cedar Rapids


  • -  Includes programs for performances of plays and entertainments written by David D. Lloyd, Sydney Rosenfeld, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, William Shakespeare, Clay M. Greene, William Gillette, Sutton Vane, Brandon Thomas, Gus Heege, R.N. Stephens, A.H. Spink, Harry B. Smith, W.H. Bachelor, Gustave Luders, Augustus Thomas, Charles H. Hoyt, Lincoln J. Carter, Geo. Manville Fenn, Herbert Hall Winslow, Denman Thompson, Geo. W. Ryer, H. Grattan Donnelly, Mrs. Musgrave, William Shakespeare, Willard Newell, Scott Marble, Charles H. Yale, Fred Marsden, William Haworth, Louis Harrison, William Young, George DuMaurier, Paul Potter, Alphonse D'Ennery, Charles L. Davis, Cheever Goodwin, Woolson Moore, Russ Whytal, Dan Mason, Scott Marble, J.K. Tillotson, George H. Emerick and Alexander Dumas.
  • -  Spine title.
  • -  A portion of these items are available online on the Library of Congress website.
  • -  Printed inventory card file arranged alphabetically by title available in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division Reading Room: item level control.
  • -  LC copy: Gift: Charles A. Laurance, Mar. 17, 1943. Has handwritten list of contents on inside front cover and signature "Chas. A. Laurance, Cedar Rapids, Iowa" mounted on sheet on front free endpaper.
  • -  In: American theater programs of the late 19th and 20th centuries (Library of Congress).
  • -  Converted from American Memory Variety Stage pseudomarc
  • -  Thr. P12


  • 1 v. ([66] items) : ill. ; 27 cm.

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  • Thr. P12

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  • 2012656141

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Laurance, Charles A., Donor, Greene'S Opera House, and Theater Playbills And Programs Collection. Theatre Programmes. to 1896, 1895. Image.

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Laurance, C. A., Greene'S Opera House & Theater Playbills And Programs Collection. (1895) Theatre Programmes. to 1896. [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Laurance, Charles A., Donor, Greene'S Opera House, and Theater Playbills And Programs Collection. Theatre Programmes. to 1896, 1895. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.