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Descriptive inventory for the Auditorium Theatre Council (Chicago, Ill.) records, ca. 1893-1982 (inclusive), 1960-1982 (bulk)

Auditorium Theatre Council (Chicago, Ill.) records

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Descriptive inventory for the Auditorium Theatre Council (Chicago, Ill.) records, ca. 1893-1982 (inclusive), 1960-1982 (bulk)

Prepared by Sarah Levine, 2016.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Auditorium Theatre Council (Chicago, Ill.) records, circa 1893-1982 (inclusive), 1960-1982 (bulk)
Creators: Auditorium Theatre Council (Chicago, Ill.)
Spachner, Beatrice
Dates: circa 1893-1982 (inclusive), 1960-1982 (bulk)
Accession numbers: 1971.20
M1982.0055
Bib number: 00064609
Call number: MSS Lot A
Size:2.75 linear feet (8 boxes)
4 volumes
2 other (tubes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Most materials were a gift of the Auditorium Theatre Council (accession #: 1971.20). One folder of executive board meeting minutes was a gift of Robert J. Ahrens (accession #: M1982.0055).

Terms governing use:

Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

For audio recording listening purposes, it is necessary to use a copy, not the original (and to have a listening copy made if one is not available).

Please cite this collection as:

Auditorium Theatre Council records (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Robert J. Ahrens papers.

Collection Summary +/-

The collection contains correspondence, clippings, by-laws, minutes, articles, programs and other records of the Auditorium Theatre Council primarily from the administrative papers (1960-1978) of Beatrice Spachner (Mrs. John V. Spachner), chairman of the Auditorium Theatre Council. Topics include administration and restoration of the Auditorium Theatre, policy-making by the executive board, press and advertisement, productions, financials, and relationship to Roosevelt University. Materials include designs for the theatre’s renovation (1963), New York City Ballet production posters (ca. 1979), and a small amount of black and white photos. Also included are four scrapbooks of newspaper clippings for production seasons (late 1960s), one featuring color photographs of performers in the World's Columbian Exposition's "America" pageant (1893), and four audio recordings: "Bettina Cossak," "Toccatas and Flourishes," "Benny," and "Roy Clayborn."

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

The Auditorium Theatre (56 East Congress St., Chicago, Illinois) was designed by architects Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan in 1886, with Frank Lloyd Wright as one of the hired draftsmen. The Theatre opened in 1889 and hosted the "America" pageant during the 1893 World’s Columbia Exposition and housed the Chicago Opera Company from 1910-1929.

The Auditorium Theatre closed in 1941. In 1942, it was reopened by the city of Chicago as a Servicemen’s Center. Roosevelt University acquired the building in 1946, but the Theatre remained closed until 1960 when Beatrice T. Spachner established the Auditorium Theatre Council to raise funds for its restoration and reopening, also serving as its chair. In addition to Spachner, Council members included Robert Ahrens, Mrs. Laird Bell, Eric Kohler, Edward H. Bennett, Jr., and architect Harry Weese. Weese was hired to conduct the Theatre’s restoration. The Auditorium Theatre reopened in 1967 with New York City Ballet’s performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. The Theatre obtained National Historic Landmark status in 1975 and Chicago landmark status in 1976.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Building management -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
Historic buildings -- Conservation and restoration -- Illinois -- Chicago
Historic buildings -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
Theaters -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)
Persons:
Spachner, Beatrice--Archives
Organizations:
Auditorium Theater (Chicago, Ill.)
Auditorium Theatre Council (Chicago, Ill.) -- Archives
Chicago Auditorium Building (Chicago, Ill.)
Roosevelt University -- Buildings
Genre/Form:
Architectural drawings
Articles
Audio recordings
Bylaws (administrative records)
Correspondence
Minutes
Newspaper clippings
Periodicals
Photographic prints
Programs (documents)
Scrapbooks
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- 20th century
Chicago (Ill.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century
Chicago (Ill.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in three series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Beatrice Spachner papers, ca. 1960-1982 (box 1-3)
Series 2. Published Material, ca. 1960-1978 (box 2, 4-5)
Series 3. Productions and Theatre Building, 1893, ca. 1960-1979 (box 5-8, roll 1-2, volume 1-4)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Sarah Levine using Oxygen XML editor, 2016.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to the Explore Chicago Collections portal.
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