Belknap Theatre Records, 1916-1975

Accessions: 1976-083, 1977-139, 1984-027
Extent: 9.5 linear feet
Restrictions: None
Copyright: Copyright to most materials is held by the University of Louisville

Administrative History

Over the years, the theater company has had a variety of names including: the Dramatic Club (1910-1911), the University of Louisville Players (1914-1941), the University Players (1955- 1960), and Belknap Theatre (1960- present). Closely connected with these groups have been the community-oriented Alumni Players (1927-1932) and the Little Theater Company (1932-1960).

Brief Description of the Collection

This collection contains materials from the Theatre Arts and Speech Department chronicling the activities of the Belknap Theatre. The collection dates from 1916 to 1975 and includes programs/playbills, newspaper clippings, scene photos, and photos of people (headshots). Office records from the Belknap Theatre Playhouse office dating from the 1950s to the 1970s are also included in two boxes.

Series Descriptions

Series I: Photos and Programs/Playbills, 1919-1972

Series I (Boxes 1-10) consists of photographs and programs/playbills from 1919 to 1972. Most productions from 1924 - 1959 seem to be represented, with less coverage before 1924 and after 1959. Some folders also contain newsclippings; later files may also contain correspondence. Boxes 1-8 are arranged by chronologically, by season and then by show; boxes 9 and 10 are arranged alphabetically by show title. The University of Louisville Players materials are found primarily in Box 1; the Alumni Players, in Box 2; the Little Theater Company, in Boxes 3-8. Boxes 9 and 10 contain materials from the Belknap Theatre, the University Players, and the Little Theatre.
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Series II: Bound Photographs, 1916-1948

Series II (Boxes 11-20) contains scene photographs originally housed in bound volumes. These are arranged by season and cover the years 1916-1948.
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Series III: Belknap Theatre Playhouse Office Records, 1957-1975 (bulk: 1960-1973)

Series III (Boxes 21-22) consists of records of the Belknap Theatre Playhouse Office, including meeting minutes; financial records; records of items donated, lent, and stolen; and information on a few productions from the 1960s. This series covers the years 1957-1975, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1960-1973.
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Series IV: Photos of People (Headshots)

Series IV (Box 23), Photos of People, is a single small box of headshots.
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Box List

Series I: Photos and Programs/Playbills, 1919-1972

Box 1

  • "The Confessional," February 20, 1919 (no program)
  • "Bonds of Interest," 1924-25 season
  • "The Big Idea," December 18 and 19, 1925
  • "I'll Leave it to You," 1926-27 season
  • "Romeo and Juliet," March 24, 25, 26, 28, and 29, 1927
  • "Children of the Moon," May 13 and 14, 1927
  • "Mrs. Partridge Presents," October 21, 1927
  • Oscar Edson Starr donation letter (1972)
  • "Paolo And Francesca," February 17, and 18, 1928
  • "Expressing Willie," 1928-1929 season
  • "Hell's Bells," November 16 and 17, 1928
  • "Anchors," January 18 and 19, 1929 (world premier)
  • "Her Western Romeo," January 17 and 18, 1930
  • "The Gypsy Trail," 1930-1931 season
  • "The Goose Hangs High," 1930-1931 season
  • "The Crime that Blossoms," 1932-1933 season
  • "Adam and Eva," 1933-34 season
  • "Garden of Memories," 1933-34 seasons
  • "The Importance of Being Earnest," 1933-34 season
  • "Three Cornered Moon," October 11 and 12, 1935
  • "Alice-Sit-By-The-Fire," December 6 and 7, 1935
  • "An Enemy of the People," 1935-36 season
  • "Much Ado About Nothing," April 3 and 4, 1936
  • "Boy Meets Girl," October 18 and 19, 1937
  • "Four Walls," March 20 and 21, 1939
  • "Chalkdust," June 5 and 7, 1939
  • "Dame Nature," December 4 and 5, 1939
  • "Nine Pine Street," October 14 and 15, 1940

Box 2

  • "The Copperhead," 1927-28 Season
  • "Dear Brutus," 1928-29 Season
  • "Just Like Judy," April 5 and 6, 1929 (1928-29 season)
  • "Helena's Boys," 1929-30 Season
  • "The Boomerang," 1930-31 Season
  • "Bird In Hand," 1930-31 Season
  • "The Constant Wife," 1930-31 Season

Box 3

  • 1932-1933 Season:
    • "Damsel in Distress," November 10, 11, and 12, 1932
    • "Berkeley Square"
    • "Lucky Sam Carver"
  • 1933-1934 Season
    • "Camille," January 22, 23 and 24, 1934
    • "Lombardi, Ltd."
    • "Diana's Play" (world premier)
  • 1934-1935 Season:
    • "The Perfect Alibi"
    • "Petticoat Influence"
    • "Hay Fever"
    • "The Wind And The Rain," December 1934
    • "One Sunday Afternoon," January 14, 15 and 16, 1935
    • "Brief Moments"
    • "March Hares"
  • 1935-1936 Season:
    • "Accent on Youth"
    • "Romance"
    • "Fly Away Home," March 16, 17, and 13, 1936
    • "Mrs. Moonlight"
  • 1936-1937 Season:
    • "The Animal Kingdom," November 2, 3, and 4, 1936
    • "Kind Lady," December 14, 15, and 16, 1936
    • "And So To Bed," March 29, 30, and 31, 1937
    • "The Late Christopher Bean"
    • "The Queen Was In The Parlor," September 21, 28, and 29, 1937
  • 1937-1938 Season:
    • "The Circle," November 15, 16, and 17, 1937
    • "Common Clay," January 10, 11, and 12, 1938
    • "Stage Door," February 7, 8, and 9, 1938
    • "The Front Page"
    • "Dangerous Corner," April 25, 26, and 27, 1938
  • 1938-1939 Season:
    • "And Stars Remain," November 14, 15, and 17, 1938
    • "All The Living," January 30, 31, and February 1, 1939
    • "George And Margaret," February 23, March 1 and 2, 1939
    • "Night of January 16th," April 10, 12, and 13, 1939
    • "Journey's End," May 15, 16, and 17, 1939

Box 4

  • 1939-1940 Season:
    • "Bachelor Born," November 6, 7, and 8, 1939
    • "Family Portrait," January 15, 17, and 18, 1940
    • "The Guardsman," February 12, 13, and 14, 1940
    • "Payment Deferred," March 25, 26, and 27, 1940
    • "Excursion." April 22, 23, 24, and 25, 1940
  • 1940-1941 Season:
    • "Tonight At 8:30," November 4, 5, 6, and 7, 1940
    • "The Road To Rome," January 13, 14, and 15, 1941
    • "The Dark Tower," February 17, 18, and 19, 1941
    • "Another Language," March 31, April 1, and 2, 1941
    • "Ladies In Retirement," April 21, 22, and 23, 1941
  • 1941-1942 Season:
    • "George Washington Slept Here," October 19, 20, 21, and 22, 1941
    • "Interference," December 8, 9, and 10, 1941
    • "The Vinegar Tree," February 2, 3, and 4, 1942
    • "The Land Is Bright," March 2, 3, and 4, 1942
    • "Ever Since Eve," April 6, 8, 9, and 10, 1942
    • "When We Are Married," May 11, 12, and 13, 1942
  • 1942-1943 Season:
    • "Jason," October 25, 26, 27, and 23, 1942
    • "Quiet Wedding," December 7, 8, and 9, 1942
    • "The Gentle People," February 1, 2, and 3, 1943
    • "Heart of a City," March 8, 9, and 10, 1943
    • "Morning's at Seven," April 5, 6, and 7, 1943
    • "Papa is All," May 10, 11, and 12, 1943 (no photographs)

Box 5

  • 1943-1944 Season:
    • "The Damask Cheek," November 1, 2, and 3, 1943
    • "The Great Big Door Step," December 13, 14, and 15, 1943
    • "Candida," January 31, February 1, and 2, 1944
    • "Ring Around Elizabeth," March 13, 14, and 15, 1944
    • "Uncle Harry," April 10, 11, and 12, 1944
    • "The Yellow Jacket," May 15, 16, and 17, 1944
  • 1944-1945 Season:
    • "Listen Professor," October 30, 31, and November 1, 1944
    • "Her Husband's Wife," December 4, 5, 6, and 7, 1944
    • "Double Door," January 15, 16, and 17, 1945 (no photographs)
    • "What A Life," February 19, 20, and 21, 1945 (no photographs)
    • "Ghosts," April 2, 3, and 4, 1945
    • "Over Twenty-One," May 7, 8, and 9, 1945
  • 1945-1946 Season:
    • "Snafu," October 29, 30, and November 1, 1945 (no photographs)
    • "Craig's Wife," December 10, 11, 12, and 13, 1945
    • "Biography," January 21, 22, 23, and 24, 1946
    • "The White Sister," March 11, 12, 13, and 14, 1946
    • "Ah Wilderness," April 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26, 1946
    • "Street Scene," May 20, 21, 22, and 23, 1946
  • 1946-1947 Season:
    • "Fata Morgana," October 7, 8, 9, and 10, 1946
    • "Our Town," November 11, 12, 13, and 14, 1946 (no photographs)
    • "Laura," January 13, 14, 15, and 16, 1947
    • "The Barretts Of Wimpole Street," February 24, 25, 26, and 27, 1947
    • "Julius Caesar," April 7, 8, 9, and 10, 1947
    • "The Late George Apley," May 19, 20, 21, and 22, 1947

Box 6

  • 1947-1948 Season:
    • "Green Grow The Lilacs," October 20, 21, 22, and 23, 1947(no photograph)
    • "Years Ago," December 1, 2, 3, and 4, 1947
    • "The Skin Of Our Teeth," January 19, 20, 21, and 22, 1948
    • "The Trial Of Mary Dugan," March 8, 9, 10, and 11, 1948
    • "All My Sons," April 19, 20, 21, and 22, 1948
    • "The Tavern," May 24, 25, 26, and 27, 1948
  • 1948-1949 Season:
    • "Dear Brutus," October 11, 12, 13, and 14, 1948
    • "The First Mrs. Fraser," December 13, 14, 15, and 16, 1948
    • "Beside Myself, January 31, February 1, 2, 3, and 4, 1949
    • "Chicken Every Sunday," April 4, 5, 6, and 7, 1949
    • "Fine Pretty Things," May 16, 17, 18, and 19, 1949
  • 1949-1950 Season:
    • "For Love or Money," October 10, 11, 12, and 13, 1949
    • "Pride and Prejudice," November 28, 29, 30, and December 1, 1949
    • "Counsellor-at-Law," January 30, 31, February 1, and 2, 1950
    • "Medea, " March 20, 21, 22 , and 23, 1950
    • "Village Green," May 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19, 1950
  • 1950-1951 Season:
    • "Goodbye My Fancy," October 9, 10, 11, and 12, 1950
    • "The Heiress," December 4, 5,6, and 7, 1950
    • "The Silver Whistle," January 29, 31/February 1, and 2, 1951
    • "Disraeli," March 26, 27, 28, and 29, 1951
    • "Fresh Fields," May 7, 8, 9, and 10, 1951

Box 7

  • 1951-1952 Season:
    • "Strange Bedfellows," October 8, 9, 10, and 11, 1951
    • "The Shining Hour," December 3, 4, 5, and 6, 1951
    • "January Thaw," January 29, 30, 31, and February 1, 1952
    • "Golden Boy," March 24, 25, 26, and 27, 1952
    • "Season In The Sun," May 12, 13, 14, and 15, 1952
  • 1952-1953 Season:
    • "Grammercy Ghost," October 7, 8, 9, and 10, 1952
    • "As Husbands Go," December 2, 3, 4, and 5, 1952
    • "The Man Who Married A Dumb Wife," January 27, 28, 29, and 30, 1953 (no photographs)
    • "Affairs Of State," March 24, 25, 26, and 27, 1953
    • "Remains To Be Seen," May 5, 6, 7, and 8, 1953
  • 1953-1954 Season:
    • "Three Men on A Horse," October 13, 14, 15, and 16, 1953
    • "The Old Maid," December 1, 2, 3, and 4, 1953
    • "The Browning Version and Harlequinade," January 26, 27, 28, and 29, 1954
    • "Angel Street," April 5, 7, 8, and 9, 1954
    • "The Moon Is Blue," May 11, 12, 13, and 14, 1954 (no photographs)
  • 1954-1955 Season:
    • "Peg O'My Heart," October 19, 20, and 21, 1954
    • "Criminal At Large," February 16, 17, 18, and 19, 1955
    • "The Petrified Forest," March 29, 30, 31, and April 1, 1955
    • "Bernardine," May 3, 4, 5, and 6, 1955
    • "The Truth About Blayds," June 14, 15, 16, and 17, 1955

Box 8

  • 1955-1956 Season:
    • "The Winslow Boy," October 13, 14, and 15, 1955
    • "The Confidential Clerk," December 1, 2, and 3, 1955
    • "Strangers in This World," January 26, 27, and 23, 1956
    • "Dial M for Murder," March 8, 9, and 10, 1956
    • "Beyond The Horizon," April 26, 27, and 28, 1956
  • 1956-1957 Season:
    • "The Rivals," October 4, 5, and 6, 1956 (no photographs)
    • "Ten Little Indians," November 29, 30, and December 1, 1956
    • "The Solid Gold Cadillac," January 24, 25, and 26, 1957
    • "The Founders," March 13, 14, 15, and 16, 1957
    • "Knickerbocker Holiday," April 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, and 27, 1957 (no photographs)
  • 1957-1953 Season:
    • "Witness For the Prosecution," October 10, 11, and 12, 1957
    • "The Grass Harp," December 5, 6, and 7, 1957
    • "The Great Git-Away," January 30, 31, and February 1, 1958
    • "Hotel Universe," March 20, 21, and 22, 1958
    • "An Italian Straw Hat," April 24, 25, and 26, 1958
  • 1958-1959 Season:
    • "Born Yesterday," October 9, 10, 11, and 12, 1958 (no photographs)
    • "The Matchmaker," December 11, 12, 13, and 14, 1958 (no photographs)
    • "The Mousetrap," January 29, 30, 31, and February 1, 1959 - (no photographs)
    • "Separate Tables," March 12, 13, 14, and 15, 1959 (no photographs)
    • "The Kids" April 23 and 26, 1959

Box 9

  • "Ah Wilderness," May-June, 1969
  • "An Enemy of the People," Sept.-Oct., 1966
  • "Antigone/Medea," Nov.-Dec., 1960
  • "The Aspern Papers," Sept.-Oct., 1967
  • "Babes In Arms," Jan. 1960, Jan.-March, 1964
  • "The Bald Soprano" and "The Chairs," March-May, 1969
  • "Best Foot Forward," Nov. 1965-March 1966
  • "The Braggart Warrior," Nov. 1959
  • "The Busy Martyr," 1963
  • "Calamity Jane," Jan.-Feb., 1971
  • "The Cherry Orchard," May 1964
  • "The Cocktail Party," Feb.-April, 1961
  • "Come Back Little Sheba," Sept.-Nov., 1968
  • "Comedy of Errors," Dec. 1968
  • "Comrades," Dec. 1964
  • "The Country Wife," April-May, 1963
  • "A Crack In The Universe," May 1968
  • "Dinny and the Witches," 1961
  • "Electra," Jan.-March, 1969
  • "Entertaining Mr. Sloan," Nov. 1972
  • "Ernest In Love," Feb.-March, 1962
  • "From Thee Eliza," May 1960.
  • "Ghosts," Nov. 1962
  • "Hamlet," May, Sept.-Oct., 1965
  • "The Hooper Law", Dec. 1959
  • "Inside Emily Payne," Jan. 1960
  • "Next Time I'll Sing To You," March-April, 1969 (Kelleher Thesis)
  • "Kiss Me Kate," May-Aug., 1960, March-May, 1961
  • "The Lark," Jan.-Feb., 1973
  • "A Little to the Left," April 1960
  • "Lysistrata," Oct. 1970, March-April, 1971

Box 10

  • "The Madwoman of Chaillot," Aug.-Oct., 1962
  • "The Man Who Wanted to Learn How to Shiver," Oct.1972
  • "The Marriage-Go-Round," Sept.-Nov., 1961
  • "Medea," Feb. 1972
  • "The Merchant of Venice," Sept.-Oct. 1969
  • "Midsummer Night's Dream," March 1967
  • "The Millionairess," Oct.-Nov., 1960.
  • "The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail," Sept.-Nov., 1970
  • "The Rape of the Belt," Feb.-March, 1962
  • "Romeo and Juliet," Sept.-Nov., 1964
  • "Rosmersholm," Aug.-Oct., 1970
  • "Royal Gambit," June 1960
  • "The Seagull," Nov. 1971
  • "Six Characters In Search of an Author," Sept.-Dec., 1967
  • "Slow Dancing on Killing Ground," March-May, 1966
  • "Spoon River Anthology," Sept.,Dec. 1965
  • Spring Festival Plays, 1973
  • "Summertree," Dec.1968,April-May,Oct.,l969, Feb. 1970
  • "Sweet Bird of Youth," July, Nov.-Dec., 1963
  • "Tea and Sympathy," April-May, 1965
  • "Three Penny Opera," May, Oct.-Dec., 1962, Feb.-March, 1963
  • "The Trial of Captain John Brown," Sept.-Oct., 1959
  • "The Way of the World," May 1967
  • "West Side Story," Oct.1964-March 1965
  • "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," Sept.-Dec., 1966
  • "Wonderful Town," Sept. 1967-April 1968
  • "You Know I Can't Hear You When The Water's Running," Sept.-Oct.,1971

Series II: Bound Photographs, 1916-1948

Box 11

  • 1916/17 thru 1924/25 Season (incomplete)

Box 12

  • 1925/26 thru 1926/27 Season

Box 13

  • 1927/28 thru 1928/29 Season

Box 14

  • 1929/30 thru 1930/31 Season

Box 15

  • 1931/32 thru 1933/34 Season

Box 16

  • 1934/35 thru 1936/37 Season

Box 17

  • 1937/38 thru 1939/40 Season

Box 18

  • 1940/41 thru 1942/43 Season

Box 19

  • 1943/44 thru 1945/46 Season

Box 20

  • 1946/47 thru 1948 Season

Series III: Belknap Theatre Playhouse Office Records, 1957-1975 (bulk: 1960-1973)

Box 21

  • Accounting Records, 1964-65, 1968-71
  • Arcus Ticket Company, 1955-60, 1962-73
  • Articles Stolen from the Playhouse, Sept.1961-Feb.1963
  • Belknap Theatre Accounts, 1960-61 Season
  • Belknap Theatre Board of Advisors, 1962-1971, folder 1 of 3
  • Belknap Theatre Board of Advisors, 1962-1971, folder 2 of 3
  • Belknap Theatre Board of Advisors, 1962-1971, folder 3 of 3
  • Boyd Martin Donations to the Library, 1967, 1970
  • Copy Models, 1969-60
  • Costume Donations, 1962-1971
  • Costume Itmes Borrowed, 1964
  • Curtain Order, 1966
  • Donations to Belknap Theatre, 1964, 1973, 1975
  • Information on Shakespeare Productions, 1969
  • Insurance, 1962-1970
  • Judith Anderson-Medea, 1961-1962
  • Judith Anderson Performance-Financial Report, 1961-1962
  • Mailing Lists, 1965-72
  • Minutes of Staff Meetings, 1968-70, 1972-73
  • Miscellaneous, n.d.
  • Mrs. Macauley Smith-Belknap Photographic Collection, 1957, 1966-73

Box 22

  • Photographs-National Repertory Company, n.d.
  • Publicity, 1960-1964, 1971-1975
  • Requests For Use of the Playhouse, March-April, 1971
  • Robert Frost Production, 1969
  • Samuel French, Inc., 1957-58, 1960, 1963, 1965-66.
  • Season Ticket Announcements, 1956-57,1962-68,1969-70
  • Subscribers Lists, 1967-70
  • Theater Equipment-Kentucky Southern, 1969
  • "The White Devil"-touring production, Sept.-Dec., 1966
  • "A Wilde Evening With Shaw"-touring production, Oct. 1962-Jan. 1963

Series IV: Photos of People (Headshots)

Box 23

  • Ned Beatty
  • Mrs. Edward L. Strater
  • Mrs. Stuart M. Sales
  • Elizabeth A. Wilson
  • Roy E. Finnegan
  • Mrs. Wray Thomas Cooper (2)
  • Ed Mills
  • Thelma Dolan
  • Anna May Byrne
  • Philip H. Hollenbach
  • William K. Keller
  • Homer Burton Blackwell
  • Ninde S. Wilder
  • Josef Dignan
  • James Bollinger