Chicago on Stage Lecture Series
Scope and Contents
The Chicago on Stage Lecture Series includes recordings from events hosted jointly by the Lake View Branch of Chicago Public Library and the CPL/Cultural Center in 1981 and 1982. The majority of the recordings were converted to audio cassette sometime in the 1990s. There are multiple copies for some presentations, and some partial recordings for others. Four recordings: Development of the Art Theater Movement by James F. Coakley, Specialized Theater in Chicago by Anne Thurman, Off-Loop and Regional Theater by June Pyskacek and Early TV by Fred MacDonald remain in their original reel-to-reel audio format. There are no known recordings of the lecture Chicago Theater Influences American Theater by Yuri Rasovsky nor for the panel discussion The Critics and Their Influence on Chicago Theater.
- Creation: 1981-1982
- Chicago Public Library (Organization)
- Illinois Arts Council (Organization)
- Illinois Humanities Council (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Materials are open without restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
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Biographical / Historical
During the period October 1981 to April 1982 the Chicago Public Library put on a series of lectures and panel discussions devoted to the history and development of theater in Chicago. The programs were held jointly by the Lake View Branch of Chicago Public Library and the CPL/Cultural Center. The programs were made possible in part through grants from the Illinois Humanities Council and Illinois Arts Council. The series consisted of 25 scheduled lectures and panel discussions which presented a “comprehensive history of the development of the unique trends in Chicago Theater.” The series was recorded, and recordings are available for further research.
1 Linear Feet (in two boxes, includes 37 audio cassettes and 4 reel-to-reel audio recordings)
Language of Materials
Chicago Public Library put on a series of 25 lectures and panel discussions devoted to the history and development of theater in Chicago. The programs were held jointly by the Lake View Branch of Chicago Public Library and the CPL/Cultural Center, and made possible in part through grants from the Illinois Humanities Council and Illinois Arts Council.
Recordings are arranged chronologically by presentation / recording date.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Access to some audiovisual material may not be possible due to available replay equipment or to state of physical media. Tapes have not been checked to ensure content or playability. Titles and other descriptive information is as transcribed from packages. Please contact the archives before your visit.
Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least 24-hours prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Recordings were made by Chicago Public Library.
- Guide to the Chicago on Stage Lecture Series
- Original author unknown. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Sarah Zimmerman, 2022.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English
- July 2022: Reel-to-reel recordings added to finding guide.
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