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E. Eugene Baldwin Papers

Identifier: spe-ctc-eeb

Scope and Contents

Collection includes multiple drafts of scripts for Going Steady (and Other Fables of the Heart) and Moonlight Daring Us to Go Insane.


  • circa 1987


Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Please consult staff to determine ability to reuse materials from collection.

Biographical / Historical

E. Eugene Baldwin originates from downstate Illinois, the location of many of his plays. A graduate of Northeastern Illinois University, Baldwin’s first play Going Steady (and Other Fables from the Heart) was produced off-Broadway in 1983. His next play Moonlight Daring Us to Go Insane was workshopped in the 1987 Play Expo held jointly by the Body Politic and Victory Gardens Theatres. Moonlight was the first play on the mainstage in Body Politic’s 1987-1988 season and was also the first play chosen for taping by the Special Collections Department for the Chicago Theater Collection.


.5 Linear Feet (in 1 box)

Language of Materials



Collection documents the career of E. Eugene Baldwin, a Chicago playwright. Collection includes several revisions of his play Moonlight Daring Us to Go Insane, which played at the Body Politic Theatre in fall 1987.


Scripts are organized by production. Videotapes have been removed to the Chicago Theater Videotape Collection.

Physical Location

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

Donated by E. Eugene Baldwin in 1987.

Related Materials

Chicago Theater Videotape Collection

Victory Gardens Theater Records



Guide to the E. Eugene Baldwin Papers
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Unit at Harold Washington Library Center Repository

Harold Washington Library Center, 9th Floor
Chicago Public Library
400 S. State Street
Chicago IL 60605 United States
(312) 747-4875