Phillip Graneto Broadway Theater Collection
Portions of this collection are digitized

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1486
Dates:
1885-1937
Languages:
English
.
Physical Description:
1.1 Cubic feet
3 boxes, 1 folder
Repository:
A collection of late 19th and early 20th century theatre programs and theatre ephemera from Broadway and Off-Broadway Theatres in New York, New York.

Content Description
Content Description
A collection of late 19th and early 20th century Broadway and Off-Broadway (New York, New York) theatre programs and related ephemera collected by Phillip A. Graneto and assembled by Graneto for a prospective book project that was not completed. The cover of the programs are predominately in color. The inventory sheets in Series 4 contain Graneto's notes on each theatre represented. The ephemera consists of material on Henry E. Dixey, well-known actor in the late 19th early 20th century, broadsides from the Varieties Theatre in New Orleans, Louisiana, and other non-theatrical programs perhaps most notably from the 1926 Warner Brothers film production of
Don Juan
starring John Barrymore, the first motion picture to use the Vitaphone sound on disc recording for synchronized music and sound effects, but not spoken dialogue. There is one piece of sheet music from the play,
Balieff's Chauve-Souris
.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged into four series.
Series 1: Dixey, Henry E., actor, 1885-1937
Series 2: Varieties Theatre (New Orleans, Louisiana), 1868
Series 3: Oversize Motion Picture and Theater Programs, and Sheet Music, 1924-1929
Series 4: Broadway Theater Programs (New York, New York) 1919-1930, undated

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Phillip A. Graneto is a theatrical designer and illustrator. Originally he collected the bulk of this material with the intention of writing and publishing a book on Broadway and Off Broadway theatres of New York, New York centering on the decade of the 1920s. Graneto began researching and writing, gathering programs from each of the then existing theatres, fleshing out their histories with notes about their productions, changes in names and purpose, and in some cases their ultimate demolition. He collected and assembled the theatre programs into four binders with accompanying notes. Ultimately the proposed book did not come to fruition.
Graneto writes about the 1920s New York theatre scene, "The decade of the 1920s was a period of wild speculation in many areas, and the audience for live theatre in the New York area was enormous. Building theatres seemed like a great way to make lots of money. And then, the bubble burst. When motion pictures learned to talk in 1927 show business moved to Hollywood, and took much of Broadway's glamour with it."
Graneto goes on to write, "The 1920s is a seminal decade in the history of American Entertainment. The names Ziegfeld, Belasco, Cohan, Barrymore, Jolson, Shubert, Brice, and Cantor written in white lights on Broadway's theatre marquees cast a unique spell over 20th century entertainment as it developed from the Stage to Radio, to Film and ultimately to Television. These beautiful little colored booklets are part of that story. These cherished mementos of great performances and special occasions have survived in cedar chests, chifferobes, and bookcases for nearly a hundred years because of the uniqueness of the performers and the plays, but also because the booklets are beautiful."
The programs from the decade of the 1920s, in many ways, represent the colorful, Bohemian, Jazz Age attitude of the United States before the Great Depression of the 1930s and the subsequent entry of the United States into World War II. A time when New York City was the cultural capital of the entire United States.
Sources:
Letter, Keen, Cathy to Graneto, Phillip, undated (Archives Center control file AC1486) E-mail, Graneto, Phillip to Lintelman, Ryan, 2019 July 21 (Archives Center control file AC1486)

Administration
Author
Franklin A. Robinson, Jr.
Custodial History
Collection transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Culture and Community Life (now Division of Cultural and Community Life) in September 2019.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Phillip Graneto in December 2017 to the Division of Culture and the Arts (now the Division of Cultural and Community Life).
Accruals
Adddtions to the collection include:
Two broadsides featuring actor Joseph Jefferson were donated by Phillip Graneto in February 2018 to the Division of Culture and the Arts (now Division of Cultural and Community Life). Materials transferred to the Archives Center in September 2019.
Twelve theater programs and one copy of published sheet music for "O Katharina"donated by Phillip Graneto to the Division of Culture and the Arts in December 2018. Transferred from the the Division of Culture and the Arts (now Division of Cultural and Community Life) to the Archives Center in September 2019.
Theater programs for numerous Broadway theaters donated to the Archives Center in 2019 by Phillip Graneto.
Processing Information
Processed by Franklin A. Robinson, Jr., archivist, in May 2021.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation
Phillip Graneto Broadway Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Dixey, Henry E., 1859-1943 Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jefferson, Joseph, 1829-1905 Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Theater -- History -- 19th century Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Theater programs -- 1880-1910 Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Theater -- 1910-1970 Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Theater -- 1920-1940 Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Theater programs -- 1910-1990 Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Graneto, Phillip Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives