Performing arts ephemera subject files 1889-2018 (bulk 1974-2018)
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Acting -- Study and teaching -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Ballet -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Ballet companies -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Benefit performances -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Business enterprises -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Centers for the performing arts -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Children's theater -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Choral societies -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Circle Players, Nashville.
Community Concerts, Inc.
Community theater -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Dance -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Eddy, Nelson -- 1901-1967.
Entertainment events -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Gay choirs -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Gay culture -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Gays -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Gays and the performing arts -- United States.
George, Eddie, -- 1973-
Lewis, Jerry, -- 1926-2017.
Music -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Music-halls (Variety-theaters, cabarets, etc.) -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Musicians -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Nashville Children's Theatre.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Commerce.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Intellectual life.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Social life and customs.
Nashville Academy Theatre.
Nashville Ballet.
Nashville Community Playhouse.
Nashville in Harmony (Musical group).
Nashville Opera.
Nashville Shakespeare Festival.
Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
One-person shows (Performing arts) -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Opera -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Pageants -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Parthenon (Art museum : Nashville, Tenn.).
Performing arts -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Popular culture -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Popular music -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Repertory theater -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, Tenn.).
Shakespeare, William, -- 1564-1616 -- Stage history -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Singers -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Southeastern Regional Ballet Festival -- (9th : -- 1964 : -- Nashville, Tenn.).
Tennessee Performing Arts Center.
Tennessee Players (Theatrical company).
Tennessee Repertory Theatre.
Tennessee Women's Theater Project.
Theater -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Theater and society -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Theaters -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Theatrical companies -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Traveling theater -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Vaudeville -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Vocal music -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Women -- History -- Sources.

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Document/manuscript/pamphlet/archival material
Physical Desc
1 cu. ft.


Organization & arrangement of materials
Organized into four series: I. General; II. Dance; III. Music; IV. Theater;,At the start of each series is a miscellaneous section followed by materials filed alphabetically by organization, venue, or title.
General Note
Materials housed in Special Collections Division of the Main Library, Nashville Public Library.
Restrictions on Access
In library use only. Available by appointment.
Scope and content: Includes programs, brochures, flyers, invitations, posters, handbills, newsletters, and a variety of other materials by and about Nashville area performing arts, including venues and specific performances and performers. The vast majority of materials throughout the collection are programs or promotional flyers and posters. Quantity of materials ranges from a single item to several folders. Some items are photocopies.
The collection covers the three major performing arts of dance, music and theater, with emphasis on Nashville. A general category includes materials which are not limited to just one of the arts, as well as performances in the nature of variety shows or vaudeville. The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) and other multi-fuction venues can also be found in the general category, since they host a variety of entertainments in all three areas of the arts.
Highlights of the collection include: a few programs from late 19th-century and early 20th- century performances held at The Tabernacle, a venue that would later gain fame as the Ryman Auditorium; programs for Nelson Eddy's concerts in 1936 and 1938 at West End Methodist Church; and three items relating to the 1914 Greek Pageant. This spectacle featured a performance of "The Mysteries of Thanatos" by Sidney M. Hirsch (a future member of the Fugitives) and included a chariot race on the Parthenon grounds. The latter is captured in a photograph on a letterhead and envelope from H. Anderson to Miss Elizabeth Walter. It is assumed that the writer is Harry Anderson, business manager for the pageant. Another small grouping of materials relating to a specific play, "The Perfect 36," about Tennessee's role in women's suffrage, also is included in the collection.
There are numerous early 21st-century materials concerning TPAC, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and the Nashville Symphony. Of special note are a few items relating to the fundraising, construction, and opening of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in 2006 and the Noah Liff Opera Center in 2009, including a DVD featuring highlights from the Opera's 2008-2009 season. Other early 21st-century items include a poster from the world premiere of Jerry Lewis and Marvin Hamlisch's collaborative musical, "The Nutty Professor;" several posters, most from the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, featuring former Tennessee Titans football player and actor, Eddie George; and a few items promoting performances by Nashville In Harmony, a chorus for "people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, and their allies."
In addition to providing an overview of a wide variety of the performing arts in Nashville, many of the items in this collection are an excellent and often overlooked resource for Nashville business history. Numerous programs include advertisements for area businesses, especially those located near a particular venue, and include clothiers, restaurants, arts-related businesses such as musical instruments dealers, and many others.
Materials relating to performances by or at schools and universities can be found in the Schools Ephemera Subject Files
Preferred Citation of Described Materials
Cite as: (organization name, folder title, or item description), [Series], Performing Arts Ephemera Subject Files, Special Collections Division, Nashville Public Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
This material may be protected by copyright law (Title 17 U.S. Code)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Intentionally assembled by staff of the Special Collections Division, beginning at an unknown date, probably in the late 1960s, and collected on an ongoing basis.
In English
Cumulative Index/Finding Aids
Finding aid available in repository;,folder level control.,
process;,2006;,Linda Barnickel.
additions,process;,2020;,Linda Barnickel
Accumulation and Frequency of Use
Additional accruals are expected.


APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Anderson, H., Hirsch, S. M., & Walter, E. Performing arts ephemera subject files .

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Anderson, Harry, Sidney M. Hirsch and Elizabeth, Walter. Performing Arts Ephemera Subject Files. .

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Anderson, Harry, Sidney M. Hirsch and Elizabeth, Walter. Performing Arts Ephemera Subject Files .

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Anderson, Harry,, Sidney M Hirsch, and Elizabeth Walter. Performing Arts Ephemera Subject Files

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