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Records, 1913-1960 [manuscript]
Bib ID 168957
Format ManuscriptManuscript
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J.C. Williamson (Firm)
 
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Access Conditions Available for reference. Not for loan. 
Description 1913-1960 
28 cm. (2 boxes) 
Summary

Collection of agreements, contracts and related correspondence between the theatrical company and forty-three artists between 1913-1960. The contracts and correspondence relates to such artists as Gladys Moncrieff, Dame Nellie Melba, Anna Pavlova, Roy Rene, Gus Bluett, Alex and Leo Cherniavsky, Gracie Fields, Marjorie Lawrence and others. The collection also includes three letters signed by Yehudi Menuhin, dated 1954, two of them typed and one handwritten. Also included are some Australian theatre programs advertising performances of Anna Pavlova, Madame Melba and others; as well as a bound collection of 24 American theatre programs ca. 1920.

Biography/History

The theatrical organisation, J.C. Williamson Ltd., began in 1874 when the American actor/manager James Cassius Williamson (1845-1913) decided to remain in Australia after the success of his production Struck Oil at the Melbourne Theatre Royal. A partnership formed in 1882 lasted nine years and, in 1911, the organisation became J.C. Williamson Ltd.

Notes

Manuscript reference: NLA MS 9145.

Related Material Associated materials: Records (1874-1976) of J.C. Williamson (Firm) are held in National Library of Australia Manuscripts Section at MS 5783 and Mitchell Library (Sydney). 
Source of Acquisition These records comprise half of a collection sold at auction in two lots, which explains the incomplete nature of this archive. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Descriptive list available (4 p.) 
Subjects J.C. Williamson (Firm) -- Archives.  |  Theatrical agencies -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Theatrical producers and directors -- Australia -- Archives.
Time Coverage 1913-1960 

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