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Records of J.C. Williamson, 1874-1976 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2624931
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
J.C. Williamson (Firm)
 
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description 1874-1976 
86.25 m. (454 boxes) + 129 archives boxes + 8 cartons + 8 map folios + 2 small folio boxes + 2 large folio boxes + 1 medium folio box + 2 packets + 2 phase boxes. 
Summary

Playscripts, opera libretti, publicity material, financial papers, correspondence, technical notes, agreements, contracts, scrapbooks, career files and photographs. Playscripts and libretti are the largest component (339 boxes). Among the many performers and companies documented are Oscar Asche, Jessie Matthews, Dame Nellie Melba, Anna Pavlova, Noel Coward, Marcel Marceau, Robert Helpmann, Rudolf Nureyev, Joan Sutherland, Australian Ballet, Borovansky Ballet. Italian Grand Opera Company and Old Vic Company. Most of the correspondence, financial business records date from 1950-1976, but there are some earlier agreements and contracts.

Biography/History

J.C. Williamson Ltd was for nearly a century the dominant theatrical agency in Australia, owning several theatres and bringing out to Australia a succession of notable actors, singers and dancers. It was founded by the actor-manager James C. Williamson (1845-1913) in 1882 and was finally bought out in 1984.

Notes

Manuscript reference: MS 5783.

Material in boxes 356-398 originally housed in the Manuscript Section now relocated to the Ephemera PROMPT sequence.

Related Material Associated materials: Records (1913-1960) of J.C. Williamson (Firm) are held in National Library of Australia Manuscripts Section at MS 9145 and Mitchell Library (Sydney). 
Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia ; E42

Index/Finding Aid Note List available (94 p.). 
Subjects J.C. Williamson (Firm) -- Archives.  |  Theatrical agencies -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Theatrical producers and directors -- Australia -- Archives.
Time Coverage 1874-1976 

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