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Saint Louis Municipal Opera
Saint Louis Municipal Opera Collection
Rare Book Division
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2 boxes and 2 linear feet
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2


The Saint Louis Municipal Opera Collection consists of programs, souvenir books, press releases, publicity photographs, and miscellaneous items.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The Saint Louis Municipal Opera collection consists of playbills and souvenir books from the 1953-1954 seasons, as well as various ephemera related to the performances. The collection is divided up into playbills, souvenir programs, and miscellaneous items.

The playbill and program listings are taken from the seasonal listings in the playbills, hence those performances for which a booklet is lacking will be listed in the order in which the season progressed.

The visual materials consist of panoramic views of the theater during an evening production, and 12 stills from six productions in the years 1953-1954. A letter from William Zalken, director of public relations for the theater, to Mrs. Henry (Marguerite) McAneny, dated Aug. 7, 1953, is included; the collection was a gift of Mr. Zalken.


Arranged by topic and organized into the following series:

Collection History


Gift of the publicity director of the Opera to the Library.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Paula B. Entin in 2003. Finding aid written by Paula B. Entin in 2003.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Credit this material:

Saint Louis Municipal Opera Collection; Rare Book Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2