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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


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 photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

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

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