Alida Szabo Poster Collection

Dates: 1976-1987
Size: 5 oversize folders
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: SPE: T00053
Provenance: Donated by Alida Szabo in 2016
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Alida Szabo Poster Collection, Folder #, Special Collections, Chicago Public Library
Processed by: Sarah Zimmerman, August 2016

Biographical Note

Alida Szabo has worked in program development, marketing and media services for numerous arts organizations across Chicago, including the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Goodman and St. Nicholas theaters among others. She joined the Chicago Shakespeare Theater as Director of Audience Development in 1998.

Scope and Content

The collection contains 26 posters, collected by Szabo between 1976 and 1987 through her work with theaters including St. Nicholas and Goodman, as well as with the Mayor’s Office of Special Events and other cultural institutions in Chicago.

Arrangement/Series Description

The collection is arranged in two series:

Series 1: Theater and Dance Posters

This series is arranged alphabetically by organization and then chronologically.

Series 2: Chicago Events Posters

This series is arranged chronologically.

Related Material

Subject Headings

  • Posters
  • Theater posters
  • City of Chicago Special Events (posters)

Container List

Series 1: Theater Posters

Bread and Puppet Theater

Oversize Folder 1 Ave Maris Stella by Joaquin Despres, the Bread and Puppet Theater together with the Word of Mouth Chorus, [1978] March 14-15

Goodman Theatre

Oversize Folder 1 Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a Goodman Theatre Production at the Auditorium Theatre, 1984 December 11-29
Oversize Folder 1 Gardenia by John Guare, [1985] April 15-May 15
Oversize Folder 1 William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, [1987] April 17-May 29 (4 copies)

MoMing Dance Center

Oversize Folder 5 we bing MoMing, MoMing, MoMing, edition 17/100, signed Karl Wirsum, undated

New Theatre Company

Oversize Folder 1 The Spanish Prisoner and The Shawl, 1985 April 19-May 19 (3 copies)

St. Nicholas Theater Company

Oversize Folder 2 Mert & Phil by Anne Burr, [1976] November 5-10
Oversize Folder 2 Ashes by David Rudkin, [1977] September 23-October 30 (2 copies)
Oversize Folder 2 Domino Courts by William Hauptman, [1977] March 19-April 24
Oversize Folder 2 Joplin: An Original Ragtime Musical by Kathleen Lombardo and adapted for the stage by Lombardo and William H. Macy, [1977] January 20-February 27
Oversize Folder 2 Barnaby Sweet by Glenn Allen Smith, [1978] May 3-June 18
Oversize Folder 2 The 5th of July by Lanford Wilson, [1978] September 15-October 29 (2 copies)
Oversize Folder 3 Funeral March for a One-Man Band by Ron Whyte, [1979] March 2-April 15 (2 copies)
Oversize Folder 3 Shadow of Heroes by Robert Ardrey, [1980] May 13-June 29
Oversize Folder 3 Teeth ‘N Smiles by David Hare, [1980] December 2-[1981] February 1 (2 copies)
Oversize Folder 3 Nasty Rumors +Final Remarks by Susan Miller, [1981], April 21-June 21 (2 copies)

Series 2: City Events Posters

Oversize Folder 4 Chicago: We’ve Got it All, Mayor Byrne’s Summertime in Chicago, [1980?] June 6-September 7
Oversize Folder 4 Pilsen Neighbors invite you to Fiesta Del Sol, 18th Street and Blue Island Chicago, [1980] August 22-24
Oversize Folder 4 Chicago Neighborhood Festivals, Mayor Byrne’s Summertime Chicago, [1981] June 6-June 28
Oversize Folder 4 Mayor Byrne’s New Music America ’82, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Orchestra Hall and Navy Pier Auditorium, 1982 July 5-11
Oversize Folder 4 Flip! Flash! Pinball Art! an exhibition curated by Ed Paschke, the Chicago Public Library Cultural Center, 1982 July 31-October 9
Oversize Folder 4 Mayor Byrne Presents Chicago Kool Jazz Festival,1982 August 30-September 5
Oversize Folder 5 Venetian Night, aquatic parade, Monroe Harbor/Monroe Street at Lake Michigan, special performance of the Grant Park Symphony, Petrillo Music Shell, 1983 August 27
Oversize Folder 5 Black History Month in Chicago, Black Women Achievement Against the Odds, Smithsonian Poster Exhibit, Richard J. Daley Civic Center, 1984 February
Oversize Folder 5 Music of the Americas: Gospel, Country & Western, Show Music, Latin, Montrose Harbor, [1984] July 21 and South Shore Country Club, [1984] August 4
Oversize Folder 5 Chicago Blues Festival, Petrillo Music Shell, Grant Park, 1985 June 7-9
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