E. B. Gould Programs Collection

Dates: 1879-1883
Size: 4 oversize boxes, 1 scrapbook
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: SPE: Archives_CTC_EBG
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: E. B. Gould Programs Collection, [Call #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library

Biographical Note

Elwyn Blaine Gould, born in 1854, was a businessman who came to Chicago in 1879. He was an enthusiastic playgoer, who kept and annotated his programs. Though apparently not a theater professional himself, he had friends who were actors, and his programs carry notes about their Chicago appearances, as well as remarks about the size and temper of the “house,” his opinion of performances, the state of the weather, his own state of mind and an occasional assessment of the charms of various leading ladies. He evidently favored operettas, farce and variety shows, though he saw other modern plays, went to concerts and operas and saw quite a lot of Shakespeare, usually when someone he knew was in the cast. Though Gould is known to have been in Chicago at least until 1898, no programs in our collection after 1883 can be identified with certainty as his. He married in that year, so it is possible that his playgoing habits or his method of keeping programs changed.

Scope and Content

The source of this collection is unknown. Mr. Gould kept his programs intact and had them bound into volumes, only one of which survives in its original form here. Other volumes were disbound; Gould’s annotations and other characteristics made it possible to identify certain programs in the collection as his. Because Gould’s personality is so strongly expressed in his notes, it was decided to keep his programs, even the unannotated ones, together, rather than dispersing them throughout the loose program files.

Arrangement

The loose programs in the E. B. Gould Programs Collection have been arranged alphabetically by theater and then chronologically. Programs are listed with unique call numbers that combine the theater and date of each production. The scrapbook remains bound in its original order. Unique call numbers have been assigned to these programs as well, however they are listed alphabetically by production in the container list for ease of use.

Related Materials

The loose programs in Boxes 1-4 were scanned as part of a generous Chicago Public Library Foundation and Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation grant. They are available as part of Chicago Public Library’s Digital Collections.

Container List

Academy of Music to Grand Opera House

Box 1 Neck and Neck Academy of Music 1880-12-26
Box 1 Iolanthe (New) Academy of Music 1883-02-19
Box 1 Various Acts American Theatre undated
Box 1 Bells of Corneville Baum's Pavilion 1882-07-27
Box 1 Various Acts Criterion 1882-11-20
Box 1 Child of the State, A Grand Opera 1880-09-06
Box 1 Bohemian Girl, The Grand Opera 1880-09-20
Box 1 Richard III Grand Opera 1880-10-04
Box 1 Shakespearian Courier Grand Opera 1880-10-04
Box 1 Merchant of Venice, The Grand Opera 1880-10-06
Box 1 Deacon Crankett Grand Opera 1880-10-25
Box 1 Unknown Grand Opera 1880-11-29
Box 1 Strategists, The Grand Opera 1880-12-06
Box 1 Fatinitza Grand Opera 1880-12-16
Box 1 Cinderella Grand Opera 1880-12-27
Box 1 Magic Slipper, The Grand Opera 1881-01-03
Box 1 Kit Grand Opera 1881-01-10
Box 1 Edgewood Folks Grand Opera 1881-01-24
Box 1 Legion of Honor Grand Opera 1881-01-31
Box 1 Government Bonds Grand Opera 1881-02-07
Box 1 Hamlet Grand Opera 1881-02-25
Box 1 In Southern Seas Grand Opera 1881-02-28
Box 1 Photos Grand Opera 1881-03-14
Box 1 Salviati Grand Opera 1881-03-28
Box 1 Billee Taylor Grand Opera 1881-04-04
Box 1 Billee Taylor Grand Opera 1881-04-04
Box 1 Olivette Grand Opera 1881-04-25
Box 1 Our Goblins Grand Opera 1881-05-07
Box 1 Tutor, The Grand Opera 1881-05-09
Box 1 Felicia Grand Opera 1881-09-05
Box 1 Mascotte, The Grand Opera 1881-10-27
Box 1 Olivette Grand Opera 1881-10-31
Box 1 Fanchette Grand Opera 1881-12-11
Box 1 Diplomacy Grand Opera 1881-12-22
Box 1 Interviews Grand Opera 1881-12-28
Box 1 Musketeers, The Grand Opera 1882-01-16.1
Box 1 Mascotte, The Grand Opera 1882-01-16.2
Box 1 Donna Juanita Grand Opera 1882-01-17
Box 1 La Grande Duchess Grand Opera 1882-01-26
Box 1 Olivette Grand Opera 1882-02-15
Box 1 Chimes of Normandy Grand Opera 1882-02-17
Box 1 My Sweetheart Grand Opera 1882-02-27
Box 1 Jarvis Section Grand Opera 1882-03-13
Box 1 Youth Grand Opera 1882-03-20
Box 1 Musketeers, The Grand Opera 1882-04-19
Box 1 Patience Grand Opera 1882-04-28
Box 1 Snake Charmer, The Grand Opera 1882-05-15
Box 1 Passing Regiment, The Grand Opera 1882-06-12
Box 1 Needles and Pins Grand Opera 1882-07-08
Box 1 Maritana Grand Opera 1882-08-08
Box 1 Hamlet Grand Opera 1882-10-16
Box 1 Outlaw, The Grand Opera 1882-12-11
Box 1 Adrienne Lecouvreur Grand Opera 1883-03-09
Box 1 Heart and Hand Grand Opera 1883-03-12
Box 1 Adventuress, The Grand Opera1883-03-05

Haverly’s Theatre

Box 2 Humpty Dumpty Haverly's 1879-12-01
Box 2 Revels Haverly's 1879-12-22
Box 2 Revels Haverly's 1879-12-29
Box 2 La Grande Duchesse Haverly's 1880-02-03
Box 2 My Partner Haverly's 1880-02-09
Box 2 La Marjolaine Haverly's 1880-02-27
Box 2 Pirates of Penzance Haverly's 1880-03-01
Box 2 Galley Slave, The Haverly's 1880-03-15
Box 2 Hobbies Haverly's 1880-04-04
Box 2 Enchantment Haverly's 1880-04-05
Box 2 Tourists, The Haverly's 1880-04-25
Box 2 Various Acts Haverly's 1880-06-09
Box 2 Pirates of Penzance Haverly's 1880-06-14
Box 2 Arabian Night, An Haverly's 1880-06-28
Box 2 Royal Middy Haverly's 1880-07-05
Box 2 Royal Middy Haverly's 1880-07-12
Box 2 Wives Haverly's 1880-07-20
Box 2 French Flats Haverly's 1880-08-02
Box 2 False Friend, The Haverly's 1880-08-09
Box 2 Virginius Haverly's 1880-10-04
Box 2 King Lear Haverly's 1880-10-08
Box 2 Around the World in 80 Days Haverly's 1880-11-08
Box 2 La Fille du Tambour Major Haverly's 1880-11-22
Box 2 Carmen Haverly's 1880-12-18.1
Box 2 Carmen Haverly's 1880-12-18.2
Box 2 New Evangeline Haverly's 1880-12-27
Box 2 Haverly's New Mastadon Minstrels Haverly's 1881-01-17
Box 2 Don Giovanni Haverly's 1881-02-09
Box 2 Widow Bedott Haverly's 1881-03-28
Box 2 Forget-Me-Not Haverly's 1881-04-08
Box 2 Various Acts Haverly's 1881-04-17
Box 2 Louis XI Haverly's 1881-04-18
Box 2 Patience Haverly's 1881-11-21
Box 2 Royal Middy, The Haverly's 1881-12-10
Box 2 Patience Haverly's 1881-12-13
Box 2 Original United Mastodon Minstrels Haverly's 1881-12-29
Box 2 Old Shipmates Haverly's 1882-01-11
Box 2 My Partner Haverly's 1882-03-19
Box 2 Forbidden Fruit Haverly's 1882-04-10

Hooley’s Theatre

Box 3 Wolfert's Roost Hooley's 1879-12-01
Box 3 Col. Sellers Hooley's 1879-12-13
Box 3 Kerry Gow, The Hooley's 1879-12-22
Box 3 Banker's Daughter, The Hooley's 1880-01-05
Box 3 Hobbies Hooley's 1880-01-26
Box 3 Crushed Tragedian, The Hooley's 1880-02-12
Box 3 Little Barefoot Hooley's 1880-03-03
Box 3 Our School Days Hooley's 1880-03-29
Box 3 Sharps and Flats Hooley's 1880-04-05
Box 3 Dr. Clyde Hooley's 1880-05-24
Box 3 Victims of Faro Hooley's 1880-05-31
Box 3 Shaun Rhue Hooley's 1880-06-28
Box 3 Lawn-Tennis Hooley's 1880-11-01
Box 3 Idle Hours Hooley's 1880-11-17
Box 3 Dreams Hooley's 1880-11-22
Box 3 Hobbies Hooley's 1881-01-03
Box 3 My Geraldine Hooley's 1881-02-07.1
Box 3 My Geraldine Hooley's 1881-02-07.2
Box 3 Brook, The Hooley's 1881-03-07
Box 3 Love at School Hooley's 1881-05-09
Box 3 Mulligan Guard's Nominee, The Hooley's 1881-06-06
Box 3 Dreams Hooley's 1881-09-28

McVicker’s Theater, Olympic Theatre

Box 4 Engaged McVicker's 1880-05-10
Box 4 Humpty Dumpty McVicker's 1880-05-24
Box 4 Spectre Knight, The McVicker's 1880-06-14
Box 4 Boccaccio McVicker's 1880-06-21
Box 4 Fatinitza McVicker's 1880-07-05
Box 4 All the Rage McVicker's 1880-08-09
Box 4 Joshua Whitcomb McVicker's 1880-09-27
Box 4 Lady of Lyons McVicker's 1880-10-20
Box 4 Our Goblins McVicker's 1880-10-25
Box 4 Otto, A German McVicker's 1880-11-01
Box 4 Gentleman from Nevada, A McVicker's 1880-11-08
Box 4 Hazel Kirke McVicker's 1880-11-15
Box 4 Edgewood Folks McVicker's 1880-11-29
Box 4 100 Wives McVicker's 1880-11-22
Box 4 Rivals McVicker's 1880-12-06
Box 4 Rip Van Winkle McVicker's 1880-12-13
Box 4 Herrmann McVicker's 1880-12-20
Box 4 Two Nights in Rome McVicker's 1881-01-03
Box 4 Adrienne Lecouvreur McVicker's 1881-01-10
Box 4 Camille McVicker's 1881-01-13
Box 4 Hernani McVicker's 1881-01-20
Box 4 Sam'l of Posen McVicker's 1881-01-24
Box 4 Olivette McVicker's 1881-01-31
Box 4 Emigrants McVicker's 1881-02-14
Box 4 Eminent Italian Tragedian, Salvini McVicker's 1881-02-21
Box 4 Othello McVicker's 1881-02-21
Box 4 Guv'nor, The McVicker's 1881-02-22
Box 4 Gladiator, The McVicker's 1881-02-24
Box 4 Little Nell and the Marchioness McVicker's 1881-03-14
Box 4 La Juive McVicker's 1881-03-22
Box 4 Faust McVicker's 1881-03-23
Box 4 Hazel Kirke McVicker's 1881-05-16
Box 4 Olivette McVicker's 1881-0530
Box 4 Belles of the Kitchen McVicker's 1881-06-06
Box 4 Various Acts Olympic 1882-02-06
Box 4 Muldoon's Pic-Nic Olympic undated

Scrapbook

EBG/SB: 19 As You Like It McVicker’s 1880-04-05
EBG/SB: 128 Calino Haverly’s 1880-12-19
EBG/SB: 126 Carmen Haverly’s 1880-11-29
EBG/SB: 101 Cigale Olympic 1880-08-03
EBG/SB: 70 Concert: Apollo Club (The Creation) Central Music Hall 1880-05-27
EBG/SB: 83 Concerts: Baum’s Garden Baum’s Garden 1880-08-12
EBG/SB: 85 Concerts: Baum’s Garden Baum’s Garden 1880-08-06
EBG/SB: 87 Concerts: Baum’s Garden Baum’s Garden 1880-08-20
EBG/SB: 89-94 Concerts: Baum’s Garden Baum’s Garden 1880-08-30
EBG/SB: 53 Concert: Charles Nitsche Kirchhoff’s Music Hall 1879-11-12
EBG/SB: 61 Concert: Emma Thursby and Ole Bull Central Music Hall 1880-05-21
EBG/SB: 68 Concert: Emma Thursby and Ole Bull Central Music Hall 1880-05-21
EBG/SB: 82 Concert: Germania Mannerchor Baum’s Pavillon 1880-08-11
EBG/SB: 72 Concert: Litta Company Central Music Hall 1880-11-25
EBG/SB: 64 Concert: Mendelssohn Quinette Club and Abbie Carrington Central Music Hall 1880-03-29
EBG/SB: 76, 78 Concert: Mendelssohn Quinette Club and Abbie Carrington Central Music Hall 1880-04-10
EBG/SB: 38-40 Cymbeline McVicker’s 1879-12-15
EBG/SB: 124 Damon and Pythias Haverly’s 1879-09-28
EBG/SB: 125 The Danicheffs Haverly’s 1880-08-02
EBG/SB: 116 Davy Crockett Haverly’s 1880-05-15
EBG/SB: 1 Drink McVicker’s 1880-01-19
EBG/SB: 23 Dundreary’s Brother Sam McVicker’s 1880-04-12
EBG/SB: 108 East Lynne Olympic 1880-07-10
EBG/SB: 113, 121 The False Friend Haverly’s 1880-08-14
EBG/SB: 117 French Flats Haverly’s 1880-08-02
EBG/SB : 66 Frog Opera Central Music Hall 1880 05-18
EBG/SB: 27 Fun on the Bristol McVicker’s 1880-04-20
EBG/SB: 122 The Galley Slave Haverly’s 1880-03-17
EBG/SB: 55-60 HMS Pinafore Central Music Hall 1880-06-12
EBG/SB: 119 Haverly’s United Mastodon Minstrels Haverly’s 1880-05-19
EBG/SB: 5 Herrman (magician) McVicker’s 1880-02-14
EBG/SB: 120 Horrors Havery’s 1881-02-13
EBG/SB: 106 In Trust Olympic 1880-07-01
EBG/SB: 15 Jane Shore McVicker’s 1880-03-29
EBG/SB: 51 Joshua Whitcomb McVicker’s 1879-09-01
EBG/SB: 13 Lady Clantary McVicker’s 1880-03-22
EBG/SB: 29 Lady Jane Grey McVicker’s 1879-11-06
EBG/SB: 11 The Little Detective McVicker’s 1880-03-15
EBG/SB: 112 London Assurance Haverly’s 1879-11-30
EBG/SB: 44-46 The Mighty Dollar McVicker’s 1879-12-22
EBG/SB: 49 A Million McVicker’s 1879-12-29
EBG/SB: 34 M’Liss McVicker’s 1879-12-01
EBG/SB: 17 Much Ado About Nothing McVicker’s 1880-04-05
EBG/SB: 9 Musette McVicker’s 1880-03-20
EBG/SB: 21 Our American Cousin McVicker’s 1880-04-12
EBG/SB: 3 Our German Senator McVicker’s 1880-02-02
EBG/SB : 80 Palestine Arabs (lecture/demonstration) Central Music Hall 1881-01-13
EBG/SB: 118, 127 Pirates of Penzance Haverly’s 1881-01-12
EBG/SB: 42 Romeo and Juliet McVicker’s 1879-12-13
EBG/SB: 95-97 The Royal Banquet (prospectus) Hershey Music Hall 1880-08-16
EBG/SB: 114-115 The Royal Middy Haverly’s 1880-07-18
EBG/SB: 31 Sleepy Hollow McVicker’s 1879-11-18
EBG/SB: 32 Sleepy Hollow McVicker’s 1879-11-17
EBG/SB: 25 The Strategists McVicker’s 1880-04-19
EBG/SB: 99 Tortured to Death Olympic 1880-06-26
EBG/SB: 123 Tourists in the Pullman Palace Car Haverly’s 1880-04-25
EBG/SB: 36 Twelfth Night McVicker’s 1879-12-09
EBG/SB: 7 Two Mothers McVicker’s 1880-03-08
EBG/SB: 103 (Variety) Olympic 1880-02-23
EBG/SB: 104 (Variety) Olympic 1879-11-24
EBG/SB: 110 (Variety) : Rentz-Santley Novelty Company Haverly’s 1880-06-03
EBG/SB: 111 (Variety) : Tony Pastor’s New Company Haverly’s 1880-06-23
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