Max Meier Papers

Dates: 1906-1947
Size: .25 linear feet
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: SPE: Archives_CTC_MMP
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Max Meier Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library

Scope and Content

In 1947 Max Meier exhibited his collection of Chicago playbills, programs, and scrapbooks at the Chicago Public Library. A Chicago native, Meier was a contributor to the Chicago Tribune “Line O’ Type” column and an avid theatre-goer. This small body of material documents the exhibit through photographs and clippings, as well as contains several examples of Meier’s correspondence, including a letter from Trixie Friganza.

Within this collection there is a small batch of material from a Frances Braasch of 5164 West Montrose. These items relate to a Minna Bobene or a Minna Kraftthefer at 205 Evanston Avenue and include a postcard from Countess Olga Von Hatzfeldt, stationery from Ned Wayburn’s Jockey Club, and a receipt from Chicago Musical College signed by Florenz Ziegfeld, Sr. The letter from Frances Braasch indicates her father’s ‘people’ were with the Stock Company at the Bismark Gardens.

Container List

Box 1 Folder 1 Misc. Clippings from Meier’s collection
Box 1 Folder 2 Undated clippings from ‘A Line O’ Type’
Box 1 Folder 3 Clippings from ‘The Theatre of Forty Years Ago’ exhibit at Chicago Public Library, 1947
Box 1 Folder 4 Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 5 Index to a scrapbook (whereabouts unknown)
Box 1 Folder 6 Program from At the World’s Mercy at the Criterion, 1906
Box 1 Folder 7 Program from Orpheum - Vaudeville, 1907
Box 1 Folder 8 Program from Julius Caesar at the Erlanger, March 7, 1938
Box 1 Folder 9 Program from You Can’t Take it With You at the Harris, January 2, 1937
Box 1 Folder 10 Program from You Never Know at the Grand Opera House, June 21, 1938
Box 1 Folder 11 Program from The Sea Gull at the Erlanger, January 9, 1939
Box 1 Folder 12 Misc. Programs - not Chicago
Box 1 Folder 13 Misc. Photographs from ‘The Theatre of Forty Years Ago’
Box 1 Folder 14 Items from Frances Braasch (10 items), 1869-1911
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