Performing Arts

Tulane University has long fostered the arts in New Orleans, and from its founding, the Tulane Manuscripts Department has documented the ways in which New Orleanians express themselves through music, theater, and dance. The following is a selection of the Tulane Manuscripts Department's more significant holdings pertaining to music, theater, and dance.

  • Musica da Camera records (manuscripts collection 836) 1966-1991; .5 linear feet. Programs, newsletters, and other records of a New Orleans early-music ensemble specializing in performing music of the Medieval and Early Baroque periods.
  • Volunteer Committee of the New Orleans Symphony (manuscripts collection 946) 1946 – present; 15 linear feet (2 records boxes and 47 volumes). Scrapbooks, minute books, financial records, and other documents of the Volunteer Committee of the New Orleans Symphony. The organization was formerly called the Women’s Committee and it continues today as a support group for the Louisiana Philharmonic under the name "Symphony Volunteers, Inc."
  • Eleanor P. Thompson collection (manuscripts collection 61); collection, 1876-1917. New Orleans concert programs and sheet music.
  • Henry P. Wehrmann collection, Manuscripts Collection 873; Wehrmann, Henry P. 1870-1956; Papers, 1868-1951, 5 linear feet (two records boxes and two artifacts boxes). Notes on New Orleans theater and opera, manuscript sheet music, published sheet music, business correspondence, programs, photos, scrapbooks, booklets, and newsclippings of Henry P. Wehrmann, violinist, composer, singer, and teacher.
  • Albert L. Voss collection, Manuscripts Collection 856; Voss, Albert L. 1888-1964; Collection, 1843-1990, 10 linear feet (15 manuscripts boxes, 3 oversize boxes, 1 records box). Programs, scrapbooks, cast lists, clippings, photographs, and correspondence pertaining to New Orleans musical and theatrical performances between 1843 and 1990. Includes some miscellaneous music programs from areas outside New Orleans.
  • Leon R. Maxwell collection, Manuscripts Collection 62; 1181 pieces, 1870-1957. Letters, papers, concert programs, magazines, scrapbooks, and souvenirs of Maxwell and his wife, Ruth Nottage Maxwell. Primarily pertains to New Orleans music and to Newcomb College, Tulane University.
  • Simon Family papers, Manuscripts Collection 708, 1840-1960, 400 pieces. Includes clippings, receipts, and advertisements for the "Suburban Gardens," a nightclub run by Alvin Simon.
  • William P. and Alger Lancaster papers, Manuscripts Collection 767, 1892-1965, 111 items. Business and personal papers of William P. Lancaster, music teacher in Monticello, Arkansas, 1892-1898, and Alger Lancaster, manager of "Lasses" White Minstrels and of several theaters in New Orleans. Includes theatrical promotional material.
  • Giuseppi Ferrata (1865-1928) papers (1884-1925); Manuscripts Collection 773, ca 1,100 pieces. Chiefly personal and professional correspondence of the Italian-born composer, pianist, and educator who founded the Newcomb College Piano Department in 1909 and taught at the school until his death in 1928. Includes some music programs and original music manuscripts.
  • Virginia Downman Kock ( 1935-1995) papers, Manuscripts Collection 917. Copies of music, placement tests, quizzes, final exams, and other classroom handouts used by the University of New Orleans musicologist. Also includes reports and musical analyses.
  • Cerou (Chevalier de) L'Amant auteur et valet, 1740; 1 volume, B 306. Typewritten copy of play, with introductory notes by A. G. Sanders.
  • Margarete Bieber (1879-1976) papers (1907-1974), Manuscripts Collection 410; ca. 25 linear feet. Papers of classicist, art historian, and author. Includes professional papers on Greek theater.
  • Albert Valentine Veazie (1879-1917) scrapbook and 4 folders (1897-1913); Manuscripts Collections 840 (3). Actor and stage manager New Orleans, Nashville, New York and with touring companies. Includes programs, clippings, photos, property plots and telegrams.
  • Rogers Family papers (1831-1959; bulk 1908-1911), Manuscripts Collection 725, 35 linear feet. Includes a collection of 19th century theatrical playbills.
  • Theater scrapbook (1902-1916), Manuscripts Collection 816. Programs and clippings on operas and musical recitals from various theaters in New Orleans, especially the Cresent Theater, French Opera House, Athenaeum, Tulane Theater, Dauphine Theater, Greenwall Theater, and the Lafeyette Theater.
  • Louis Tabary letter, 1805, mentioning plans and proposals to build a new theater in New Orleans. In French.
  • Theater scrapbook (1905-1908), Manuscripts Collection 840 (1). Clippings and playbills concerning theatrical productions in New Orleans, particularly at the Tulane Theater. Of note are Tulane Alumni Association productions for 1907 and 1908 and a 1905 performance of The Clansman.
  • Louis Placide Canonge (1822-1893) collection (1890, 1941, n.d.); 5 items, Manuscripts Collection 738. Two manuscripts of his plays, Un Grand d'Espagne, third act and Le Comte de Carmagnola first act. Also a translation of Rigoletto attributed to Canonge; and other materials.
  • Theater scrapbook (1900-1901), 1 volume, Manuscripts Collection B 291. Clippings about actors and singers who performed with stock companies in New Orleans, particularly the Baldwin-Melville Company, Grand Opera, Metropolitan English Opera, and Olympia Opera Company.