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German Plays:

A Preliminary Inventory of the Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: German Plays
Title: German Plays Collection
Dates: circa 1870-1910 (bulk 1875-1900)
Extent: 47 document boxes (19.74 linear feet)
Abstract: The German Plays Collection, circa 1870-1910 (bulk 1875-1900), documents the achievements of the German stage from the pre-unification period to the golden age of middlebrow amusement and diversion during the first decade of the twentieth century.
Call Number: Performing Arts Collection PA-00037
Language: German
Access: Open for research. Part or all of this collection is housed off-site and may require up to three business days notice for access in the Ransom Center’s Reading and Viewing Room. Please contact the Center before requesting this material: reference@hrc.utexas.edu



Acquisition: Gift of E. Raba, 1948; transferred to Harry Ransom Center from University Archives in 1965
Processed by: Jennifer Moore, 2001; William Grange, 2003; Kevin O’Sullivan, 2010; Grace Hansen, 2016
Repository:

The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center


The German Plays Collection, circa 1870-circa 1910 (bulk 1875-1900), documents the achievements of the German stage from the pre-unification period to the golden age of middlebrow amusement and diversion during the first decade of the twentieth century. The collection was transferred to the Ransom Center from the University of Texas at Austin Archives in 1965 and consists of printed plays, actors’ sides, theatrical catalogs, and song books. Most material is in German. The collection is ordered alphabetically by title, with the names of playwrights included in the folder list.
A number of well-known German authors are well represented in the collection including Charlotte Birch-Pfeiffer, Roderich Benedix, Ludwig Angely, David Kalisch, Adolph L’Arronge, Julius Rosen, Gustav von Moser, Franz von Schönthan, Oskar Blumenthal, Gustav Kadelburg, Carl Laufs, Oskar Walther, and Leo Stein.

The Ransom Center also holds the Conrad Seidemann collection of German plays.