Historic Scenic Collection

The Historic Scenic Collection contains the scenes, costumes, maquettes, and other archival material of the Chicago Civic Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The archival materials date from 1865 to 2012, but predominately features the productions of the Chicago Civic Opera for the years of 1910 to 1931. Particularly noteworthy are the 179 production notebooks that reflect the productions of 77 operas in great detail. The collection also contains programs, photographs, touring information, drawings, inventory records and funding lists, correspondence, expense records, design plates, pictorial source materials, and ephemera.

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