Hartman Theatre Collection

Hartman Theatre Collection:

This part of the collection consists of 24 boxes of scrapbooks, programs, photographs and other materials from this major touring house.

See also the Hartman's scrapbooks, cataloged separately under titles:

Hartman Stock Company's scrapbook


Hartman Theatre Company scrapbook

Hartman Theatre opened Nov. 11, 1911, in Columbus, Ohio, under the management of L.M. Boda, who was influential in the design of its extremely large stage and wide house. Successive managements include Robert F. Boda, J. Real Neth, Will D. Harris, Harry Schwartz, A.L. Cooper, Mrs. Lydia A. Boda, and Danny Deeds. Hartman Theatre has been the busiest and most important theatre in central Ohio. From its opening until 1968, except for a period of darkness between 1963-1964, the Hartman has made professional theatre available to the Ohio audience. Many of the greatest stars of the American stage and movie appeared there. The theatre was also home to several stock companies, and for many years hosted the Theatre Guild subscription series. The theatre was demolished in 1971.

The collection includes scrapbooks (housed and cataloged separately at the item level), programs, photographs, newspaper clippings, theatre reviews, biographies, promotional materials, press releases. Photo subjects include: Judith Anderson, Tallulah Bankhead, Joe E. Brown, Lon Chaney, Katharine Cornell, Edward G. Robinson (autographed photograph), José Ferrer, Henry Fonda, Helen Hayes, Paulette Goddard, Uta Hagen, Anthony Quinn, Diana Barrymore, Elia Kazan, Tyrone Guthrie, Ralph Bellamy, Joseph Schildkraut, Deborah Kerr, Katharine Hepburn, William Prince, Ernest Thesiger, Joan Fontaine, John Gielgud, Eileen Heckart, Olivia De Havilland, Jane Fonda, Kurt Weill, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Fredeic March, Eva Le Gallienne, Mae West, Agnes De Mille, Buster Keaton (autographed photograph), dancers and choreographers from Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and others. Included in the collection is also a drawer containing 4 oversized photographs, a poster, and the plan of the theatre.

Collection number: SPEC.TRI.HAR.
For research use in the library only.
Card-file finding aid in the library.