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Theatre Magazine Ephemera Collection

Identifier: MS-0499

Scope and Contents

The Theatre Magazine Ephemera Collection includes a full run of Theatre Magazine, documenting theatre from 1901-1931. However, the collection consists of only front covers of the magazine, as well as a few advertisements and fashion style pages.


  • 1901-1931


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

Historical Note

During the 1900’s, theatre was the most popular form of entertainment in New York and other major cities. One of the first magazines dedicated to theatre was Our Players Magazine, founded by Lois and Paul Meyer and later renamed The Theatre in May, 1901. At the time, many individuals in the publishing industry were experimenting with different forms and styles to capture the art of theatre. The Theatre changed its name again in August 1917 to Theatre Magazine.

Theatre Magazine was well known because of the contributions of respectable actors and screenwriters. It included interviews with well-known actors, playwrights and critics, and displayed fashion styles from each play. The magazine also included summaries of plays as well as photographs to capture the attention of the general public. When film and radio developed, the magazine embraced these too by adding new sections to the magazine. Above all, advertising was a major part of the magazine. Every product was featured in its role in "a night out at the theatre." Products advertised included cigarettes, Lincoln automobiles, beauty products, and restaurants that were near the theatre. The magazine’s last issue was April, 1931.


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Repository Details

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