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Creator Madison Theatre Guild (Wis.)
Title Madison Theatre Guild scrapbooks
Dates of Creation 1940-1978, 2007
Physical Description 7 flat archives boxes.
Language of Material English
Scope & Content The Madison Theatre Guild Scrapbooks consist of clippings, photographs, programs, correspondence, a charter membership list, scripts, ticket booklets, circulars, and advertisements documenting the activities of the Madison Theatre Guild for the years 1946-1978. Also included are several essays detailing the history of the formation of the group by Julia Hanks Mailer, and one by Nina Brinton on the Madison Civic Theatre (1940), the precursor of the Guild. Included in the histories are lists of officers, play directors, and a seasonal list of playbills. A 2007 news clipping concerns the extreme financial problems faced by the organization.

An inventory exists for this collection. Online users please see Inventory below. In-house users please click on the Custom button at the right to go to the Inventory field.Gift of the Madison Theatre Guild via Julia H. Mailer, 1972 and 1978. (accession numbers 72.005 and 78.018)
Admin/Biographical History The Madison Theatre Guild was formed in April 1946. Many charter members had been previously involved with the Madison Civic Theatre group or other shorter-lived organizations. The group immediately sought and received sponsorship from the Recreation Division of the Madison, Wis. Board of Education. The Board paid the theater director's salary, provided the use of East and West High School's auditoriums for productions, and gave the group a loan of $500 for start-up costs. Fred Buerki was elected the first president, and Julia Hanks Mailer was elected the first secretary. The first season included three plays under the guidance of the first director, Mrs. Nancy Eichsteadt, including "The Late George Apley", "Alice in Wonderland", and "Mr. and Mrs. North". The group was so successful in its first few years that additional plays and performance times were added. In the 1955-6 season, they staged their first musical, "Brigadoon". Attendance and participation continued to rise, and now the Madison Theatre Guild is the oldest active community theater organization in Madison, Wis.

The mission statement of the Madison Theatre Guild as of 2006 is as follows:
"To provide accessible, moderately priced theatrical entertainment of the highest quality.
To provide opportunities for all who are interested to participate in all areas of theatre production.
To offer to the community diverse, stimulating, educational, and challenging productions.
To provide training and mentorship in the theatrical arts in an inclusive, welcoming, and responsible environment."
Archival History Gift of the Madison Theatre Guild via Julia H. Mailer, 1972 and 1978. (accession numbers 72.005 and 78.018)
People Mailer, Julia Hanks
Brinton, Nina
Subjects Theatrical productions
Drama clubs
Places1 Madison (Wis.)
Institutions1 Madison Theatre Guild (Wis.)
Object Name Scrapbooks
Other Creators Mailer, Julia H.
Brinton, Nina
Call Number ARM 72-02
Catalog ID Number 1972.005.0001
Collection Inventory Box 1 Volume 1: Scrapbook, 1946-1948
Box 2 Volume 2: Scrapbook, 1948-1949
Box 3 Volume 3: Scrapbook, 1949-1953
Original Volume 4: Missing
Box 4 Volume 5: Scrapbook, 1963-1964
Box 5 Volume 6: Scrapbook, 1968-1971
Box 4 Volume 7: Scrapbook, 1971-1974
Box 6 Volume 8: Scrapbook, 1974-1978
Box 7 Volume 9: Photograph Scrapbook, 1968-1978
Box 4Folder 1: Essays, Constitutions, Lists of officers and plays, 2007 news clipping