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Carl Backman Chautauqua Collection

Identifier: MsC0150.06

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Scope and Contents

The Carl E. Backman collection is composed of a variety of materials about the Chautauqua circuits. Many are specific to the Redpath Bureau, but other lyceum bureaus are also represented. Included are financial papers, correspondence, playbills, talent lists, and more. One item of note is a Gallery of Players published in 1894 which contains many full page photographs of prominent talents of the time, not all actors who appeared on the Chautauqua circuits. There is also a collection of materials related to Gay MacLaren which includes correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings and some writings. Gay McLaren photographs. Will be removed to her talent series in MsC0150. Brochures, correspondence, minutes of stockholders meetings.

There's an inventory at L:\librarydata\special collections\Large Collections\Chautauqua_Traveling_Culture\Mini-collections


  • Creation: 1894-1960


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.


1.50 Linear Feet (Photographs: Box 1, 3)

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Photographs, brochures, correspondence, financial papers, and brochures from several chautauquas.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Carl Backman.

Related Materials

Records of the Redpath Lyceum Bureau, MsC 150. Please note the list of additional small collections of Chautauqua material at the end of the Redpath finding aid.

Elizabeth Roberts 2007
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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