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26,000 photographs from the Vandamm Collection in The New York Public Library, Library and Museum of the Performing Arts.
"There was hardly a Broadway show or star she did not shoot from the Barrymores to Bobby Clark."
New York Times, March 16, 1966
Founder and proprietor with her husband of the Vandamm Studio, Florence Vandamm Thomas was described by one of her obituarists as 'Broadway's greatest theatrical photographer.' A Vandamm photo call became a New York theatre tradition with Florence Vandamm seeing the play several times in rehearsal before taking the photographs to be used for publicity.
The high technical quality of the studio's large-format photography together with the Vandamms' intuitive understanding of 'theatre' make this collection by far the most important visual record of the New York theatre in the twentieth century. Every famous name from the American stage is there.
877 microfiche with handlist and card catalog
Handlist of Stage Productions in the Vandamm Collection
1981 37pp. 210x148mm paperbound
ISBN 0 85964 126 0
Card Catalog to New York Theater 1919-1961
37 microfiche in binder
The following are sets selected from the complete collection:
Great American Drama
74 productions 87 microfiche
122 productions 157 microfiche
Modern European Drama
166 productions 176 microfiche
31 productions 38 microfiche
16 productions 17 microfiche
15 productions 16 microfiche
Landmarks in American Stage Design
78 productions 94 microfiche
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