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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

 

Musicals

122 productions 157 microfiche

 

Modern European Drama

166 productions 176 microfiche

 

Shakespeare

31 productions 38 microfiche

 

O'Neill

16 productions 17 microfiche

 

Expressionist Theater

15 productions 16 microfiche

 

Landmarks in American Stage Design

78 productions 94 microfiche

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