Collection 011The Lester Donahue Performing Arts Collection
The Lester Donahue Performing Arts Collection (ca. 1871- ca. 1963) is part of the holdings of the Department of Archives and Special Collections in the William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University. The collection is open to all researchers who are willing to comply with the rules of the Department of Archives and Special Collections.
The collection consist of hundreds of autographed editions of biographies and autobiographies of theater and film personalities from the 1880-90s to the 1950s; emphasis on artists of 1910-1930. Several boxes of playbills, programs, and clippings accompany this group.
The collection also contains a substantial amount of material pertaining to Madame Helena Modjeska, the nineteenth-century actress who immigrated from Poland to the Orange County area in 1876 and became a star of theater in the United States. Modjeska materials include books, photographs, letters, playbills, scrapbooks, typescript biographies, and several artifacts belonging to the actress. See: Series One: Clippings, box 3, folder 171. Series Two: Programs, Box 5, folders 24, 42, and 43; box 6, folder 62; box 14ov, folder 8. Series Five: Portraits, Subseries B: Helena Modjeska; Series Seven: Music Box 9ov, folders 1 and 2. Series Eight: Scrapbooks Series. Nine: Artifacts, Box 12ov, folders 13-16.
The collection is divided into the following series and subseries. To access PDFs with indices to the holdings of the collection, click on the links:
Series one: clippings
Subseries A: People
Subseries B: Miscellaneous
Series Two: Programs
Series Three: Serials
Series Four: Book Jackets
Series five: portraits
Subseries A: General
Subseries B: Helena Modjeska
Series Six: Lester Donahue Papers
Series Seven: Music
Series Eight: Scrapbooks
Series Nine: Artifacts
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