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Finding Aid

Lincoln Chautauqua Bureau Materials
MsC 150.14
Collection Dates: 1906-1917
0.5 linear feet

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Acquisition and Processing Information: Received as part of the Redpath Lyceum Records. Finding aid created March 2008.

Photographs: none



Lincoln Chautauqua ticket






Scope and Contents

The material in this collection consists of tickets, postcards, pamphlets, handbooks, programs, newspaper clippings, reports, advertising copies, stock subscription blanks, and all matter of forms relating to the creation and maintenance of the Lincoln Chautauquas. In addition, a few items are here from the Lincoln Temperance Chautauqua, based in Illinois.

Historical Note

Founded in 1905 by Alonzo E. Wilson, the Lincoln Chautauqua Bureau operated out of Chicago. In 1917, there were two circuit chautauquas operated by Wilson under the banner of Lincoln Chautauquas: the National Lincoln Chautauqua System out of Chicago and Lincoln Chautauquas out of Atlanta, Georgia. WIlson remained president of both.

Related Materials

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

Box Contents List

Box 1

Tickets: 1907, 1908,1911-1915




Lincoln Chautauqua handbook

Pamphlet, "Benefits of a Chautauqua"

Pioneer Circuit Chautauqua pamphlet, "What Business Men Say About Us"

Employee's Handbook, 1914

Chautauqua "Workers Hand Book 1912"

Box 2

Programs: 1913-1911; 1913-1915

Chautauqua Vesper Service



Box 3

Folder 1: Newspaper clippings

Folder 2: Contract forms (tent managers, cities/towns, field representative; platform superintendent, talent, etc.); diagram of seat specifications for tent seating and platform; applications for employment; tags; postcards; letter samples for advertising; requisition sheets; copies of form letters.

Folder 3: Forms: Superintendent; advance agent's reports; advertising department; assistant superintendent; tent manager; application for employment; supply order form.

Folder 4:Chautauqua posters and ads; financial reports, 1913, 1914; stock subscription blanks; forms (committee men's reports; stock receipts; application for Junior Chautauqua director; weekly report of same); lists of circuits and crews, talent and employees; Junior Chautauqua (letter, schedule, suggested songs, games, etc.)

Folder 5: Forms; Circuit numbers and schedules; personnel

Folder 6: Suggestions to talent; newspaper advertising copies on various circuits and their talent.

Box 4

Miscellaneous ledger pages, undated.