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Finding Aid

George Walter Grill Chautauqua Collection
MsC 150.21
Collection Dates: 1907-1932
0.5 linear ft.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Acquisition and Processing Information: Collection donated by Mary P. Anderson, October 2010

Photographs: None









Scope and Contents

A file folder of correspondence under George Walter Grill's name, dated 1915, was present in the Agents/Employees series of the Records of the Redpath Chautauqua Bureau, MsC 150, when a package of material related to Grill was received from Mary Anderson. Included are items from the three Chautauqua bureaus Grill was employed by, including Chautauqua programs, articles, correspondence, circuits, forms, and postcards.

Biographical Note

George Walter Grill attended Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota, graduating in 1911. During college vacations, as indicated by his 1909 contract, he worked on the Chautauqua circuit as a crew man. Beginning in 1911, Grill worked for three different bureaus as an advance man during the regular season: Vawter-Redpath in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from 1911-1914; Alkahest Lyceum System in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1914-1915 season; Coit-Alber from December 1915-1917. According to correspondence in the collection, Grill was married and eventually the father of two children.

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


Alkahest Lyceum: booklet, notebook

Alkahest Lyceum: talent, talent prices, town bookings, 1914-1916

Alkahest Lyceum: tickets, blank forms, form letters, press releases

Articles: reprints on Chautauqua and Lyceum

Chautauqua programs, 1908-1915

    Fulton, Missouri, August 19-25, [1908]   

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa, June 30-July 6, 1913

    Lisbon, Iowa, July 29-August 2, 1913

    Sumter, South Carolina, May 10-16, 1914

    Conway, Arkansas, June 26-July 1, 1914

    Huron, Ohio, August 19-24, 1914

    Walker, Iowa, August 21-25, 1914

    Alkahest Lyceum Course, 1914-1915 (2 copies)

    Rocky Mount, North Carolina, April 27-May 4, 1915

    Ellendale, North Dakota, July 2-6, 1915

    Nevada, Iowa, July 29-August2, 1915

    Mt. Vernon, S.D., June 29-July 3, 1915

    Edina, Missouri, July 28-August 3, 1915

    Sioux Falls, South Dakota, July 3-July 9, 1915

    Alkahest Chautauqua and Festival Circuit, late spring and summer of 1915

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa, July 5-11, 19--


Coit-Alber: Circuits, instructions

Coit-Alber Efficiency Convention, 1916

Coit-Alber: Talent, talent prices, 1915-1917

Coit-Alber: tickets, blank forms, form letters

Correspondence removed from Redpath Chautauqua files, 1915

Correspondence, 1907-1932

Miscellaneous: blank forms, Lyceum code

National Lyceum Association, 1913-1914

Piedmont Lyceum Association

Postcards: Chautauqua scenes

Redpath-Vawter: contracts, ticket sales, vesper service, banquet program (1912)

Redpath-Vawter: megaphone advertisement

Redpath-Vawter: talent, talent prices, town bookings, 1913-1915

Redpath-Vawter: tickets, blank forms, stationery, envelopes, etc.

Talent: typed briefs