From the Archives: Event Programs as a Source of Historical Information

Event Program 1922

Event Program 1922

One of the larger group of historic materials housed in the Archives is the event program collection (1914 – present).  The event programs are a snapshot in time, providing valuable historical information.  They often contain photos of the grounds and buildings, members of the board of directors and officers of an auxiliary.  Articles about our founding and our work at the time may be included as well.  The material also tells us what type of event was popular for fundraising purposes while the ads tell us who our supporters were.  The bulk of the collection contains programs from events held in Los Angeles, but there are also materials from cities like Chicago and Philadelphia.

The 1922 program (cover art pictured here) was produced as a souvenir for the Sanatorium Concert held at the Philharmonic Auditorium, located at 5th and Olive Streets near Pershing Square in Los Angeles.  The auditorium seated 2,600 and was used for a variety of cultural events.  The Sanatorium Concert held on November 5, 1922, featured opera, music, and dancing performances.

To learn more about the collection, please contact the Archives at syates@coh.org.

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