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Central New York Cultural Ephemera Collection

A description of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 1 Nov 2007

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Central New York Cultural Ephemera Collection contains miscellaneous printed material and correspondence relating to cultural life in Central New York, including musical and theatrical performances, lectures, clubs and hobbies, academic and sports events, local politics, and more.

Individuals of interest represented in the collection include Israel Zangwill, a Russian Jewish author; Capt. Archibald B. Snow, "actor, author, vocalist, impressionist, humorist and entertainer"; Melville Clark, inventor of the Clark Irish Harp; and Charlie Brown, a local salesman and musician who led his own dance orchestra for many years. Local politicians are also represented, including Averell Harriman, Lee Alexander and James M. Hanley; there are also two items relating to John F. Kennedy.

Among the institutions represented are Hamilton College, Cortland County Teachers' Institute, Madison University (later Colgate University), several local theatres (Empire, Bastable, Crescent, Temple, more) and many more.

Arrangement of the Collection

Folders are arranged alphabetically within each series; Correspondence, Legal documents and programs from the various theaters are arranged chronologically within each folder.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

See also the following:

Dave Salmon Inc. Collection of Syracuse Cultural Ephemera
Portfolio Club Records
Society for New Music Archive
Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music Records
Nancy Ann White Correspondence

Subject Headings


Alexander, Lee, -1996.
Brown, Charles F.
Clark, Melville.
Hanley, James M., 1920-2003.
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.
Roddy, Edith J.
Zangwill, Israel, 1864-1926.

Corporate Bodies

Dauber's Club.
Pastime Athletic Club.
Syracuse University Flying Club.


Freemasons -- New York (State)
Local government -- New York (State) -- Onondaga County.
Theater -- United States -- History -- 20th century.


Cortland (N.Y.) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Ithaca (N.Y.) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Syracuse (N.Y.) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Syracuse (N.Y.) -- Societies and clubs.
Utica (N.Y.) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Membership cards.
Programs (documents)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Central New York Cultural Ephemera Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Core collection of theatre material purchased with funds from Library Associates.

Table of Contents


Legal documents


Printed material