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Harry Golden Theatre Program Collection

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Golden (Harry) Theatre Program Collection

Harry Golden theatre program collection

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Golden, Harry, 1902-1981
Harry Golden theatre program collection
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Programs for theatrical and musical performances in New York City and Charlotte, NC, collected by journalist and civil rights activist Harry Golden.

Preferred Citation note

Harry Golden Theatre Program Collection. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Harry Lewis Golden was born Herschel Goldhirsch on May 6, 1902 to Leib and Anna Goldhirsch in the Austro- Hungarian Empire. In 1905, the Goldhirsch family emigrated to Lower East Side of New York City. [The family name was Anglicized to Goldhurst by immigration officials.] Golden graduated from P.S. 20 elementary school in 1917 and from East Side Evening High School around 1920. He enrolled at the City College of New York, but left two years later without a degree. Between 1921 and 1929, he worked various jobs in New York and became a stockbroker. Golden married Genevieve Gallagher in 1926 and they had four sons: Richard (b. 1927), Harry Jr. (1927-1991), William (b. 1929), and Peter (1938-1957). In 1929, Golden's brokerage firm declared bankruptcy and he was convicted for mail fraud and sentenced to 5 years in the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta. Following his parole in 1933, Golden wrote and sold advertising for The New York Daily Mirror and The New York Post. He moved to Norfolk in 1941 to work for The Norfolk Times Advocate, leaving shortly thereafter for Charlotte. From 1941 to 1944, Golden worked for the Charlotte Labor Journal and The Charlotte Observer. In 1942, he commissioned The Charlotte News to print the first issue of the Carolina Israelite, which had an initial circulation of 800. The following year he formed Southland Publishing Company with Henry Stalls and Martin Rywell to own and publish the Israelite and their venture operated from 1944 to 1949, when the company's assets were transferred to the Henry Lewis Martin Publishing Company. In 1950, Golden wrote and published his first book, Jews in American History, with Martin Rywell. During the period 1956 57, Golden began popularizing his civil rights convictions through his articles in the Israelite on "vertical integration." An accidental fire destroyed his offices in 1958, the year in which he also released his first best seller, Only in America, and his mail fraud conviction and prison sentence were revealed in The New York Herald Tribune. In 1960, Golden toured West Germany to study the status of Jews in that country. Two more tours followed in 1961: one to Israel to cover the Eichmann trial for Life and the other to South Korea. Declining health forced Golden to cease publication of the Israelite in 1968. President Richard M. Nixon pardoned him in 1974. Golden died in Charlotte on October 2, 1981.

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Scope and Contents note

The Golden Theatre Programs were collected by author and social commentator Harry Golden, and include programs for plays, concerts and musicals in New York City and Charlotte, North Carolina. Nearly all of the collection’s theatre programs have been bound in hard-back binding. Sociologically speaking, the plays and concerts that were performed give the modern researcher information about societal values since the beginnings of this collection in 1923. Unfortunately, there is a chronological gap in this collection, from 1929 to 1941.

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Arrangement note

Collection is arranged into two series.

Series 1: Bound Theatre Programs Series 2: Unbound Theatre Programs

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 2006

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Estate of Anita S. Brown, in February 2004.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, 2006.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Harry Golden Papers, parts 1 and 2.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Golden, Harry, 1902-1981


  • Concert programs--New York (State)--New York
  • Concert programs--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Theater programs--New York (State)--New York
  • Theater programs--North Carolina--Charlotte

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Collection Inventory

 Series I Bound Theatre Programs 


Volume 1 1923-1925 

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Ziegfeld Follies; New Brooms; Lady Be Good; Big Boy; Cape Smoke; They Knew What They Wanted; The Four Flusher; The Poor Nut; Hamlet; Cradle Snatchers; The Vortex

Volume 2 1926-1928 

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The Butter and Egg Man; Tip Toes; No, No, Nanette; The Shanghai Gesture; The Immortal Thief; Up the Line; The Road to Rome; Saturday’s Children; Street Scene; Broadway; The Constant Wife; A Connecticut Yankee; Porgy; Artists and Models; She’s My Baby; Excess Baggage; Elmer the Great

Volume 3 1942-1947 

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Porgy and Bess; State of the Union; Ballet Russe; Ballet Theatre; Bal Negre; What Every Woman Knows; No Exit; Androcles and the Lion; Another Part of the Forest; Carousel; Begger’s Holiday; The Iceman Cometh; La Triviata; Tristan and the Isolde; Born Yesterday; Der Rosen Kavalier; Call Me Mister; The Fatal Weakness; Street Scene; Brigadoon; Sweethearts

Volume 4 1948-1951 

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MacBeth; Bruno Walter Concert; Mister Roberts; Edward, My Son; The Silver Whistle; South Pacific; The Country Girl; The Member of the Wedding; King Lear; Captain Brassbound’s Conversion; Darkness and the Moon; Bless You All; La Boheme; Second Threshold; The Green Pastures; Billy Budd; Giuseppe Verdi Requiem; Wish You Were Here; Pal Joey; Christmas Eve Choral Service

Volume 5 1953-1956 

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Elijah; The King and I; Two’s Company; The Time of the Cuckoo; Porgy and Bess; Bach Mass in B Minor; Midsummer; Parsifal; By the Beautiful Sea; The Teahouse of the August Moon; The Caine Mutiny; Bach Christmas Oratoria; The Bad Seed; Plain and Fancy; The Saint of Bleecker Street; House of Flowers; The Desperate Hours; Oedipus Rex; Phoenix ‘55; Comic Strip; Inherit the Wind; Summer of Smoke; The Skin of Our Teeth; The Desk Set; Middle of the Night

Volume 6 1957-1960 

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The Diary of Anne Frank; The Happiest Millionaire; Long Day’s Journey into Night; Career; Look Back in Anger; Compulsion; The Dark at the Top of the Stairs; The Music Man; My Fair Lady; The Gang’s All Here; Saratoga; Sweet Bird of the Month; La Plume de Ma Tante; Toys in the Attic; The Hostage; The World of Carl Sandburg; An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May; Carmen (Paris Opera House); The 49th Cousin; The Best Man; The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Volume 7 1961-1968 

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The Three Penny Opera; A Call on Kuprin; The Wall; Ghosts; Fiorello; Mr. President; The Sound of Music; Oliver; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; The Public Eye; Luther; Heart’s Delight; The Seagull/The Crucible; Rugantino; Hello Dolly; The Committee; A Man for All Seasons; Half a Sixpence; Diamond Orchid; The Royal Hunt of the Sun; Cabaret; The Odd Couple; The Apple Tree; The Man of LaMancha; West Side Story

Volume 8 1969-1975 

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Indians; Jimmy Shine; Hello Dolly; Dear World; George M.; Minnie’s Boys; Coco; 1776; Hair; Rothchilds; Easter service-Christ and Holy Trinity Church, Westport, Conn.; Company; No, No, Nanette; The Incomparable Max; A Little Night Music; Easter service-Christ and Holy Trinity Church, Westport, Conn.; Sugar; Molly; Sleuth; Charlotte Symphony Orchestra [Overture to Egmont, by Beethoven ; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, by Berg ; Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra, by Saint-Saens ; Pictures at an Exhibition, by Moussorgsky ; The Adding Machine ; Pennsylvania Suite, by Read ; Three Dances from the Ballet, “The Three-Cornered Hat” ; Symphony No. 2, C Major, by Schumann ; Prelude to “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, by Wagner ; Adagio for String Orchestra, by Barber ; Tales from the Vienna Woods, Strauss ; Symphony No. 4, G. Major, Mahler]; Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris; Say it with a Beautiful Song: A Festival of Jewish Music; Charlotte Symphony Orchestra [Roumanian Rhapsody, by Enesco ; Symphony No. 39 in E flat Major, by Mozart ; Overture to the Opera “Semiramis, by Rossini ; Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat Major, by Mozart ; Symphony # 5 in D Minor (Reformation), by Mendelssohn ; Concerto for Horn and Orchestra, by Gliere]; The Man in the Glass Booth; My Wife with Conditions; The Mother-in-Law Tree; Molly; Candide; Easter service-Christ and Holy Trinity Church, Westport, Conn.; In Two Keys; Shenandoah

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 Series II Unbound Theatre Programs 

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Tchin-tchin; The Sound of Music; The Deputy; Fiddler on the Roof; Mame; The Man of LaMancha; Funny Girl