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Paris Music Hall collection

Paris Music Hall collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Paris Music Hall collection
Creator: Weldy, Max
Inclusive Dates: circa 1920-1939
Language: English
Extent: 264.4 Linear Feet (6833 items, 133 boxes and 8 oversize folders)
Collection Number: ms714
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Scope and Content

The Paris Music Hall Collection comprises over 6,000 original renderings of costume designs and 1,000 original renderings of curtain designs for the music halls of Paris from 1920 to 1938. The collection, acquired in 1968 by the Library, was originally the property of Max Weldy who provided the elaborate costumes and curtains to the Folies Bergere, Moulin Rouge and other popular cabarets and music halls. Weldy maintained a stable of young, extraordinarily imaginative designers who flocked to Paris from all over Europe to establish a name for themselves. Among the first of Weldy's artists was Romain de Tirtoff, a fledgling designer from Russia, who would later be internationally renowned as Erté.

After the owners and artistic directors of the music halls determined the annual theme for the shows, various tableaux were created to fill an evening's entertainment. Most of these were simply spectacles serving as vehicles for the star artists such as Mistinguett, Maurice Chevalier, Josephine Baker, and the Dolly Sisters. The tableaux varied widely to include comic, dramatic and historic subjects, but musical entertainment was always the focal point. The costumes reflected the themes such as "the French Revolution", "Jewels", "The Garden of Metal", "The Seven Deadly Sins", "Flowers", as well as various animals, food, and sports. Most of the sketches are in color, done on tracing paper or watercolor paper. A few have fabric swatches attached. The collection includes designers such as Erté, Serge Kojan, Alex Shanks, Freddy Wittop, José Zamora, and Zig.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into four series: costume designs, set designs, Erte, and photographs.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Paris Music Hall collection, ms714, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

A selection of images from the Paris Music Hall collection is available through Hargrett's digital collections, http://www.libs.uga.edu/hargrett/selections/paris/index.html.


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Costume -- France -- Paris.
Costume designers -- France -- Paris.
Erté
Kojan, Serge
Music-halls (Variety-theaters, cabarets, etc.)
Paris (France)
Set designers -- France -- Paris.
Shanks, Alec
Sketches.
Theaters -- Stage-setting and scenery.
Wittop, Freddy
Zamora, José
Zig

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

1. Costume Designs

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1Zig (B)
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1BZig (B) no. 11
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2Zig (B)
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3Zig (B)
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4Zig (B)
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5Zig (B)
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6Zig (B)
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7Zig (B)
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8Zig (B)
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9Zig (B)
box
10Zig (B)
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11Zig (B)
box
12Zig (B)
12Kogan, Serge (AB)
box
12AAumond, Jean
12AAriana (BC)
12AWhite, Cedric (CW)
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13de Zamora, Jose
box
14de Zamora, Jose
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15de Zamora, Jose
box
16Huber, Rene (DC)
box
17Huber, Rene (DC)
box
18Barbier (E)
**in the Barbier designs PMH 1074, 1076, 1078, 1079, 1080, & 1081 are signed by Erté **
18Fatima (F)
box
19Tree, Dolly (G)
19Ransom (H)
box
20Ransom (H)
box
21Ransom (H)
box
22Ransom (H)
box
23Ransom (H)
box
24Czettely (I)
box
25Czettely (I)
25Gyarmathy (IB)
box
26Gyarmathy (IB)
oversized_folder
5BGyarmathy (IB)
oversized_folder
6AGyarmathy (IB)
oversized_folder
7BGyarmathy (IB)
oversized_folder
8AGyarmathy (IB)
box
27Adelaide, Maria (FB)
27Endré (K)
27Willoughby, Hugh (L)
27Revolg (LA)
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28Fischer, Borg (LB)
box
29Shanks, Alec (M)
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30Shanks, Alec (M)
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31Shanks, Alec (M)
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32Cox, Muriel (MC)
32Prochaska, Masha (MP)
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33Prochaska, Masha (MP)
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34Prochaska, Masha (MP)
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35Prochaska, Masha (MP)
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36Prochaska, Masha (MP)
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37Prochaska, Masha (MP)
37Montedoro (N)
37White, Cedric (CW)
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38White, Cedric (CW)
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39Le Seyeux, Jean (P)
39Seltenhammer, Paul (R)
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40Seltenhammer, Paul (R)
40Palo (RB)
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41Palo (RB)
41Barry, Dany (S)
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42Barry, Dany (S)
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43Barry, Dany (S)
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44Barry, Dany (S)
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45Barry, Dany (S)
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46Barry, Dany (S)
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47Barry, Dany (S)
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48Barry, Dany (S)
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49Barry, Dany (S)
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50Johnston, Mabel E. (SA)
50Wittop, Freddy (T)
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51Wittop, Freddy (T)
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52Wittop, Freddy (T)
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53Wittop, Freddy (T)
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54Wittop, Freddy (T)
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55Wittop, Freddy (T)
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56Wittop, Freddy (T)
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57Wittop, Freddy (T)
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58Wittop, Freddy (T)
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59Wittop, Freddy (T)
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60Bahman, P. (TX)
60Catherine (UB)
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61Curti, Louis (V)
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623679-3709Curti, Louis (V)
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63Curti, Louis (V)
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64Curti, Louis (V)
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65Curti, Louis (V)
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66Else & Suzy (W)
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67Else & Suzy (W)
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68Else & Suzy (W)
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69Halouze, Edward (X)
69Tonone, Valentine (Z)
69Weldy, Max
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70Unidentified (BS) (C)
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71Unidentified (C)
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72Unidentified (C)
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73Unidentified (CA)
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74Unidentified (CA) (CA2) (CC)
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75Unidentified (DB) (GK) (HB) (HC)
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76Unidentified (HC) (J) (KA)
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77Unidentified (KA)
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78Unidentified (Q)
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79Unidentified (Q)
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80Unidentified (SB) (TA) (U)
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81Unidentified (U)
81Unidentified
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102Curti, Louis (V)
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103Curti, Louis (V)
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104Curti, Louis (V)
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105Viginier (VB)
105Frank, J. Armand ? (Z)
105Balton (Z)
105Benda, G. K. (Z)
105Blanc, Roger (Z)
105Boucly, Yvonne (Z)
105Carré, Jenny (Z)
105Dave (Z)
105Dessés, Jean (Z)
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106Dessés, Jean (Z)
106DuPont, Floyd (Z)
106Cziffer, Esther (Z)
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107Cziffer, Esther (Z)
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108Froman, P. ? (Z)
108Herbetin ? (Z)
108Laplace, Hermance (Z)
108Labignoc, S. (Z)
108Lorenzi (Z)
108McClay, Suzanne (Z)
108Rab, Pol (Z)
108Retana, Alvaro (Z)
108Rett (Z)
108Severn, Margaret ? (Z)
108Nico, Serge Soma ? (Z)
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109Til (Z)
109Hoffman, Bodington
109Lysana
109Unidentified (Y) (Z)
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110Unidentified (Z)
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111Unidentified (Z)
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112Unidentified (Z)
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113Unidentified (Z)
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114Unidentified (Z)
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115Unidentified (Z)
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116Unidentified (Z)
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117Unidentified (Z)
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118Unidentified (Z)
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119Unidentified (Z)
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120Unidentified (Z) (ZA)
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121Unidentified (ZA) (ZE) (ZL)
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122Unidentified
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123Unidentified
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124Unidentified
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125Unidentified
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126Unidentified
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127Unidentified
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128Unidentified
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129Unidentified
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130Unidentified
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131Unidentified
 

2. Set Designs

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82Zig (B)
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83Zig (B)
83de Zamora, Jose
83Fatima (F)
83Tree, Dolly (G)
83Ransom (H)
83Czettely (I)
83Gyarmathy (IB)
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84Endré (K)
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85Endré (K)
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86Willoughby, Hugh (L)
86Revolg (LA)
86Fischer, Borg (LB)
86Shanks, Alec (M)
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87Shanks, Alec (M)
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88Shanks, Alec (M)
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89Shanks, Alec (M)
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90Shanks, Alec (M)
90Prochaska, Masha (MP)
90Montedoro (N)
90Whytz, Cedric (O)
90Seltenhammer, Paul (R)
90Palo (RB)
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91Barry, Dany (S)
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92Barry, Dany (S)
92Wittop, Freddy (T)
92Curti, Louis (V)
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93Fuller (VB)
93Else & Suzy (W)
93Halouze, Edward (X)
93Cziffer, Esther (Z)
93Peacock, Ada (Z)
93Rab, Pol (Z)
93Froman, P. ? (Z)
93Unidentified (C) (CA) (GB) (HC)
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94Unidentified (MB) (PM) (Q) (U) (Y) (Z)
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95Unidentified (Z)
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96Unidentified (ZL)
96Unidentified
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97Unidentified
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98Unidentified
oversized_folder
2BUnidentified
oversized_folder
3BUnidentified
oversized_folder
4BUnidentified
 

3. Erté (A)

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99Erté (A)
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100Erté (A)
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101Erté (A)
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132Erté (A)
 

4. Photographs/Poster

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131Photographs, 1925 ( 3 photograph(s) )
oversized_folder
1B"Paris: Women in the Follies Gala" Georgia Museum of Art Poster, 1985