Ron Nickell Playbill collection

Abstract

The Ron Nickell Playbill Collection (dated 1952-1971; 0.45 cubic feet; 52 items) comprises Playbills from various Broadway theaters in New York City.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Ron Nickell Playbill collection
Date
1952-1971
Extent
0.45 Cubic feet
Subjects
Entertainment events
Plays.
Theater--20th Century
Theater.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Dominique Luster
Preferred Citation
2013ms0669: [identification of item] Ron Nickell Playbill Collection, 1952-1971, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Ron Nickell was born on July 11 1941, in Lexington, Ky., to James Paul Nickell and his wife, Jeannette Sparks Nickell. James Paul Nickell was a University of Kentucky alumnus who worked as the vice president of a Lexington, Ky. clothing store.
Ron Nickell attended the University of Kentucky and began his radio career as a DJ in Lexington. Throughout his career, Nickell worked as the manager of the WHOO-AM Orlando (Fla.) radio station and as vice president of Bluegrass Broadcasting. In 1990, Nickell moved to Colorado where he managed radio stations in Steamboat Springs, Gunnison, Breckenridge. While in Colorado, he also managed the Radio Colorado Network. This collection was donated to the Univeristy of Kentucky Department of Theatre by James Paul Nickell in honor of Ron Nickell.
James Paul Nickell died on April 13 2004.
Ron Nickell died on May 15, 2011, in Longmont, Colo., and is survived by two sons who live in Kentucky.
Playbill is a monthly U.S. magazine for theater patrons, first printed in 1884. Although there is still a subscription issue available for home delivery, most copies of Playbill are printed for particular productions and distributed at the door. Each issue features articles focusing on artists; photos and biographies of the cast; biographies of authors, composers and production staff; and information for the theatre housing the production. The magazine is now used at nearly every Broadway theatre as well as many Off-Broadway productions. Playbill is also used in theatres outside of New York City. In total, Playbill maintained a circulation of 4,073,680 subscriptions as of September 2012.
Scope and Content
The Ron Nickell Playbill Collection (dated 1952-1971; 0.45 cubic feet; 52 items) is comprised of Playbills from various Broadway theaters in New York City. The Playbills are primarily for plays and musicals that were promoted by the New York Times, such as The Pajama Game, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Bye Bye Birdie, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf, Barefoot in the Park and Funny Girl. Many of the Playbills feature the works of prominent theatre artists George S. Kaufman, George Abbott, Tennessee Williams, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Elia Kazan, Jo Mielziner, Jerome Robbins, Peter Brook, and Peggy Clark. Within the Playbills there are advertisements for luxury items such as cigarettes, cars, and clothing; additionally, there are advertisements for other Broadway productions. The back section of the Playbills features biographical information on the cast and creative team of that production; these are often accompanied with a photo of the artists.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

, 1952-1955

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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, 1955-1957

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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, 1957-1959

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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, 1959-1961

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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, 1961-1964

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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, 1964-1971

  • Box 1, Folder 6
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Researchers are required to have an SCRC Researcher Account in order to request or order digital copies of materials. Research Account set-up and use instructions can be found at: http://libguides.uky.edu/SCRCaccount

If you are visiting the Breckinridge Research Room, please request materials at least 48 business hours in advance of your arrival.

For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

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