Guide to the G. Norman Reis Papers, 1909-1946 CTC.1985.01

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
G. Norman Reis Papers
Collection Number
CTC.1985.01
Date [inclusive]
1909-1946
Extent
3.5 linear feet
Abstract
The Papers of G. Norman Reis primarily include materials from the Cap and Gown Club, a male musical comedy group of the University of Pittsburgh. The collection includes: programs, scripts, music, news clippings, financial records, correspondence, films, photographs, scrapbooks, personal papers and phonograph records from the period of 1909-1946. Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically.

Preferred Citation

G. Norman Reis Papers, 1909-1946, CTC.1985.01, Curtis Theatre Collection, Archives & Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

G. Norman Reis was born on February 23, 1893 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a member of the class of 1916 at the University of Pittsburgh and served as a veteran contributor to the University's Cap and Gown Club - an all male organization devoted to the production of annual musical comedy shows. Beginning with the 1913 show, Prince of Sham, Reis collaborated with men, such as Gus Schnabel and Louis Fushan, on the book of lyrics used in many of the club's productions. In addition, he served on many committees and held offices in the club from the time of his earliest association until his death in 1958. These productions always used original books, lyrics, and music contributed by students at the University or by alumni members of the Cap and Gown Club. Many important figures had their earliest training and experience with the Cap and Gown including Regis Toomey, motion picture and musical comedy star, Woodman Thompson, a scenic designer, and Gene Kelly, dancer, instructor and director.

Reis was employed as a bacteriologist at U.S. Steel. He was an avid photographer, and, for a brief period, served as the official photographer for the Pitt Alumni Review as well as chairman and member of the editorial board. He died at the age of 65, three months after his retirement.

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Scope and Content Notes

The personal papers of G. Norman Reis pertain predominantly to the University of Pittsburgh's Cap and Gown Club, including souvenir and leaf programs, scripts, music, news clippings, financial records, correspondence, films, photographs, scrapbooks, and phonograph records. These categories are not complete in any of the cases. Besides individual music scores, music can also be found in some souvenir programs.

Items not associated with the Cap and Gown Club include Reis' script, Harmony Island, the Pittsburgh Athletic Association's 1917 drama club presentation, and unidentified scripts. There are also materials on other all-male musical comedy groups such as Mask and Wig (University of Pennsylvania) and Triangle Club (Princeton University) programs and/or sheet music, University of Pittsburgh fight songs, including a victory song with words by Reis, miscellaneous music, as well as several issues of the  Pitt Alumni Review for which Reis served as chairman and member of the editorial board.

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Arrangement

Series I. Personal Memorabilia

Series II. Dramatic Productions Other than Cap and Gown

Series III. Sheet Music

Series IV. Cap and Gown Productions

Series V. Cap and Gown Productions: Oversized Materials

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, 2004

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
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Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002 July 1, 2006

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Helen Whitlinger in 1985.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Special Collections Staff and by William Daw and Ellen Whitham in summer 2004.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Charles Stanford in March 2006. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 1470176.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically. Selected photographs were scanned and added to the University of Pittsburgh Historic Photographs collection.Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically at [URL].

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Related Materials

Related Material

Cap and Gown Club Records, 1908-1978, CTC.1980.01, Curtis Theatre Collection, Archives & Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Cap and Gown Club (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • Pittsburgh Athletic Association.
  • Princeton University. Triangle Club.
  • University of Pennsylvania. Mask and Wig Club.

Genre(s)

  • Theater programs

Personal Name(s)

  • Kelly, Gene, 1912-1996
  • Reis, G. Norman, 1893-1958
  • Thompson, Woodman
  • Toomey, Regis, 1902-

Subject(s)

  • Bacteriologists -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • College and school drama, American -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • College theater -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • College theater -- United States
  • Student activities -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Theater
  • Theater -- United States

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Previous Citation

G. Norman Reis Papers, 1909-1946, CTC.1985.01, Curtis Theatre Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh

G. Norman Reis Papers, 1909-1946, CTC.17, Curtis Theatre Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Personal Memorabilia 

Scope and Contents note

There are three folders of Personal Memorabilia consisting of news clippings from 1941 through 1946, several copies of the Alumni Review and  Pitt Panther.

  BoxFolder
News Clippings 11
  Folder
Alumni Review, 1941-44, 1946 2
  Folder
Pitt Panther, March 1930 3

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Series  II. Dramatic Productions Other than Cap and Gown 

Scope and Contents note

Series II contains items concerning dramatic productions other than the Cap and Gown Club.

  Folder
Harmony Island Script and Publicity 4
  Folder
Unidentified Scripts 5
  Folder
Mask and Wig (U. of Penna.) Program 6

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Series  III. Sheet Music 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains miscellaneous music that was not used for Cap and Gown productions. The four folders of material include a booklet of Songs of the University of Pittsburgh,  Pitt Victory Song with words by G. Norman Reis and Louis M. Fushan and music by Benjamin Levant, and music from the Mask and Wig (Folder 8) and Triangle Clubs at the University of Pittsburgh and Princeton (Folder 9).

  Folder
Songs of the University of Pittsburgh,  Pitt Victory Song 7
  Folder
There's No Place like Your Arms from  All Around the Town 8
  Folder
Happy the Day from  Take It Away,  Can it Be True? from  Fol-De-Rol. 1936; 9
  Folder
Miscellaneous Sheet Music 10

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Series  IV. Cap and Gown Productions 

Scope and Contents note

This series includes materials related to the Cap and Gown Club listed chronologically by production. It contains souvenir and/or leaf programs, scripts, phonograph records, musical scores, news clippings, other miscellaneous promotional material, and 16-millimeter films. Each of the productions contains some or all of the materials previously mentioned. The 16-millimeter films are shelved independently from their corresponding productions at the end of the series. It also includes financial records and correspondence pertaining to the Club's productions. Items marked with an asterisk (*) have the music for the production in the program.

  Folder
When Pitt Was Young - Programs and Scripts 11-12
  Folder
Little Suffragettes - Scripts 13
  Folder
The Maxixe Girl - Programs and News Clippings 14
  BoxFolder
Suite 16 - Programs and Musical Scores 21-2
  Folder
The Diamond Girl - Musical Scores:  The Diamond Girl lyrics only. 3
  Folder
Mary Grow Round* - Programs 4
  Folder
Yip-Yip* - Programs and Scripts 5-6
  Folder
Manhattan Preferred* - Programs 7
  Folder
What's Up* - Programs and Scripts 8-9
  Folder
The Silver Domino* - Programs, News Clippings, and Scripts 10-11
("The Silver Domino* - Programs, News Clippings, and Scripts" online pending)
  Folder
All to the Point* - Programs, News Clippings and Nixon Theatre Program with Advertisement 12
("All to the Point* - Programs, News Clippings and Nixon Theatre Program with Advertisement" online pending)
  Folder
Hello Again* - Programs 13
  Folder
In the Soup* - Programs and Scripts 14-15
  BoxFolder
Out for the Count* - Programs and Scripts 31-2
  Folder
Trailor Ho!* - Programs and Scripts 3-4
  Folder
Pickets, Please* - Programs and  Alumni Review 5
  Folder
At Your Service - Programs, News Clippings,  Alumni Review, and Scripts 6-7
  Folder
At Your Service - Musical Scores 8-9
  Folder
At Your Service - Phonograph Record:  Nothing is too Perfect for You (side 1)  Diary of Dreams (side 2) - 2 copies 10-11
  BoxFolder
Snap Your Fingers - Programs and Musical Scores 41-2
  Folder
Head Over Heels* - Programs, Scripts, and Musical Scores 3-5
  Folder
Kilroy Is Here - Programs and Scripts 6-7
  Folder
Cap and Gown Music 1940 - Phonograph Record 8
  Folder
Financial Reports - Receipts and expenditures for 1931-1941 9
  Folder
Correspondence: from Louis M. Fushan to G. Norman Reis 10
  Folder
Films -- All to the Point, (contains shots of Gene Kelly) and  Silver Domino, 1932-1933 11
  Folder
Films -- Hello Again, 1934 12
  Folder
Films -- In the Soup, 1935 13
  Folder
Films -- Out for the Count, 1936 14
  Folder
Films -- Trailer Ho!, 1937 15
  Folder
Films -- Unidentified Cap and Gown Production 16

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Series  V. Cap and Gown Productions: Oversized Materials 

Scope and Contents note

This series includes oversized materials related to the Cap and Gown Club listed chronologically by production. It contains musical scores, photographs, and scrapbooks. Each of the productions contains some or all of the materials previously mentioned.

  BoxFolder
Little Suffragettes Music:  You're the Girl For Me;  At the Movies 11
  Folder
The Maxixe Girl Music:  The Lad in the Uniform 2
  Folder
The Maxixe Girl Photographs 3
  Folder
At Your Service Photographs 4
  Folder
The Red Moon and  Miss Mannequin Scrapbook 5
  Folder
Yip-Yip Scrapbook: compiled by Ted Savage 6
  Folder
Manhattan Preferred Scrapbook: compiled by Ted Savage 7
  Folder
Hello Again Scrapbook 8
  BoxFolder
Pickets, Please! Photographs 21
  Folder
Snap Your Fingers Photographs 2
  Folder
Miscellaneous Photographs 3

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