Collection 2013.02.14 - Tom Williams Collection

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US IHigp 2013.02.14


Tom Williams Collection


  • 2013 (Creation)
  • circa 1950-1963 (Creation)

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4 folders + 2 broadsides

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Biographical history

Williams graduated from Oak Park High School and attended the American Conservatory of Music. He spent much of his early career in Chicago and on the North shore with stints on Broadway in New York and a later career as a character actor in California.

Archival history

Mailed to Highland Park Public Library in 2013 after correspondence.

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Tom Williams

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Scope and content

Playbills, photos. clipping and correspondence regarding actor's tenure at local venues, including The Music Theater (located adjacent to Villa Moderne) and the Tenthouse Theater in the Round. Photograph subjects include Mayele Gabor; Bill Krott (Stage Manager) ; David Tihmar (Director); Jimmy Kommack; Bill Hayes; Lisa Drake; and Ward Orhman; Monica Van Vooren; and Tom Williams as well as pictures of the Men's Chorus room exterior and interior; the Music Theater; the Theater in the Round in season and before demolition; and the Villa Moderne. Original order has been maintained. Correspondence copies with the Library have been kept physically in the collection.
Addtionally, there are 2 broadsides, 1 framed, for 1954 productions of "Anything Goes" and "Showboat" at the Music Theater, billed as "Chicago's Theater in the Country."

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  • English

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Physical storage

  • Box: 1
  • Drawer: 2