Scope and arrangement
The correspondence series is arranged alphabetically in over-lapping two-, three-, and four year intervals in the period 1903-1927 with some unsorted correspondence of various dates at the end of the series. It consists of correspondence of Dillingham and of his associates Bruce Edwardsand Fred G. Latham of the Dillingham Theatre Corp. with actors, actresses, theatrical managers, theatrical agents and producers, impresarios, literary agents, playwrights, song writers, musicians, band leaders, costumers and others. The correspondence relates mainly to the casting and production of plays, musical comedies, operettas, and vaudeville shows at The Globe Theatre and at The Hippodrome.Some of the correspondence relates to the management of the road shows on tour in the U.S.. Substantial correspondence is present with George Ade, Hans Bartsch, David Belasco, Irving Berlin, Col. E.A. Braden, Sir Alfred Butt, George M. Cohan, Francis W. Crowinshield, Carrère and Hastings, Haddon Chambers, A.L. Erlanger, W.C. Fields, James Forbes, Chares Frohman and Daniel Frohman, Sam H. Harris, J. Clarence Hyde, Arthur Houghton, Elsie Janis, Frederick Lonsdale, Cyril Maude, Louis Nethersole, and Florenz Ziegfeld.
There are also stage managers' reports (1910-11, 1926-27) for Over the River, The Old Town, Criss-Cross, and Sunny.There are 9 receipt books (1906-07, 1913-14, 1920-28) recording box office receipts for shows mainly at the Globe Theatre. There are also roster and salary records (1908-09) for The Top O' Th' World Company which provide the names of the principals, staff, chorus and orchestra and the amount of their weekly salaries. There are a few personal and miscellaneous papers of Dillingham (some of which is labelled as having been removed from the R.H. Burnside Papers) consisting of Dillingham's memoirs of his life in the theater in carbon typescript (104 p.), a copy of his last will and testament, a notebook labelled `Options and Expirations', and research notes made from the letters in the unsorted section of the correspondence series.
The Charles B. Dillingham papers are arranged in two series: