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Invitation to Cabaret event for Emerson Alumni in New York. The Emerson College Alumni Club of Greater New York. The Cabaret at The Magic Pan, E. 57th Street, New York, NY.


Promotional flier for a publishing event. Participants include: Jenefer Shute, Muriel Kagan Zager, Lew McCreary, Fiona McCrae, DeWitt Henry and Nina Ryan. Presented by Emerson College Division of Writing, Literature and Publishing.


Promotion for three stage performances. Poster is colored black, white and magenta, with informal graphic and typography is divided into 10 equal frames. Text reads: The Deertrees Theatre, Harrison, Maine; Look Back in Anger by John Osborne; Bell, Book and Candle by John Van Druten; J.B. by Archibald Macleish; Curtain time for all shows 8:30, for reservations call 583-2310; Owned and operated by the Emerson College Center for the Performing Arts. In 1965, Emerson College purchased the Deertrees Theater in Harrison, Maine which housed a six credit summer theater program open to students from Emerson as well as other area colleges.

1965-05-01 - 1965-08-31

The very first issue of Emerson College's student newspaper, the Berkeley Beacon. Cover image of volume 1, number 1, dated February 1, 1947 with the headline, “Emerson History Made.” Cover stories are titled: No Strain Here; Star Visits College Advocates Knowledge [referring to Janis Paige]; and President Green Sends Letter to the Editor of the Berkeley Beacon..


A yellow newspaper article titled, This fall we open our new home on the Charles River. There is a large drawing of the building in the middle of the paper, and at the bottom are the words Beacon and Berkeley Streets Boston. In 1933, the Emerson College of Oratory purchased 130 Beacon Street to house administration and classrooms. It is the first building purchased for what will become the Back Bay campus. This would also become the heart of the Back Bay campus, with the Emerson community gathering in front of the building, dubbing the area as “The Wall.”.


A simple poster graphic contains a yellow map outlining the New England states centered in a circle, around which the words: Community, Sportsmanship, and Integrity are written. Over the map are the words: Great Northeast Atlantic Conference. In 1995, Emerson's men's athletic teams became charter members of the Great Northeast Atlantic Conference.


Cover from course catalog. The cover contains a poetic quotation from Ralph Waldo Emerson, "What boots it they virtue.," and the following text: "Boston: Issued at 13 Pemberton Square. 1882." The image demonstrates a variety of typefaces and ornamental border/frame used in 19th century typography. In 1881, the school became known as the Monroe Conservatory of Oratory.


Cover of course catalog from 1934. An imprint of the college seal/logo appears in gold on a textured paper surface. The seal contains an image of a lion raising an axe and includes a banner with the Latin text, "Deus Protector Noster." Beneath the logo, simple text in art deco-era typeface reads, "Emerson College. Boston, Mass. 1934." In 1934, the name of the institution was shortened from Emerson College of Oratory to Emerson College.


Cover from course catalog which contains a poetic quotation from Ralph Waldo Emerson, "What boots it they virtue.," and the following text: "Boston: Issued at 13 Pemberton Square. 1881." The image demonstrates a variety of typefaces and ornamental border/frame used in 19th century typography. In 1880, Charles W. Emerson opened the Boston Conservatory of Elocution, Oratory, and Dramatic Art at 13 Pemberton Square, Boston. Ten students enrolled in the first class.


Front cover of course catalog. The text reads: "Monroe College of Oratory, 1886-7. Wesleyan Hall, 36 Bromfield Street, Boston." The seal reads: "Expression necessary to evolution; Deus protector noster." In 1886, the school became known as the Monroe College of Oratory.

1886 - 1887

Architect's rendering of the 2-story Chickering Hall building with the caption, Our New Home. The first floor is defined by a series of five arches. The drawing includes a horse-drawn carriage on the street. In 1901, the College moved to Chickering Hall, 239 Huntington Ave, where it would stay for only ten years. The Emerson community welcomed the move to this Back Bay location near Symphony Hall. The decision to relocate from the College’s previous address was due in large part to safety concerns. Emerson’s Odd Fellows Hall in the South End was troubled with high rates of crime. From A Century of Eloquence: “The college rented the entire second floor of Chickering Hall which provided nine spacious, well lighted and ventilated classrooms, two of which were small lecture halls (40x22ft), each complete with a platform. After 1903, a portrait of Dr. Emerson, presented by the graduating class of that year, hung in the corridor. Six marble stairways with wrought-iron balustrades led to the second floor. The first floor held the library and the school’s administrative offices, and morning lectures were held in the “superb hall on the first floor, which seated 800.” During this period, Boston caterer D. M. Shooshan’s Ladies and Gent’s Cafe also occupied space on the first floor of Chickering Hall at the address 241-243. An ad in the Emerson College Magazine [Vol. 19] described it as a “First-class restaurant, also a choice line of confectionery. Ice cream and fancy baking of all kinds.” Chickering Hall was owned by piano manufacturing company, Chickering & Sons. It was designed by architectural firm Peabody & Stearns for use as an 800-seat concert venue. After Emerson’s departure the hall was expanded and re-opened in 1912 as the 1,600-seat vaudeville and film venue named St. James Theatre, operated by Marcus. In the 1920s, it become a popular stock company stage, and in the 1930s it was renamed the Uptown Theatre, operating as a movie theatre and catering to college students with second-run movies. The building was demolished in 1963.


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