Guide to the Records of the Mee-Ow Show

Collection Title: Records of the Mee-Ow Show
Dates: 1974-2004
Identification: 31/6/77
Creator: Mee-Ow Show (Northwestern University)
Extent: 4 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Mee-ow Show, an annual Northwestern University student-run comedy revue and improvisation show, was created as an alternative to NU's long-running student-produced Waa-Mu Show. The first Mee-ow Show was performed in spring, 1974. The records span the years 1974-2004, with a significant portion of the material from the first show. Records vary from year to year, and may include scripts, programs, audition flyers and forms, budget information, clippings and cast information.
Acquisition Information: The bulk of the records of the Mee-ow show were donated to the University Archives by Paul Warshauer in 2003-2004 as Accession Number 05-10; material was also added from the Records of the Arts Alliance, Series 31/6/25. The addition of scripts to the 1983 folder was donated to the University Archives by Emily Bristor on March 5, 2012 (Acc.#12-52).
Processing Information: Stacy Vogel, February 16, 2005. Yvonne Spura, April 2012.
Separated Materials: A small amount of duplicate and extraneous material was discarded. Photographs were removed and added to the Archives' Photographic Collection. Personal material relating to Paul Warshauer was removed and returned to him.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Related Materials: See also: Records of the Arts Alliance, 1950-2002, Series 31/6/25
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Mee-ow is an annual student-run comedy revue and improvisation show. It was started in the fall of 1973 by Paul Warshauer and Josh Lazar and the first performance was in spring, 1974. It is part of Orgy of the Arts (a member of the Arts Alliance) and began as a reaction to Northwestern's Waa-Mu show.

Scope and Content

The records of the Mee-ow show fill four boxes, including one drop-front box. The records span the years 1974-2004. A significant portion of the material is from the first show in 1974.

The material begins with a few topical folders in alphabetical order that span the show's entire history. Next there are a group of folders relating to the 1974 show, arranged alphabetically by topic. The rest of the folders are arranged chronologically by performance year, with one folder in the back for undated material. Dates on the folders relate to performance years, not necessarily the span dates of the records. The drop-front box contains posters from various Mee-ow shows between the years 1974-2004.

The records contain a wide variety of material, including scripts, programs, audition flyers and forms, budget information, clippings and cast information. Particularly interesting are the array of documents concerning the budget controversy and other problems in the show's first year. The material for the year 1974 is especially extensive and there is a good deal of information for the years 1975, 1979, and 1997-2000.

Note that folders for 1987, 1990, and 1995 (Box 2, Folders 15, 18, and 23) are empty, since no records have yet been received for these years. An addition consisting of a group of scripts for the 1983 Mee-Ow Show, stapled together by sketch, was added to the series in the appropriate year (Box 2, Folder 12)

Subjects

Corporate Name

Mee-Ow Show (Northwestern University)

Subjects

College students--Illinois--Evanston--Societies and clubs

Improvisation (Acting)


Container List / Contents

  • History, 1974-2004Box 1, Folder 1
  • Scripts, n.d.Box 1, Folder 2
  • Warshauer, Paul, 1974/75Box 1, Folder 3
  • Mee-ow 1974: Bills & Budget, 1974Box 1, Folder 4
  • Mee-ow 1974: Cast & Crew, 1974Box 1, Folder 5
  • Mee-ow 1974: Clippings, 1974Box 1, Folder 6
  • Mee-ow 1974: General, 1974Box 1, Folder 7
  • Mee-ow 1974: Programs & Original Art, 1974Box 2, Folder 1
  • Mee-ow 1974: Props, Costumes, Set Designs, 1974Box 2, Folder 2
  • Mee-ow 1974: Scripts, Notes, 1974Box 2, Folder 3
  • Mee-ow 1974: Tickets, 1974Box 2, Folder 4
  • Mee-ow, 1975Box 2, Folder 5
  • Mee-ow, 1976Box 2, Folder 6
  • Mee-ow, 1977Box 2, Folder 7
  • Mee-ow, 1978Box 2, Folder 8
  • Mee-ow, 1979Box 2, Folder 9
  • Mee-ow, 1980Box 2, Folder 10
  • Mee-ow, 1981Box 2, Folder 11
  • Mee-ow, 1983Box 2, Folder 12
  • Mee-ow, 1984Box 2, Folder 13
  • Mee-ow, 1986Box 2, Folder 14
  • Mee-ow, 1987 (empty)Box 2, Folder 15
  • Mee-ow, 1988Box 2, Folder 16
  • Mee-ow, 1989Box 2, Folder 17
  • Mee-ow, 1990 (empty)Box 2, Folder 18
  • Mee-ow, 1991Box 2, Folder 19
  • Mee-ow, 1992Box 2, Folder 20
  • Mee-ow, 1993Box 2, Folder 21
  • Mee-ow, 1994Box 2, Folder 22
  • Mee-ow, 1995 (empty)Box 2, Folder 23
  • Mee-ow, 1996Box 2, Folder 24
  • Mee-ow, 1997Box 3, Folder 1
  • Mee-ow, 1998Box 3, Folder 2
  • Mee-ow, 1999Box 3, Folder 3
  • Mee-ow, 2000Box 3, Folder 4
  • Mee-ow, 2001Box 3, Folder 5
  • Mee-ow, 2002Box 3, Folder 6
  • Mee-ow, 2003Box 3, Folder 7
  • Mee-ow, 2004Box 3, Folder 8
  • Mee-ow, n.d.Box 3, Folder 9
  • Mee-ow posters, 1979Box 4, Folder 1
  • Mee-ow posters, 1987Box 4, Folder 2
  • Mee-ow posters, 1989Box 4, Folder 3
  • Mee-ow posters, 1990Box 4, Folder 4
  • Mee-ow posters, 1991Box 4, Folder 5
  • Mee-ow posters, 1992Box 4, Folder 6
  • Mee-ow posters, 1997Box 4, Folder 7
  • Mee-ow posters, 1998Box 4, Folder 8
  • Mee-ow posters, 1999Box 4, Folder 9
  • Mee-ow posters, 2000Box 4, Folder 10
  • Mee-ow posters, n.d.Box 4, Folder 11