Photographs of the Waa-Mu Show
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Scope and Contents
The series consists of photographic prints and other images documenting most Waa-Mu Shows from the period 1929-1991.Images appear in a variety of physical formats and sizes; nearly all are black-and-white.The vast bulk of the prints is the work of skilled professional photographers; some photographs are by talented Northwestern students while a small percentage appears to be the product of less proficient amateurs.A few images found within the series are in the form of half-tone prints clipped from published sources.
The prints and images are organized first by size. Items measuring approximately 8x10 inches and smaller are arranged into standard size archival boxes.Larger items are arranged into three types of dropfront boxes:12x18 inch (containing 11x14 inch prints), 17x21 inch (containing 11x14 inch prints affixed to 16x20 inch mounts), and 19x25 inch (containing large prints of various dimensions).Within this scheme the items are arranged chronologically by year of show production.Many individual productions may be represented by prints and images housed in several folders.Within a given year there may be one or two folders of small format prints, additional folders of 8x10 inch prints and, occasionally, a folder of proof sheets, color prints, or captions and other identifying information.
The acts, skits, numbers and individuals depicted in the images often are unidentified.The documentation found in University Archives Series 52/1, Records of the Waa-Mu Show; the Moreledge book; Waa-Mu programs; and Waa-Mu souvenir books can be useful in making identifications.
- Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Waa-Mu Show (Organization)
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Language of Materials
Waa-Mu is a musical review created and performed by Northwestern students since 1929. The series consists of photographic prints and other images documenting most Waa-Mu Shows from the period 1929-1991. Images appear in a variety of physical formats and sizes; nearly all are black-and-white. The vast bulk of the prints is the work of skilled professional photographers; some photographs are by talented Northwestern students while a small percentage appears to be the product of less proficient amateurs. A few images found within the series are in the form of half-tone prints clipped from published sources.
The acts, skits, numbers and individuals depicted in the images often are unidentified.
Materials are arranged first by size and then chronologically.
Method of Acquisition
Photographs separated from University Archives Series 52/1 (Accession #05-103) have been combined with pertinent holdings from the Archives' collection of photographs to form this series.
Twenty-eight negatives (24 from 1930 [nitrate], three from 1981 and one undated) have been removed to the University Archives' collection of materials in these formats.The following have been separated and placed in the University Archives' audio-visual collections: one audiotape of the 1961 Waa-Mu show, two film reels of the 1967 News Parade, one audiotape of the 1980 Waa-Mu show, one audiotape of “Tricks”, numerous glass slides from the 1962 and 1954 Waa-Mu shows, one film reel of “Warhol”, one film reel of the 1957 News Parade, one film reel of the 1945 News Parade, one 16mm reel of “See How They Run”, two 16mm reels of an unidentified Waa-Mu show, one film of video feedback, one film reel of “Morning Song”, one audiotape of the 1968 Waa-Mu show, 1963 film clips, one 16mm film of 1974 campus scenes, one audiodisc of the December 1, 1948 Fred Waring broadcast from Northwestern, six audio recordings of the 1976 Waa-Mu show, one audiotape of a Gilbert and Sullivan performance at Northwestern, one audiotape of “That's the Spirit”, one audiotape of the 1978 Waa-Mu show, one audiotape of the February 25, 1977 “Mahogony” show, one audiotape of “Golden Apple”, one audiotape of “Merry-Go-Round”, one audiotape of the February 13, 1982 performance of “Little Me”, one audiotape of “110 in the Shade”, two film reels of “The Painter”, slides from “Funny Things Happened on Way to Forum”, and two magnetic tapes form the 1980 Waa-Mu show.
Kevin B. Leonard; November 30, 2005.
- Guide to the Photographs of the Waa-Mu Show
- Kevin B. Leonard
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