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Norman Tuck Theater Playbill Collection

Identifier: RG-150-1

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of playbills, programs, and personal items collected by Tuck throughout his many years of theater-going. The bulk of the collection represents Pittsburgh area theaters as well as London area theatres. There are personal items such as his ticket stubs from performances, phonograph records, and newspaper clippings collected by Mr. Tuck in this collection as well.

Throughout Mr. Tuck’s theater-going career he saw many different types of plays, musicals, operas, and other stage performances. Although Mr. Tuck saw a variety of performances there are some that were seen more than others. A sample of those include: 42nd Street, Annie, Camelot, Cats, Chicago, Grease, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, Les Misérables, The Lion King, Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon, Oklahoma, Phantom of the Opera, Shen Yun, Singing in the Rain, South Pacific, Sunset Boulevard, West Side Story, and Wicked. These are just some of the performances represented in this collection.


  • 1951 - 2014
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 2005

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7.5 Linear Feet

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Arranged in 5 series:

1. Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania Theater Productions

a. Pittsburgh Ballet Theater b. Broadway Across America (Pittsburgh Locations) c. Pittsburgh Public Theatre d. Pittsburgh Opera e. Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (CLO) • History of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and its name changes can be found at: f. Miscellaneous Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania Productions 2. Other Productions in U.S.A. a. California b. Chicago c. Washington D.C. d. Florida e. Las Vegas f. New York g. Ohio 3. London Programs 4. Personal Items a. Miscellaneous programs b. Cards, postcards, and newspaper clippings 5. Oversized Materials a. Musical programs b. Movie programs c. Phonograph records

Separated Materials

Phonograph records separated from playbills. Larger playbills and programs separated from rest of the collection.


Norman Tuck was born in Butler, PA on December 5, 1931. He was a theater enthusiast since he was a young boy. At the age of thirteen he witnessed Robert Walker’s performance at the Penn Theater and his interest increased. Tuck followed Walker’s career intently and continued to be fascinated by the theater after Walker’s death in 1951. Tuck traveled across the United States and Europe, to see numerous musicals, plays, operas, movies, and other performances throughout the years. This collection is the representation of what Mr. Tuck saw over the many years of going to the theater. He died November18, 2015 in Gibsonia, PA.
Brown, Bryan
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Repository Details

Part of the Slippery Rock University Archives and Special Collections Repository

315 Bailey Library
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock PA 16057