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Chattanooga Theatre Center photographs and playbills

Identifier: CHC-2017-002

Scope and Contents

This collection contains playbills and photographs that document the Chattanooga Theatre Centre from 1936 to 2009.


  • Creation: 1936-2009

Language of Materials

This collection contains materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright status of this collection has not been evaluated.

Biographical / Historical

The Little Theatre of Chattanooga was founded in 1923 by directors Reverend John D. Wing, Heloise Schwartz, Miriam Hines Thatcher, John E. Gilbreath, and J.J. Mahoney, and president Elise Young Chapin. After their first production in 1924, Dear Me, the company continued to produce nonprofit community theater for Chattanooga, Tennessee audiences young and old. In the late 1920s, the theater introduced children’s plays, which grew into a full youth theater program in the early 1980s. In the early 1970s, the theater began casting Black actors, adding plays centered on the Black experience in the 1980s. The works range from musicals to dramas to comedies to tragedies and beyond. The original theater, an abandoned fire station located at 8th Street and Park Avenue, lasted from 1926 until the Little Theatre of Chattanooga moved to Riverside Drive in 1962. Along with the move to the Riverside Drive location in 1996, The Little Theatre of Chattanooga changed its name to the Chattanooga Theatre Center.

Gustrowsky, Kelly. “History.” Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 2020. Accessed January 11, 2024.


2.63 Linear Feet (4 containers)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Chattanooga Theater Center, represented by Kim Jackson, donated this collection to the Chattanooga History Center on 2004 September 1. The Chattanooga History Center donated this collection to the Chattanooga Public Library and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on 2017 June 12.

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Collection Area Details

Part of the Chattanooga History Collections Collection Area

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library
c/o Special Collections
600 Douglas Street
Chattanooga Tennessee 37403 United States