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Mask and Wig Club Records
1889-1989

UPS 68.1

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Prepared by Tina Goldberg under the direction of Theresa R. Snyder

May 1991

Access to collections is granted in accordance with the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Center.

PROVENANCE

These papers were transferred to the University of Pennsylvania Archives and Records Center from the Mask & Wig Clubhouse (310 South Quince Street; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) by club historian John Dixon Bartle, in December 1975. 

 

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ARRANGEMENT

The documents for the Mask & Wig Club productions are arranged in seven series and include: Scripts (1890-1965), Scores (1889-1964), Lyrics (1891-1949), Miscellaneous (1897-1967), Photos (1889-1937), Photo Albums (1902-1910) and Programs (1889-1989). All series are arranged chronologically. 

 

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HISTORICAL NOTE

The Mask & Wig Club was founded in 1889 by Clayton Fotteral McMichael as an all - male peformance group. In that year, a notice posted in College Hall urged students to try out for the new club, concluding with the Henry VI line "Defer no time; delays have dangerous ends." Prompted by this unofficial motto, the Mask & Wig Club staged their first production, Lurline, at the Chestnut Street Opera House. Since then, the "Wiggers" have annually entertained the University of Pennsylvania community with their burlesques and original revues. 

Photograph of Mask and Wig Club production, Kenilworth, 1895, cast members in costume

Productions are musical comedies which often satirize current events and University life. Mask & Wig members and alumni write, produce and direct each show, and design the elaborate stage props and costumes. Wiggers play both male and female roles, accounting for much of the humor of the skits. The highlight of the year is either a Thanksgiving or Easter production, when the Club performs in Philadelphia and tours several cities to act for alummni and friends. 

Rehearsals and social activities often take place at the Mask & Wig Clubhouse at Quince Street. Purchased as a stable in 1894, the Clubhouse was remodeled and includes an auditorium with stage and dressing rooms, a grill room, office and kitchen. 

The Club has donated much money to the University, both for general funds and such student organizations as the football and crew teams, Glee Club and Debating Team. The largest contributions helped endow a chair in the Dramatic Arts, aided the purchase of the Provost's House, and established the Mask & Wig's McMichael dormitory, which is located in the lower section of the Quadrangle. 

 

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SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Mask & Wig Club documents chronicle the history of the all-male University of Pennsylvania singing and dramatics organization. Included are production materials from 1889 to 1989. 

Scripts represent published booklets of each show's dialogue. Scores consist of published and handwritten orchestrations for the pit orchestra, primarily violin and piano music. Lyrics include bound booklets of each show's tunes; many were written by University and Mask & Wig alumnus Charles Gilpin. The section of miscellaneous documents includes programs and lyrics for special alumni and freshman performances, rules governing the McMichael dormitory and a book chronicling the organization's history from 1889 to 1941. 

The photos for each show portray Mask & Wig performers in costume; they include individual and group pictures taken at a professional studio and on stage. The photo albums consist of the same material. Oversize photographs are stored separately. 

Finally, the program collection includes bound and illustrated brochures describing each production. Programs include a short synopsis of the play, photographs of the production, a cast of characters and biographical descriptions of the Club's current board members. In addition, each program includes a listing of all Club alumni and previous productions to date. 

 

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CONTROLLED ACCESS HEADINGS

Corporate Name(s)

  • University of Pennsylvania. -- General subdivision--Students.;

Subject(s)

  • College musicals--University of Pennsylvania.
  • College theater--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
  • Student activities--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.

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INVENTORY

 

SCRIPTS 

Box

Folder

Ben Franklin Jr. 1890 

1

1

Mr. and Mrs. Cleopatra 1892 

1

2

The Yankee League 1893 

1

3

King Arthur 1894 

1

4

Kenilworth 1895 

1

5

No Gentleman of France 1896 

1

6

Very Little Red Riding Hood 1897 

1

6

The House that Jack Built 1898 

1

7

Captain Kidd, U.S.N. 1899 

1

8

Mr. Aguinaldo of Manila 1900 

1

9

Ba, Baa Black Sheep! 1901 

1

10

Old King Cole 1902 

1

11

Sir Robinson Crusoe 1903 

1

12

Alice in Anotherland 1904 

1

13

Mr. Hamlet of Denmark 1905 

1

14

Shylock and Co., bankers 1906 

1

15

Herr Lohengrin 1907 

1

16

Uncle Sam's Ditch 1908 

1

17

Merely a monarch 1909 

1

18

The Desert of Mahomet 1910 

1

19

The Innocents 1911 

1

20

The Innocents, Act II 1911 

1

21

Miss Helen of Troy 1912 

1

22

Maid in Germany 1913 

1

23

The Royal Arms 1914 

1

24

Paradise Prison 1915 

1

25

Whoa - Phoebe! 1916 

1

26

Mr. Rip Van Winkle 1917 

1

27

The Bridal Not 1918 

1

28

Don Quixote, Esq. 1920 

1

29

Somebody's Lion 1921 

1

30

Tell Tales 1922 

1

31

Here's Howe 1923 

1

32

That's That 1924 

1

33

Joan of Arkansas 1925 

1

34

A Sale and a Sailor 1926 

1

35

Hoot Mon! 1927 

1

36

Ruff Neck 1927 

2

1

Tarantella 1928 

2

2

Tarantella 1928 

2

3

This Way Out! 1929 

2

4

This Way Out! 1929 

2

5

John Faust, Ph.D. 1930 

2

6

John Faust, Ph.D. 1930 

2

7

East Lynne Gone West 1931 

2

8

Out of the Blues 1933 

2

9

Easy Pickins 1934 

2

10

Drums Fortissimo 1935 

2

11

This Mad Whirl 1936 

2

12

Red Rhumba 1936 

2

13

Fifty-fifty 1937 

2

14

All Around the Town 1939 

2

15

Great Guns 1939 

2

16

Paoli Local 1942 

2

17

Hep to the Beat 1945 

2

18

Chris Crosses 1946 

2

19

John Paul Jones 1946 

2

20

Juleo and Romiet 1947 

2

21

Alaska Right Away 1948 

2

22

Doctor, Dear Doctor 1951 

2

23

Here's Howe 1952 

2

24

The Golden Fleece 1953 

2

25

Tempest in a Teapot 1954 

2

26

Vamp Till Ready 1955 

2

27

Free for All? 1958 

2

28

Wry on the Rocks 1960 

2

29

All at Sea 1962 

2

30

Where Do We Go From Here? 1963 

2

31

Sorry, Charlie, Your Time Is Up 1964 

2

32

Listen, They're Playing Our Song 1965 

2

33

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SCORES 

Box

Folder

Lurline 1889 

3

1

Ben Franklin, Jr. 1890 

3

2

Miss Columbia 1891 

3

3

Mr. and Mrs. Cleopatra 1892 

3

4

The Yankee League 1893 

3

5

King Arthur 1894 

3

6

Kenilworth 1895 

3

7

Scores for U. of P. Songbooks (printed) 

3

8

Proofs for U. of P. Songbooks (printed) 

3

9

No Gentleman of France 1896 

3

10

Little Red Riding Hood 1897 

3

11

Little Red Riding Hood, cont.'d 1897 

3

12

The House that Jack Built 1898 

3

13

Captain Kidd, U.S.N. 1899 

3

14

Mr. Aguinaldo of Manila 1900 

3

15

Ba, Baa Black Sheep 1901 

4

1

Old King Cole 1902 

4

2

Sir Robinson Crusoe 1903 

4

3

Alice in Anotherland 1904 

4

4

Mr. Hamlet of Denmark 1905 

4

5

Shylock and Company Bankers 1906 

4

6

Herr Lohengrin 1907 

4

7

Uncle Sam's Ditch 1908 

4

8

Merely a Monarch 1909 

4

9

The Desert of Mahomet 1910 

4

10

The Innocents 1911 

4

11

Miss Helen of Troy 1912 

4

12

Maid in Germany 1913 

4

13

The Royal Arms 1914 

4

14

Paradise Prison 1915 

4

15

Whoa-Phoebe! 1916 

4

16

Mr. Rip Van Winkle 1917 

4

17

The Bridal Not 1918 

5

1

The Revue of Revues 1919 

5

2

Don Quixote, Esq. 1920 

5

3

Somebody's Lion 1921 

5

4

Somebody's Lion 1921, cont.'d 

5

4

Tell Tales 1922 

5

5

Here's Howe 1922 

5

6

That's That 1924 

5

7

Joan of Arkansas 1925 

5

8

A Sale and a Sailor 1926 

5

9

Hoot, Mon! 1927 

5

10

Hoot, Mon! 1927 

5

11

Tarantella 1928 

5

12

Tarantella 1928 

5

13

This Way Out 1929 

5

14

John Faust, Ph.D. 1930 

5

15

John Faust, Ph.D. 1930 

5

16

East Lynne Gone West 1931 

5

17

East Lynne Gone West 1931 

5

18

Ruff Neck 1932 

5

19

Out of the Blues 1933 

5

20

Easy Pickins 1934 

5

21

Easy Pickins 1934 

5

22

Drums Fortissimo 1935 

5

23

Red Rhumba 1936 

6

1

This Mad Whirl 1936 

6

2

Fifty - fifty 1937 

6

3

Fifty - fifty 1937, cont.'d 

6

3

All Around the Town 1938 

6

4

Great Guns 1939 

6

5

High as a Kite 1940 

6

6

Out of this World 1941 

6

7

Red Points and Blue 1941 

6

8

Paoli Local 1942 

6

9

Hep to the Beat Act 1 piano music 1945 

6

10

Hep to the Beat Act 2 piano music 1945 

6

11

Chris Crosses 1946 

6

12

John Paul Jones 1946 

6

13

Juleo and Romiet 1947 

6

14

Alaska Right Away 1948 

6

15

Adamant Eve 1949 

7

1

Count Me In 1950 

7

2

Doctor, Dear Doctor 1951 

7

3

Doctor, Dear Doctor 1951 

7

4

Here's Howe 1952 

7

5

Golden Fleece 1953 

7

6

Golden Fleece 1953, cont.'d 

7

6

Tempest in a Teapot 1954 

7

7

Tempest in a Teapot, cont.'d 1954 

7

8

Free for All? 1958 

7

9

Free for All? 1958 

7

10

Off the Top 1958 

7

11

Wright Side Up 1959 

7

12

Wry on the Rocks 1961 

7

13

All at Sea 1962 

7

14

Sorry, Charlie, Your Time is Up 1964 

7

15

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LYRICS 

Box

Folder

Miss Columbia 1891 

8

1

King Arthur of Ye Table Rounde 1894 

8

2

Kenilworth 1895 

8

3

No Gentleman of France 1896 

8

4

The House that Jack Built 1898 

8

5

Captain Kidd, U.S.N. 1899 

8

6

Mr. Aguinaldo of Manila 1900 

8

7

Old King Cole 1902 

8

8

Sir Robinson Crusoe 1903 

8

9

Herr Lohengrin 1907 

8

10

Somebody's Lion Act II 1921 

8

11

Tell Tales 1922 

8

12

Here's Howe 1923 

8

13

That's That Act I 1924 

8

14

Ruff Neck 1932 

8

15

Adamant Eve 1949 

8

16

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MISCELLANEOUS 

Box

Folder

Mr. and Mrs. Cleopatra (preliminary performances) 1897 

8

17

Invitation 1897 

8

18

Ici On Parle Français (preliminary performances) 1902 

8

19

The Snowball (preliminary performances) 1903 

8

20

The Jingles of Founders' Night (preliminary performances) 1907 

8

21

The Private Secretary (preliminary performances) 1908 

8

22

Uncle Sam's Ditch (scores) 1908 

8

23

Rules Governing the McMichael dormitory room 1910 

8

24

Addendum to the Club Yearbook of 1917-1918, 1921-1922 

8

25

Founder's Night primer 1924 

8

26

Founder's Night Puzzle Book 1925 

8

27

Songs of Mask and Wig 1940 / By William A. Wiedersheim Some Fifty Odd Years of the Mask and Wig Club 1889-1941 

8

28

An Experimental Revue in 2 Acts (Seventh Freshman show) 1943 

8

30

Dinner Commemorating the Pennsylvania Gazette 1951 

8

31

Up from the Farm (Freshman Weekend) 1952 

8

32

Holmes Sweet Holmes (Freshman Issue) 1954 

8

33

Green and Bear It (Freshman weekend) 1955 

8

34

Mad Ad'r (freshman program) 1956 

8

35

Dam It All (Freshman Production program) 1957 

8

36

Invitation to Annual Founders' Night Dinner 1967 

8

37

The Librettos of the Mask and Wig Club Plays(book) 1889-1899 

8

38

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PHOTOGRAPHS 

Box

Folder

General Photos 

9

1

Lurline 1889 

9

2

Ben Franklin, Jr. 1890 

9

3

Miss Columbia 1891 

9

4

Mr. and Mrs. Cleopatra 1892 

9

5

The Yankee League 1893 

9

6

The Yankee League 1893 

9

6

King Arthur 1894 

9

7

King Arthur 1894 

9

8

King Arthur folder 3 1894 

9

9

Kenilworth 1895 

9

10

Kenilworth 1895 

9

11

No Gentleman of France 1896 

9

12

No Gentleman of France 1896 

9

13

Very Little Red Riding Hood 1897 

9

14

The House that Jack Built 1898 

9

15

Captain Kidd, U.S.N. 1899 

9

16

Mr. Aguinaldo of Manila 1900 

9

17

Ba, Baa Black Sheep 1901 

10

1

Old King Cole 1902 

10

2

Sir Robinson Crusoe 1903 

10

3

Alice in Anotherland 1904 

10

4

Alice in Anotherland 1904 

10

5

Mr. Hamlet of Denmark 1905 

10

6

Shylock and Co., Bankers 1906 

10

7

Herr Lohengrin 1907 

10

8

Uncle Sam's Ditch 1908 

10

9

Merely a Monarch 1909 

10

10

The Desert of Mahomet 1910 

10

11

The Innocents 1911 

10

12

Miss Helen of Troy 1912 

10

13

Maid in Germany 1913 

10

14

The Royal Arms 1914 

10

15

Paradise Prison 1915 

10

16

Whoa-Phoebe! 1916 

10

17

Mr. Rip Van Winkle 1917 

10

18

The Bridal Not 1918 

10

19

Revue of Reviews 1919 

10

20

Don Quixote, Esq. 1920 

10

21

Somebody's Lion 1921 

10

22

Tell Tales 1922 

10

23

Here's Howe 1923 

10

24

That's That 1924 

10

25

Joan of Arkansas 1925 

10

26

Hoot Mon! 1927 

10

27

Tarantella 1928 

10

28

This Way Out 1929 

10

29

East Lynne Gone West 1931 

10

30

Ruff Neck 1932 

10

31

Easy Pickins 1934 

10

32

Drums Fortissimo 1935 

10

33

Red Rhumba 1936 

10

34

This Mad Whirl 1936 

10

35

Fifty-Fifty 1937 

10

36

All Around the Town 1938 

10

37

Great Guns 1939 

10

38

High as a Kite 1940 

10

39

Red Points and Blue 1944 

10

40

Count Me In 1950 

10

41

Quick, Before It's Written 1967 

10

42

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PHOTOGRAPH ALBUMS 

Box

Folder

Old King Cole 1902 

11A

1

Old King Cole #2 1902 

11A

2

Old King Cole #3 1902 

11A

3

Sir Robinson Crusoe 1903 

11A

4

Sir Robinson Crusoe #2 1903 

11A

5

Sir Robinson Crusoe #3 1903 

11A

6

Alice in Anotherland 1904 

11B

7

Alice in Anotherland 1904 

11B

8

Alice in Anotherland #2 1904 

11B

9

Mr. Hamlet of Denmark 1905 

11B

10

Mr. Hamlet of Denmark #2 1905 

11B

11

Shylock and Co., Bankers 1906 

11B

12

Shylock and Co., Bankers #2 1906 

11B

13

Shylock and Co., Bankers #3 1906 

12A

1

Herr Lohengrin 1907 

12A

2

Herr Lohengrin #2 1907 

12A

3

Herr Lohengrin #3 1907 

12A

4

Herr Lohengrin #4 1907 

12A

5

Uncle Sam's Ditch 1908 

12A

6

Uncle Sam's Ditch #2 1908 

12B

7

Uncle Sam's Ditch #3 1908 

12B

8

Merely a Monarch 1909 

12B

9

Merely a Monarch #2 1909 

12B

10

Merely a Monarch #3 1909 

12B

11

Desert of Mahomet 1910 

12B

12

Mr. and Mrs. Cleopatra 1892 

13

1

Desert of Mahomet #2 1910 

13

2

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PROGRAMS 

Box

Folder

Lurline 1889 

14

1

Ben Franklin, Jr. 1890 

14

2

Ben Franklin, Jr. 2nd showing 1891 

14

3

Mr. and Mrs. Cleopatra 1892 

14

4

The Yankee League 1893 

14

5

Bound edition - history 1893 

14

6

King Arthur 1894 

14

7

Kenilworth 1895 

14

8

Bound edition - history 1895 

14

9

No Gentleman of France 1896 

14

10

Very Little Red Riding Hood 1897 

14

11

The House that Jack Built 1898 

14

12

Captain Kidd, U.S.N. 1899 

14

13

Easter by the Sea, menu Arlington Hotel, Atlantic City, N.J. 1899 

14

14

Mr. Aguinaldo of Manila 1900 

14

15

Ba, Baa, Black Sheep 1901 

14

16

Old King Cole 1902 

14

17

Sir Robinson Crusoe 1903 

14

18

Alice in Anotherland 1904 

14

19

Mr. Hamlet of Denmark 1905 

14

20

Shylock and Co., Bankers 1906 

14

21

Tryouts List Shylock and Co. chorus 1906 

14

22

An 18 Year History 1907 

14

23

Herr Lohengrin 1907 

14

24

Uncle Sam's Ditch 1908 

14

25

Merely a Monarch 1909 

14

26

The Desert of Mahomet 1910 

14

27

The Innocents 1911 

14

28

Miss Helen of Troy 1912 

14

29

Maid in Germany 1913 

14

30

The Royal Arms 1914 

14

31

Paradise Prison 1915 

14

32

Whoa-Phoebe! 1916 

14

33

Mr. Rip Van Winkle 1917 

14

34

The Bridal Not 1918 

14

35

Revue of Reviews 1919 

14

36

Don Quixote, Esq. 1920 

14

37

Somebody's Lion 1921 

14

38

Tell Tales 1922 

14

39

Here's Howe 1923 

14

40

That's That 1924 

14

41

Joan of Arkansas 1925 

14

42

A Sale and a Sailor 1926 

14

43

A Sale and a Sailor: The Pennsylvania pictorial supplement 1926 

14

44

Hoot Mon 1927 

14

45

Tarantella 1928 

14

46

This Way Out 1929 

14

47

John Faust, Ph.D. 1930 

14

48

East Lynne Gone West 1931 

14

49

Ruff Neck 1932 

15

1

Out of the Blues 1933 

15

2

Easy Pickins 1934 

15

3

Drums Fortissimo 1935 

15

4

Red Rhumba 1936 

15

5

This Mad Whirl 1936 

15

6

Fifty-Fifty 1937 

15

7

All Around the Town 1938 

15

8

Great Guns 1939 

15

9

High as a Kite 1940 

15

10

Out of this World 1941 

15

11

Paoli Local 1942 

15

12

Red Points and Blue 1944 

15

13

Hep to the Beat 1945 

15

14

John Paul Jones 1946 

15

15

Chris Crosses 1946 

15

16

Juleo and Romiet 1947 

15

17

Alaska Right Away 1948 

15

18

Adamant Eve 1949 

15

19

Count Me In! 1950 

15

20

Doctor, Dear Doctor! 1951 

15

21

Here's Howe! 1952 

15

22

The Golden Fleece 1953 

15

23

Tempest in a Teapot 1954 

15

24

Vamp till Ready 1955 

15

25

Ring Around Rosie 1956 

15

26

Free for All? 1958 

15

27

Off the Top 1958 

15

28

Wright Side Up 1959 

15

29

Wry on the Rocks 1961 

15

30

All at Sea 1962 

15

31

Where Do We Go From Here? 1963 

15

32

Sorrie, Charlie, Your Time is Up 1964 

15

33

Listen, They're Playing Our Song 1965 

15

34

About Farce! 1966 

15

35

Quick, Before It's Written 1967 

15

36

All's Fair 1968 

15

37

The Devil to Pay 1969 

15

38

Wrought Irony 1970 

15

39

Now Listen Hear 1972 

15

40

Take Ten 1973 

15

41

Film Flam 1974 

15

42

Mystery Loves Company 1975 

15

43

Is It Yesterday Already? 1976 

15

44

S!R!O! 1977 

15

45

Daze a Vu 1980 

15

46

You Gotta Have Art 1983 

15

47

Irreverence of Things Past 1985 

15

48

Happily Ever Laughter 1986 

15

49

Eureka!? I Hardly Know Ya! 1987 

15

50

Pun and Crime-ishment 1989 

15

51

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OVERSIZED PHOTOGRAPHS 

Box

Folder

Lurline - 1889 (3 photographs) 

OS 1

1

Ben Franklin, Jr. - 1890 (6 photographs) 

OS 1

2

The Yankee League - 1893 (3 photographs) 

OS 1

3

King Arthur - 1894 (1 photograph) 

OS 1

4

Kenilworth - 1895 (3 photographs) 

OS 1

5

No Gentleman of France - 1896 (1 photograph) 

OS 1

6

Very Little Red Riding Hood - 1897 (1 photograph) 

OS 1

7

Mr. Aquinaldo of Manila - 1900 (1 photograph) 

OS 1

8

Ba Ba Black Sheep - 1901 (1 photograph) 

OS 1

9

Shylock and Co. - 1906 (1 photograph) 

OS 1

10

Merely a Monarch - 1909 (1 photograph) 

OS 1

11

Desert of Mahomet - 1910 (3 photographs) 

OS 1

12

The Innocents - 1911 (1 photograph) 

OS 2

1

Miss Helen of Troy - 1912 (1 photograph) 

OS 2

2

The Royal Arms - 1914 (1 photograph) 

OS 2

3

Mr. Rip Van Winklel - 1917 (1 photograph) 

OS 2

4

Uncle Sam's Ditch - 1918 (1 photograph) 

OS 2

5

That's That - 1924 (3 photographs) 

OS 2

6

Tarantella - 1928 (9 double-sided pages of paste-ups) 

OS 2

7

This Way Out - 1929 (6 photographs) 

OS 2

8

John Faust, Ph.D. - 1930 (1 photograph) 

OS 2

9

East Lynne Gone West - 1931 (1 photograph) 

OS 2

10

Drums Fortissimo - (7 photographs) 

OS 2

11

Fifty - fifty - Wood and Bechtel 1937 (5 photographs) 

OS 2

12

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Posters 

Box

Folder

The Desert of Mahomet 22nd Anniversary 1910 

 OS 3

 

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