Helen Tieken Geraghty papers
MSGera72

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Geraghty, Helen Tieken (Molly T.)
Title
Helen Tieken Geraghty papers
ID
MSGera72
Date [inclusive]
1931-1968
Extent
7.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
Helen Tieken Geraghty (1902-1987) was a producer of historical pageants and industrial shows as well as a theater educator in Chicago. This collection contains scripts, budgets, attendance records, photographs, theater programs, set designs, blueprints, costume drawings, clippings, reports and scrapbooks.

Preferred Citation

Helen Tieken Geraghty papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Helen Tieken Geraghty (1902-1987) was a producer of historical pageants and industrial shows as well as a theater educator in Chicago. Helen Tieken's mother, a president of the Chicago Public School Art Society, cultivated an appreciation for the arts in her daughter from an early age. Tieken received a B.S. from the University of Chicago in 1924 intending to continue on to medical school. Instead, Tieken pursued a career in the theater. She studied drama at the Sorbonne and Oxford universities in 1926 and at the Goodman School in 1927. In 1928, she received an M.A. in drama from the University of Chicago. The following year, she traveled to Germany to work with Max Reinhardt, whose methods were the subject of her master's thesis. Upon her return, she spent several years directing the Junior League's Children's Theater and touring with several productions.

Helen Tieken Geraghty's association with the Century of Progress Exposition began with her appointment as director of the Enchanted Island Children's Theater. She then staged and directed "Wings of a Century", the pageant of transportation. During the second season of the exposition, she coordinated revisions of "Wings of a Century", but did not direct the pageant because she was transferred to the Spanish Village. There, she wrote and directed a pageant based on Spanish history, which she called "Hispanana."

In 1937, Helen Tieken Geraghty became director of the Hull-House People's Theater, where she directed community theater productions. In 1943, she became director of dramatics at Francis W. Parker School, a position she held until 1957.

While at the Parker School, Geraghty resumed her career as a producer of pageants, directing "Wheels A'Rolling" at the Chicago Railroad Fair. In 1950, she produced a patriotic pageant called "Frontiers of Freedom" for the Chicago Fair. In 1952, she staged her first indoor pageant called "Adam to Atom" for Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. She also produced "The 17th Star" in Columbus Ohio for that state's sesquicentennial activities in 1953.

During this period, Geraghty also produces pageants for a number of conventions and business meetings, including "Indian Trails to Iron Rails" for the Burlington Railroad (1949); "Song of Mid-America" for the Illinois Central Railroad (1951); "Family Portrait" for Studebaker (1952); "Anniversary Album" for Rotary International (1955); and "Banner High" for the American Red Cross (1956).

In 1957, the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry sponsored the Chicagoland Fair to celebrate the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, and hired Helen Tieken Geraghty as entertainment director. They decided to make the Fair an annual event, changing its name to the International Trade Fair. Geraghty served as director of cultural activities and entertainment for the period 1958-1963, a full-time job, which took her around the world in search of talent for the "Big Show".

Geraghty served as general manager of the Ravinia Festival north of Chicago in 1963-1964. In 1970 coordinated the arts programs for the Illinois Sesquicentennial.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains scripts, budgets, attendance records, photographs, theater programs, set designs, blueprints, costume drawings, clippings, reports and scrapbooks. The material documents Helen Tieken Geraghty's career as a director of pageants and theatrical productions in Chicago and elsewhere.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives February 2006

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Revision Description

  07/16/2010

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Hull House Theatre (Organization : Chicago, Ill.).

Personal Name(s)

  • Geraghty, Helen Tieken (Molly T.) -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Design History.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Helen Geraghty Papers 

Box Folder

Dr. Doolittle - Junior League Children's Theater, 1931 

1 1

Century of Progress Enchanted Island - Pinocchio, 1934 

1 2

Century of Progress - "Description of the Pageant of Transportation", undated 

1 3

Wings of a Century Notebook - report, 1933 

1 4

Wings of a Century Notebook - suggestions for a second season, 1933 

1 5

Wings of a Century Notebook - author's script, 1933 

1 6

Wings of a Century Notebook - preliminary budget, 1933 

1 7

Wings of a Century Notebook - gate receipts, 1933 

1 8

Wings of a Century Notebook - list of properties, 1933 

1 9

Wings of a Century Notebook - list of costumes, 1933 

1 10

Wings of a Century Notebook - musical selections, 1933 

1 11

Wings of a Century Notebook - director's script, 1933 

1 12

Wings of a Century Notebook - rehearsal charts, 1933 

1 13

Wings of a Century Notebook - actors application - blank, 1933 

1 14

Wings of a Century Notebook - casting plan, 1933 

1 15

Wings of a Century Notebook - blocking for scene 1, 1933 

1 16

Wings of a Century Notebook - equipment chart, 1933 

1 17

Wings of a Century Notebook - dialogue 

1 18

Wings of a Century Notebook - employee qualifications, 1933 

1 19

Wings of a Century Notebook - attendance records, 1933 

1 20

Wings of a Century - photographs, 1933 

1 21

Wings of a Century - publicity, 1933 

1 22

Wings of a Century - programs, 1934 

1 23

Century of Progress - suggestions for a national epic drama, 1934 

1 24

Wings of a Century - second season, 1934 

1 25

Century of Progress - Spanish Village, 1934 

1 26

Century of Progress - memorabilia, 1934 

1 27

Hull House People's Theatre, 1939 

2 28

"Freedom's a Hard Bought Thing", Frances Parker School, undated 

2 29

"Secret of the Andes", Frances Parker School, undated 

2 30

Christmas Shot, undated 

2 31

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - script, 1948 

2 32

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - technical script, 1948 

2 33

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - stage business by scene, 1948 

2 34

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - locomotive equipment, 1948 

2 35

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - trains - repairs needed, 1948 

2 36

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - carriages and horse drawn equipment, 1948 

2 37

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - personnel and reports, 1948 

2 38

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - props, 1948 

2 39

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - lights, 1948 

2 40

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - personnel reports, 1948 

2 41

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - stage managers report, 1948 

2 42

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - sound and signal systems, 1948 

2 43

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - costumes, 1948 

2 44

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - music selections in score, 1948 

2 45

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - office report, 1948 

2 46

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - equity blanks and talent application, 1948 

2 47

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - personnel and salaries, 1948 

2 48

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - recommendations for the next year, 1948 

2 49

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - business of closing pageant, 1948 

2 50

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - budget, 1948 

2 51

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - miscellaneous, 1948 

2 52

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - program, 1948 

2 53

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - memorandum, 1948 

2 54

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - program and miscellaneous, 1949 

2 55

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - schedules, 1949 

2 56

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - props, 1949 

2 57

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - horse-drawn equipment, 1949 

2 58

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - lighting, 1949 

2 59

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - "Indian Trails", 1949 

3 60

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - "National Road", 1949 

3 61

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - "Iron Horse", 1949 

3 62

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - "Rails Across Prairie", 1949 

3 63

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - "Westward Ho", 1949 

3 64

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - "Lincoln", 1949 

3 65

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - "Span Continent", 1949 

3 66

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - "Promontory Point", 1949 

3 67

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - "Santa Fe", 1949 

3 68

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - "Northwest", 1949 

3 69

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - "Turn of the Century", 1949 

3 70

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - "Horseless Carriage", 1949 

3 71

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - "Finale", 1949 

3 72

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - music, 1949 

3 73

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - old cars, 1949 

3 74

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - modern autos, 1949 

3 75

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - trains, 1949 

3 76

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - agreements and contracts, 1949 

3 77

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - horses and stablemen, 1949 

3 78

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - stage hands, 1949 

3 79

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - sound, 1949 

3 80

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - costumes, 1949 

3 81

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - final script, 1949 

3 82

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - oil, coal, wood, 1949 

3 83

Wheels A' Rolling Notebook - closing labor report, 1949 

3 84

Wheels A' Rolling - duplicate script, 1948 

3 85

Wheels A' Rolling - newspaper clippings, 1948 

3 86

Wheels A' Rolling - photographs, undated 

3 87

Chicago Railroad Fair - clipping, 1948 

3 88

Chicago Railroad Fair - memorabilia, 1949 

3 89

Burlington Railroad Centennial, 1949 

3 90

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - budget, 1950 

3 91

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - suggestions, 1950 

3 92

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - mechanical department, 1950 

3 93

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - first aid, 1950 

3 94

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - closing report, 1950 

3 95

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - pageant office, 1950 

3 96

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - stage manager's report, 1950 

3 97

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - attendance and time, 1950 

3 98

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - blockings, 1950 

3 99

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - props, 1950 

3 100

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - horse-drawn equipment, 1950 

3 101

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - rolling equipment, 1950 

3 102

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - ground plot, 1950 

3 103

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - train layout, 1950 

3 104

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - cars, 1950 

3 105

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - horses, 1950 

3 106

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - synopsis, 1950 

3 107

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - equity, current, 1950 

4 108

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - costumes, 1950 

4 109

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - stage hands union, 1950 

4 110

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - technical script, 1950 

4 111

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - music, 1950 

4 112

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - lights, 1950 

4 113

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - sound, 1950 

4 114

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - train and track information, 1950 

4 115

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - personnel, 1950 

4 116

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - master list, 1950 

4 117

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - personnel - form letters, 1950 

4 118

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - schedules, 1950 

4 119

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - programs, 1950 

4 120

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - script, 1950 

4 121

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - rules for pageant cast, 1950 

4 122

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - photographs of pageant, 1950 

4 123

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - photographs of vehicles, 1950 

4 124

Frontiers of Freedom Notebook - newspaper clippings, 1950 

4 125

Song of Mid-America - script, 1950 

5 126

Song of Mid-America - program, 1951 

5 127

Song of Mid-America - research, 1951 

5 128

Song of Mid-America - publicity, 1951 

5 129

Movie budget for Illinois Central, undated 

5 130

Song of Mid-America - photographs, 1951 

5 131

Studebaker Centennial - script and research, 1952 

5 132

Adam to Atom Notebook - budgets, 1952 

5 133

Adam to Atom Notebook - scenery-sets, 1952 

5 134

Adam to Atom Notebook - scenes layout, wood grind, curtains, 1952 

5 135

Adam to Atom Notebook - advertising, 1952 

5 136

Adam to Atom Notebook - blocking, 1952 

5 137

Adam to Atom Notebook - props, 1952 

5 138

Adam to Atom Notebook - sound, 1952 

5 139

Adam to Atom Notebook - costumes, 1952 

5 140

Adam to Atom Notebook - timing, 1952 

5 141

Adam to Atom Notebook - contracts, 1952 

5 142

Adam to Atom Notebook - staff, 1952 

5 143

Adam to Atom Notebook - casting chart, 1952 

5 144

Adam to Atom Notebook - cast, 1952 

6 145

Adam to Atom Notebook - research, 1952 

6 146

Adam to Atom Notebook - box office, 1952 

6 147

Adam to Atom Notebook - script, 1952 

6 148

Adam to Atom Notebook - programs, 1952 

6 149

Adam to Atom Notebook - photographs, 1952 

6 150

Adam to Atom Notebook - newspaper clippings, 1952 

6 151

The 17th Star - planning session, 1953 

6 152

The 17th Star - first script, 1953 

6 153

The 17th Star - working scripts, 1953 

6 154

The 17th Star - program, 1953 

6 155

The 17th Star - miscellaneous, 1953 

6 156

The 17th Star - newspaper clippings, 1953 

6 157

Rotary International Anniversary, 1955 

7 158

Red Cross Pageant, 1956 

7 159

Ravinia Galerie Vivante, 1957 

7 160

St. Luke's Fashion Show, 1958 

7 161

Passavant Cotillion, 1949-1965 

7 162

Debutante Cotillion and Beau Nash Ball - newspaper clippings, 1950-1959 

7 163

Lyric Opera - "Galavante", 1959 

7 164

Galavante - clippings, 1959 

7 165

International Trade Fair - programs, 1959-1963 

7 166

International Trade Fair - photographs, 1961-1963 

8 167

International Trade Fair - misc. 1959-1961 

8 168

International Trade Fair - clippings, 1959-1962 

8 169

International Trade Fair - publicity, 1959 

8 170

Chicagoland Far - publicity, 1957 

8 171

International Trade Fair - "The Big Show" - photographs, 1962 

8 172

International Trade Fair - "The Big Show" - photographs, 1963 

8 173

Ravinia - budgets - 1964 

8 174

Ravinia - program, 1963 

9 175

Ravinia - programs, 1964 

9 176

Ravinia - clippings, 1964 

9 177

Illinois Sesquicentennial Commission - Arts Committee report, 1966 

9 178

Illinois Sesquicentennial Commission - newsletter, 1967-1968 

9 179

Illinois Sesquicentennial Commission - "Make Her Wilderness Like Eden", 1967 

9 180

Illinois Sesquicentennial Commission - pageant short script, 1967 

9 181

Illinois Sesquicentennial Commission - publications, 1967-1968 

9 182

American Institue for Architects Gala, 1969 

9 183

Reports and speech notes, 1950 

9 184

Background information and speech notes, undated 

9 185

Miscellaneous programs, undated 

9 186

Miscellaneous memorabilia, 1949-1950 

9 187

Miscellaneous photographs, undated 

9 188

Press releases, 1935-1952 

9 189

Miscellaneous newspaper clippings, 1934-1951 

9 190
Oversize

Costume drawings for Frontiers of Freedom 

Folders

Photographs 

Folders

Pageant Scrapbooks 

Folders

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