Scope and Contents
The Joan Dillon papers span the years 1862 to 1998 and focus exclusively on the research, preparation and publication of American Theaters: Performance Halls of the Nineteenth Century (New York: Preservation Press of John Wiley and Sons, 1997). The collection documents theaters included in the book, as well as theaters that were considered for inclusion but rejected. There are also a large number of photographs and slides of theaters documented in the files. Working files from the publication process are also part of the collection, including correspondence from Dillon to Naylor, grant applications, and lists and indexes of theaters being considered for inclusion in the book. The collection also contains materials documenting the publication of the book, including press releases and reviews.