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Initiating a Granger, 1877

 Item — Small Collection Box: 5, Envelope: 3
Identifier: Series-213-A

Scope and Contents

Victorian-era drawing room play, also called an exhibition and parlor drama. Drawing room plays were developed during the Victorian period in the U.K. and were designed for entertaining guests in the drawing room of one's home. They include instructions for simple costumes and props as well as stage directions.

Initiating a Granger, a farce, takes place in a student's room in an agricultural college where two freshmen are to be initiated into a grange organized by the students.

The Amateur Series, seventh edition, published 1877, Chicago: T.S. Denison. The cover states "Act well your part" and the play originally sold for 15 cents. A description of this title in the back of the edition states that "Though the "Granger" fever may be forgotten, this play will always possess a peculiar interest. So many thousands have been sold that its merits are firmly established." Testimonials stated "Initiating a Granger brought down the house" (Dramatic Club, Burlington, Iowa); "It was laughable beyond description (J.W. Simmons, Lawrence, Mich.); and "It took so well we wish to try another" (H.R. Pettengill, Ithaca, Mich.).


  • Publication: 1877


Conditions Governing Access

Archives collection material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available for use by appointment in the reading room.


0.033 Cubic Feet (1 of 3 plays in a small collection envelope)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The provenance of this item is unclear. It was transferred to the County Archives in 1999 by the Golden Landmarks Association with two other plays and several other unrelated records.

Related Materials

Series 213-B: The Mischievous Nigger; and Series 213-C: My Turn Next

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Repository Details

Part of the Jefferson County Archives Repository

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