University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Independent Booking Office Records (IBO), 1907-1991

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Independent Booking Office Records
Title: Independent Booking Office Records (IBO),
Dates: 1907-1991
Abstract: Correspondence, publications, surveys, financial records, reports, reviews, placards, photographs, and newsclippings document the Independent Booking Office, which strove for the improvement of conditions for touring road shows.
Accession No.: 2001-013; 2001-033
Extent: 11 ft., 6 in.
Laguage: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

The Independent Booking Office, a non-profit organization, sponsored by The League of New York Theatres, Inc. and the Committee of Theatrical Producers, became operative January 31, 1957. Located in New York City, IBO's purpose was to work toward the overall improvement of conditions for touring road shows.

Acting as a 'middleman' between touring attractions and producers, IBO arranged proper publicity, expanded touring boundaries to include communities deprived of the theatre, and worked with local theater managers to accommodate the productions. In 1985, the IBO ceased operation due to increasing costs and declining need for its services.

A large part of this collection includes records of IBO's sponsor, The League of New York Theatres, Inc. Formed in 1930, and later known as The League of New York Theatres and Producers, Inc. and The League of American Theatres and Producers, Inc., it is the national trade association for the commercial theater industry. The League's members include the individuals and organizations that produce, present and promote Broadway shows in New York and more than 140 cities from coast to coast and Canada. On behalf of its members, the League negotiates collective bargaining agreements with all theatrical unions and guilds, and represents Broadway in Washington, Albany, and at New York's City Hall. It also serves to stimulate greater awareness of Broadway to the public by creating marketing and sponsorship initiatives, accessible ticketing information and points of purchase, audience development programs, government relations for the industry, and by supporting charitable efforts for the benefit of the entire theatrical community.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, publications, surveys, financial records, reports, reviews, placards, photographs, and newsclippings related to Independent Booking Office (IBO), The League of New York Theatres, Inc., The League of American Theatres and Producers, Inc., American and Canadian theatres, touring theater productions, and Broadway.


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Index Terms

Independent Booking Office (IBO)
The League of New York Theatres, Inc.
The League of American Theatres and Producers, Inc.
Broadway (New York, N.Y.)
Legislative Reform

Related Material

Forms part of the Professional Touring Entertainment Industry Archives.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Independent Booking Office (IBO) Records, 1907-1991, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Detailed Description of the Papers



2001-013/1 (09026717) Booking Contracts and Records
IBO Standard Booking Contracts, 1959-1969
Theatre availability, 1984-1985 season
Touring schedules, yearly, 1964-1980
Productions promoted
84 Charing Cross Road, 1983
A Chorus Line, 1983
A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, 1983, n.d.
Agnes of God, 1982-1984
American Ballet, 1984-1986
Annie, 1981-1984
Aznavour, Charles, 1982-1983
Ballet Folklorico, 1967-1983
Beethoven's Tenth, 1983-1984
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, 1980-1982
Biloxi Blues, 1984
Blithe Spirit, 1985
Blues in the Night, 1985
Brighton Beach Memoirs, 1983-1984
Camelot, 1981-1984
Carver, 1983
Crimes of the Heart, 1983-1984
Doonesbury, 1984-1985
Dreamgirls, 1983
Electric Ice, undated
Evita, 1983
Fiddler on the Roof, 1983-1984
Hello Dolly, 1982-1984
Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, 1982, undated
I Love New York, 1984, undated
I Remember Johnny: The Magic of Mercer, 1984
Jerry's Girls, 1983-1984
Jesus Christ Superstar, 1982
The King and I, 1983
Kozlovs, 1979, 1982-1984
Lyndon, 1984
Magic of David Copperfield, 1984
Man of La Mancha, 1984, undated
Mass Appeal, 1982
Make and Break, with Peter Falk, 1983
Milcado and Gondoliers, 1982-1984
My Fair Lady, 1982
Nine, 1983-1984, undated
Noises Off, 1984-1985
Not Now Darling, 1982
Odd Couple, Female, 1984
Oliver, 1983-1984
On Your Toes, 1983-1984, undated
One Mo Time, 1981, 1984
Pump Boys and Dinettes, 1983
Porgy and Bess, 1983
Rockettes, Encore Tour, 1982-1983
Rose Tattoo, 1983, undated
Run for Your Wife, 1983-1984
Sandy Corporation, 1983, undated
Dinah Shore, undated
Sing, Mehalia, Sing, 1984, undated
Sophisticated Ladies, 1983
South Pacific, undated
Sugar Babies, 1983, 1985
Sweeny Todd, 1981-1982
The Real Thing, 1985
They're Playing Our Song, 1980-1981
Tintypes, 1982
Torch Song Trilogy, 1984
Twice Around the Park, 1983-1984
Under the Ilex True, 1982-1983
Underground, 1983
The Wiz, with Stephanie Mills, 1976-1984
Zorba, 1984-1985
Miscellaneous productions, 1981-1984
Canadian tax problem, 1982-1984
2001-013/2 (09026728) Reviews
A Coupla White Chicks, 1983, undated
Annie, with Martha Raye, undated
Beckett, 1984
Beethoven's Tenth, 1983, undated
Biloxi Blues, 1984, undated
Breakfast with Less and Bess, 1983, undated
Crimes of the Heart, 1983
Jerry's Girls, 1984
Kozlovs, 1983
Little Shop of Horrors, 1983-1984
Lyndon, 1984
Nine, 1984
Porgy and Bess, 1983
Strut, 1984
Take Me Along, 1983-1985
When Hell Freezes Over, I'll Skate, 1983, undated
Press Releases, advertisements
Sunday newspaper advertising, 1983-1984
Fiorello, undated
News Clippings
Variety Newspaper, 1983-1988
Operating and Accounting Records
Loans to Shows
Overall accounting, 1970-1982
September 10, 1970-May 30, 1974
July 13, 1974-August 8, 1976
December 8, 1976-December 12, 1978
June 29, 1979-August 21, 1981
September 3, 1981-February 28, 1983
Accounts receivable, 1982-1983
Check stubs, March 14, 1963-March 28, 1963; March 8, 1985-July 30, 1985
Financial statements, 1960-1984
Insurance policies, 1964-1985
Pension plan, 1981-1985
Rent receipts, 1965-1985
Lease agreements, 1957-1989
LITNA (Legitimate Independent Theatres of North America, Inc.) membership lists, 1983
Corporate underwriting, Lucker & InKamp, Inc., 1983-1984
IBO Link Newsletter, 1985, undated
2001-013/3 (09026739) Board of Directors minutes
Correspondence, 1977, 1983-1984
Corporate history, 1956-1985
The "new" IBO, information and fact sheet, 1983, undated
Certificate of Incorporation and by-laws, 1956-1957, 1976-1977, undated
Memos, charts, and correspondence, 1982-1984, undated
IBO dissolution, 1985-1986
League of American Theatres and Producers, Inc. (formerly League of New York Theatres, Inc.)
Board of Governors, 1975, undated
Joint Promotions
General Foods, 1985-1986
Virgin Atlantic, 1988
League Line, newsletter
January 1990-December 1990
January 1991-August 1991
Surveys, focus groups, research proposals, 1979-1986
Department of Special Projects, 1975-1976
"Goodbye Fidel," Hispanic arbitration and casting, 1979-1980
Non-equity shows, 1991-1992
Road committee
General operation, 1986
Booking contracts and correspondence, 1987
Road Reports, newsletter
November 1986-December 1986
January 1987-July 1987
August 1987-January 1988
March 1988-February 1989
College Press Directory, 1970-1971
Miscellaneous memos, theatre lists, and correspondence, 1986-1987
2001-013/4 (09026740) Theatre Surveys--IBO (Independent Booking Office), A-Z
U.S. and Canada, contacts mailing lists, city rankings and theatre capacities, 1980, undated
Alabama, Birmingham, 1964-1977
Phoenix, 1968-1977
Tempe, 1965, undated
Tucson, 1954, undated
British Columbia, 1959-1964, undated
Manitoba, 1957-1980, undated
Montreal, 1963-1964, 1970, undated
Place Des Arts, 1968-1984
Ontario, 1965, undated
Ottawa, 1971-1973
Toronto, 1958-1970, undated
Quebec, undated
Bakersfield, 1960
Berkeley, undated
Marin County, 1977
Oakland, 1958-1977
Pasadena, 1966, undated
Richmond, 1965
Sacramento, 1960-1964
San Bernadino, undated
San Diego, 1960-1971, undated
San Francisco, 1969-1970
Santa Barbara, 1973-1976
Santa Monica, 1958-1964
New Haven, undated
Stratford, undated
Torrington, 1969
Delaware, Wilmington, 1963-1976, undated
Orlando, 1964, 1978, undated
St. Petersburg, 1966, undated
Tampa, 1962, undated
West Palm Beach, undated
Atlanta, 1964-1965
Savannah, undated
Topeka, 1964
Wichita, 1964-1967, undated
Illinois, Normal, 1964
Bloomington, 1960, undated
South Bend, 1964
Sioux City, undated
Waterloo, undated
Baton Rouge, 1964
Monroe, undated
New Orleans, 1964-1968
Ruston, 1961, undated
Shreveport, undated
Maryland, Baltimore, 1963-1964, undated
Boston, 1949-1953, undated
Northampton, 1960, 1964
Springfield, 1965
Williamstown, 1964, undated
Worcester, 1964-1965, undated
2001-013/5 (09026750) Michigan
Battle Creek, 1964
Detroit, 1964
Saginaw, 1964
Bemidji, 1964
Duluth, 1960
Rochester, 1964, undated
St. Paul, 1963-1965, 1971
St. Louis, 1970
St. Joseph, undated
Nebraska, Omaha, 1963, 1967, undated
New Jersey
Newark, 1967
Princeton, 1964
New Mexico
Roswell, undated
Santa Fe, undated
New Jersey, Trenton, 1965
New York
New York City, undated
Niagara Falls, undated
Rochester, 1964, undated
Syracuse, 1964-1974, undated
Utica, 1965
North Carolina
Raleigh, 1964-1965
Salisbury, 1964
Newark, undated
Toledo, 1965, undated
Warren, 1964-1956, undated
Youngstown, 1960, undated
Zanesville, undated
Oklahoma City, 1967, undated
Tulsa, 1957-1973
Portland, 1964
Salem, 1965
Philadelphia, 1961-1971
Pittsburgh, 1971, 1984
Reading, 1964
Scranton, 1965
Wilkes Barre, 1964
Williamsport, 1964
Rhode Island, Providence, 1971
South Carolina, Spartanburg, 1958-1961
South Dakota, Sioux Falls, 1994
Tennessee, Nashville, undated
Austin, undated
Houston, undated
San Angelo, 1964
San Antonio, 1958-1968
Texarkana, 1960, undated
Utah, Salt Lake City, 1978-1981, undated
Norfolk, 1965
Richmond, undated
Virginia Beach, 1963
Washington, D.C., 1965-1974, undated
Seattle, 1964-1979
Spokane, 1965, undated
Tacoma, 1960, 1964, undated
Yakima, 1960-1964, undated
West Virginia, Wheeling, undated
Oshkosh, 1964
Wausau, 1960, undated
Theatre surveys by city
Akron--Birmingham, 1953-1964, undated
Canton--Huntington, 1964, undated
Kansas City--Pasadena, 1964, undated
Providence--White Plains, 1953, undated
2001-033/1 (09026819) Operation and accounting records
Financial statements, 1958-1979
IBO search committee: resumes for road director, 1978-1979
IBO Theatre Survey: Report of Accomplishments and Recommendations for Future Procedures, January 4, 1965
Instructional tapes, 3 cassettes, undated
Theatre information
A-F, 1959-1960, undated
G-M, 1959, undated
N-W, 1959, undated
Miscellaneous, undated
Addendums and advices
A-C, 1958-1962, undated
D-K, 1958-1962, undated
L-O, 1958-1962, undated
P-S, 1958-1962
T-Z, 1958-1962, undated
League of New York Theatres, Inc.
National Association of Legitimate Theatres, Inc.
Constitution, By-Laws, Certificate of Incorporation, Board Minutes, 1933-1951
Membership lists, correspondence, 1954-1966
SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission)
Theatre Production and SEC Act of 1933, 1933-1961
Ad Hoc Committee of the LITNA (Legitimate Independent Theatres of North America, Inc.) on limited partnership interests, 1962-1968
2001-033/2 (09026820) Legislative reform
Copyright, 1932-1962
Support for the Arts, 1973
White House Conference on the Arts, HJ RES 600, 679, 1977-1979
New York State Theatre Admission Tax, 1973-1975
Smoking regulations, 1986-1987
Theatre Bar Bill, 1934-1964
Regulation of Alcoholic Beverages at Spectator Events: State of New York, 1986
Statement of Robert H. Bishop, III before Select Committee on Education, 1962
Subscription Legislation, Maryland Senate Bill 160, 1979
Tax Incentive Legislation, 1980-1981
Sidewalk Peddlers, 1978-1985
Industrial Development Bonds, 1982
Sunday performances, 1934-1952
Restrictive Legislation Affecting the Theatre, a report April 12, 1966
Tax Legislative Program, 1979
Laws Relating to the Theatre District, a survey, 1977-1978
Theatre licensing, 1979-1980
Casino gambling, 1978-1983
Newsclippings, 1977-1983
2001-033/3 (09026830) Theatre tickets
General Business Law, State of New York, 1978
Brokers, 1961-1978
Study of Automation: ticket reservation systems, 1968-1970
Twentieth Century Fund, 1966, 1984, undated
Promotion and sales plan, 1938-1968, undated
Selling by on-line computers, 1968-1971
Ticketron, agreement and bond, 1969-1974
Early Curtain Time, 7:30 pm
Drama Critics Circle, 1936-1957
Campaign, 1968-1971
Sign placards and handouts, 1971
Letters in response, 1969-1975
After-theatre, AMTRAK service, 1982
Bus transportation, 1980-1981
Transit strike, 1980
Theatre buses: Theatre Express, 1966-1968
Taxi System, correspondence and photos, Carol Channing and Eddie Bracken, 1972, 1979-1981
Newspaper strikes
1963, advertising program, League of New York Theatres
Correspondence and accounting records
2001-033/4 (09026841) Labor statistics, 1941-1946
House scales, 1966-1978
Financial statements
The Barnum Company, 1980-1981
Other production companies, A-Z, 1979-1981
Marketing, research articles, 1966-1976
Economic study, "The Plight of the Living Theatre," 1953-1954
Education paper, "Blue Skies," 1984
Special project: High Schools and Drama Enrichment Program
1987-1990, League of American Theatres and Producers, Inc.
Consumer Affairs, cartage, City of New York, 1983-1984
Production Committee, Dramatists Guild, agreement and notes, 1977-1978 season
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1938-1982
2001-033/5 (09515655) Angels: ANTA, 1960-1975
Eugene R. Black, 1970-1972
NYC Cultural Council, 1968-1975
Demographics, 1969-1974
Employment: equity; economics, 1969
Financial (Pinto), 1966-1977
Hearings (Black Report); Hudson River Museum, 1972-1976
Investing; financial, 1967
Newspaper clipping about Broadway, 1967
Lefkowitz, labor relations, 1971-1974
Mathematica; William Baumol, 1964-1972
1966 Restrictive Legislation Report, 1966
Harold Prince; pension plan, 1966-1970
Rockefeller Brothers Fund, 1964-1968
Scitovsky, 1964-1966
Ticket prices; taxes, 1961-1972
Miscellaneous clippings, 1972-1976
Miscellaneous clippings; Mr. Cheskin, 1961-1977
John F. Wharton, 1961-1971
Black Report
Documents, 1971
Economics section, 1971
New York State theatrical syndication laws, 1977-1981
Drama Enrichment Curriculum program
School program, 1974-1976
Student seminars, 1984-1985
Midtown Arts Project (Michael Presser), 1982-1987
High school seminar series, 1978-1979
Student seminars, 1983-1984
Student seminars, 1982-1983
High school seminars, 1981-1982
2001-033/6 (09515666) High school seminar series, 1980-1981
High school seminar series, 1979-1980
High school seminars, 1985-1986
Laws and taxes
Small Business Protection Act, 1985
Consumer affairs; mezzanine and balcony, 1982-1983
Admissions tax, 1982-1983
Securities and Exchange Commission, 1981
Securities and Exchange Commission filing, 1971-1976
Advertising regulations, 1981
Visa waiver legislation, 1980
Consumer affairs regulations, 1980
Consumer protection regulations, 1981
Fisher, Gelband, and Sinick, 1980
National Heritage Resource Act (Representative Downey), 1983
Wisconsin withholding tax, 1982
Canadian tax legislation, 1983
Tax incentive legislation, 1978
Tax incentive legislation, 1980-1981
Business meals, 1982
National funding; Richmond Bill, 1977-1982
Small Business Administration, 1978
New York State Council on the Arts, 1975-1981
FCC Correspondence, 1977
2001-033/7 (09515677) Broadway Plaza
42nd Street Trolley, 1979
Times Square Improvement, 1979
Sunday performances
Petitions and questionnaire, 1932-1933
Special dues, 1941-1942
British bill, 1907, 1931
Labor organizations; senators and assemblymen, 1934-1935
Hearing; Albany, 1935
Advertising and publicity, 1940-1941
Statistics, 1930
Out of town, 1942-1944
Bills and amendments (state), 1931-1935
Ordinance; New York City, 1935