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Harry Golden theatre program collection

 Collection — Box: 1 [F09.200.05.04]
Identifier: MS0345

Scope and Contents

The Golden Theatre Programs were collected by author and social commentator, Harry Golden and include programs for plays, religious programs, concerts and musicals in New York City and Charlotte, North Carolina. Nearly all of the collection’s theatre programs have been bound in hard-back binding. Sociologically speaking, the plays and concerts that were performed give the modern researcher information about societal values since the beginning of this collection in 1923. Unfortunately, there is a chronological gap in this collection, from 1929 to 1941. Religious performances took place at The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York and Christ and Holy Trinity Church in Westport, Conn.


  • 1923 - 1975


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical Note

Harry Lewis Golden was born Herschel Goldhirsch on May 6, 1902 to Leib and Anna Goldhirsch in the Austro- Hungarian Empire. In 1905, the Goldhirsch family emigrated to the Lower East Side of New York City. [The family name was Anglicized to Goldhurst by immigration officials.] Golden graduated from P.S. 20 elementary school in 1917 and from East Side Evening High School around 1920. He enrolled at the City College of New York, but left two years later without a degree. Between 1921 and 1929, he worked various jobs in New York and became a stockbroker. Golden married Genevieve Gallagher in 1926 and they had four sons: Richard (1927-2015), Harry Jr. (1927-1991), William (1929-2010), and Peter (1938-1957). In 1929, Golden's brokerage firm declared bankruptcy and he was convicted for mail fraud and sentenced to 5 years in the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta. Following his parole in 1933, Golden wrote and sold advertising for The New York Daily Mirror and The New York Post. He moved to Norfolk in 1941 to work for The Norfolk Times Advocate, leaving shortly thereafter for Charlotte. From 1941 to 1944, Golden worked for the Charlotte Labor Journal and The Charlotte Observer. In 1942, he commissioned The Charlotte News to print the first issue of the Carolina Israelite, which had an initial circulation of 800. The following year he formed Southland Publishing Company with Henry Stalls and Martin Rywell to own and publish the Israelite and their venture operated from 1944 to 1949, when the company's assets were transferred to the Henry Lewis Martin Publishing Company. In 1950, Golden wrote and published his first book, Jews in American History, with Martin Rywell. During the period 1956-57, Golden began popularizing his civil rights convictions through his articles in the Israelite on "vertical integration." An accidental fire destroyed his offices in 1958, the year in which he also released his first best seller, Only in America, and his mail fraud conviction and prison sentence were revealed in The New York Herald Tribune. In 1960, Golden toured West Germany to study the status of Jews in that country. Two more tours followed in 1961: one to Israel to cover the Eichmann trial for Life and the other to South Korea. Declining health forced Golden to cease publication of the Israelite in 1968. President Richard M. Nixon pardoned him in 1974. Golden died in Charlotte on October 2, 1981.


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Language of Materials



Programs for religious, theatrical and musical performances in New York City and Charlotte, NC, collected by journalist and civil rights activist Harry Golden.


Collection is arranged into two series.

Series 1: Bound Theatre Programs Series 2: Unbound Theatre Programs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Estate of Anita S. Brown, in February 2004.

Related Materials

Harry Golden papers, part 1, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections -

Harry Golden papers, part 2, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections -

Harry Golden Phonograph Album Collection, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections -

Harry Golden papers, Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

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Processed by Robert A. McInnes, 2006.

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated

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