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Gillioz Theatre Collection

Collection Number: M024
Volume: 3 cubic feet
Dates: 1911-2006


This collection was acquired in 2006. It was processed by Anita Roberts and Tracie Gieselman-Holthaus in 2009.


This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).


The collection is unrestricted. Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be obtained from the Department of Special Collections and Archives. Citations should be as follows: Identification of the item, Gillioz Theatre Collection [M024], Department of Special Collections and Archives, Missouri State University.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

The Gillioz Theatre was built by M.E. Gillioz of Monett, Missouri. The theatre opened on October 11, 1926, and closed in July 1980. The building remained vacant until 1990, when Jim D. Morris and other members of the community purchased the theatre. A year later, a non-profit organization called the Springfield Landmarks Preservation Trust (SLPT) formed and began making plans to restore the Gillioz. At that time, the theatre was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and the SLPT took possession of the theatre in 1992. The building next to the theatre, known as Netter’s Department Store, was acquired by the SLPT in 1998 and named the Jim D. Morris Building. Restoration continued on both buildings and in July 2004, the theatre and Morris Building complex was named the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Center. The Gillioz Theatre re-opened in October 2006.

Information found at www.gillioz.org

Related Collections:
Gillioz Family Collection, M023
Gillioz Theatre Collection, Labor Union Archives, LA 18

Scope and Content

The collection was loaned to the Special Collections and Archives Department as research materials for Dr. Jim Baumlin’s Problems and Methods of Research (ENG 600) class project. The Springfield Landmarks Preservation Trust later donated the materials to Special Collections. Other materials were given directly to MSU by various individuals.

The collection is a mixture of materials photocopied from other sources, including private collections, and original historic materials. Among the latter are items found during theatre renovations, such as a series of anonymous love letters written in the 1930s. Materials from the English 600 project are also located in the collection, including additional research conducted by the English 600 class, their papers, and the rough draft of their book, The Gillioz “Theatre Beautiful”. The collection is divided into the four series listed below.

Series I: Publications: This chronologically arranged series contains publications and articles related to the Gillioz Theatre and its restoration. Note that some articles were printed from microfilm.

Series II: Springfield Landmarks Preservation Trust: The materials in this series pertain to business and restoration matters handled by the SLPT organization. The series includes deeds and contracts, documents and certificates, financial materials, numerous prospectuses, and meeting minutes. Folders are arranged chronologically.

Series III: Subject Files: The Subject Files series contains materials such as photographs, memorabilia, and items found during the theatre renovations. Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Series IV: Gillioz “Theatre Beautiful” Book: This series consists of materials from the English 600 class project, including a draft of their book. The series is arranged chronologically.

Oversized items separated from the collection can be found in Box 3. A separation sheet for each item will be found in the original location.

Container List

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