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Mount Holyoke College Theatre Arts Department Records, 1920s-1997
8 boxes (3 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 18.40.2

Abstract:
These records contain minutes,newsletters, subject files, programs, publicity images and photographs. The material dates from the 1920s-1997 and documents administrative and teaching activities of the Department.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

Records restricted for use to office/department of origin for 25 years from date of record creation.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright by Mount Holyoke College

Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Theatere Arts Department Records are comprised of minutes, newsletters, subject files, programs, publicity images, and photographs. The material dates from the 1920s-1997 and documents the administrative and teaching activities of the Department. The programs, publicity images, and photographs document the Department's productions.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

Records restricted for use to office/department of origin for 25 years from date of record creation.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright by Mount Holyoke College

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Theatre Arts Department Records, Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA

History of the Collection


Additional Information
Contact Information
Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
8 Dwight Hall
50 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075

Phone: (413) 538-2013
Fax: (413) 538-2370

Email Reference Form: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/forms/areq.htm
URL: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/

Language
English.

Contents List
Minutes
1980-1996


Arrangement:

Arranged in reverse chronological order, retaining the filing practice used by the Department.

Scope and content:

This series contains minutes, newsletters, subject files, programs, publicity images, and photographs. The material dates from the 1920s-1997 and documents administrative and teaching activities of the Department. The minutes chronicle decision-making processes within the Department between the years 1980-1996. Topics discussed include plays and courses to be offered, budgetary concerns, awards to students, and the use of the Laboratory Theatre. An example of the specificity of the minutes as they relate to theatre production is the inclusion of a "prop list" for "Uncommon Women and Others" that moves the reader/viewer through the play by the use of simple props. The minutes document community involvement of the Department with issues such as disarmament and high school workshops. Another subject discussed in the minutes is the Five College Third World Theatre Series. In the 1990s the Five College Theatre Committee of Cultural Diversity replaced the Third World Theatre Committee and focused on organizing a multicultural play every year.

Minutes
Spring 1980-1982/83

Box 1: folder 1
Minutes
1983/84-1985/86

Box 1: folder 2
Minutes
1986-1987

Box 1: folder 3
Minutes
1987/88-1988/89

Box 1: folder 4
Minutes
1989/90-1990/91

Box 1: folder 5
Minutes
1991/92-1992/93

Box 1: folder 6
Minutes
1994/95-1995/96

Box 1: folder 7
Christmas Newsletters
1989-1997


The "Christmas Newsletters" include letters from faculty and students as well as from numerous alumnae during the years 1989-1990, 1993, and 1996-97. These documents evolved from a Christmas card sent out by the Department asking alumnae to write in about their lives. Writers discuss what is happening in their lives such as birth and marriage announcements, jobs, and any work they are doing in the theatre. Alumnae sometimes include photographs and they often discuss the places where they currently live. Minutes, programs, and photographs are arranged in reverse chronological order, retaining the filing practice used by the Department.

Christmas Newsletters
1989-1990

Box 1: folder 8
Christmas Newsletters
1993

Box 1: folder 9
Christmas Newsletters
1996-1997

Box 2: folder 1
Subject Files
1972-1987


The two subject files contain correspondence from 1983 and 1985 regarding money given to the Department from the Billy Rose Foundation and document the "16 Show Cycle," which describes the method used by the Department to choose plays over a four-year period between 1972-1987.

16 Show Cycle
1972-1987

Box 2: folder 2
Billy Rose Foundation
1983,1985

Box 2: folder 3
Programs
prior to 1966-1997


Arrangement:

Arranged in reverse chronological order, retaining the filing practice used by the Department.

Scope and content:

The programs date from 1924-1997 with gaps in the 1920s-1950s. Some of the programs include a listing of directors, cast members, and those involved in production. Various programs also include directors' notes, summaries, quotations, and dramaturgic notes.

Programs
1992/93-1996/97

Box 2: folder 4
Programs
1987/88-1991/92

Box 2: folder 5
Programs
1983/84-1986/87

Box 2: folder 6
Programs
1977/78/79-1982/83

Box 2: folder 7
Programs
1972/73-1976/77

Box 2: folder 8
Programs
1966/67-1971/72

Box 2: folder 9
Programs
1969-1976

Box 2: folder 10
Programs
prior to 1966

Box 2: folder 11
Programs
miscellaneous

Box 2: folder 12
Publicity Images
n.d.-1990


The publicity images include mainly negatives of productions but also include some photographs. They date from 1980-1982 and from 1986-1990.

Publicity Images
Apr 1989-Oct 1990

Box 3: folder 1
Publicity Images
Feb 1988-Mar 1989

Box 3: folder 2
Publicity Images
Nov 1986-Dec 1987

Box 3: folder 3
Publicity Images
July 1986-Nov 1986

Box 3: folder 4
Publicity Images
Aug 1982-Dec 1982

Box 3: folder 5
Publicity Images
Mar 1980-Apr 1982

Box 3: folder 6
Publicity Images
n.d

Box 3: folder 7
Photographs
circa 1920s-1990


Arrangement:

Arranged in reverse chronological order, retaining the filing practice used by the Department.

Scope and content:

The photographs date from 1973-1984 and are labeled. They are black and white and are eight by ten inches and five by seven inches. A 1968 Ring Round the Moon production contains six color photographs. The photographs depict primarily Mount Holyoke students whose movement interacts with set design to create performances and show details of costume design.

Photographs
Apr 1989-May 1990

Box 4: folder 1
Photographs
Oct-Dec 1989

Box 4: folder 2
Photographs
Apr 1988-Dec 1988

Box 4: folder 3
Photographs
Apr/May 1987-Mar 1988

Box 4: folder 4
Photographs
Nov 1986-Mar 1987

Box 4: folder 5
Photographs
Mar 1986-Oct 1986

Box 4: folder 6
Photographs
Oct 1985-Dec 1985

Box 4: folder 7
Photographs
Mar 1985-May 1985

Box 4: folder 8
Photographs
Dec 1984

Box 4: folder 9
Photographs
Apr/May 1984

Box 5: folder 1
Photographs
Mar 1984

Box 5: folder 2
Photographs
Oct/Dec 1983

Box 5: folder 3
Photographs
Apr/May 1983

Box 5: folder 4
Photographs
Apr/Jan 1983

Box 5: folder 5
Photographs
Apr/May/Nov/Dec 1982

Box 5: folder 6
Photographs
Mar 1982, Oct/Nov/Dec 1981

Box 5: folder 7
Photographs
Mar/Apr/May 1981

Box 5: folder 8
Photographs
Oct/Dec 1980

Box 5: folder 9
Photographs
Apr 1980

Box 5: folder 10
Photographs
Jan/Mar 1980

Box 6: folder 1
Photographs
Jan/Mar/Oct 1979

Box 6: folder 2
Photographs
1979

Box 6: folder 3
Photographs
Nov 1978

Box 6: folder 4
Photographs
Apr/May 1978

Box 6: folder 5
Photographs
Jan/Feb/Mar 1978

Box 6: folder 6
Photographs
Feb/Mar/May 1977

Box 6: folder 7
Photographs
May/Oct/Dec 1976

Box 7: folder 1
Photographs
Mar 1976

Box 7: folder 2
Photographs
Oct/Dec 1975

Box 7: folder 3
Photographs
Feb/Mar/May/Nov 1975; Mar 1977

Box 7: folder 4
Photographs
Oct/Dec 1974; crew photos

Box 7: folder 5
Photographs
Dec 1973; Jan/Feb/Mar/May 1974

Box 7: folder 6
Photographs
May 1973-Dec 1973

Box 7: folder 7
Photographs
Oct 1972-Apr 1973

Box 8: folder 1
Photographs
Feb 1972-May 1972

Box 8: folder 2
Photographs
Mar 1971-Dec 1971

Box 8: folder 3
Photographs
Mar 1970-Feb 1971

Box 8: folder 4
Photographs
Oct 1968-Feb 1970

Box 8: folder 5
Photographs
Apr 1963-Apr 1968

Box 8: folder 6
Photographs
Apr 1951-1961

Box 8: folder 7
Photographs
miscellaneous

Box 8: folder 8

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Subjects
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • South Hadley, Massachusetts
  • Theatre Arts Department


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