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Theater Arts Department Records, 1916-
9 boxes (6 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 18.40 (LD 7092.8)

Abstract:
The Theater Arts Department Records contain annual department reports; correspondence; course records, examinations, syllabi, and reading lists; performance programs; announcements; articles; press releases; invitations; department publications; scripts written by undergraduate and graduate students; non-Mount Holyoke scripts performed at Mount Holyoke; lists of performances; historical sketches; a dissertation written by Hilda Stahl Wagner on the history of theater arts and drama at Mount Holyoke from 1837 to 1950; and photographs. Much of the records pertain to the Playshop Laboratory Theater, founded in 1929 as the result of an English course aimed at fostering student experimentation and research in the theater arts.

Terms of Access and Use:

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

Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Historical Note

The Theater Arts Department at Mount Holyoke was established under that name in 1973/74, after using the name Theater Arts and Speech Department from 1965/66 to 1972/73. Prior to that date, theater courses (including a course in "Laboratory Theater") were offered by the English, English Literature and Drama, and English Language and Literature Departments.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Theater Arts Department Records contain annual department reports; correspondence; course records, examinations, syllabi, and reading lists; performance programs; announcements; articles; press releases; invitations; department publications; scripts written by undergraduate and graduate students; non-Mount Holyoke scripts performed at Mount Holyoke; lists of performances; historical sketches; a dissertation written by Hilda Stahl Wagner on the history of theater arts and drama at Mount Holyoke from 1837 to 1950; and photographs. Much of the records pertain to the Playshop Laboratory Theater, founded in 1929 as the result of an English course aimed at fostering student experimentation and research in the theater arts. The Playshop Laboratory, through which students wrote, produced and performed their own plays, was a lasting institution at Mount Holyoke. Most of the photograph collection documents Playshop Laboratory in-progress set design, backstage preparation and costuming. The records also include a description of the Theater Arts Department's costume collection, particularly records of acquisitions; sample inventory worksheets; accession cards; file guides; and costume collection registration methods and instructions. In addition, the records contain information regarding special events such as lecture series, conferences, and summer theater programs.


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

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

Preferred Citation

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

Theater 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


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