Five College Archives and Manuscript Collections
Home >> Sophia Smith Collection >> Women's Project and Productions Records, 1979-1996
Smith College seal
Women's Project and Productions Records, 1979-1996
81 boxes (100.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 361

Abstract:
Collection includes plays and programs, administrative records (correspondence of the artistic director, financial and fundraising files, production and publicity materials), photographs, audiotapes, and some printed materials. NOTE: There is no container list online for this finding aid. You may contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you want one sent to you.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following restrictions:

Collection is stored offsite; researchers must request boxes 48 hours in advance.

Note: this collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

Julia Miles founded the Women's Theatre Project (WPP) at the American Place Theatre in 1978 with a grant from the Ford Foundation. Its purpose was to identify and nurture the work of women playwrights and directors. The group produced rehearsed readings, studio productions, and, in a few cases, main-stage productions for the American Place Theatre. Such performers as Colleen Dewhurst, Tammy Grimes, Linda Hunt, and Carrie Nye have supported the program. In eight seasons, the Project presented 150 scripts as rehearsed readings, produced 35 plays, and published two anthologies of plays written by WPP members. The WPP exists to bring women directors together with a playwright, a stage, and actors. Efforts have been successful: Joan Micklin-Silver, Ellie Renfield, Amy Saltz, Joan Van Thorne, Claudia Weill, Bryna Wortman, and many other directors have worked in the Project.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The overwhelming bulk of this collection consists of scripts and programs for "rehearsed readings." The rest includes administrative records (correspondence of the artistic director, financial and fundraising files, production and publicity materials); photographs; audiotapes; and some printed materials, including programs, newsletters, brochures, and clippings.

NOTE: There is no container list online for this finding aid. You may contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you want one sent to you.


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

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following restrictions:

Collection is stored offsite; researchers must request boxes 48 hours in advance.

Note: this collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

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

Women's Project and Productions Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection
Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/

Language
English


Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

Subjects
  • American drama--Women authors--History--Sources
  • Feminist theater--United States--History--Sources
  • Miles, Julia
  • Women's Project (New York, N.Y.)--History--Sources
  • Women dramatists, American--20th century--Sources
  • Women in the theater--United States--History--Sources


Questions about this collection? Contact the archives
Home | Help | About | Search