Guide to the Theatre Department Scrapbooks

Collection Title: Theatre Department Scrapbooks
Dates: 1928-1998
Identification: 20/64
Creator: Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of Theatre
Extent: 16 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The 33 Theatre Department Scrapbooks in this series fill 16 archival boxes and document the production history of the University Theatre, from 1928 through 1998. The scrapbooks are arranged roughly in chronological order.
In general, the scrapbooks contain press clippings, advertisements, photographs, and production programs (including cast, technical and artistic staff lists) from University Theater season productions. Also included are press clippings and articles concerning Theater Department faculty and new facilities (specifically the construction of the Theatre and Interpretation Center in the late 1970s). Of special interest are press clippings concerning well-known Northwestern alumni in theater and film—see in particular the scrapbook dated 1961-1969 in Box 14.
Acquisition Information: The scrapbooks were given to the Archives in several separate accessions. Les Hinderyckx of the Theatre Department donated Accession No. 89-223 on November 15, 1989 and Accession No. 89-234 on December 15, 1989. Roy Wood donated Accession No. 78-118 on October 18, 1978. Claudia Kunin of the Theatre and Interpretation Center donated Accession No. 99-135 on August 10, 1999.
Processing Information: Leon Hilton; Summer 2003
Separated Materials: None.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Related Materials: University Theatre Prompt Books, 1933-1984 (Series 20/7)University Theatre Production Records, 1934-1955 (Series 20/20)University Theatre Photographs, 1928-1978 (Series 20/48)University Theatre Programs, Archives' General FilesUniversity Archives' photograph collection
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

For a history of the Northwestern University School of Speech’s University Theatre, Studio Theatre, and Theatre Workshops, see Lynn Miller Rein, Northwestern University School of Speech: A History ([Evanston, IL]: Northwestern University, 1981).

Scope and Content

The 33 Theatre Department Scrapbooks in this series fill 16 archival boxes and document the production history of the University Theatre, from 1928 through 1998. The scrapbooks are arranged roughly in chronological order. There is, however, a degree of overlap between several individual scrapbooks; when such a case occurs the scrapbooks are ordered in the clearest way possible.

In general, the scrapbooks contain press clippings, advertisements, photographs, and production programs (including cast, technical and artistic staff lists) from University Theater season productions. Also included are press clippings and articles concerning Theater Department faculty and new facilities (specifically the construction of the Theatre and Interpretation Center in the late 1970s). Of special interest are press clippings concerning well-known Northwestern alumni in theater and film—see in particular the scrapbook dated 1961-1969 in Box 14. A brief description of each box follows. In the scrapbooks containing just photos, some productions are identified (usually by a pasted-in program) but none of the photos are captioned, and many productions are unidentified other than by the production number on the front cover. The University Theatre Production Records (Series 20/20) are helpful in linking a show's production number with its title and date of performance.

Box 1 contains a single scrapbook containing production programs for the years 1928-1951.

Boxes 2, 3, and 4 contain scrapbooks of press clippings and programs for the years 1933-1940.

Six volumes of production photos in Boxes 5, 8, 11, 12 and 13 contain photographs spanning the years/seasons 1939-1965. These are identified by Production Number.

Box 6 contains three scrapbooks of University Theater Clippings (1928-1932, 1935-1937 and 1937-1941) and one scrapbook of press clippings and programs, 1940-1944.

Box 7 contains two scrapbooks of similar nature to the ones listed above. One chronicles University Theater productions, 1944-1947; while the other dates from 1947 through 1951.

Box 9 contains a single scrapbook of production programs only from the 1951 season.

Box 10 contains two scrapbooks of press and photos, one dating 1951-1955 and the other dating 1955-1959.

Boxes 11, 12 and 13 contain all-photo scrapbooks of productions from the seasons: 1953-57, 1957-59, 1959-60, and 1960-65.

Box 14 contains two scrapbooks of press and programs; one dating 1959-1963 and the other dating 1961-1969. The latter scrapbook also contains “Notices; Department Faculty, Grad Students, and Alumni; Activities of Department; Everything except publicity on U.T. Plays,” including clippings featuring such students as Paula Prentiss, Ann Margaret, Robert Reed, Peter Strauss and Richard Benjamin.

Box 15 contains three scrapbooks of press and programs. The first spans 1965 to 1973; the second, 1965-1968; and the third, 1978-1980. The third scrapbook also contains press about the construction and opening of the Theater and Interpretation Center.

Box 16 contains four scrapbooks: 1980-1981, 1982-83, 1983-84, and 1984. Also included in this box are “season folders,” 1996-7 and 1997-8.

Arrangement of Materials

Items within the scrapbooks are arranged chronologically.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of Theatre--Miscellanea

Subjects

Scrapbooks


Container List / Contents

  • Scrapbook of programs, 1928-1951Box 1, Item 1
  • Scrapbook: press clippings and programs, 1933Box 2
  • Scrapbook: press clippings and programs, 1936-37Box 2
  • Scrapbook: press clippings and programs, 1934Box 3
  • Scrapbook: press clippings and programs, 1935-36Box 3
  • Scrapbook: press clippings and programs, 1938-1939Box 4
  • Scrapbook: press clippings and programs, 1939-1940Box 4
  • Scrapbook of photos: Productions # 145-206, 1939-45Box 5, Item 1
  • Scrapbook of University Theatre clippings, 1928-32Box 6
  • Scrapbook of University Theatre clippings, 1935-37Box 6
  • Scrapbook of University Theatre clippings, 1937-41Box 6
  • Scrapbook, Fall 1940-Spring 1944Box 6
  • Scrapbook, Summer 1944-Summer 1947Box 7
  • Scrapbook, Fall 1947-Summer 1951Box 7
  • Scrapbook of photos: Productions #202-279, 1945-52Box 8, Item 1
  • Scrapbook of photos, 1951Box 9, Item 1
  • Scrapbook, Fall 1951-Spring 1955Box 10
  • Scrapbook, Summer 1955-Sept. 1959Box 10
  • Scrapbook of photos: Productions #280-328, 1953-57Box 11
  • Scrapbook of photos: Productions #329-343, 1957-59Box 11
  • Scrapbook of photos: Productions #344-357, 1959-60Box 12, Item 1
  • Scrapbook of photos: Productions #358-406, 1960-65Box 13, Item 1
  • Scrapbook, Fall 1959-Summer 1963Box 14
  • Scrapbook: “Notices, Department Faculty, Grad Students & Alumni; Activities of Department; Everything except publicity on U.T. [University Theatre] Plays”, 1961-69Box 14
  • Scrapbook, Fall 1965-Summer 1973Box 15
  • Scrapbook, October 1965-October 1968Box 15
  • Scrapbook, November 1978-July 1980Box 15
  • Scrapbook, Sept. 1980-August 1981Box 16
  • Scrapbook, October 1982-August 1983Box 16
  • Scrapbook, Fall 1983-Summer 1984Box 16
  • Scrapbook, October 1984Box 16
  • Season folder, 1996-97Box 16
  • Season folder, 1997-98Box 16