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University Theatre Prompt Books

 Collection
Identifier: 20/7
The prompt books for theatrical productions of Northwestern University's School of Speech include scripts for University Theatre productions, annotated for use by the prompter, along with sketches of the staging and other notes.

Prompt books are organized numerically by production number (when known). The 104 bound prompt books have a volume number stamped on their spines; this volume number is the same as the number of the production. Bound prompt books include most of the productions from number 50 (1933) through number 320 (1957). The container list for the bound volumes includes play title, production number, dates staged, author, and director. Boxes 1-12 hold unbound, foldered prompt books, also arranged by production number order; however, because of the order in which they were received by the University Archives, the dates run as follows: boxes 1-5, 1956-78; boxes 6-9, 1943-1951; boxes 10-12, 1964-1984. The container list for the boxed prompt books shows the box and folder numbers, production number, title, and dates staged.

In some cases, there is no production number, either because it is not known or because the production was not part of the regular University Theatre series.

Dates

  • 1933-1984

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact us at archives@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3136 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

12.00 Boxes

Abstract

The prompt books for theatrical productions of Northwestern University's School of Speech include scripts for University Theatre productions, annotated for use by the prompter, along with sketches of the staging and other notes. Bound prompt books include most of the productions from number 50 (1933) through number 320 (1957).

Arrangement Note

Prompt books are organized numerically by production number (when known). The 104 bound prompt books have a volume number stamped on their spines; this volume number is the same as the number of the production. Boxes 1-12 hold unbound, foldered prompt books, also arranged by production number order; however, because of the order in which they were received by the University Archives, the dates run as follows: boxes 1-5, 1956-78; boxes 6-9, 1943-1951; boxes 10-12, 1964-1984.

Related Materials

Bound volumes of University Theatre Programs, University Archives, Room 110; University Theatre Production Records, 1934-1955, Series 20/20; University Theatre Photographs, 1928-1978, Series 20/48. For a chronological listing of University Theatre productions, see: General Files, School of Speech, Permanent Record of University Theatre Productions

Other Descriptive 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).

Processing Information

Finding Aid Scanned and Reformatted: Andrew Green, October 2002.
Title
Guide to the University Theatre Prompt Books
Author
Ann Osborne
Date
01/05/1980
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3354