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David Shepherd (1924-2018) Papers

Identifier: MS199

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 33 boxes which are organized into 4 series: Biographical Materials; Professional Materials; Photographs; Multimedia.

The Biographical Materials (1942-2014) series contains Shepherd’s correspondence, interviews, autobiographical materials, as well as significant portion of his journals which span the length of his career. Other materials are often inserted among the pages of the journals, such as flyers, newsletters, and other printed matter.

The Professional Materials (1953-2013) series consists of individual subject files related to Shepherd’s career. It should be noted that these files preserve Shepherd’s original organization and contain materials related to multiple projects. Of note are copies of Shepherd’s book “…That Movie Inside Your Head” as well as a collection of programs and planning materials related to the Compass Players.

The Photographs (1934-2010) series are divided between photo albums and files containing individual photographs from Shepherd's professional life. Both reflect the original organization.

The Multimedia (1972-2010) series consists mainly of audio cassettes, MiniDVs, VHS, DVDs and CDs. These include recordings of specific events as well as media related to Shepherd’s career. Some VHS cassette boxes contain note cards or multiple cassette labels with detailed information. A general note at the item level in the container list indicates when these notes are present.


  • 1934 - 2019


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on use of these materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.


33 Boxes

Language of Materials



The David Shepherd (1924-2018) Papers consists of 33 boxes that contain materials related to his work in improvisational theater.


Each of the four series is arranged alphabetically according to title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by David Shepherd and Michael Golding in 2016.
Guide to the David Shepherd (1924-2018) Papers
Robin Steuteville, Kyle Kaplan
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US