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Theatre Collection

 Collection
Call Number: MS091

Scope and Contents

This is an artificial collection consisting of material related to theater productions including playbills, souvenir programs, periodicals, and images. Most of the collection relates to late nineteenth and early twentieth century plays in New York as well as the greater Boston area.

Dates

  • 1867 -- 1981

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. No documentation is available regarding the intellectual property rights in this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Digital Collections and Archives is the Tufts University steward for all archival records and materials of significant and historical relevance to the college.

The collection began as the University Archives, which were incorporated in 1965 by the Tufts University Board of Trustees (Annual Reports 1965-1988). Previously, the position of archivist was loosely created in 1959 as a means of processing and acquiring important university and student records for preservation. This role was filled by Tufts history professor and historian Russell L. Miller, who also wrote the Tufts University history "Light on the Hill." The archives were considered a department of the University Library (known as Eaton and then Wessell at that time), overseen by the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering.

The university's archives were first kept in Eaton Library, but moved to the Wessell Library building in 1965. Originals of some records were sent to vaults in Ballou Hall for storage. In 1991, due to budget issues, the university archivist was laid off. When the office was reopened in 1997, it was as the University Archives and Special Collections, also located as a department within the Tisch Library.

In July 2001, Digital Collections and Archives was created when the University Archives was tasked with developing a Tufts Digital Library. The department moved from the College of Arts, Science and Engineering to the Central Administration, directed by the University Provost. The Special Collections department remained under Tisch Library.

DCA is currently physically housed in Tisch Library building.

Extent

4.85 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

This collection is organized into two series: Playbills, souvenir programs and periodicals; Images.

Custodial History

Around 2003, several artificial collections were created from material found in Henry Y. Porter, Max Tennis and the Frank E. Fowle papers. One of these was the MS091 collection. The MS091 collection largely consists of items that have either been found with other collections but cannot be identified with a specific collection, or are donated materials prior to the establishment of the DCA and no collection documentation exists to indicate where it came from.

Processing status

This collection is processed.
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University Repository

Contact:
35 Professors Row
Tisch Library Building
Tufts University
Medford Massachusetts 02155 United States
617-627-3737