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Harry M. Bagdasian Theatre Posters Collection

 Collection 0076-SCPA
The Harry M. Bagdasian Theatre Posters Collection consists of 68 posters from the Washington, DC theatre community. The posters are from a variety of theatres, but predominantly those of Arena Stage, Ford's Theatre, and the John F. Kennedy Center. Mr. Bagdasian (b. 1949) collected these posters out of his own interest in theatre local to DC. He is an active participant in the professional theatre community of the Washington, DC metro area as an author (specializing in comedy), director, producer, stage manager, and speaker coach. Mr. Bagdasian was also a founding member of the New Playwrights' Theatre Company, which he led from 1972 through 1984.

Dates

  • 1970-1985
  • Majority of material found within 1972-1980

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Extent

4.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Harry M. Bagdasian Theatre Posters Collection covers the period from 1970 to 1985; the bulk of the materials date from 1972 to 1980. The collection consists solely of 68 posters from the Washington, DC theatre community. The posters are from a variety of theatres, but are predominantly from Arena Stage, Ford's Theatre, and the John F. Kennedy Center. While the vast majority of the posters were mass-produced, some were silk-screened. Many of the posters do not contain years, or in some instances no dates at all. The processors researched the productions at the companies' websites or in the Special Collections in Performing Arts Theatre Program Collection to determine when the productions occurred. When the year is uncertain, it is either left blank or represented in brackets. Even for the instances where the year is not designated, all of the productions occurred between 1970 through 1985. Dates associated with the posters are the productions dates, not the printing dates.

Biography

Harry M. Bagdasian (b. 1949) is an active participant in the professional theatre community of the Washington, DC metro area as an author (specializing in comedy), director, producer, stage manager, and speaker coach. He and was also a founding member of the New Playwrights' Theatre Company, which he led from 1972 through 1984.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into one series. The posters are arranged in the original order presented by the donor.
  1. Series 1: Posters

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Mr. Harry M. Bagdasian in May 2009.

Related Material

New Playwrights' Theatre Collection

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
Harry M. Bagdasian Theatre Posters Collection
Status
edited-full-draft
Author
Vincent J. Novara, John K. Leupold II
Date
2009-05-31
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2010-06-24: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie Levine Knies, June 2010.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library Library

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
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