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American Society for Theatre Research Archives

 Collection 0078-SCPA
The American Society for Theatre Research is a professional, nonprofit organization that promotes research in the field of theatre history. The archives contains materials relating to the structure of the society, the initiatives of the committees, the publications, the annual conference, affiliated organizations and joint conferences, and the history of the society.

Dates

  • 1956-2009
  • Majority of material found within 1970-2004

Use and Access to Collection

Portions of series 1, 2, 3, and 4 are restricted until 2027 or 2039.

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

67.50 linear_feet, 139 megabytes

Scope and Content of Collection

The American Society for Theatre Research Archives contains materials relating to this organization from 1956-2009, with the bulk of material coming from 1970-2004. The collection consists of personal and professional papers, including published and unpublished writings, correspondence, reports, as well as materials relating to membership, the annual conference, publications, the society's structure, and initiatives with affiliated organizations. The collection represents the involvement of the officers and committees, as well as various organizations, including the American Council of Learned Societies, the International Research and Exchanges Board, the International Federation for Theatre Research, the Theatre Library Association, the National Humanities Alliance, and the Modern Language Association.

Arrangement

This collection is divided into eight series.
  1. Series 1: Officers
  2. Series 2: Committees
  3. Series 3: Publications
  4. Series 4: Annual Conference
  5. Series 5: Affiliated Organizations
  6. Series 6: Joint Conferences
  7. Series 7: History of ASTR
  8. Series 8: Photographs

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Donated by The American Society for Theatre Research to the University of Maryland Libraries beginning in March 2002. Collection was transferred from the Department of Theatre of Long Island University - C.W. Post.

Related Material

Available online and in the UMCP Performing Arts Library stacks: Theatre Survey, Vol. 3 (1962) - Vol. 45 (2004); call number PN2000.T716.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.

Separated Material

Media Box

5 1/4" Floppy Disk:
  1. ASTR Related Files:
  2. ASTR Mazer Files 1
  3. ASTR Mazer Files 2
  4. ASTR Mazer Minutes
  5. ASTR/General
  6. ASTR/General - ASTR/ Lists
  7. ASTR/Minutes
  8. ASTR/Minutes
  9. PCF/ASTR 1
  10. PCF/ASTR 2
  11. PCF/ASTR 3
  12. PCF/ASTR 4
  13. WP 50/Letters/Memos
  14. ASTR - Burnim's Presidency 1987-91:
  15. Transfer File ASTR: 1987. 1988
  16. IREX 1989-1991
  17. Transfer File 1988 IREX
  18. Transfer ASTR 1988
  19. ASTR from Nov. 1988 and 1989 Fl. Copy
  20. ASTR Jan-Oct 1990 Backup
  21. ASTR Nov 1990 through 1991 N-Z
  22. ASTR Nov 1990 through 1991 A-M
  23. Disks in Black IBM Case - Margaret Ranald:
  24. International Bibliography of Theatre (IBT) Business 1991 Incl. consortium
  25. OVR/IBT - Vienna 1990, 1991 - By-Laws - Chicago 1991
  26. ASTR - GEN Dec 15, 1989 - Nov 20, 1990
  27. ASTR V Program 10/12/1990 - 11/20/1991
  28. ASTR - GEN to May 30, 1987
  29. ASTR Program V-P to 3/20/1988
  30. ASTR General May 30, 1987 - Sep 1988
  31. ASTR - VP Program 2/21/1988 - Oct 12, 1990
  32. ASTR - General 5-30-1987 (Inc) Oct 1988 - Dec 15, 1989
  33. ASTR Fellowship Jan 1990 - Closed
3 1/2" Floppy Disks:
  1. Theatre Survey Fall 1995 Full Journal
  2. Theatre Survey Spring 1996 Full Journal
  3. Theatre Survey May 1997 complete journal
  4. Theatre Survey November 1999 Backup
  5. Theatre Survey May 2000
  6. Theatre Survey backup all Disk 1 of 2
  7. Theatre Survey backup all Disk 2 of 2
  8. ASTR Winter 1997 / ASTR Summer 1998
  9. ASTR Income 1995-1996
  10. ASTR Archives 7/1/1996
  11. Ad for ASTR - Prime Management Services
  12. ASTR Records to 5/1/95:
  13. ASTR 1991-92 Files of Don B. Wilmeth President 1991-1994 - Also ACLS/ASTR/IFTR statement, 1994)
  14. ASTR 1992-94 Files of Don B. Wilmeth Presidenet, 1991-1994
  15. ASTR 5/1/95 General
  16. ASTR member data 5/1/95
  17. ASTR Registration Form 1998 Conference
Zip Disk:
  1. Information from Judy Wilmeth
CD:
  1. ASTR Gala 2006. Allego Hotel. Chicago, 11/17/2006. Photos by Tom Giglio
  2. ASTR Awards Luncheon 2006. Photos by Jason Reblando.
Microfilm:
  1. Theatre Survey v. 36 (May-Nov 1995)
  2. Theatre Survey v. 37 (May-Nov 1996)
  3. Theatre Survey v. 38 (May-Nov 1997)
  4. Theatre Survey v. 39 (May-Nov 1998)
  5. Theatre Survey v. 40 (May-Nov 1999)
  6. Theatre Survey v. 41 (May-Nov 2000)
  7. ASTR Newsletter Books Nov. 1957-May 1967
  8. ASTR Newsletter
Title
American Society for Theatre Research Archives
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Natalie Tenner, August 2009; David Travis, November 2009; and Wendy Bargstadt, May-June 2015.
Date
2009-11-01
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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