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UMD Visual Press & San Quentin Drama Workshop Samuel Beckett's ENDGAME Collection

 Collection 0169-SCPA
In 1985, the playwright Samuel Beckett had his plays Waiting for Godot, Krapp’s Last Tape, and The Endgame performed widely throughout Europe and Asia under the production title "Beckett Directs Beckett". The plays were performed by the San Quentin Players to wide acclaim. What was then the University of Maryland’s Visual Press documented the production through photography and video recording. The UMD Visual Press & San Quentin Drama Workshop Samuel Beckett's ENDGAME Collection covers the period from 1965 to 1993 with the bulk of the materials falling between 1990 and 1993. The collection consists of notated scripts, newspaper clippings, brochures, one VHS tape, one CD-R, assorted books, correspondence, photographic materials, and various other materials pertaining to the performance of Beckett’s Endgame at UMD.

Dates

  • 1965-1993 and undated
  • Majority of material found within 1990-1993

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.

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. Please make an appointment with the curator: Tel: 301.405.9220, Email: scpa@umd.edu

Extent

1.50 Linear Feet

77 Items

Scope and Contents

The UMD Visual Press & San Quentin Drama Workshop Samuel Beckett's ENDGAME Collection covers the period from 1965 to 1993 with the bulk of the materials falling between 1990 and 1993. The collection consists of notated scripts, newspaper clippings, brochures, one VHS tape, one CD-R, assorted books, correspondence, photographic materials, and various other materials pertaining to the performance of Beckett’s Endgame at UMD.

Biographical / Historical

In 1985, the playwright Samuel Beckett had his plays Waiting for Godot, Krapp’s Last Tape, and The Endgame performed widely throughout Europe and Asia under the production title “Beckett Directs Beckett”. The plays were performed by the San Quentin Players to wide acclaim. What was then the University of Maryland’s Visual Press documented the production through photography and video recording.

Arrangement

The collection consists of two series. Series 1, Memorabilia, is described at the item level.
  1. Series 1: Memorabilia
  2. Series 2: Memorabilia

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Transferred to SCPA by William Gilcher in 2013 and November 2017. During the 1990s, Gilcher was affiliated with what was UMD's Visual Press, which is no longer active. Visual Press produced and distributed a videotaped production of Becket's ENDGAME, among other titles.

Related Material

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
UMD Visual Press & San Quentin Drama Workshop Samuel Beckett's ENDGAME Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Sarah Lindblom, Vin Novara
Date
June 2013, November 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States