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"Follow the Fringe Project" Collection, INST 729F, documenting the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

 Collection 0222-SCPA

The "Follow the Fringe Project" Collection, INST 729F, documents a course twice offered by UMD’s iSchool during the summers of 2013 and 2014. Conceived and taught by the late Professor Mary Edsall Choquette (d. 2014), the course, as she described it, "introduces students to the fundamentals of documentation and preservation of, and access to performance activity information. It specifically focuses on documentation and preservation of movement phenomena performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Working with eight students, the course will research and follow several performance groups from the California institute of the Arts (CalArts) Theater Program at the Fringe; plan a documentation strategy; implement that strategy; and create metadata for the resulting media and data to ensure future accessibility; and place the media and data in the archives at the University of Maryland and the Institute Archive at CalArts. The course activities also include tours and lectures by archives professionals, festival organizers and include tours of the libraries and archives in the area as well as attending other performances." The collection consists of both papers and born digital content. Papers include flyers, festival guides, ephemera, and documentation pertaining to the course. Born digital content includes oral histories, performances, and sightseeing footage.


  • 2013-2014
  • Majority of material found within 2013-2014

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use.

Duplication and Copyright Information

There are no restrictions and the materials are open for use. Oral history agreements are on file for the interviews. Any instance of performance documentation is not accompanied by any agreement transferring rights to the repository and are available for viewing only. Intellectual property rights for the paper materials reside with the creators.


1.50 Linear Feet

Related Material

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Processing Information

Paper materials from this collection were minimally processed. The born digital content is processed. Please contact the curator for access.

"Follow the Fringe Project" Collection, INST 729F, documenting the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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

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