MS Thr 1605
American Repertory Theatre (Cambridge, Mass.). American Repertory Theater records,
circa 1979-2016: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: Harvard Depository, b, ppf
Call No.: MS Thr 1605
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: American Repertory Theatre (Cambridge, Mass.)
Title: American Repertory Theater records
Date(s): circa 1979-2016
Quantity: 45 linear feet (62 boxes)
Language of materials: English
2009MT-76, 2012MT-22, 2012MT-49, 2016MT-57 and unknown. Gift of the American Repertory
Theater; received: 1983-2017.
Donated by the American Repertory Theater, 1983-2017.
In 2017, the audiovisual recordings were individually described. At that time, various
accessions were consolidated and represented in a single finding aid. No further processing
or descriptive work was undertaken on the production posters, production books, and
negatives and contact sheets.
The prompt books and additional materials were previously arranged and described in
a collection related to the Loeb Drama Center (MS Thr 529), which was donated to Houghton
Library by the American Repertory Theater. That description has been reused and is
represented here as part of the American Repertory Theater records.
Collection is open for research.
Special equipment or surrogate required for audiovisual material; consult Houghton
This collection is housed offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance
notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what
material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.
For audiovisual formats within Series I and Series VI special equipment or surrogate
required; consult Houghton Public Services.
American Repertory Theater Records, 1979-2016 (MS Thr 1605). Houghton Library, Harvard
The American Repertory Theater was founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein. It is the professional
theater on the campus of Harvard University.
When founded, the American Repertory Theater used the British "Theatre" in its name.
However, the name has been changed to American Repertory Theater. The authorized version
of the name still reflects the older name configuration, which is why this finding
aid contains both. The authorized format is used in controlled headings but otherwise
the newer name is used.
Collection is arranged into six series: audiovisual recordings, production posters,
production books, negatives and contact sheets, prompt books, and additional material.
Collection contains material related to productions of the American Repertory Theater.
- Series: VI. Additional materials 5 linear feetHarvard Depository
Scope and Contents: Includes annual reports, playbills, press kits, press releases, slides, audiocassettes,
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by name of production company and then by genre.
- Annual reports 2 folders Box 56
- Playbills 5 folders Box 56
- Slides (photographs) 4 folders Box 56
Includes slides used in productions of Orchids in the Moonlight, Lulu, Happy End, C.J., and Has Washington Legs.
- DVDs, posters, scripts, and other promotional material and photographs 1 box Box 62
Date: circa 1994-2016
Scope and Contents: Contains a binder of music, two DVDs of Spencer Lectures (2011, 2012), scripts for
Alcestis and Demons, an inscribed script of David Mamet's The cryptogram, two proclamations
(posters), and miscellaneous production and promotional material and photographs.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: 2016MT-57. Gift of the American Repertory Theatre; received: 2017 March 15.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements: For the audiovisual formats special equipment or surrogate required; consult Houghton