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Theater Collections at Special Collections in Performing Arts

A guide to theater collections and resources at Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland.

Theater Resources at Special Collections in Performing Arts

This guide is designed to help students and researchers navigate the many resources on theater and theater studies available for use in the Special Collections in Performing Arts (SCPA), part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library at the University of Maryland.

Theater-related archival collections at SCPA include:

Theaters and Performances:

  • African Continuum Theater Company (ACTCo) Archives
  • UMD Visual Press & San Quentin Drama Workshop Samuel Beckett's ENDGAME Collection
  • New Playwrights' Theater Collection
  • Potomac Stages Archive (theater criticism)
  • The Studio Theater Archives

Media and Realia

  • Stanford Barouh Collection (photographs of theater productions)
  • Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive (WAPAVA)
  • Charles H. Eisenhardt, Jr. Collection (programs, clippings, books, memorabilia)
  • SCPA Programs Collection
  • Madeleine Bartfield Sigel Collection (scrapbooks, programs, photographs, autographs)
  • Henry M. Bagdasian Theater Posters and Playbills Collection

Performers and Supporters: 

  • Howard Shalwitz papers
  •  Robert Davis & Henry J. Schalizki papers

Educators and Researchers

  • American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) Archives
  • Jackson Bryer Interviews Collection
  • Patti P. Gillespie Slides Collection

For information about books, journals and other resources related to theater research, please visit the Theatre and Performance Studies Research Guide.

See Also...

Contact the Curator

If you would like more information about any of the collections featured here, please contact 

John Davis

Curator for Special Collections in Performing Arts (SCPA)


About Special Collections in Performing Arts

Special Collections in Performing Arts (SCPA) at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library of the University of Maryland Libraries contains performing arts collections that preserve performance, education, recordings, and scholarship.