Guide to the University Theatre Records
1925-2009

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Oregon State University. Dept. of Speech Communication.
Title: University Theatre Records
Dates: 1925-2009 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 6 cubic feet (6 boxes, including 2 oversize boxes, and 3 map folders)
1 microfilm reel
Collection Number: RG 180
Summary: The University Theatre Records document dramatic stage productions at Oregon State University beginning in the 1920s and consist predominantly of play files and theater posters.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries
University Archives

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2165
Email: archives@oregonstate.edu
Web: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/archives

Languages: Materials in English. 

Historical Note

Dramatic productions began at Oregon Agricultural College in the 1890s; the Mask and Dagger Club was formed in 1912 "to encourage and promote dramatic work." A theater program was formally established in 1920 as part of a new Public Speaking and Dramatics Department (now the Speech Communication Department). Dramatic productions were presented at the Majestic Theater in downtown Corvallis and a small theater in Benton Hall until 1950 when a campus structure was remodeled into the Mitchell Playhouse. The University Theatre moved to Withycombe Hall in 1991 after Mitchell Playhouse was declared unsafe.

Content Description

The University Theatre Records document drama productions at Oregon State University beginning in the 1920s. The bulk of the collection consists of play files for individual plays and posters publicizing performances and annual theater seasons. About 40 of the posters are original painted artwork. The records also include programs, scripts, publications, and materials documenting the summer theater program in the early 1970s.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

University Theatre Records (RG 180), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The records are arranged in 9 series: I. Play Files, 1928-1965; II. Play Lists, 1929-1988; III. Scripts of Plays, 1931-2009; IV. Summer Theater, 1972-1973; V. Programs, circa 1925-2009; VI. National Collegiate Players Fraternity (Drama Honorary), circa 1925; VII. Posters, 1935-2009; VIII. Plans for Stage Switchboard, 1949; and IX. Publications, 1999-2009.

Additional Reference Guides :  

List of posters available online.

Acquisition Information :  

Materials in the collection were received in numerous transfers from 1970 through 2009.

Future Additions :  

Additions to the collection are expected.

Related Materials :  

The C.B. Mitchell University Theater Scrapbooks document theater productions at Oregon State College during the 1920s through early 1950s. Materials pertaining to drama activities prior to 1920 are available in the Feronian Literary Society and Mask and Dagger Club Records (RG 042). Extensive photographs of the dramatic productions at Oregon State comprise the University Theater Photographs (P 112). Some additional information about theater and dramatics at Oregon State is part of the Speech Communication Department Records (RG 181) as well as the Memorabilia Collection.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Play Files, 1928-1965

The Play Files document the promotion, rehearsals, and performances of stage productions by the University Theatre and include rehearsal schedules; information pertaining to scenery and costume rentals, ticket sales, and attendance; programs and publicity; invoices and budgets; newspaper clippings; correspondence; and seating charts. The files are arranged chronologically. Play files for 1928-1950 are only available on microfilm; files for later productions are available in original paper form.

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Description
Box
reel 1 1: The Kelly Kid, the Monkey's Paw, and For Distinguished Service, May 4, 1928
Reel
reel 1 The Devil in the Cheese, December 7-8, 1929
Reel
reel 1 2: Hell Bent for Heaven, May 23-24, 1930
Reel
reel 1 3: The Dover Road, November 22-23, 1930
Reel
reel 1 4: Cock Robin, Feb. 18-19, 1930
Reel
reel 1 5: Merchant of Venice, March 6-7, 1931
Reel
reel 1 6: Youngest, May 1931
Reel
reel 1 7: Beyond the Horizon, April 1932
Reel
reel 1 8: Little Prison and The Land of Heart's Desire, Nov. 17, 1932
Reel
reel 1 9: There's Always Juliet, Nov. 24-26
Reel
reel 1 10: Wurzle-Flummery and 'Op- 'o-Me-Thumb, February 16, 1933
Reel
reel 1 11: Death Takes a Holiday, March 9-11, 1933
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reel 1 12: Rose O' Plymouthtown, May 4-6, 1933
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reel 1 13: Summer Session Play, July 21, 1933
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reel 1 14: Bread, December 1933
Reel
reel 1 15: Both Your Houses, March 9-10, 1934
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reel 1 16: Career for Mother, The Finger of God, and The Mayor's House, November 23,
Reel
reel 1 17: No More Frontier, May 1-2, 1935
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reel 1 18: Tables and Chairs, Are Men Superior, and Society Column, July 29, 1935
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reel 1 19: The Kelley Kid and The Clock Struck One, November 21,1935
Reel
reel 1 20: The Climbers and Maizie, February 6, 1936
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reel 1 21: The Man who Married a Dumb Wife, March 11, 1936
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reel 1 The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife and Cabbages, July 24, 1931
Reel
reel 1 22: The Streets of New York, December 13-14, 1935
Reel
reel 1 23: Three Cornered Moon, March 6-7, 1936
Reel
reel 1 24: The Ivory Door, May 8-9, 1936
Reel
reel 1 25: Mansions and Lavender and Red Pepper,
Reel
reel 1 26: Laburnum Grove, Dec. 3-4, 1936
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reel 1 27: Grandma-Old Style, Dec. 10, 1936
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reel 1 28: R.U.R., March 5-6, 1937
Reel
reel 1 29: Aladdin, April 19, 1937
Reel
reel 1 30: Ladies of the Jury, May 7-8, 1937
Reel
reel 1 31: First Lady, Dec. 10-11, 1937
Reel
reel 1 32: The Ship, Feb. 11-12, 1938
Reel
reel 1 33: School for Scandal, May 6-7, 1938
Reel
reel 1 34: Act Your Age, July 25, 1938
Reel
reel 1 35: High Tor, Dec. 2-3, 1938
Reel
reel 1 36: The Monkey's Paw, Cabbages, and For Distinguished Service, Feb. 14, 1939
Reel
reel 1 37: George and Margaret, March 3-4, 1939
Reel
reel 1 38: Tovarich, May 12-13, 1939
Reel
reel 1 39: Cross My Heart, July 24, 1939
Reel
reel 1 40: Mystery at Greenfingers, Dec. 1-2, 1939
Reel
reel 1 41: Spring Dance, March 1-2, 1940
Reel
reel 1 42: The Precious Stream, May 1940
Reel
reel 1 43: Stage Door, May 23-24, 1940
Reel
reel 1 44: Sunday Costs 5 Pesos and The Wonder Hat, 1940
Reel
reel 1 45: Going Places, July 29, 1940
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reel 1 46: Susan and God, Dec. 6-7, 1940
Reel
reel 1 47: What a Life, Dec. 12-13, 1940
Reel
reel 1 48: Lillion, March 7-8, 1940
Reel
reel 1 49: You Can't Take it with You, April 5, 1941
Reel
reel 1 50: In a House Like This, May 9-10, 1941
Reel
reel 1 51: Night Must Fall, May 22-24, 1941
Reel
reel 1 52: So This is Hollywood, July 28, 1941
Reel
reel 1 53: Our Town, Nov. 12-13, 1941
Reel
reel 1 54: George Washington Slept Here, Dec. 5-6, 1941
Reel
reel 1 55: Ever Since Eve, July 20, 1942
Reel
reel 1 56: Glamour Preferred, May 8-9, 1942
Reel
reel 1 57: Goodbye Again, April 16-18, 1942
Reel
reel 1 58: Dark Victory, march 6-7, 1942
Reel
reel 1 59: Arsenic and Old Lace, Dec. 3-4, 1942
Reel
reel 1 60: Fly Away Home, March 4-5, 1943
Reel
reel 1 61: Craig's Wife, May 7-8, 1943
Reel
reel 1 62: Young April, Dec. 9-11, 1943
Reel
reel 1 63: Personal Appearance, March 17-18, 1944
Reel
reel 1 64: Letters to Lucerne, Dec. 7-8, 1944
Reel
reel 1 65: The Torchbearers, March 1-2, 1945
Reel
reel 1 66: Mrs. Partridge Presents, May 11-12, 1945
Reel
reel 1 67: Snafu, Dec. 6-7, 1945
Reel
reel 1 68: Outward Bound, March 7-8, 1946
Reel
reel 1 69: Holiday, May 10-11, 1946
Reel
reel 1 70: Blithe Spirit, Nov. 15-16, 1946
Reel
reel 1 71: Dear Ruth, Dec. 5-6, 1946
Reel
reel 1 72: Purple Doorknob, China Pig, and Wisdom Teeth, June 6, 1946
Reel
reel 1 73: East Lynne, Feb. 7-8, 1947
Reel
reel 1 74: The Little Foxes, March 6-7, 1947
Reel
reel 1 75: The Haunted House, May 23-24, 1947
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reel 1 76: I Remember Mama, May 8-10, 1947
Reel
reel 1 77: Foot-Loose, July 22, 1947
Reel
reel 1 78: Apple of His Eye, Nov. 14-15, 1947
Reel
reel 1 79: Claudia, Dec. 4-5, 1947
Reel
reel 1 80: Joan of Lorraine, Feb. 13-14, 1948
Reel
reel 1 81: The Scarecrow, March 4-5, 1948
Reel
reel 1 82: State of the Union, May 6-8, 1948
Reel
reel 1 83: Squaring the Circle, May 4-5, 1948
Reel
reel 1 84: The Cat and the Canary, July 20, 1948
Reel
reel 1 85: A Murder has Been Arranged, Nov. 12-13, 1948
Reel
reel 1 86: Papa is All, Dec. 2-3, 1948
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reel 1 87: Room Service, Feb. 18-19, 1949
Reel
reel 1 88: MacBeth, March 3-4, 1949
Reel
reel 1 89: Years Ago, May 5-7, 1949
Reel
reel 1 90: Dulcy, May 20-21, 1949
Reel
reel 1 91: Storm in a Teacup, Nov. 10-12, 1949
Reel
reel 1 92: Thunder Rock, Dec. 1-3, 1949
Reel
reel 1 93: The Bat, Feb. 16-18, 1950
Reel
reel 1 94: Androcles and the Lion, March 2-4, 1950
Reel
reel 1 95: Hay Fever, May 4-6, 1950
Reel
reel 1 96: The Far Off Hills, May 25-27, 1950
Reel
reel 1 97: Green Pastures, Dec. 7-9, 1950
1 The Milky Way, February 15-17, 1951
1 There Shall be No Night, March 1-3, 1951
1 Heaven Can Wait, May 24-26, 1951
1 Berkeley Square, May 3-5, 1951
1 Arsenic and Old Lace, November 1-3, 1951
1 The Winslow Boy, November 28-29 and December 1, 1951
1 Born Yesterday, February 7-9, 1952
1 The Cradle Song, March 6-8, 1952
1 Autumn Garden, May 1-3, 1952
1 June Moon, May 22-24, 1952
1 Harvey, November 6-8, 1952
1 Double Door, December 4-6, 1952
1 The Male Animal, February 12-14, 1953
1 Our Town, March 5-7, 1953
1 Two Blind Mice, April 30 and May 1-2, 1953
1 Playboy of the Western World, May 21-23, 1953
1 Good-Bye My Fancy, November 5-7, 1953
1 Elizabeth the Queen, December 3-5, 1953
1 Blithe Spirit, February 11-13, 1954
1 Taming of the Shrew, March 4-6, 1954
1 The Man Who Came to Dinner, April 29-30 and May 1, 1954
1 Ten Little Indians, May 20-22, 1954
1 Good House Keeping, August 4-6, 1954
Summer session.
1 Affairs of State, November 4-6, 1954
1 Heart Break House, December 2-4, 1954
1 The Country Girl, February 10-12, 1955
1 Sabrina Fair, March 3-5, 1955
1 My Three Angels, May 5-6, 1955
1 The Torchbearers, May 26-28, 1955
1 Bell, Book, and Candle, November 3-5, 1955
1 Night Must Fall, December 1-3,1955
1 The Late George Apley, February 9-11, 1956
1 The Glass Menagerie, March 1-3, 1956
1 The Solid Gold Cadillac, May 3-5, 1956
1 The Curious Savage, Mary 24-26, 1956
1 Time Out for Ginger, August 1956
1 Present Laughter, November 1-3, 1956
1 Oklahoma, November 28-30, 1956
1 Life with Father, February 7-9, 1957
1 The Desperate Hours, February 28 and March 1-2, 1957
1 The Guest Cottage, May 23-25, 1957
1 The Parlor Story, July 31 and August 1, 1957
2 Teahouse of the August Moon, November 7-9, 1957
2 Antastasia, May 2-4, 1957
2 Dial "M" for Murder, December 5-7, 1957
2 The Crucible, February 13-15, 1958
2 The Fourposter, March 6-8, 1958
2 The Late Christopher Bean, May 1-3, 1958
2 See How They Run, May 22-24, 1958
2, 5 Lo and Behold, August 6-7, 1958
2 Ladies in Retirement, November 6-8, 1958
2 Mary of Scotland, December 4-6, 1958
2 Rain, February 12-14, 1959
2 Visit To A Small Planet, March 5-7, 1959
2 Life With Mother, April 30, May 1-2, 1959
2 The Lady Chooses, May 21-23, 1959
2 A Room Full of Roses, August 5-6, 1959
2 Witness for the Prosecution, November 5-7, 1959
2 Annie Get Your Gun, December 1-5, 1959
2 Third Best Sport, February 11-13, 1960
2 Antigone, March 3-5, 1960
2 Mister Roberts, May 5-7, 1960
2 Be Your Age, August 3-4, 1960
2 The Importance of Being Earnest, May 26-28, 1960
2 Girls in 509, November 3-5, 1960
2 The Seed and the Thorn, December 1-3, 1960
2 The Great Diamond Robbery, February 9-11, 1961
2 Separate Tables, March 2-4, 1961
2 Picnic, May 4-6, 1961
2 She Stoops to Conquer, May 25-27, 1961
2 Nude with Violin, July 27-29, 1961
2 Three Men on a Horse, November 2-4, 1961
2 The Knight of the Burning Pestle, November 30, December 1-2, 1961
2 Inherit the Wind, February 8-10, 1962
2 The Great Sebastians, March 1-3, 1962
2 The Diary of Anne Frank, May 3-5, 1962
2 Arms and the Man, May 24-26, 1962
2 Pool's Paradise, August 2-3, 1962
2 Speaking of Murder, November 1-3, 1962
2 R.U.R., November 29-30, December 1, 1962
2 Jacques Cartier, December 7, 1962
2 A Streetcar Named Desire, February 7-9, 1963
2 Critic's Choice, February 28, March 1-2, 1963
2 The Great White Swan, March 6, 1963
2 The Silver Whistle, May 2-4, 1963
2 Shadow and Substance, May 23-25, 1963
2 An Evening of Albee, August 1-2, 1963
2 Happiest Millinaire, November 7-9, 1963
2 The Aspern Papers, December 5-7, 1963
2 Six Characters in Search of an Author, February 6-8, 1964
2 Private Lives, March 5-7, 1964
2 Little Mary Sunshine, April 30, Map 1-2, 1964
2 Come Back, Little Sheba, May 21-23, 1964
2 Kind Sir, August 5-6, 1964
2 Hamlet, December 1-5, 1964
3 Papa is All, February 11-13, 1965
3 A Man for All Seasons, March 4-6, 1965
3 Mary, Mary, May 13-15, 1965
3 The Seven Year Itch, November 4-6, 1965
3 Seasons of 1964-1965, 1964-1965
3 One Acts, 1964-1965

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Series II:  Play Lists, 1929-1988

Series II consists of lists of plays performed by the the University Theatre.

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Series III:  Scripts of Plays, 1931-2009

Series III includes scripts of several plays performed at Oregon State in the 1930s and in 2009 with annotations and performance notes.

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Description
Box
3 The Two Vagabonds, 1931
3 Without First Aid, 1934
3 School for Scandal, 1938
3 The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, 2009
3 Shakespeare's Journey, 2009

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Series IV:  Summer Theater, 1972-1973

Series IV documents the Summer Theater Program in 1972 and 1973 and includes budgets and funding requests, brochures, newspaper clippings, reports, correspondence, and records of funding provided by the Oregon Arts Commission.

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Series V:  Programs, circa 1925-2009

Series V includes programs of theater performances at Oregon State, primarily during the 1920s-1930s and 1990s-2000s.

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Description
Box
4 1926-1943
4 Undated, circa 1920s-1930s
4 The Mikado, 2008
4 The Laramie Project and My Name is Rachel Corrie, 2009
4 1994-2007
3 folders
4 One Act Festivals, 1995-2004
5 Playbill for Streets of New York, 1935

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Series VI:  National Collegiate Players Fraternity (Drama Honorary), circa 1925

Series VI consists of the charter certificate for the Oregon State College chapter of the National Collegiate Players drama honorary society.

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Series VII:  Posters, 1935-2009
2 oversize boxes and 3 map folders

Series VII consists of more than 200 posters promoting individual University Theatre productions as well as theater seasons. Most of the posters are printed items smaller than 20x24 inches. The series also includes about 40 original painted posters (about 30 inches by 45 inches) for productions in the 1950s and 1960s. Several of these posters include 8x10 b/w portrait photographs of lead cast members. A list of posters included in the collection is available online.

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Series VIII:  Plans for Stage Switchboard, 1949
1 map folder

Designed by Northern School Supply of Portland, Oregon; 1 sheet.

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Series IX:  Publications, 1999-2009

The Publications include the annual newsletter for theater arts at Oregon State and several issues of the Northwest Theater Review, a regional journal of works by or about Northwest theater scholars and practitioners, published by the Northwest Drama Conference.

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4 Northwest Theater Review, 2004-2007
Edited by George Caldwell, OSU Speech Communications professor. An article in the 2005 issue by Marion O. Rossi, Jr., and Charlotte J. Headrick examines Shakespeare plays staged at Oregon State University.
4 Entra'acte, 1999-2009
Newsletter of the theater arts at Oregon State University, published annually in the fall.

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Subjects

  • Corporate Names :
  • Mask and Dagger Club (Oregon Agricultural College)
  • Subject Terms :
  • College and school drama, American--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Drama--Study and teaching--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Posters.
    • Other Creators :
    • Oregon State Agricultural College. Dept. of Public Speaking and Dramatics.
    • Oregon State College. Dept. of Speech.
    • Oregon State University. Dept. of Speech.
    • Oregon State University. Dept. of Theatre.

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