Child Drama Collection



Contents Overview

In 2011, the Child Drama Collection contained over 8,000 books, which included over 3,000 playscripts, 165 periodical titles, and theses, dissertations and applied projects. Most of the publications came from the libraries of leading figures in the field and from play publishers. Some have annotations made by the original owner and/or inscriptions from the book author.

The manuscript collections fill over 3,500 linear feet of shelf space. Included are: collections for individuals, theatre companies, organizations and publishing houses; audio-visual media; pre-print materials; production materials; posters; typescripts; oral histories; musical scores; study guides; teaching aids; correspondence; curricula and lesson plans; photographs and slides; and research and resource materials. Many of these items are unique--the only ones in existence.

See the Table of Contents (pdf) for a list of the holdings in the Child Drama Collection.

See the Child Drama Collection LibGuide for information about how to access the materials in this collection.

See the Child Drama Collection Collection Development Policy (pdf) for a definition of the scope of the materials that are being collected.

Materials Held

For a list of manuscript collections by category, see Finding Manuscripts in the Child Drama Collection LibGuide.

Ephemera Collections: These collections are artificially created from small donations and are organized by subject, such as social issues, professional theatres, playwriting and censorship. For a list of these subjects and for directions for accessing these materials, see Finding Ephemera in the Child Drama Collection LibGuide.

International Holdings: Included are: artifacts; books; information about theatre for young audiences companies, festivals and plays; and arts  education materials—primarily from England, Ireland, Sweden, Russia, Yugoslavia and other European countries, Canada, Australia and Japan.

Periodicals: Included are full runs of the  American national theatre for youth organizations,’ TYA/USA (formerly ASSITEJ/USA) and AATE (formerly known as CTC, CTAA and AATY), journals and newsletters. Also included are Australian and British educational theatre journals, catalogs for publishers of plays for young audiences, international and American puppetry journals and other American, European and Asian arts education and advocacy journals.

Playscripts: Included are all of the plays ever published by New Plays, Inc. and Anchorage Press and all of the theatre for young audiences’ playscripts currently in the Dramatic Publishing catalogue. These are housed in the Child Drama Collection or in the Hayden Library Curriculum stacks.

Examples of Some of the Unique Collections

Cherie Bennett Collection with Jeff Gottesfeld Materials - Cherie Bennett writes young adult novels, plays, screenplays, television shows and a syndicated newspaper column for tweens. She collaborates regularly on these with her husband Jeff Gottesfeld. Her collection includes: correspondence; interviews; drafts of plays for adults and young audiences, novels, television scripts, and screenplays; newspaper columns; letters from teenage fans; and production materials for her plays.

Irene Corey Collection - Irene Corey received the highest award given by USITT, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, for a lifetime of distinguished contribution to the performing arts for her innovative theatrical set, costume and make-up work, which championed the unification of all theatrical design elements. She was the Artistic Director for the Everyman Players and is the designer of Barney, the Purple Dinosaur, and his television friends. Her collection includes: over 1,000  costume, set and make-up renderings; research notes; over 5,000 production and teaching slides; reference files; process files; book pre-print materials; articles; and costumes for The Book of Job and The Tempest.

Everyman Players - This internationally touring theatre company began with a production of The Book of Job in 1957 and continued performing until 1980. In the 1960s Everyman added Reynard the Fox and other plays for young audiences to its repertoire. This collection includes: promptbooks; production and publicity photographs; touring notebooks; business and management records; production materials; newspaper articles and reviews; scrapbooks; and presentation books.

Jonathan Levy Collection - Dr. Jonathan Levy, university professor, theatre for youth historian and playwright, donated his library of over 600 books (dating from the 17th-20th century) that document the history of theatre for youth, the life of the child and trends in society. Levy consults annually on the purchase of additional pre-1900 books. Also included are manuscripts that document his playwriting and theatre for youth academic and research careers. His papers contain: typescripts for his plays and books; research materials; International Baccalaureate Theatre Curriculum materials; playwriting curricula; and his work with Howard Gardner at Project Zero at Harvard University.

Joe E. Marks Collection - Joe E. Marks, comic, and stage and screen actor played Pappy Yokum in Broadway's Lil Abner and Smee in Mary Martin's Peter Pan and was a member of a children's vaudeville troupe. His collection includes: joke books; personal correspondence; programs; typescripts of routines and plays; photographs of vaudevillians, actors, productions and family (some autographed); publicity postcards; and props.

Paul Morse Collection - Paul Morse, playwright, composer, actor and theatre educator turned his focus from adult theatre to creating multicultural plays for young audiences in Southern California in 1980. He is best known for his multicultural plays Letters to Harriet Tubman and Two Friends/Dos Amigos. His collection includes: correspondence, awards, articles about Morse, typescripts, promptbooks, research materials, musical scores, teaching materials, posters and audio and video recordings of Morse shows.

Joann Yeoman Tongret Collection - Joann Yeoman Tongret is an award-winning theatre actress, director, choreographer and retired Arizona State University professor. Her collection includes: her thesis research on Stuart Walker; published articles on theatre; production photographs; and scrapbook pages.