Special Collections and Archives

KSU Theatre records

Special Collections and Archives

KSU Theatre records

Kent State University Theatre records

Finding Aid

Prepared by Virginia Dressler, July 17, 2006, Upated June 2011; February 2017

Inclusive Dates: 1918-1999
Extent: 1 record storage box, 1 cubic foot
Physical Location: 11th floor

Historical Note

Kent State University Theatre has held numerous stage productions, from plays and musicals to visiting ensembles and lecturers. With Porthouse Theatre running throughout the summers, the majority of productions on campus since the early 1970's were put on during the fall and spring semesters. The locations of the various campus stages have changed over the course of time, with new buildings and renovation projects. The E. Turner Stump Theatre is located in the Music and Speech building and has housed larger productions since 1960, and was fully renovated in 1989. The smaller Wright Curtis Theatre, also located in the Music and Speech building, has typically catered to more avant-garde productions.

Scope and Content

This collection includes programs dating back to 1918, featuring on-campus performances of the Cleveland Orchestra, productions of the Wright-Curtis Theatre, and Blossom programs held on campus. Miscellaneous promotional items and announcements for various plays are included. Materials pertaining to the School of Theatre consist of brochures, pamphlets and handouts.

Box 1
Folder -- Contents

  1. Clippings, various dates
  2. Correspondence, Faculty and Patron Letters, 1971-1979
  3. Posters, Information Sheets, Flyers, 1970s-
  4. Programs, undated
  5. Program, 1918
  6. Programs, 1920s
  7. Programs, 1930s
  8. Programs, 1940s
  9. Programs, 1950s
  10. Programs, 1960s
  11. Programs, 1970s
  12. Programs, 1980s
  13. Programs, 1990s
  14. Season Bulletins, 1950s
  15. Season Bulletins and Information Sheet, 1960s
  16. Season Bulletins, 1970s
  17. Season Bulletins and Schedules, 1980s
  18. Season Ticket, undated