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Performing Arts Collections in Special Collections and Archives: Archives Highlights

Archives Highlights

Selected Archival Collections 

(Click on the links below to view detailed finding aids for the archival collections listed.)


Joseph Chaikin papers: Open Theater founder, actor, and director

Crime Drama collection: a collection of fact-based and crime themed dramatic works

Vincent Dowling papers: actor, director, and artistic director associated with the Abbey Theatre and Great Lakes Theater

Great Lakes Theater papers: Cleveland-based regional theater company

Robert Lewis papers: Group Theatre actor, Broadway and feature film director, Actors Studio co-founder

Arthur Lithgow papers: actor, director, founder of the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival (now Great Lakes Theater)

Open Theater papers: avant garde theater ensemble founded in 1963

George Bernard Shaw papers: playwright, novelist, and social reformer

Stage Thrillers collection: mystery thrillers for the stage, dating from 1898-2001

J. L. Styan papers: teacher, director, author, and theater historian

Jean-Claude van Itallie papers: playwright, associated with Open Theater and off-Broadway productions

Susan Yankowitz papers: playwright, screenwriter, associated with Open Theater

Hollywood, Film, and Musicals

James Broughton papers: poet, playwright, educator, and award-winning experimental filmmaker

Albert J. Flogge Performing Arts collection: vast collection of Hollywood memorabilia, photographs, posters, and other related materials

Dennis Hearn papers: film actor and KSU graduate

James Robert Parish papers: Hollywood historian and author of numerous celebrity biographies

Sheet Music

Borowitz Sheet Music collection: over 7,00 pieces of sheet music dating from the late 1900s through the 20th century

Donald MacLaren Simmons Sheet Music collection: popular music from the 1930s and 1940s

Dennis Hearn Sheet Music collection: 200 pieces of sheet music dating from the late 1900s through the mid-20th century