Department of Theater Records

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Department of Theater records
Date [inclusive]
1.0 Cubic feet 26 folders

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan".

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Historical Note

In 1937 the Department of Speech and Dramatic Arts was formed. However productions had been staged on campus since 1902 with a production by the MAC Chorus and the first play in 1910 by the professor teaching dramatic arts.

Construction started on the Auditorium and Fairchild Theater in 1937 and was finished in 1940. In 1954 the College of Communications Arts was formed and the Department of Speech, Dramatics and Radio was renamed the Speech Department. In the spring of 1968, the Department of Theatre was created as a separate entity within the College of Communication Arts. In 1971, the department was moved to the College of Arts and Letters.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection contains Theatre Department records including faculty meeting minutes, brochures and flyers for productions which includes Summer Circle productions, handbooks and a report to the Board of Trustees. Also included are materials relating to children's theater including the Toyshop Theatre, as well as the Calumet Theatre program.

The electronic resources series consists of photographs from and webpages describing productions of the Department's Summer Circle Theatre, in additional to issues of the Friends of Theater E-News publication from 2014-2016.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections September 2007

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

 Added electronic resource CT August 2016

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

See records for UA 16.17 (Department of Speech, Dramatics, and Radio Education)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Toybox Theatre.


  • Newsletters
  • Theater programs


  • Fund raising
  • Theater
  • Theater -- Study and teaching

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Collection Inventory


Children's Theater 

Box Folder

Constitution of Toyshop Theatre Undated 

5618 1

Children's Theatre Correspondence 1956, 1959 

5618 2

Report on Children's Theatre circa 1947, Undated 

5618 3

Report on Children's Theatre 1945-1956, circa 1956 

5618 4

Toy Box Theatre schedule for 1983-1984 

5618 26
Box Folder

Theatre Handbook 1965 

5618 5

Faculty Meeting Minutes 1968 

5618 6

Shubert Foundation 1968-1972 

5618 7

Faculty Meeting Minutes 

Box Folder


5618 8


5618 9


5618 10


5618 11

Calumet Program 

Box Folder

Budget Reports 1972-1974 

5618 12

Correspondence 1972-1974 

5618 13

Calumet Summer Theatre 1974 

5618 14
Box Folder

New Course Requests 1972-1973 

5618 15

Brochures and Flyers 1955, 1961-1962, 1995, 1998-2002, 2007, 2008, n.d. 

5618 16

Debate/Forensics Handbook Undated 

5618 17

Report to the Board of Trustees 1963 

5618 18

Programs 1939, 1951, 1955-1959, Undated 

5618 19

Programs 1960-1963, 1967, 1969, 1998-2000, 2007-2008, 2012, 2014 

5618 20

Orchesis programs 1970-1973 

5618 21

Ceccchitti Council of America performance and conference programs 1970-1973 

5618 22

Theta Alpha Phi sponsored play programs 1948, 1959 

5618 23

Letter to students 1968 

5618 24

Orchesis flyer 2011 

5618 25

Scrapbook 193: Clippings of department professors, classes & performers 1936-1944 

SB 193

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Theater (16 folders) 

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Annual Reports 



Annual Reports



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#872: Curtain Time 

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Electronic Resources 


Summer Circle Theatre-- "A Month in the Country" 2006 


Summer Circle Theatre-- "The Beaux Stratagem" 2006 


Summer Circle Theatre-- "Chaucer in Rome" Photos and Webpages 2003 


Summer Circle Theatre-- "Laundry and Bourbon" and "Blind Date" Photos and Webpage 2002 


Summer Circle Theatre-- "London Cuckolds" Photos and Webpage 2001 


Summer Circle Theatre-- "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" Photos and Webpage 2001 


Summer Circle Theatre-- "Winterset" Photos and Webpage 2000 


Summer Circle Theatre-- Webpages and Photos from Performances 1985-2003 


Summer Circle Theatre-- Gala Photos and Other Web Publications 2003-2006 


Friends of Theatre E-Newsletter 

Friends of Theatre E-News, 2014-2015 2014-2015 

Friends of Theatre E-News, 2015-2016 2015-2016 

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