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Department of Theatre Collection

Identifier: BC13-54

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection is comprised of materials that document and promote the Department of Theatre's productions and events from the 1920s to 2014.

Materials include flyers, posters, programs, new clippings, press releases, analog and born digital photographs, slides, negatives, contact sheets, digital media, and one artifact, a dreidel.

Also included in this collection is “The First Steps in Speaking Verse,” an undated script by Maude Adams which includes an anthology of poems.

From 1978-1992, the Department of Theatre kept programs, flyers, and other performance ephemera in scrapbooks, which comprise series 2 of this collection.


  • Creation: 1920 - 2014



This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproduction Rights

Single photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.

Historical Background

The Department of Theatre, Barnard College is the theater department for all undergraduate students at Columbia University, which includes Barnard and Columbia Colleges. There are multiple productions in the fall semester in addition to the final project for students in the Advanced Directing course. During the spring semester, the Department of Theater hosts the Senior Thesis Festival, a production directed by faculty or visiting artist, and an evening of Solo Performances. Performances of the Department of Theatre, Barnard College can take place in the Minor Latham Playhouse or the Glicker-Milstein Black Box Theater, both located on the Barnard campus.


6.40 Linear Feet (12 boxes)

1.74 Gigabytes (788 digital images (.jpg))




This collection documents the Department of Theatre's performances and events from the 1920s through the 2010s.

Collection Arrangement

This collection has been arranged into five series.

Series 1. Performance Ephemera, 1920s–2014
Series 2. Scrapbooks, 1978–1990s
Series 3. Photographic Materials, 1990s-2013
This series contains born-digital materials. Series 4. Artifact(s), undated
Series 5. Performance Media, 2008-2013

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Department of Theatre, Barnard College. Photographs transferred from The Office of Communications records in 2018.


Additions are expected.

Related Collections

Additional photographs of performances can be found in BC17, Photography Collection. Additional recordings of performances can be found in BC18, Moving Image Collection. Other related materials can be found in BC13-53, Minor Latham Playhouse/Brinckerhoff Theatre Records.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Hilary Price in October 2014.

This finding aid was updated by Hilary Price in July, 2015.

Olivia Newsome integrated the digital materials into the finding aid in November 2023.

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.

Finding aid written in English.

Processing History

The original order of the CDs as received by the Archives has not been retained as the arrangement of the material does not reflect the office’s current working practice. For the transferred CDs, as part of the processing work done by Archives staff, some intellectual reorganization was undertaken to allow the digital materials to be easily integrated into a single system of arrangement.

Student associates transferred and described the imaged disks in 2018. Olivia Newsome integrated the digital materials into the finding aid in November 2023.

Guide to the Department of Theatre Collection
Hilary Price and Olivia Newsome
© 2014 and 2023
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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