Theatre records

Summary Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives
Theatre records
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1970-2011
Date [inclusive]
1.0 Linear feet 1 record center carton
Language of Materials note
All records are in English unless otherwise noted.
Material related to dramatic and musical theater productions at Eastern Michigan University (1936-2011, bulk 1970-2011) including reviews and press releases, correspondence to donors and subscribers, programs, posters, and other advertising material for plays and performances.

Preferred Citation note

Please cite materials from the University Archives in the following manner: Item. Collection Title. Eastern Michigan University Archives.

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Administrative History

Although student theatre at EMU has a long history, the bulk of the material in this collection dates from the 1970s onwards. The Quirk Dramatic Arts Building was built in 1959, and the Sponberg Theatre and Frank Ross Lab Theatre were added in 1984. This collection provides information on Mainstage productions, the Theatre of the Young program, musicals, visiting performers, and other dramatic performances held at EMU.

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Scope and Contents

The EMU Theatre records provide information on student theatrical productions at Eastern Michigan University. Although the earliest item in the collection dates from 1936, the bulk of the material is from 1970 onwards. The collection includes reviews of various productions clipped from various publications or printed from websites, news stories related to the opening and dedication of the Quirk Theatre in 1959, season catalogues and brochures, subscriber correspondence and solicitation for donations and membership, programs, posters, flyers, and postcard-sized advertisements for many individual productions, and a small number of photographs and physical memorabilia such as buttons. A list of theatrical productions from 1996 onwards is available on the Eastern Michigan University Theatre website:

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Arrangement of Materials

The collection is arranged into two series: 1. Reviews and Press Coverage, which contains clippings, media coverage, and reviews of various performances; 2. Publicity and Outreach, which contains programs, posters, flyers, season catalogues, and other advertising material for particular productions or EMU theatre in general.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2012 May 23

Halle Library, Room 310
Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197

Conditions Governing Access note

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

For more information about theatre studies at EMU, see the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre Arts records. For further information about theatres on campus, see the Quirk Dramatic Arts and Sponberg Theatre Buildings records. For information about Theatre for the Young, see the Applied Drama and Theatre for the Young collection. For information about Greek Theatre, see the Greek Theatre collection. For information about the Federal Theatre Project, see the Federal Theatre Project collection. All of these collection are held in the University Archives.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Theater programs
  • Theater--Reviews
  • Theatrical posters

Personal Name(s)

  • Quirk, Daniel L.
  • Sponberg, Harold


  • Amateur theater
  • College and school drama
  • Eastern Michigan University. Dept. of Communication and Theatre Arts
  • Musical theater
  • Quirk Theatre
  • Theater
  • Theaters.

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Collection Inventory

Reviews and Press Coverage 1959-2010 

Clippings (2007-2010) 2007-2010 

    Box Folder
Text (32307024766983)   1 1

Clippings (2001-2006) 2001-2006 

    Box Folder
Text (32307024766983)   1 2

Clippings (1995-2000) 1995-2000 

    Box Folder
Text (32307024766983)   1 3

Clippings (1990-1994) 1990-1994 

    Box Folder
Text (32307024766983)   1 4

Clippings (1981-1989) 1981-1989 

    Box Folder
Text (32307024766983)   1 5

Press Releases 1979-1994 

    Box Folder
Text (32307024766983)   1 6

Quirk Theatre Opening 1959-1960 

    Box Folder
Text (32307024766983)   1 7

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Publicity and Outreach 1936-2011 

Correspondence and Invitations 1981-2008 

    Box Folder
Text (32307024766983)   1 8

Theatre of the Young 1992-2006 

    Box Folder
Text (32307024766983)   1 9

Season Catalogues 1972-2011 

    Box Folder
Text (32307024766983)   1 10

Programs 1967-2006 

    Box Folder
Text (32307024766983)   1 11-13

Posters and Flyers 1971-2009 

    Box Folder
Text (32307024766983)   1 14-15

Postcards 1989-2011 

    Box Folder
Text (32307024766983)   1 16

Website material 2007-2011 

    Box Folder
Text (32307024766983)   1 17

Photographs and Memorabilia 1936-1985 

    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307024766983)   1 18

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