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Washington State University Libraries
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Pullman, WA 99164-5610 USA
(509) 335-6691

Archives 309
Theatre and Dance
Media, 1983-2001


This collection was transferred to the Washington State University (WSU) Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) on June 8th, 2011 by Jon Carlson of WSU's just-closed Department of Theatre and Dance. The collection was received as accession UA2011-08 and the media portion of it was processed by University Archivist Mark O'English in September of 2011. Also part of the accession were slides from the program; these were processed as Photographs Collection 146.


Number of containers: 2 boxes
Linear feet of shelf space: 1.5


The Department of Speech of Washington State University, established in 1923, has produced numerous plays since 1925 as a function of that department. Maynard Lee Daggy headed the Speech Department from its inception in 1923 until 1946 and directed many of the earlier productions. Departmental theatrical finances, publicity, and publications were the responsibility of the University Theatre office located in Bryan Hall. In the early 1970s a new site for University Theatre productions and the Department of Speech was constructed and subsequently named Daggy Hall. Circa 1988-1989, theatre was moved from Speech and joined with the Department of Music to create the School of Music and Theatre Arts. In 2008, Theatre Arts and Dance were separated from Music, and in May of 2011 the Department of Theatre and Dance closed as a result of budget cuts.

In addition to regular theatre productions, special production units including Children's Theatre, Stage II Productions, Final Stage, The Black Ensemble, Pullman's New Summer Palace, and Stage One have existed. Most of these appear to have been sporadic.


The collection consists primarily of videocassette recording of theatrical productions of the WSU Theatre department, plus one promotional video and one audio interview. The collection is arranged chronologically by year, with productions arranged alphabetically within each year. The three non-videocassette items, two U-Matic tapes and an audio reel-to-reel, can be found at the end of the collection.


Print records from the department are maintained as Archives 42, Archives 105, Archives 209, Archives 251, and Archives 308. Oversized posters from the department's productions can be found in WSU 112 o.s., the oversized Theatre and Dance portion of MASC's WSU Publications collections. A collection of slides from WSU Theatre and Dance productions can be found as Photo Collection 146.


This collection is open and available for research use. Materials are subject to copyright.


The suggested citation for the collection is:

[Item Description]
Washington State University Theatre and Dance Media, 1983-2001 (UA 309)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Pullman, WA

BoxFolder Production or Subject
1 1 Dark of the Moon, 1983
2 King Lear, 1985
3 Romeo and Juliet, 1987
4 Jesus Christ Superstar (Summer Palace), 1988
5 The Unseen Hand, 1988
6-7 Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (2 tapes), 1989
8 Pippin (Summer Palace), 1990
9 The Boys Next Door, 1991
10 Life with Father, 1991
11 Tartuffe, 1991
12-13 Brigadoon (Summer Palace, 2 tapes), 1992
14 Mikado, 1992
15 Anything Goes, 1993
16 The Miracle Worker, 1993
17 Shooting Stars, 1993
18-19 Streetcar Named Desire (2 tapes), 1993
20-21 The Visit (2 tapes), 1993
22 Bye Bye Birdie, 1994
23 A Comedy of Errors, 1995
24 The King and I, 1995
25 Theatre Department recruitment video, ca. 1996
26 Front Page (Summer Palace), 1997
27 Proud Moments, 1997
28 Everyman, 1998
29-30 Getting Out (2 tapes), 1998
31 Charlotte’s Web, 2000
32 Godspell, 2000
33 Tintypes, 2000
34 Driving Miss Daisy (Summer Palace), 2001
35-36 Macbeth (2 tapes), 2001
37 Theatre Graduate students: "Doug & Miki's final plays", undated
2 38-39 Waiting for Godot (2 tapes, U-Matic), 1985
40 Audio interview with C.B. Jones (reel-to-reel), undated