Theatre UNI Files

Archives Record Series: 14/07/06

Theatre UNI Files. 38.5 linear feet.



Box 1 Administrative

  • Ticket Reports for: "Abbess;" "Amphitryon 38;" "The Birthday Party;" "Boys in the Band;" "The Cage;" "The Crucible;" "Decameron;" "Diary of a Madman;" "El Capitan;" "The Good Person of Szechwan;" "1975 Guthrie Performance;" "Hang On to Your Head;" "The Importance of Being Earnest;" "Indians;" "Joe Egg;" "Life of the Insects;" Marat/Sade; 1973 Minneapolis Children's Theatre; "Mother Goose;" "Our Town;" "Playboy;" "Romeo and Juliet;" "She Stoops to Conquer;" "Tartuffe;" "Virginia Woolf;" "Yankee Doodle."
  • Records for: One Acts, Fall, 1972; One Acts, Spring, 1973; "The Birthday Party;" "Decameron;" "Good Woman;" "Indians;" "Life of the Insects;" "Oliver;" "Rags to Riches;" "Tartuffe;" "Virginia Woolf."
  • Budget Reports, 1971-74; Student Assistant Time Sheets (photocopies),1975-76; Speech Department Monetary Transactions, 1975-76; Deposit Receipts, 1975-76; Petty Cash Receipts, 1972-74; Ticket Request Forms; Oliver - Budget Reports and Correspondence,1973; Financial Records, Telephone Calls, and Production Attendance, 1972-75; Summer Repertory Budgets, 1970-75; Theatre Program Expenses, 1972-73.
  • Theatre UNI Announcements, 1998- ; UNIfy Performance Outreach Team, ca. 1996-  ; Immersion Lab, 1998-


Box 2


  • Administrative
    • Children's Theatre of Minneapolis, 1973; Theatre Program, 1968-70; Theatre Program and Dramatic Arts Statements of Charges, 1964-70; Theatre Program and Dramatic Arts Budgets, January 1, 1969-July 31, 1970; Theatre UNI Budget, 1971-72 (Theatre Program Fund); Dramatic Arts, 1965-72; Theatre Program, 1965-71; Stage Sets; Pictures of "Twelfth Night" starring Helen Hayes; The Playgoer Magazine, January 16, 1939


  • Historical
    • "A History of Theatre UNI, 1876-1961" (Index cards compiled by Mrs. I. H. Hart and Charles L. Railsback); "A Chronological List of Theatre Productions at the State College of Iowa with Annotations, 1878-1964," Charles L. Railsback, 1964; "History of Shows at UNI, 1898--"; "Outline History of Theatre UNI" (undated); Hazel Strayer biographical material; Bertha Martin biographical material; Historian Correspondence


  • Productions
    • Phonograph Discs (listed on separate sheet); Reel-to-reel tape recording of "Cyrano;" real-to-reel tape recording of "Hansel and Gretel;" (2) oral interpretation books by Bertha Martin; copy of "porto theatre" design; Children and Drama, 1975


Box 3


  • Production Books: "The Marvelous Adventures of Tyl;" "The Play of Innocence and Change;" "Rip Van Winkle;" "The Strange Case of Mother Goose (The Good Witch of Boston);" "Tarradiddle Travels;" "The Tingalary Bird."


  • Touring Productions Presented at UNI:
    • "Antigone and the Tyrant"
    • "Antony and Cleopatra"
    • "Candida"
    • "The Cherry Orchard"
    • "Death of a Salesman"
    • "Hamlet"
    • "Herod and Mariane"
    • "King Richard II"
    • "The Little Foxes"
    • "Macbeth"
    • "The Merry Wives of Windsor"
    • "Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Shadow and Substance"
    • "The Tempest"
    • 'Twelfth Night"
    • "Victoria Regina"
    • "Whiteoaks"
    • "The Winter's Tale"
  •  Production Sheet Music:
    • "After the Ball"
    • "Agitato"
    • "Ballad for Americans"
    • "Comedy No. 7"
    • "The Emperor's New Clothes"
    • "Furiosa No. 2"
    • "In Old New York"
    • "Lieder und Kantaten, Band 4" (bound volume)
    • "Love Theme"
    • "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
    • "Mister Aeroplane Man"
    • "Misterioso"
    • "Misterioso Dramatico"
    • "Moscow"
    • "The Paper Bag Players" (record)
    • "Rags to Riches"
    • "Recitative Heroique"
    • "Rock Rock with Aesop!"
    • "Sinister Theme"
    • "Sorrow Theme"
    • "Then I'd Be Satisfied with Life"
    • "Where Did You Get That Hat"
    • "Yankee Doodle"
  • Press Release Paste-Ups, 1973-78
  • Press Promotions, 1978-79
  • News Clippings, 1979-80


Box 4

  • Press Releases and News Clippings, 1979-84
  • News clippings collected by Lois Hansen of STAGE, INC, 1977-82
  • Aladdin Toy Theatre
  • Theatre Production Negatives
  • Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, January 21-26, 2003


 Boxes 5-16E

Programs and Photographs of UNI Dramatic Productions



Scrapbooks, 1931-44; 1972-73


Box 18

  • Phonograph Discs:
    • "North Wales--South Wales"
    • "Oxford shire--Gloucestershire"
    • "Come Back Little Sheba"
    • "Thieves' Carnival Production" (2 c.)
    • "Death of a Salesman" (3 c.)
    • "Oedipus Rex"
    • "English with an Accent"
    • "English with a Dialect"
    • Tyrone Guthrie Lecture on "Directing a Play"
    • "Jean-Baptiste Lully"
    • "The Doctor in Spite of Himself"
    • "Macbeth"


Boxes 19-21




Production Posters (1958-2003 & undated and Children's and Young People's Theatre Productions, 1957-1977))



Reserved for future acquisition of posters

Note: the contents of Boxes 27-29 arrived in the University Archives from the Theatre UNI office in 2004. That shipment also included programs and material relating to specific productions. The program-specific material has been integrated into Boxes 5-16D above.

Box 27

  • Theatre staff meeting minutes, 1970, 1972-1990, 1992: a relatively complete run of minutes including announcements, memos, reports, and other material related to staff meetings and department activities;
  • Historical file including job descriptions, 1977-1978; budget, 1977-1978; production attendance, 1976-1978; box office summaries, 1977-1978; attendance reports, 1965-1977; theatre extension monies accounts, 1977-1978;
  • Theatre policies, procedures, and rules, 1977-1978;
  • Gala Grand Opening of Strayer-Wood Theatre, 1977-1978, including correspondence and planning material;
  • Press releases, 1977-1978;
  • Theatre UNI, a promotional booklet for prospective students, 1980;
  • Photographs including interior and exterior shots of Strayer-Wood Theatre; installation of sculpture in Strayer-Wood Theatre lobby; faculty and staff including D. Terry Williams, George Glenn, Royal Holbrook, Harvey Sweet, and many others; visiting artists and teachers; a rehearsal of a roof jumping scene; the Festival of Trees; a buffet meal; and many unidentified photos of people in formal portraits or at work on productions.

Box 28

Iowa Shakespeare Festival, 1983-1985: detailed, well-organized records (with tables of contents as guides) relating to this joint effort undertaken by the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Iowa, and Iowa State University, including correspondence and other material relating to all phases of the production of the plays: grant applications, publicity, photographs, local events, minutes, attendance, schedules, and programs; material organized year-by-year, 1983, 1984, and 1985.

Box 29

  • American College Theatre Festival XIV, Region V-South (1982), program for the January 1982 productions presented by the University of Iowa, Dordt College, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the University of Kansas; hosted by the Strayer-Wood Theatre;
  • Lengthy critiques by Professor Jay Edelnant of American College Theatre Fesitval, Region V-South, for work presented 1986-1989;
  • "Treasure Island" school performances, including memos and financial information, 1990;
  • "Noodle Doodle Box", scripts, notes, and critiques, 1988;
  • Newspaper clippings on Theatre UNI activities; September 1988-December 1989;
  • STAGE, Inc., newsletters, promotional literature, photographs;
  • Peanut Butter Players (Greta Berghammer) scrapbook, 1978-1981
  • Ledger pages for Theatre UNI accounts, 1984-1986; 1990-1995

Box 30

Strayer/Wood Theater/Theatre UNI press clippings2003, 2007-2010

Sturgis Youth Theatre news releases, flyers, brochures, 2001-2002

Theatre UNI news releases and press clippings


Boxes 31-36

Videotapes of theater productions, 1981-2007

Web finding aid originally marked up by Library Assistant Susan Basye, December 1998; revised April 2000 by Library Assistant Gail Briddle; revised with additions October 2004 by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson; last modified, March 3, 2014 (GP).

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