From the elocution classes taught in NU's 19th-century School of Oratory to the professional-quality productions staged on campus today, Northwestern University is known for its inspiring theatre training, which has sent forth actors on the stage, screen, and television, as well as directors, set designers, playwrights, radio personalities, and other limelight-related careers.
The Northwestern University Archives holds a large, distinguished and frequently-used collection of University records and manuscripts pertaining to the history and development of dramatics at Northwestern. Nearly all public forms of theatre and performance – stage, screen, and broadcast – are documented with collections relating to acting, design, production, dramaturgy, and criticism. The collection traces the evolution of a highly-acclaimed curriculum and marks the careers and accomplishments of many important members of the Northwestern faculty.
Using the University Archives’ many and varied resources, you can research such questions as
This Guide describes the kinds of resources you can find in the Archives, as well as how to make best use of these primary sources.
Stop by the Archives, located in historic Deering Library, and raise the curtain on this important part of Northwestern's past and present!