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Theater Program Collection


Several donors have added to the nucleus collection that was part of the Language/Literature Library, an MU Libraries departmental library until it became part of the expanded Reference Division in 1989. At that time the playbills were transferred to Special Collections. Donors since have been Mary Lago, Margaret Howell, Stephen M. Archer, Sharon Bittner, Elva and Ralph Harmon, and Dorothy Bernstein.

Scope and Contents

The majority of the programs are for performances dated from 1945 to the present in New York, London, Washington D.C., and St. Louis.

Holdings: 2700 est.


The programs are in the process of being cataloged in MERLIN, the University’s online catalog. The collection can be searched in MERLIN through the heading Theater Program Collection (University of Missouri–Columbia. Libraries). Access points include play title, author (text, lyrics, scores), date, theatre, director, actors and actresses. Please contact Special Collections for more details.

Theater programs must be used in Special Collection’s reading room during service hours or by appointment.