George Mason Receives Stage Archives

Posted: December 12, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Erica Pirrung

George Mason has recently received the archives of Arena Stage, one of the area’s most prominent institutions. Fenwick Library will house the collection, which includes production notebooks, handwritten correspondence, scrapbooks, scripts, directors’ notes, and photographs all gathered since Arena Stage opened in 1950. The library has already received more than 323 boxes, or 95 percent of the collection, and will continue to receive new material periodically as it becomes available.

Paul Koda, head of Special Collections and Archives, will lead librarians in organizing the archives so that they can be readily used and available to students and researchers, particularly those studying theater. “Students will have access to primary research materials from one of the area’s renowned establishments,” Koda says.

Arena Stage approached George Mason Libraries about housing the collection, which had been stored at Harvard University. “The main attraction for relocating the archives was proximity. Housing the collection at Harvard made access problematic,” says Stephen Richard, executive director of Arena Stage. Now it will be easier for those who need to access the archives to do so, he added

For more information, contact Special Collections in Fenwick Library at x32220.

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