Theatre UNI Files, ca. 1939-2012

Collection Overview

Title: Theatre UNI Files, ca. 1939-2012

Record Series: 14/06/01

Creator: Department of Theater, UNI

Date: ca. 1939-2012

Extent: 59.25 linear feet, 35 boxes

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: This material is entirely in English.

Access and Use

Accessing the Collection:

No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

Technical Access: Boxes 31-38 contain VHS tapes and CDs which require special playback equipment for access and use.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the Theatre UNI Files , ca. 1939-2012, Archives Record Series 14/07/06 , [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Scope and Content

This collection contains a wealth of information about Theatre UNI. This includes administrative and financial aspects, promotional posters, sheet music, phonograph records, reel-to-reel tapes, programs, touring productions, news clippings, minutes of meetings, historical information about both Theatre UNI and Strayer-Wood Theatre, and CDs with photos, logos, marketing, and audio visual material.



Ticket Reports

  • "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


  • 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


  • "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


  • 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 5-17

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)

Boxes 22-24

Production posters

Boxes 25-26

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 clippings 2003, 2007-2010

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

Theatre UNI news releases and press clippings


Boxes 31-36 contain VHS tapes. Most of these are recordings of Theatre UNI Productions from the mid- 1980s-mid-2000s. However, some appear to be recordings of movies and TV programs.  These are noted in the listings below. These tapes are filed in the order in which Special Collections received them.

Box 31

Pirates of Penzance, 1986

Platforms, 1986

The Odd Couple, 1986

A Flea in Her Ear (2 tapes), 1986

The Sea Gull (3 tapes), 1985

Camelot, 1985

Tartuffe, 1985

The Dining Room, 1985

Romeo and Juliette (3 tapes), 1985

Possibly taped from TV, undated, but likely around 1985

  • Riddigore
  • The Father

Long Day’s Journey Into Night, with Breakfast with less and Bess, 1985

Agnes of God, 1985

Merton of the Movies (2 tapes), 1984

Henry IV (2 tapes), 1983

Possibly taped from TV, 1981

  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Sherlock Holmes

Box 32

Twelfth Night, 1989

Possibly taped from TV, undated, but likely late 1980s

  • Third and oak
  • The Rope
  • Let Me Hear You Whisper
  • Twenty-seven Wagons of Cotton

Our Town (2 tapes) – uncertain if this is production or recording from TV

Of Mice and Men, 1990

Blue Window, 1990

Masque of the Red Death, 1990

The Boys Next Door, undated

Candide, 1986

Antigone, undated, but probably 1987

Possibly TV programs, 1987

  • Oedipus at Colonus
  • Antigone

Cabaret (2 tapes), 1987

The Bartered Bride, 1988

Gorey Stories, 1988 The Foreigner (2 tapes), 1988

A Little Night Music (3 tapes), 1988

Getting Out, 1988

The Country Wife, 1988

Box 33

Medea (4 tapes), 1998

A Sudden Loss of Altitude, 1997

A Boy’s Life, 1997

Sir Patient Fancy, 1996

Fiddler on the Roof, 1995

Summer and Smoke, 1995

Possibly taped from TV, 1994

  • Nunsense

Possibly taped from TV, 1994

  • Porgy and Bess

Possibly taped from TV, 1992

  • A Habitation of Dragons

Possibly taped from TV, undated

  • Charlie’s Aunt
  • On the Razzle

The Marriage of Bette and Boo, 1990

Box 34

The Laramie project (6 tapes), 2002

Measure for Measure, 2002

The Rose of Treason, 2001

The Singular Life of Alfred Nobbs, 2000

Memoirs of the Warsaw Uprising, 1999

Othello (2 tapes), 1999

The Marriage of Figaro, 1999

Possibly taped from TV, 1999

  • Candy (3 tapes)

Box 35 - 36

In the Heart of America, 2006

The Wrestling Season, 2007

A Chorus Line (3 tapes), 2007

La Serva Padrona, 2006

The Music Lesson, 2005

Sueno (2 tapes), 2005

Ubu Roi (4 tapes), 2004

Two Rooms, 2004

The Lobster Affair (2 tapes), 2003

Roosters, 2003

The Threepenny Opera, 2002

Possibly taped from TV, undated

  • Twice in a Lifetime
  • The Lady’s Not for Burning

Possibly taped from TV, undated

  • Twenty-five Years at the Guthrie Theatre

Terra Nova, undated

Long Day’s Journey Into Night (3 tapes), 1985

Inherit the Wind, undated, unclear if this is a Theatre UNI performance or TV taping

Oedipus, undated

Oh, What a Lovely War, undated

Possibly taped from TV

  • On the Town
  • Allegheny Uprising

Possibly taped from TV

  • The River Niger
  • The Scarecrow

Possibly taped from TV

  • The Iceman Cometh
  • The Trouble with Harry
  • Pal Joey

Sunday in the Park with George, undated

Unreadable title, but “Hostess of the Hotel” is the subtitle, undated

Death of a Salesman (3 tapes), undated, but unlikely the 2006/2007 production

The Critic (2 tapes), undated

Possibly taped from TV, undated

  • The Browning Version
  • The man of Destiny
  • Quartermain’s Term

Possibly taped from TV, undated

  • Brigadoon
  • Dr. Strangelove

Possibly taped from TV, undated

  • April Morning
  • The Caine Mutiny

Possibly taped from TV

  • The Andersonville Trial
  • Picnic

Amadeus, undated

Box 37

Posters from Theatre UNI productions

Box 38

Box 31 contains CDs with photos, logos, marketing, and audio visual material, listed in reverse order by year of production, the most recent year first.

CDs 1-2: Guernica, 2011-2012 season

CDs 3-5: Bat Boy, the Musical, 2011-2012 season

CDs 6-7: Dying City, 2011-2012 season (CD 7 mislabeled as “Dead City”)

CDs 8-9: Urinetown, 2010-2011 season

CDs 10-11: On the Verge, 2010-2011 season

CD 12: Mother Hicks, 2010-2011 season

CD 13: She Stoops to Conquer, 2010-2011 season

CDs 14-17: Marat/Sade, 2009-2010 season

CDs 18-20: What I Did Last Summer, 2009-2010 season

CD 21: A Day in Hollywood, a Night in Ukraine, 2008-2009 season

CD 22: Three Sisters, 2008-2009 season

CD 23-24: House of Blue Leaves, 2008-2009 season

CD 25: The Crucible, 2007-2008 season

CD 26: Death of a Salesman, 2007-2008 season

CDs 27-28: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2007-2008 season

CDs 29-30: Cloud 9, 2007-2008 season

CD 31: The Anatomy of Melancholy, summer 2007

CDs 32-33: A Chorus Line, 2006-2007 season

CD 34: The Dick Gibson Show, 2006-2007 season

CD 35: Antigone, 2006-2007

CD 36: The Wrestling Season, 2005-2006 season

CD 37: In the Heart of America, 2005-2006 season

CD 38: Gianni Schicchi, 2005-2006 season

CD 39: La Serva Padrona, 2005-2006 season

CD 40: Our Town, 2005-2006 season

CD 41: Wonder of the World, 2005-2006 season

CDs 42-44: Sweeney Todd, 2004-2005 season

CD 45: The Music Lesson, 2004-2005 season

CD 46: Sueno: 2004-2005 season

CD 47: Roosters, 2004-2005 season

CDs 48: Wit, 2004-2005 season

CD 49: Ubu Roi, 2004-2005 season

CD 50: Two Rooms, summer 2004

CD 51: Lobster Alice, 2003-2004 season

CD 52: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, 2003-2004 season

CD 53: The Tender Land, 2003-2004 season

CD 54: Ghosts, 2003-2004 season

CD 55: Twelfth Night, summer 2003

CD 56-57: The Threepenny Opera, 2002-2003 season

CD 58: The Laramie Project, 2002-2003

CD 59: To Kill a Mockingbird, 2002-2003 season

CD 60: The Last Night of Ballyhoo, 2001-2002 season

CD 61: Picasso at the Lapine Agile and Measure for Measure 2001-2002 season

CD 62: Hair, 2000-2001 season

CD 63: Medea, 1997-1998 season

CD 64: Strayer-Wood Theatre Productions, undated

CD 65: Passages to Palestine, undated

CD 66: Tale of the Red Dragon, undated

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