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American Theatre Association records

 Collection
Identifier: 34.140-Theatre-ATA

Scope and Contents

These materials are organized into three series: "AETA/ATA", "American College Theatre Festival", "University and College Theatre Association". It contains correspondence, meeting minutes, publications, newsletters, curriculum vitaes, reports, and operating documents relating to the American Theatre Association and its members, specifically James Barton, a former professor at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) and regional representative to the ATA. The material is arranged chronologically.

Dates

  • 1950-1991, undated

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. University Archives owns the physical items in our collections, but the researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies.

Historical note

The American Theatre Association (ATA) was formed in 1936 as the American Educational Theatre Association (AETA) by a group of privately owned theatres. Recruiting its members from the ranks of teachers, actors, students, and directors, among others, the Association acted as a theatre advocacy group, promoting theatre and theatre education in several ways. It published and disseminated materials for use in children's secondary schools, colleges and universities, and community theatres, pushed for federal funding of theatre education, promoted the touring of educational theatre groups, and worked with the armed forces installations to develop mutually beneficial theatre programs. The Association also sought to stimulate creative activity and scholarship in educational theatre and in allied fields of educational television, radio, film, and puppetry.

In 1972 the American Educational Theatre Association restructured itself under the title the American Theatre Association and Jed H. Davis became the Association's president. In 1986, the ATA dissolved.

The American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) was a yearly production of AETA/ATA and Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center.

The University and College Theatre Association (UCTA) was a division within the AETA established in 1971.

Extent

0.625 Linear Feet (One 5" legal size document case and one 2.5" legal size document case. )

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains correspondence, meeting minutes, publications, newsletters, reports, and operating documents relating to the American Theatre Association (ATA) and its members, specifically James Barton, a former professor at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) and regional representative to the ATA. The Association acted as a theatre advocacy group, promoting theatre and theatre education. It was dissolved in 1986.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site. Advance notice may be required for use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Provenance information is unknown at this time.

Related Materials

There is also a collection of American Theatre Association materials in the George Mason University Special Collections.

Title
American Theatre Association records
Status
Completed
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021 June: Revised for DACS compliance, Nicole Critchley

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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