Guide to the American Theatre Association records, 1972-1986

American Theatre Association C0042


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Special Collections and Archives.
Creator American Theatre Association
Title American Theatre Association records
Date 1972-1986
Physical Characteristics 75 linear feet (90 boxes)
Abstract This collection contains official records of the American Theatre Association such as meeting minutes, correspondence, and administrative papers, as well as photographs and audiovisual materials.
Collection number C0042
Language English

Historical Information

The American Theatre Association was formed in 1936 as the American Educational Theatre Association 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. After earning BA, MA, and PhD degrees from the University of Minnesota, Davis served briefly in the U.S. Army. Then, in 1947 he began teaching at Macalester College, followed by Michigan State, and finally, Kansas University, where he became director of children's theatre and director of University Theatre. Davis wrote several essays on theatre education for major journals and coauthored two books with Mary Jane Evans, "Theatre, Children and Youth" and "Children's Theatre: Play Production for the Child Audience." Since the 1950s, Jed Davis served actively in professional associations, including the Children's Theatre Conference in 1963 and, of course, the American Theatre Association in 1972 until retiring in 1986, the year of the ATA's dissolution.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains official records of the American Theatre Association such as meeting minutes, correspondence, and administrative papers, as well as photographs and audiovisual materials.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged by subject.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

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Related Material

Special Collections and Archives also holds many other theatre collections.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Davis, Jed H. (Jed Horace)

Corporate Names:

American Theatre Association.
National Theater Players (Washington, D.C.)

Subjects:

Theater--United States.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

American Theatre Association records, Collection #C0042, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Portions of this collection were donated by the American Theatre Association, by the National Theater, and by Jed H. Davis between 1995-1999.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections and Archives staff. EAD markup completed by Eron Ackerman and Jordan Patty in March 2009.

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Contents List

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