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Living Theatre (New York, N.Y.)

Living Theatre ephemera collection


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 099, F827

Creator: Living Theatre (New York, N.Y.)

Title: Living Theatre ephemera collection

Inclusive Dates: 1953–1968

Extent: 22 items

Abstract: Ephemeral documents (photographs, flyers, posters, announcements, stationery, and programs) which detail performances, readings, recitals and other events sponsored by the Living Theater of New York City.

Language: Materials entirely in English.


MSS 099, F827, Living Theatre ephemera collection, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

F827, Box 55: Shelved in SPEC MSS 099 manuscript boxes


Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL:


Purchase, August 2006.


Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, May 2008.

The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library,

Historical Note

The Living Theatre was founded in 1947 as an imaginative alternative to the commercial theater by Judith Malina and Julian Beck. The Living Theatre has staged nearly a hundred productions performed in eight languages in 28 countries on five continents.

During the 1950's and early 1960's in New York, The Living Theatre pioneered the unconventional staging of poetic drama - the plays of American writers like Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, Paul Goodman, Kenneth Rexroth and John Ashbery, as well as European writers rarely produced in America, including Cocteau, Lorca, Brecht and Pirandello.


"History." The Living Theatre. (accessed May 20, 2008).

Scope and Content Note

A collection of twenty-two ephemeral documents, such as photographs, flyers, posters, announcements, stationery, and programs, detail performances, readings, recitals and other events sponsored by the Living Theater of New York City during the 1950s and 1960s. Announcements and posters for appearances by David Tudor, "Wagner Poets" (Malanga, Lima, Ceravolo), William Masselos, Spencer Holst and others are included. A photograph of Richard Wagner is inscribed by him to "Jo-Ann." The second photograph is a group shot of a wedding party.

Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Holst, Spencer.
Maas, Willard.
Malanga, Gerard.
Masselos, William.
Tudor, David, 1926-1996.
Wagner, Richard.
Corporate Names
Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Dramatic Workshop and Technical Institute.
Hartt Chamber Players.
Manhattan Consort.
People Puppet Theater.
People Puppet Theater.
Topical Terms
Wagner poets--History--20th century--Sources.
Theater--United States--History--20th century--Sources.
Authors and theater--History--20th century--Sources.
Geographic Names
New York (N.Y.)
Form/Genre Terms
Fliers (printed matter)
Theater programs.

The collection is arranged chronologically with undated material following.

Detailed Contents List

Living Theatre ephemera collection , 1953–1968   [Box 55 F827]