The Texas Theater Collection documents theater associations and regional theater
companies throughout Texas, circa 1900-2008 (bulk 1962-1980). Included are
playbills, souvenir programs, clippings, newsletters, photographs, business records,
sound and film recordings, and posters. The collection is separated into four
series: I. Texas Theater Associations (4 document boxes, arranged alphabetically
association name), II. Texas Theaters by City (81 document boxes, 2 bound volumes,
arranged alphabetically by city, and then by theater or organization), III. Texas
Theaters at Colleges and Universities (8 document boxes, arranged alphabetically
college name; materials related to Austin colleges and universities are filed
Series II under Austin), and IV. Objects (1 oversize box, 4 masks, 1 model, 1
The majority of material documents theaters in Austin (circa 1903-1985), Houston (circa
1950-1980), and Dallas (circa 1936-1980). Other materials of note in the collection
include Palo Duro Canyon State Park souvenir programs, clippings, scripts, business
records, and sound and film recordings for Texas, the
Musical, circa 1960-1986; Midland Community Theater playbills and newsletters,
circa 1960-1980; Summer and Smoke production scripts
used by the Orange Community Players; masks from the Garland Opera House in Waco,
circa 1920; and models for Casa Mañana Amphitheater and Recreation Center in
Fort Worth, and the Grand Opera House in Galveston.
Costumes owned by actor Zachary Scott (1914-1965), who was born and educated in
Austin, Texas, were transferred to Ransom Center costumes and personal effects
2012. A separate collection of records of the Paramount Theatre in Austin was
transferred to the Austin History Center in 2011.
Note to Researchers
The finding aid for the Texas Theater Collection is a conflation of the original
inventory created in 2002 and 2005, and of a small addition that was catalogued
between 2006 and 2008. Currently the addition is described only by a Box List
has been appended to the original inventory, using the series arrangement
established with the original inventory and continuing the box numbering sequence.
The Scope and Contents note does not make reference to the addition.