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Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR 97520-0158)
Maria DeWeerdt (Project Director: July 2012 to August 2016)

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

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$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 4/30/2016

Digitizing and Creating Access to the Audiovisual Collection in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Archives

The cataloging and digitization of 3,098 items in an audiovisual collection that documents the performance history of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), among the oldest and largest professional regional repertory theater companies in the United States. The materials will be cataloged and digitized along with a six-volume, 900-page descriptive finding aid for the audio collection.

Digitization of 3,098 deteriorating films, audiotapes and videos that comprise a comprehensive record of Shakespeare and theatrical performance by a single U.S. theater company. The digitized recordings and a descriptive finding aid will be freely accessible on-line. The collection documents the eight-decade history of one of the oldest and largest repertory theaters in the country and holds essential insights into the origin of the Shakespearean festival tradition in the United States and its impact in individual American communities and on a national level.